Social Media Facebook How to Turn on Two-Factor Authentication on Facebook Keep your Facebook account secure with 2FA by Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated on July 01, 2020 Facebook Facebook Flipboard Pinterest Twitter Snapchat Instagram YouTube Online Dating Tweet Share Email Facebook accounts often contain a great deal of personal information and other private data, so having someone access your FB account without permission could be devastating. Having a complex password is no longer enough to ensure your account remains safe, so it's important to know how to activate two-factor authentication (2FA) on Facebook. It adds a level of security to the login process and helps protect your private information from being exposed to prying eyes. How to Activate Two-Factor Authentication on Facebook With 2FA enabled, you are asked to validate your identity each time you log in. Validation uses methods that include entering a one-time code sent to your mobile device or approving the authentication attempt on another trusted device. Go to your Facebook home page and click the down arrow in the upper right corner. Click Settings in the menu. Select Security and Login in the left pane. Scroll down to the Two-Factor Authentication section and select Edit located next to Use two-factor authentication option. Enter your Facebook password and click Continue to open the Two-Factor Authentication dashboard for your account. For 2FA, choose between receiving text messages with a code or using a third-party app. For text messages, you can use a phone number already associated with your Facebook account or choose a new one to receive these texts. Select an optional backup method. You have the option of using a static recovery code only you know or tapping the security key (such as Touch ID) on a compatible device. These backup methods are not mandatory but are recommended in case you cannot access your primary 2FA device or application. To configure either, select Setup next to the Security Key or Recovery Codes option. When 2FA is first enabled, you are asked if you want to save the computer, smartphone, or tablet you're currently logging in from. If you opt to do this, you won't be required to enter a security code every time you access Facebook from the device in question. You shouldn't do this on public computers or other devices used by other people. How to Turn Off Facebook 2-Step Verification While this isn't recommended, you can turn off two-factor authentication on your Facebook account by returning to Facebook's Security and Login screen. Log in to Facebook and select the down arrow in the upper right corner of the screen. From the menu, choose Settings > Security and Login. Scroll down to the Two-Factor Authentication section and select Edit located next to the Use two-factor authentication option. Enter your Facebook password and select Continue. At the top of the screen is an indicator noting that two-factor authentication is turned on. Select Turn Off. Select Turn Off again in the confirmation dialog to complete the process.