How to Enable Two-Step Verification in WhatsApp

In this post, we’ll see:

What is Two-Step Verification in WhatsApp?

“Two-step verification,” a feature which is disabled by default, makes your WhatsApp account more secure.

By default, you’ll only verify your phone number.

However, when you’ve enabled two-step verification, you need to verify your phone number, and you’ve to provide pin too.

With that said, let’s see the steps to enable WhatsApp two-step verification.

Enable Two-Step Verification in WhatsApp

Open WhatsApp.

Hit Overflow menu (three vertical dots) > Settings > Account.

Tap “Two-step verification.”

Tap the “Enable” button.

Enable button

Now, enter a six-digit pin.

Confirm the six-digit pin.

Now, if you wish, you can provide the email address. Remember that WhatsApp will send an email to this address with the link to disable two-step verification if you forget your pin while reverify. After you provided your email address, hit “Next” button.

Confirm the email address.

That’s all. Two-step verification is successfully enabled.

Two-step verification enabled for WhatsApp account

Keep in mind that WhatsApp will periodically ask you to enter pin while opening the WhatsApp to help you remember the pin.

Here are some other important things to note:

You’ll not be allowed to reverify within the seven days of last using WhatsApp without the pin.

However, after that seven days, you’ll be allowed to reverify without the pin. However, the messages you’ve received during these seven days will get deleted.

If you reverify after 30 days of last using WhatsApp without the pin, then your account will get deleted, and a new one will be created.

Note that you can change the pin and email address that you’ve used for two-step verification feature. Also, you can disable the feature. Here’s how you can do all those:

Hit Overflow menu (three vertical dots) > Settings > Account > Two-step verification.

Two-step verification options

Tap on “Change PIN” if you want to change the pin.

Tap “Change email address” if you want to change the email address. Instead of this option, You’ll see “Add email address” (option is self-explanatory, right?) if you’ve not added email address while enabling two-step verification. 

To disable two-step verification: Hit “Disable” option. In the confirmation popup, hit “Disable.”

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