It was in last year November that Whatsapp enabled two-step verification on Whatsapp app in their beta versions. Today the company announced that they will be making the two-step verification available for all its users. The two-step verification will add a layer of additional security along with the end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp isn’t the first one to offer two-step verification and in fact, many chat apps providing these features.
The two-step verification has been implemented for iOS, Android, and Windows users. The feature is not mandatory and can be toggled on/off from the settings menu. With the two-step verification in place, rest assured that it will be extremely tough, if not impossible for the account to be compromised. Let’s see How to enable the Two-step verification on Whatsapp.
How to enable two-step Verification on WhatsApp?
Two-step verification is an optional feature that adds more security to your account. When you have two-step verification enabled, any attempt to verify your phone number on WhatsApp must be accompanied by the six-digit passcode that you created using this feature.
To enable two-step verification, open WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.
Upon enabling this feature, you can also optionally enter your email address. This email address will allow WhatsApp to send you a link via email to disable two-step verification in case you ever forget your six-digit passcode, and also to help safeguard your account. The email will not be used to verify its accuracy.
Important: If you receive an email to disable two-step verification, but did not request this, do not click on the link. Someone could be attempting to verify your phone number on WhatsApp.
In Android, tap the three dots on top of the WhatsApp landing page, and go to settings> accounts>two-step verification and then enable the same. It will ask for a six-digit code as well, along with an email id to secure the account.
WhatsApp rolling out two-step verification feature for its users across the world.
WhatsApp will not allow you to verify your phone number within seven days of using the service without the passcode. If you don’t choose a recovery email, it will be impossible to verify your account without your code within seven days.
According to WhatsApp’s own FAQ page, they don’t verify this email address to confirm its accuracy. If you forget your passcode you can provide your accurate email address to recover.
WhatsApp users will also not be able to re-verify their account. This verification should happen within seven days of last using the app without the passcode. If a user has forgotten their passcode and hasn’t provided an email id to receive the disable link, then they will have trouble accessing it for seven days. After this period, the user will be able to verify their account without the passcode but will lose all older messages.
Your number can re-verified on WhatsApp after 30 days of last using WhatsApp.
Note: To help you remember your passcode, WhatsApp will periodically ask you to enter your passcode. There is no option to disable this without disabling the two-step verification feature.