How to Turn on Fortnite Two Factor Authentication

Protect your Epic Games account with 2FA

Person playing Fortnite with controller and keyboard

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Whether you or your kids enjoy playing Fortnite, it's important to turn on two factor authentication (2FA) for it. Epic Games has had some security issues in the past, and taking a bit of precaution would be for the best. Fortnite is a free game, but has in-game transactions, so when you enable 2FA for Fortnite you're protecting your data as well as those in-game puchases. 

What is Two Factor Authentication?

Two factor authentication is a way to confirm your identity when logging into a website, app, software, etc. It uses your password and a second tool like a phone number where you can receive a one-time code. You then present that code as proof you're who you say you are when logging in. 

How to Enable 2FA in Fortnite

To enable two factor authentication for Fortnite, it has to be done through the Epic Games website.

  1. Log into your account on the Epic Games website.

    log in page for Epic Games website
  2. Select your username in the top right corner, then select Account.

    drop down menu to enter the account page
  3. On the left side of the window, select Password & Security.

    Password and security page of the epic games website
  4. Scroll down to Two-Factor Authentication. You have two options to choose from to enable 2FA for Fortnite and Epic Games: Enable Authenticator App or Enable Email Authentication. 

    Two factor authentication options
  5. To use the authenticator app, you need to have the app installed on your phone. If you select Enable Authenticator App, a pop up will appear with a QR code for you to scan with the app, which then provides a code to use as your 2FA. 

    pop up screenshot of the authenticator app option
  6. If you prefer to use email as the source for the 2FA code, then select Enable Email Authentication and a code will be sent to the email address connected to your Epic Games account. 

    email option for 2FA