Microsoft Authenticator App for Android: How to Disable Passwordless Sign-in or Change the Default Phone Where Sign-in Notifications Are Sent

As of October 2023 the current version of the Microsoft Authenticator app for Android does not offer a simple way to disable Passwordless sign-in once you enable it on a phone. The only way to disable this is to completely uninstall the app from your Android phone and then reinstall the app again. After the app is re-installed the passwordless sign-in option will be disabled and you’ll once again see the option to enable it if you want to.

If you have the Microsoft Authenticator app for Android installed on multiple phones you may have the problem that whenever you sign into a Microsoft app or service the sign-in notification is always sent to the Microsoft Authenticator app on your old phone or the first phone you enabled passwordless sign-ins with. As of October 2023 the only way it appears you can have these notifications sent to your newer phone is to totally uninstall the Microsoft Authenticator app from all phones but leave the app installed on just the phone you want to receive these sign-in notifications to. Once you do this confirm when you try to sign into a Microsoft service you get the sign-in notification to the phone you want it to go to. Once you confirm this you can re-install the Microsoft Authenticator app onto your other phones but don’t enable the passwordless sign-in option on these phones. Even if you do, the notifications should still only be sent to your new phone. It appears the passwordless sign-in notifications can only work with one phone and it only works with the first/only phone you set it up on.

How to Hard Reset an AT&T Fuze Phone AKA HTC Touch Pro

If you need to erase the contents of your AT&T Fuze phone (HTC Touch Pro) in order to put everything back to the factory default settings, do the following:

  1. Pull out the stylus
  2. With the device turned on, press and hold the VOLUME DOWN and CENTER buttons, then press the RESET button with the stylus tip.
  3. Continue pressing the RESET, VOLUME DOWN and CENTER buttons until you see this message on the screen: This operation will delete all your personal data, and reset all settings to manufacturer default. Press VolUp to restore manufacturer default, or press other keys to cancel.
  4. After seeing the message, press VOLUME UP like it says to confirm the delete request and to start the operation.

This will wipe the entire internal memory of the device and it will also  reset it to default settings as it was when you first turned it on. It will not erase your MicroSD card in the phone if present, but it is always a good idea to go ahead and remove it from the phone before you perform this operation.

ATT Fuze

How to Fix the Problem of an Album Appearing Multiple Times in the Zune Software

There is a problem with the Zune software in how it handles some albums. In particular compilation albums which contains songs from different artists. The problem is that the same album will appear many times in the album listing in the Zune software. This can be very annoying. To fix the problem of an album appearing multiple times in the Zune software perform the following steps:

  1. Download and install the free MP3Tag program
  2. Launch MP3Tag and navigate to the folder on the hard drive which contains your MP3 or .wma files.
  3. Select all files in the album
  4. Click the “Actions (Quick)” button
  5. Select action “Format Value”
  6. Select the value “BAND” in the top drop down box
  7. In the bottom text box, specify: %album%
  8. Click OK to commit the changes
  9. Relaunch your Zune software and now you should only see one listing for your album


SMS Email Address List For Cell Phone Providers

Below is a list of cell phone companies and the email addresses you need to use to in order to email someone’s phone directly. Also listed is the maximum length of a text message a cell phone subscriber can receive for a particular cell phone company. Where ever you see “phonenumber”, replace that with the full digit phone number of the person you want to email a text message to ( area code + phone number).

Text Messaging