Two-step verification is now available in WhatsApp Instant Messenger, representing another positive step by WhatsApp to protect your mobile number from unauthorized registration. Enabling Two-step verification adds an additional layer of security to your identity, especially when someone attempts to register WhatsApp using your mobile number. In such cases, the person would need to enter a 6-digit PIN that you created during your existing WhatsApp registration. This Two-step authentication feature enhances your security and guards against identity theft.
Enable Two-step verification on your WhatsApp Mobile number:
If you haven’t enabled Two-step verification yet, it’s time to secure your mobile number identity. Follow the steps below to enable Two-step verification in WhatsApp:
- Open WhatsApp and tap on the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, then choose Settings.
- In Settings, tap on the Account option.
- Under Account, you’ll find the Two-step verification option. To set up 2-factor authentication, tap on this option.
- In Two-step verification, tap on the Enable button.
- On the next screen, enter a 6-digit PIN code and make sure to write it down on paper for future reference. After entering the PIN, tap on the “Next” button.
- Confirm your PIN to verify it and tap on the “Next” button.
- Enter an email ID; this email will help you reset your passcode if you forget it. After entering, tap on the “Next” button.
- Confirm your email address and tap on the Save button.
- Congratulations, you have successfully enabled Two-step verification on your WhatsApp registered mobile number.
Now, whenever you or someone else tries to register WhatsApp with your existing mobile number, WhatsApp will prompt you to enter the 6-digit PIN passcode. If you fail to open WhatsApp within 24 hours, it will be locked with this passcode, preventing access until the correct PIN is entered.
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Disable 2-Step Verification On your Registered Mobile Number:
Tap on the top-right three-dot menu >> Settings >> Account >> Two-step verification >> Now tap on the Disable option. An on-screen box will appear; to turn off Two-step verification, tap on Disable. The Two-factor authentication has now been successfully disabled.
Forgotten the Two-step verification passcode:
If you have forgotten the verification passcode and are having trouble verifying your mobile number, you can reset the verification passcode using your registered email ID, which you entered during Two-step verification PIN activation. If you forget the 6-digit passcode, tap on the “Forgot passcode?” link on the Two-step Verification screen. After this, you’ll see an on-screen message instructing you to tap on the “SEND EMAIL” option.
WhatsApp will send a passcode reset link to your registered email ID. Click on the reset passcode link, and the passcode will be disabled successfully. After resetting, you can again start to register your WhatsApp with your mobile number without any passcode.
Note: If Two-step passcode verification is enabled on your mobile number, then no one can re-verify your WhatsApp number without the 6-digit passcode if you regularly use WhatsApp. If you do not use WhatsApp for up to 7 days, the number may be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp without the 6-digit passcode. If someone tries to reset within these 7 days, they will face the 6-digit passcode. If they use the “forgot passcode?” option, you’ll receive a passcode reset email. In this situation, do not click on the link; otherwise, they can register their WhatsApp with your mobile number. For more information, you can read the official WhatsApp Blog.