Thursday, September 27, 2018

How To Enable/Disable WhatsApp Two Factor Authentication

The two-factor authentication can add extra security to your online accounts. Gmail and Facebook already providing this security feature for the users.

Basically, two-factor authentication requires your authorization to log in to your account. All you need to do is to register your mobile number to receive OTP [One Time Password].

When you enter your login credentials, you will receive an OTP on your mobile number. Then, you should enter the OTP on the screen to securely log in to your account.

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This prevents cyber-criminals from hacking your account. Even though someone cracked your password, they will still need OTP to get access.

Two-factor authentication is the highest level of security to protect your account. This includes OTP, security questions, Device prompt, and biometric.

In WhatsApp, this works differently. As you know, you need OTP for verifying your number. Additionally, you will be asked to enter a PIN for authentication. Here, PIN acts as two-factor authentication.

WhatsApp two factor authentication

In this post, you'll learn how to enable/disable WhatsApp Two-Factor Authentication.


Requirements


  • Android Phone.
  • WhatsApp installed on your phone.
  • Valid E-Mail address.

How To Enable Two Step Verification in WhatsApp


  • Launch WhatsApp.
  • Tap on 3 vertical dots on the top right side.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on Account

Two step verification option

  • Then tap on Two-step verification from the list.

Enable Two step verification in whatsapp

On the next screen, you will see a message stating that you need to add a PIN. Thus, when you reverify WhatsApp with same phone number again, you need to enter the PIN.

  • Tap on the Enable button.

Enter 6 digit PIN

  • Now, enter a 6 digit PIN and click Next button.
  • On the next screen, enter the same 6 digit PIN for confirmation.
  • It will automatically Save your PIN.

Enter Valid Email address

  • On the next screen, you will be asked to enter a valid E-Mail address.

Note: Although you could see an option to skip, we don't recommend you to skip. To reset your PIN, this E-Mail address will be used if you forgot your PIN.

Once adding an E-Mail address,

  • Tap on Next button.
  • Again enter your E-Mail address for confirmation.
  • It will automatically Save your email.

Enabled WhatsApp two factor authentication

That's it. You've successfully enabled WhatsApp two factor authentication.


How To Disable Two Step Verification in WhatsApp


  • Launch WhatsApp.
  • Tap on 3 vertical dots on the top right side.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Go to Account.
  • Tap on Two-step verification.

Disable two step verification in whatsapp

  • Tap on Disable option. 
  • Touch the Disable option on the pop-up message.

Now, you have successfully disabled WhatsApp two factor authentication.


More Options


You will see two options. They are:

  • Change PIN.
  • Change email address.

Change PIN - To change the PIN, tap on it and provide new PIN. Then confirm it.

Change email address - To change the email, tap on it and give a new email address. Then confirm it.

Note: Don't forget the email address and associated password. Please note down your login credentials.

Main Advantage of WhatsApp Two Factor Authentication


If someone tries to access your WhatsApp account on their phone, they need OTP. If they can access your phone too, it's easy to get them OTP. Here, two-factor authentication plays an important role. They need the PIN to verify the phone number. Only you know the 6 digit PIN to reverify your phone number.


Things To Be Noted After Enabling WhatsApp Two Factor Authentication


--  You're not allowed to reverify your phone number without the PIN. You need to wait for 7 days to reverify without the PIN. If you've already provided an email address, you could reset PIN at any time.

-- If you forget your PIN and email, you can't reverify your mobile number. You need to wait for 7 days to reverify.

-- After 7 days, you can reverify your mobile number without the PIN. Please be noted that your pending messages will be deleted.

-- When you try to reverify after 30 days, your account will be deleted. You need to set up a new account for your mobile number.


Conclusion


Two-step verification is an optional feature in WhatsApp. To add an additional layer of security to your account, you can opt for it. If you're very much concerned about your privacy, you will love this feature.

I hope this helps. Don't forget to share this article with your friends!

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