WhatsApp, the most widely used instant messaging and video calling app, has rolled out their latest feature; Two-Step Verification for over 1.2 billion WhatsApp users across the globe.
The feature was first announced in fall 2016 for beta version and now it is available for all platforms including Android, iOS and Windows.
WhatsApp Two-Step Verification is an extra layer of security which ensures that only you can access your account even if someone else knows your password.
This extra piece of information can be an alpha-numeric six-digit passcode. Your phone number will be the first authentication and the passcode will be secondary authentication.
How to Enable WhatsApp Two-Step Verification
In order to enable the two-step verification, follow the steps below:
- Open WhatsApp and go to Settings
- Tap Account button
- Tap Two-step verification button
- Tap Enable button
- Enter 6-digit passcode and re-enter to confirm
- Enter Recovery Email and re-enter to confirm
- Two-Step Verification is enabled
According to a support document, “If you have two-step verification enabled, your number will not be permitted to re-verify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp without your passcode. Thus, if you forget your own passcode, but did not provide an email to disable two-step verification, even you will not be permitted to re-verify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp.
After these 7 days, your number will be permitted to re-verify on WhatsApp without your passcode, but you will lose all pending messages upon re-verifying – they will be deleted. If your number is re-verified on WhatsApp after 30 days of last using WhatsApp, and without your passcode, your account will be deleted and a new one will be created upon successfully re-verifying.”
So, it is highly recommended that you add an email so that you do not get locked out of your account or lose all conversations if you forget your passcode.
The WhatsApp Two-Step Verification feature is slowly rolling out to everyone. Keep checking your WhatsApp app for the update.