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How to enable 2FA for Facebook

22 Apr 2021 - by Aries Ikel

Important: If any sites prompt you to use Google Authenticator for two-factor authentication, note you can always substitute it with Authenticator by 2Stable. Although they work in similar ways, Authenticator 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 by 2Stable

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Locate 2FA Setting

  • Log in to your Facebook account and go to Settings & privacy.

    Locate 2FA Setting
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Next Page

  • Choose Settings tab.

    Next Page
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Next

  • Choose Security and login tab, scroll down to Use two-factor authentication and click Edit.

    Next
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Enable 2FA

  • Click on the button that reads Use Authenticator App. It will prompt you to confirm your Facebook password.

    Enable 2FA
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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. Note that anywhere (not just Facebook) that prompts Google Authenticator also supports Authenticator App.

    QR Code
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Capture QR Code

  • Take out your mobile device and open the Authenticator App. At the bottom of the screen, tap the plus sign to scan a new account and hold your device up to the computer screen.

    Capture QR Code
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Save account

  • After successfully scanning the QR Code, the Authenticator App will automatically choose the Facebook logo and autofill account name and secret key. Confirm it’s correct by clicking Save.

    Save account
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Two-Factor Authentication Code

  • Record the numerical token provided for Facebook. Note that this code refreshes every 30 seconds.

    Two-Factor Authentication Code
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Complete Enablement

  • Returning to the Facebook website, enter the numerical token in the appropriate field. When done click Continue.

    Complete Enablement
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Recovery codes

  • You will now be shown your Facebook back-up codes. These codes are one-time use each. If you run out of these codes, you can click the Set Up button again to re-roll a new set, but doing so will render the previous list obsolete, so be 100% sure to keep the latest set somewhere safe.

    Recovery codes

You’re all set! You’ve enabled Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for your Facebook account. To learn more, visit the Facebook 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 Facebook account, please contact Facebook support directly.