Friday, 17 April 2020

What is WhatsApp two-step verification?

I wouldn’t be writing on this issue of “WhatsApp Two-Step Verification” if it hadn’t been for my recent experience with it.
I previously had a phone (Samsung A6+) which I used for WhatsApp messaging and other social media platforms as such I explored every usage of the app not taking cognizant of the implications and the very reluctant part of me didn’t bother to note every single password I was playing around with.
So, in the long run my phone crashed and boom! Nemesis caught up with me (don’t just try to imagine how I felt or what I passed through. Hey! And don’t laugh).
Being normal me, I got a substitute for my damaged phone. And then… It was time to activate my WhatsApp messenger in order to retrieve previous messages and also continue leftover conversations. But lo and behold I was incapacitated by a pop-up message which displayed “enter your two-step verification password”.
Oh yes! I was damn speechless and helpless as I had forgotten my Two-step verification password.

Now, what is WhatsApp two-step verification?

According to WhatsApp inc. Two-step verification is an optional feature that adds more security to your account. When youhave two-step verification enabled, any attempt to verify your phone number onWhatsApp must be accompanied by the six-digit PIN that you created using thisfeature.
In a simpler term; WhatsApp Two-step verification is a six-digit password used in securing your WhatsApp account from external manipulation. It is also called Two Factor Authentication which is a security measure that makes your accounts  such as your Facebook account, or your G-mail account more secure, that means the security of your account is extremely high.

How do I set-up WhatsApp Two-step verification?

Very easy! All you need do is open your Whatsapp application, then, navigate to Settings, once you open your settings, go to Account, Having done that, then select  Two-step verification, upon selection, you will see option to Enable, then select the enable option.
According to WhatsApp inc. Upon enabling this feature, you can also optionally enter your email address. 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 PIN, and also to help safeguard your account. We do not 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 PIN.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you receive an email todisable two-step verification, but didn't request this, don't click on thelink. Someone could be attempting to verify your phone number on WhatsApp.

What do I do if I forget my Two-step verification?

Okay, don’t panick. If you have forgotten your Two-step verification code, just click on the forgotten password link on the screen. But there’re two sides to this scenario:
  • ·         When you have a recovery email: If while setting-up your Two-step you also included a recovery email, your issues is very easy. All you have to do is click on the forgotten password and select the option that states “recover password” and iot will be automatically be sent to your mail
  • ·         If you don’t have a recovery email: I was in this category when I forgot mine. All you to do is jus select your options and select “RESET”. But the implication to this is that WhatsApp will automatically log you out of all other devices and remove you from all the groups you were in before you forgot your Two-step verification

I am now back on WhatsApp but out of all my groups, including that of my department in school! What a dilemma.


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