OATH Functionality with Authenticator on Desktops

Protect the YubiKey’s OATH Application

To further enhance the security of your YubiKey, consider adding a password to its OATH application so that no codes can be generated by the Yubico Authenticator unless that password is entered. To add a password to the OATH application, click the triple-dot icon to open the menu and expand the Set password section.

To use the standalone OATH functionality your YubiKey must have the CCID mode enabled, which can be done by using the YubiKey Manager.

Resetting the OATH Applet on a YubiKey


Resetting the OATH Applet on a YubiKey deletes all of the OATH credentials stored on your YubiKey; this also includes Windows Hello registrations. If you are actively using these, be sure to disable the 2FA requirement for your accounts before performing these steps to ensure you do not lock yourself out of any accounts.

Steps to Reset OATH Applet

  1. Download and install Yubico Authenticator.
  2. Insert your YubiKey to an available USB port on your computer.
  3. Open Yubico Authenticator.
  4. From the File menu, select Reset…
  5. Click OK to confirm the reset.

To file a support ticket with Yubico, click Support.