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How to Enable Two-Step Verification on WhatsApp

Oyetoke Tobi - Saturday, February 25, 2017

Want to protect your WhatsApp chats, media files and group chats? Here’s how to enable and use Two-Step verification on WhatsApp.

Two-step verification is basically a key security protocol that is becoming more popular and widely used. Like it name implies, it takes two steps for verification before giving access. So instead of just using your password, you’ll use your password as usual and something else to log in to your account. This makes it much harder for attackers to hack your account.

When I said “something else”, I mean your phone. Generally when setting up Two-step verification, you have to enter your phone number for the second step verification. To have access to your account, you’ll login with your password as usual. Once you’ve login, it will ask for a secret code and you should receive a secret code on the phone number you entered. Afterwards, enter the given secret code to the provided field. That’s all, very simple.

However, WhatsApp Two-step verification method is a bit different from others. The “something else” WhatsApp always had is the phone number you associate with your account. Since WhatsApp doesn’t require a password, how do you password protect it. If someone stole your SIM card, they could insert it into another phone, download WhatsApp and log in without any obstacle.

However, now that two-step verification is available on WhatsApp, let’s look at how to set it up and prevent that.

The first thing to do is to ensure you are using the latest WhatsApp version. Since it’s a new feature, it will only be available in the latest version of WhatsApp. So update your WhatsApp from the PlayStore

Open up WhatsApp from your Phone main menu

Then head over to Settings > Account

You should be able to see a Two-Step Verification option in this menu. If you don’t see it that means your WhatsApp isn’t updated to the latest version. Ensure you update app if you want to really do this. 

Tap on Two-Step Verification if you see it there and tap on Enable.

From there, you’ll be asked to enter a six-digit passcode and then verify it. Also, don’t use your phone’s password for security purpose.

The next step is to enter and confirm your email address. However, there is an option to skip this step, you can skip it if you like, but I won’t suggest that. Because, if you don’t have an email address attached to your WhatsApp account, you won’t be able to reset your password. So enter your email address and verify it.

Then tap on “Done” to enable Two-step verification. 

That’s all. You’ve successfully enable Two-Step verification on WhatsApp. If you like, you can disable it, or change your password or even your email address from the WhatsApp settings at any time.

From now on, the next time you set up WhatsApp on a new phone, you’ll have to enter your password, and then you’ll receive the one-time secret code. Enter the secret code in the field provided and then you’ll have access to your WhatsApp.



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