Two factor  authentication also known as 2FA, is an extra level of security that requires not only a password or username but also something that only the user has on them.

This is not a new concept but its use is prevalent in the digital age we live in. Using the method can help lower cases of identity theft on the internet.

The functionality of 2FA is not widely available, but has already  gone live in some of the latest beta versions of Whatsapp.

Steps-by-step explanation on how to Enable Two factor authentication on Whatsapp.

STEP 1

The first step is to open Whatsapp.

 STEP 2

When the app is opened, tap on the “more options” button on the top right corner of the screen.

STEP 3

The “more options” would provide a drop down of options, click on “Settings”.

STEP 4

Clicking settings takes you to another page. Click on the first option on the page, “Account”

STEP 5

After clicking Account, you are directed to another page where you’ll click on “two-step verification”

STEP 6

Clicking Two step verification opens a new window for you, tells you what two step verification is and then you  enable this function.

STEP 7

After you enable the two step verification, you are required to put in a 6 digit code which will serve as a personal pass code. you’ll also be required to confirm this pass code.

STEP 8

After confirming the pass code, you’ll be asked to put in an email. To give a reset point should you forget your pass code. you’ll also be required to confirm this email.

STEP 8

Your two step verification is enabled now. To end the procedure you click done at the bottom of your screen

What if you forget the pass code after setting it months ago?

To ensure you don’t forget your 6-digit passcode,Whatsapp will periodically ask you to enter your two step verification code. You can’t opt out of this except you disable two step verification.