Two-Step verification for WhatsApp rolls out for Android, iPhones, Windows

The optional two-factor authentication will be available to users on iOS, Android, and Windows devices, and lets users create a six-digit passcode which must be used to register their phone number with WhatsApp. The new feature is expected to add more security to the user's account.

WhatsApp is rolling out "two-step verification", which gives users an additional layer of security for their account.

In order to enable the optional WhatsApp security feature, users have to open WhatsApp Settings Account Two-step verification Enable, the company said in its release.

Although WhatsApp claims that it won't verify the email to confirm its accuracy, you still the run the risk of having your e-mail address exposed to security threats and possibly unwanted promotional messages.

To activate the two-step verification, just navigate to the Account page under Settings on WhatsApp and choose Two-Step Verification. We highly recommend you provide an accurate email address so that you're not locked out of your account if you forget your passcode. Users will have to provide a six-digit passcode (created by them using this feature) when registering your phone number with WhatsApp again - or any attempt to verify their phone number through the app.

According to Ars Technica, if someone is attempting to login into the other's account, an email will be sent to the user requesting to disable the code.

The process is even more stringent if you re-verify your mobile number on WhatsApp without the passcode after 30 days of last using the app as this leads to your account getting deleted as a whole.

However, in case you forget the passcode, WhatsApp won't allow you to verify your account for seven days since you have last used the app. All calls made, like messages, are encrypted end-to-end.

  • Carolyn Briggs