WhatsApp’s finally rolled out two-step verification for its worldwide user base several months after the option popped up in the beta version of the app. The tool joins end-to-end encryption as another layer of security to keep your account safe from threats.
To get started, all you have to do is head into WhatsApp’s Settings menu, press on into Account, tap Two-Step Verification, and choose Enable. Following this, you’ll have to come up with a 6-digit passcode that has to be entered every time you try to verify your number.
You can also choose to input your email ID. WhatsApp says it’ll send a link to the address just in case you forget your 6-digit password. The URL will allow you to disable two-step verification. It should be noted that the company won’t verify your email address when you put it in, so make sure it’s correct.
If you get an email to stop two-factor authentication but haven’t requested it, there’s a chance someone is trying to gain access to your account. WhatsApp is additionally taking steps to make sure you don’t forget your passcode. It’ll periodically ask you to type it to help you recall it better. There’s no way to stop this from happening unless you completely disable the security measure.
In case you forget your code and didn’t provide an email ID, WhatsApp won’t let you reverify your phone number within 7 days of last using the application. After this period of time passes, you’ll be allowed to reverify your number without the password. The catch here is that all your pending messages will be deleted.
If your number is reverified without your code 30 days after you were last active on WhatsApp, the firm will delete your account and create a new one for you to use. You can download WhatsApp via the Play Store, App Store, or Microsoft Store.