Checking MFA status - Amazon Identity and Access Management
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Checking MFA status

Use the IAM console to check whether an Amazon Web Services account root user or IAM user has a valid MFA device enabled.

To check the MFA status of a root user
  1. Sign in to the Amazon Web Services Management Console with your root user credentials and then open the IAM console at

  2. In the navigation bar on the upper right, choose your user name, and then choose Security credentials.

  3. Check under Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) to see whether MFA is enabled or disabled. If MFA has not been activated, an alert symbol ( Alert icon ) is displayed.

If you want to enable MFA for the account, see one of the following:

To check the MFA status of IAM users
  1. Open the IAM console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Users.

  3. If necessary, add the MFA column to the users table by completing the following steps:

    1. Above the table on the far right, choose the settings icon ( Settings icon ).

    2. In Manage Columns, select MFA.

    3. (Optional) Clear the check box for any column headings that you do not want to appear in the users table.

    4. Choose Close to return to the list of users.

  4. The MFA column tells you about the MFA device that is enabled. If no MFA device is active for the user, the console displays None. If the user has an MFA device enabled, the MFA column shows the type of device that is enabled with a value of Virtual, Security key, Hardware, or SMS.


    Amazon ended support for enabling SMS multi-factor authentication (MFA). We recommend that customers who have IAM users that use SMS text message-based MFA switch to one of the following alternative methods: virtual (software-based) MFA device, FIDO security key, or hardware MFA device. You can identify the users in your account with an assigned SMS MFA device. To do so, go to the IAM console, choose Users from the navigation pane, and look for users with SMS in the MFA column of the table.

  5. To view additional information about the MFA device for a user, choose the name of the user whose MFA status you want to check. Then choose the Security credentials tab.

  6. If no MFA device is active for the user, the console displays No MFA devices. Assign an MFA device to improve the security of your Amazon environment in the Multi-factor authentication (MFA) section. If the user has MFA devices enabled, the Multi-factor authentication (MFA) section shows details about the devices:

    • The device name

    • The device type

    • The identifier for the device, such as a serial number for a physical device or the ARN in Amazon for a virtual device

    • When the device was created

To remove or resync a device, choose the radio button next to the device and choose Remove or Resync.

For more information on enabling MFA, see the following: