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How to enable 2-step verification for Coinbase

24 Nov 2021 - by Kevin Archer

Important:
If any sites prompt you to use Google Authenticator for two-factor authentication, note you can always substitute it with Authenticator App by 2Stable. Although they work in similar ways, Authenticator App by 2Stable is more feature-rich and allows for multi-device syncing, iCloud-backups, and have easier account recovery in case you lose your device or just want to switch to a new one.
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Download Authenticator App by 2Stable

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Locate 2FA Settings

  • Login in your Coinbase account, and click on Account in the top right corner and select Settings.

    Locate 2FA Settings
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Next Step

  • From the settings menu in your Coinbase account, click on Security.

    Next Step
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Next Step

  • Scroll down and from Other Options select Authenticator.

    Next Step
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Verify your phone number

  • Coinbase will send you a 7 digit security code. Enter that code into the verification field and press on Confirm.

    Verify your phone number
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QR Code

  • A pop-up window will appear for you to scan the QR Code with Authenticator App. Keep this window open as you reach for your phone.

    QR Code
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Capture QR Code

  • Open Authenticator App and at the bottom of the screen, tap the plus button and hold your device up to the computer screen to scan the QR Code. If you are unable to scan the QR Code, you can import the QR Code in Authenticator App from Files, tap the plus sign in Authenticator App and choose Files and follow the instructions.

    Capture QR Code
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Two-Factor Authentication Code (2FA)

  • After successfully scanning the QR Code, Authenticator App will automatically choose the Coinbase logo and autofill account name and secret key. If you want you can change the icon or the account name. Press on Save when ready.

    Two-Factor Authentication Code (2FA)
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Copy & Verify Your Code

  • Copy the numerical code provided from Authenticator App and confirm it on the Coinbase website and then click Enable. Note that this code refreshes every 30 seconds.

    Copy & Verify Your Code
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Done!

  • You have successfully set Two-Factor Authentication for your Coinbase account, from now on, you will need to use the Authenticator App when you log in.

    Done!

You’re all set! You’ve enabled Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for your Coinbase account. To learn more, visit the Coinbase support page. Stay safe!

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Note: If you haven't set up two-factor authentication or you don't have access to your Coinbase account, please contact Coinbase support directly.