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. We have been hearing sordid tales of how WhatsApp accounts are being compromised by malware and in some instances are also being hacked. 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.
- 1 How to enable two step Verification on WhatsApp?
- 1.1 To enable two-step verification, open WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.
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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 used to verify its accuracy.
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.
As an additional safeguard, WhatsApp will not allow you to verify your phone number within seven days of using the service without the passcode. This means 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. “We highly recommend you provide an accurate email address so that you’re not locked out of your account if you forget your pass code,” adds the page.
WhatsApp users will also not be able to re-verify their account within seven days of last using the app without the pass code. If a user has forgotten their pass code, 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 pass code, but will lose all older messages.
“If your number is re-verified on WhatsApp after 30 days of last using WhatsApp, and without your pass code, your account will be deleted and a new one will be created upon successfully re-verifying,” the post added. WhatsApp will periodically ask people about their code in order to ensure people don’t forget it.
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.