Alongside other messaging apps WhatsApp started using a verification process. This is a security measure offered by WhatsApp and can be enabled. Some application use two factor authentication but WhatsApp turned to two-step verification.
WhatsApp Verification is a two-step verification method that differs from 2FA in that in the two-step verification the pass-code is a PIN rather than randomly generated number. You choose your 6-digit PIN code so that if anyone tried to get into your account should provide your six digit code to the app.
The app gives you this optional feature for an extra layer of security. There is also a safeguard option should you forget your PIN code. In the process of choosing your code you can also add your email address. WhatsApp sends a link via email in case you wanted to disable the WhatsApp verification.
Enable Two-Step Verification on Android
Time needed: 5 minutes.
- Go to Settings
Click on the three doted section on the right top corner of the app to open the menu. Tap on the “Settings”.
- Account Section
Tap on the “Account”
- Two-Step Verification
Choose the two-step option.
Click on the “Enable” button
- 6-digit PIN
Here you can choose and enter you six digit PIN code. Click on the “Next” button when it turns green.
- Confirm your PIN
Repeat your PIN to confirm it, then choose “Next” when it turned green.
- Your Email
Enter your email in case you want to disable the two-step verification. Go “Next” when you finish. (Be sure that you are NOT locked out of your email since WhatsApp does not verify the email.)
- Confirm Your Email
Make sure you use the accurate email address. “Save” when finished.
Here you see the notification that shows your two-step verification is enabled. Click on “Done” to go to the next page.
Here you are informed that you have enabled the two-step verification and have to use your PIN when you want to enter WhatsApp again with your number. Also there are three options for you to, “Disable” your two-step verification, “Change” your PIN, or “Change your email address”.
Forgetting the PIN code
WhatsApp has anticipated the case you would forget the PIN code and came up with two ways to help you. Firstly, WhatsApp periodically will ask you to enter your PIN so you won’t easily forget it. The other cautious way is for you to enter your email (Steps 7 and 8) so you can use the disable link if you forgot the PIN code.
On the other hand the other precautions WhatsApp took it upon itself is a bit frustrating, so be sure not to forget your six digit two-step verification code. When you enable your two-step verification the app doesn’t let the account to re-verify 7 days after the last time you used the app without the PIN. So if you don’t use the email option to cancel the verification even you cannot re-veify for 7 days. After that time your pending messages will be deleted and you can re-verify your WhatsApp.
If you re-verify your account without your PIN one month after enabling the two-step verification your account will be deleted and another one will be created after re-verification.