06 February 2017
WhatsApp’s much talked about feature – Two-step verification, that we caught in the beta version of Android last year, has finally made its way to Android, iOS, and Windows.
Coming officially to the said platforms as an optional feature, Two-step verification adds more security to your account. So, once enabled, any attempt to verify your phone number on WhatsApp must be accompanied by the six-digit passcode that you created using this feature. To enable two-step verification, open WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.
You can also enter your email address as an option as an added security and it will be useful if you forget your passcode. Hence, you get a rigid safety, but you need to provide an accurate e-mail address as WhatsApp doesn’t verify this email address to confirm its accuracy. So, make sure you add a correct email address and double check before saving it.
WhatsApp knows that it’s not easy to remember the six-digit passcode, so WhatsApp will timely ask you to enter your passcode so that you won’t forget it.
Furthermore, WhatsApp makes it clear that if you receive an email to disable two-step verification, which you didn’t request then don’t click on the link as someone could attempt to verify your phone number on WhatsApp.
Also, WhatsApp writes, “if you have two-step verification enabled, your number will not be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp without your passcode. ” So, in case you forget your own passcode, your number will only be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp without your passcode after these 7 days, but it will delete all your previous messages.
Read this carefully –
If you have two-step verification enabled, your number will not be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp without your passcode. Thus, if you forget your own passcode, but did not provide an email to disable two-step verification, even you will not be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp. 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.