Checking MFA status - AWS Identity and Access Management

Checking MFA status

Use the IAM console to check whether an AWS 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 AWS 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 My 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, FIDO Security Key, Hardware, or SMS.


    AWS 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 Not assigned next to Assigned MFA device. If the user has an MFA device enabled, the Assigned MFA device item shows a value for the device:

    • The device serial number of a hardware device (usually the number from the back of the device), such as GAHT12345678

    • The ARN in AWS for an SMS device, such as arn:aws:iam::123456789012:sms-mfa/username

    • The ARN in AWS for a virtual device, such as arn:aws:iam::123456789012:mfa/username

If you want to change the current setting, choose Manage next to Assigned MFA Device.

For more information on enabling MFA, see the following: