Whatsapp New 2 Step Verification System

Whatsapp has now started a new 2-step verification system for all its 1.2 million Windows, iOS and Android users. Earlier this two-step verification was being tested on the beta versions of the Android app, but it will now be extended to all users.

This is an optional feature.

It boosts security of your account.

Every time you setup WhatApp on a different smartphone, you’ll need this code for accessing the account. When you have the feature enabled, any attempt to verify your phone number on WhatsApp must be accompanied by the six-digit passcode that you personally choose.

So, here are the step to enable this feature:

On iOS Devices

Open WhatsApp go to Settings, followed by Account and then hit on two-step verification and enable.

WhatsApp will ask you to enter a six-digit code; choose a code that you won’t forget easily.

After you’ve confirmed the code, WhatsApp will ask for an email address (this is a quick reminder section for pin, in case you forget the code, you can still get access the account from here).

Make sure you give an active email address, and one that you use on regular basis.

On Android Devices

Tap the three dots on top of the WhatsApp page.

Go to Settings> Accounts>Two-step verification and then enable the same.

WhatsApp will ask you to enter a six-digit code; choose a code that you won’t forget easily.

After you’ve confirmed the code, WhatsApp will ask for an email address (this is a quick reminder section for pin, in case you forget the code, you can still get access the account from here).

According to WhatsApp FAQ page, they don’t verify this email address to confirm its accuracy. “We highly recommend you provide an accurate email address so that you’re not locked out of your account if you forget your passcode,” adds the page.

When a user forgets the account, they can ask for an email to be sent to them for recovering their account. The email will ask if the user want to disable two-step verification, and gives a link to that; once you click on it, this security feature is disabled, and the user once again gets access to their WhatsApp account.

WhatsApp users will also not be able to re-verify their account within 7 days of last use of app without passcode.

If a user has forgotten their pass code, and hasn’t provided an email to receive the disable link, then they will have trouble accessing it for seven days. After this period, the user will be able to verify their account without the pass code, but will lose all older messages irrespective of any backups.

WhatsApp will periodically ask people about their code in order to ensure people don’t forget it.

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