Secure your Snapchat account with Two Factor Authentication to prevent unauthorized sign-ins. Snapchat is a video-sharing app with over 500 million people that use it monthly to create, view, and share short videos. If you are one of the users, you may want to learn how to secure your Snapchat account with Two Factor Authentication or turn it off if you already enabled it.
There are several ways to do this, starting beginning by creating a strong password. You can take this a step further by enabling Two Factor Authentication for your Snapchat account.
Two Factor Authentication gives you extra security by requiring a code each time you, or someone else, tries to log in to your account. It also protects your account from unrecognized and unauthorized devices or third-party apps. In this article, we’ll show you how to set up Two Factor Authentication in Snapchat.
Requirements for Set Up Two Factor Authentication in Snapchat
To enable Two Factor Authentication in Snapchat, you will need the following: Snapchat mobile app (you can only set up Two Factor Authentication using the mobile app).
1. An active phone number.
2. A working email address.
3. Download: Snapchat for Android/iOS. the app is free.
How to Set Up Two Factor Authentication in Snapchat
Here’s how to enable Two Factor Authentication for your Snapchat account:
1. Open the Snapchat app on your mobile phone.
2. You’ll need to be logged in to set up Two Factor Authentication, so log in to your account if you haven’t already.
3. Tap Profile. Now tap the hamburger menu button in the top-right corner of your screen.
4. Tap Security and login. This will open a new screen showing several options to secure your Snapchat account, such as Security alerts, Manage devices, Manage app permissions, 2-step verification, and a Save login info toggle button.
5. Tap 2-step verification. It is set to Off by default.
7. There are three ways to set up Two Factor Authentication in Snapchat: via SMS, email, or password. You’ll need to select at least two of these verification methods. Once set up, if you or anyone logs in from an unrecognized device or third-party app, Snapchat will choose the most secure method to verify your identity, based on your current method of logging in.
8. For this demonstration, select SMS and Email. This means that Snapchat will send a verification code to you via SMS (4-digit code) and email (6-digit code) each time there is a login attempt from an unrecognized device or third-party app. Now, tap Turn on.
9. Enter your Snapchat password in the space provided and tap Next.
10. Enter your email address and tap Send code. Snapchat will send you a code to confirm your email address, so make sure to use an account that you can access.
11. You will receive an email with a 6-digit code. Enter the code in the space provided. This will automatically enable Two Factor Authentication. You will then receive a New account email push notification, informing you that a new email has been added to your account. If you do not receive the code, check your spam folder. If you still can’t find it, tap on Resend code. Each code is only good for 60 seconds, after which you’ll need to tap resend code.
How to Change Your Phone Number and Email
Snapchat allows you to change the phone number or email address you used to set up Two Factor Authentication. Here’s how.
1. Navigate to the 2-step verification screen and Log in
2 Tap on your Profile and then tap menu and Security and login
3. Under Your security method, tap the three dots button next to your phone number or email address.
4. To update your phone number, tap Update phone. Tap Update email if you want to update your email address. You will receive a code. If it doesn’t auto-populate, enter the code manually into the space provided for it.
5. Fill in the new phone number or email address in the space provided and tap Send code. For SMS codes, fees may apply.
6. You will receive another code via SMS or email depending on your selection. Enter the code if prompted.
7. You’ll receive a push notification letting you know that your linked phone number or email has changed.
8. When you next log in to your Snapchat account, your Two Factor Authentication code will be sent to the newly added phone number or email address.
How to Turn Off Two Factor Authentication on Snapchat
It is easy but it is not good to turn off Two Factor Authentication for your Snapchat account. Here’s how to turn it off:
1. Navigate to the 2-step verification screen (Log in > tap Profile > tap menu > tap Security and login).
2. Tap Turn off, you’ll find it on the right-hand side of 2-step verification is on.
3. You can also turn off Two Factor Authentication for your phone number or email by going to the Your security method section and tapping the three dots button to the right of either of your phone number or email.
4. Next, tap Turn off. You’ll receive a warning notification. Review it and if you still want to proceed, tap Turn off.
5. Enter your Snapchat password and tap Next. This should now turn off Two Factor Authentication for your Snapchat account.
After this, you can turn on or turn off Two Factor Authentication by navigating to the 2-step verification screen, tapping Turn off or the three dots button, and entering your password.
If you choose to turn off Two Factor Authentication, anyone with your login details can gain access to your Snapchat account.
By verifying your devices, using strong and unique password combinations, trusted password managers, password best practices, and security keys, your Snapchat account will be even more secure.
More Ways to Protect Your Snapchat Account
In addition to Two Factor Authentication, you can further secure your Snapchat account using the Security alerts, Manage devices, and Manage app permissions options. To do so, navigate to the 2-step verification screen (Log in > tap Profile > tap menu > tap Security and login).
Security alerts notify you of unusual account activity detected in the last seven days. This feature allows you to review and select recent events that you neither initiated nor recognized. You can remove or reset any such event.
With Manage devices, you can manage all the devices connected to your Snapchat account. Apps with permission to access your Snapchat data will appear under Manage app permissions. Here you can add, remove, and manage apps that can access your data.
Two Factor Authentication is a valuable feature that many web and mobile apps are adopting. It can help to protect your account even if somebody gets hold of your password. Apps such as Snapchat can store a lot of personal data about you, so it’s particularly important to keep them as secure as possible.