If you’re using the beta app, or when the feature rolls out more widely which is highly likely to happen over the coming months, go to Settings within WhatsApp, open Account, select Two-step verification and Enable.

With two-step verification enabled, you will only be able verify a number on a handset once every seven days if you’re attempting to do so without using a 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 seven days of last using WhatsApp,” added the firm.

After this period, you will be able to reverify on WhatsApp without a passcode but will lose all pending messages upon reverifying.

How to Enable Two-Step Verification

  1. Open WhatsApp (beta)
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Go to Account
  4. Look for Two-step verification
  5. Tap on Enable
  6. On the next screen, enter six-digit passcode.
  7. Next, re-enter six-digit passcode.
  8. Optionally, add your email address on the next screen.


In the last step – optional, as mentioned – WhatsApp asks for an email address to link with your account. This email address will let WhatsApp to send a link via email to disable two-step verification in case user forgets the six-digit passcode.

Remember that in case you user forget the six-digit passcode, WhatsApp won’t permit re-verifying the account within seven days of last using WhatsApp.

The two-step verification procedure can be turned on or off at any time. Users can also update the six-digit code and the email address every time they want.


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