WhatsApp added new two-step verification security feature for its Android, iPhone and Windows users. WhatsApp two-step verification will make installing the app on a new device more secure. Users will have to use a six-digit passcode when registering the phone number with WhatsApp again – or any attempt to verify their phone number through the app. WhatsApp started beta testing this feature on Android and Windows back in November last year.
WhatsApp Two-Step Verification
To use this feature, users will have to open WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable, the company said in its release. After enabling thus feature, users will have to enter their WhatsApp passcode, and optionally enter an email address so that they can recover the account if the passcode is forgotten.
“This email address will allow WhatsApp to send you a link via email to disable two-step verification in case you ever forget your six-digit passcode, and also to help safeguard your account,” the company says on the FAQ page for the feature.
WhatsApp will not verify the email address we provide. It is highly recommended to make sure the provided email address is correct. Otherwise the WhatsApp account will end up locked out if we don’t remember the passcode.
Further, if you have WhatsApp two-step verification enabled, your phone number will not be permitted to reverify on the app within seven days of last using WhatsApp without your passcode.
“After these 7 days, your number will be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp without your passcode, but you will lose all pending messages upon reverifying – they will be deleted. If your number is reverified 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 reverifying,” the company says.