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WhatsApp commences support for two-step verification


WhatsApp’s latest update allows users to use a six-digit passcode to secure their accounts.

Just as it has always been doing, WhatsApp verifies a phone number via SMS confirmation when the user is setting up on a new phone. Meanwhile, users who enable the two-step verification now have to enter the six-digit passcode to be able to gain access to their accounts.

There is also the option to add a valid email address. The email address can be used to disable the two-step verification if the users forget their passcode.

WhatsApp will periodically remind the user to enter their passcode.

Photo Credit: Android Central

Photo Credit: Android Central

There is, however, a catch:

“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.”

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