WhatsApp has begun rolling out the introduction of two-factor authentification in its latest beta, where users can add a passcode to secure their account.
WhatsApp has finally released another long-awaited feature in its newest beta; the ability for users to secure their account with a 6-digit passcode used for two-factor authentication.
When setting up WhatsApp on a new phone, the app will verify your phone number through an SMS confirmation. With two-factor authentication enabled, users will have to enter their secret 6-digit passcode to access their account.
The app itself provided an official statement to coincide with the release of the feature on its latest beta client:
“Should users forget their passcode, they’ll have the ability to register an email address of their choice from which they can regain access to their accounts.
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 the app 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 the app 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.”
However, WhatsApp won’t verify an email address – leaving it up to a user to provide an accurate address should they need assistance in regaining control of their account.
The feature is live in the latest beta version of the app, version 2.16.346. Two-factor authentication joins several other features as Facebook has steadily grown the platform this year.
While the ability to make video calls remains in beta, the app has introduced the ability to make voice calls, leave voicemail, edit images through a Snapchat-style window, as well as the ability to send and receive GIFs in-chat.
Facebook has made its intent clear to grow the service as a distinct offering to its own in-house messaging service, Messenger – though its recent attempt to integrate user data gleaned from the service was repelled in the United Kingdom.
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