Today WhatsApp announced an important update to their smartphone application on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, bringing two-step verification to the application for added security.

As part of this update, users will be able to create a six-digit passcode that you or anyone else would have to use when your phone number is being verified by the app.

With this, users won’t be able to use your account on another device without knowing the passcode.

Here’s how to enable it on your smartphone:

  1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone and tap “Settings” in the bottom corner.
  2. Go to “Account” then “Two-Step Verification”.
  3. Tap “enable”.
  4. Type in your chosen six-digit passcode and then repeat your passcode on the next screen
  5. Now you just need to type in your email address and you are finished.
  1. Open WhatsApp on your Android phone, tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner, then tap “Settings” in the dropdown.
  2. Go to “Account” then “Two-Step Verification”.
  3. Tap “enable”.
  4. Type in your chosen six-digit passcode and then repeat your passcode on the next screen
  5. Now you just need to type in your email address and you are finished.

WhatsApp also explained more about the feature with the following statement:

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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