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How to turn on two-factor authentication for Snapchat


If you use Snapchat quite a bit, especially if you use it to communicate with friends or if you have a ton of followers, then it might be a good idea to make sure that your account is secure. This can be done by using two-factor authentication that adds an extra layer of protection beyond the username and password combination.

If you haven’t enabled the feature yet, it might be a good idea to do so, what with all the data breaches that have happened over the years and with all the passwords floating out in the internet. So if you’re keen on protecting your Snapchat account, here’s what you need to do.

Turn on 2FA for Snapchat

  1. Launch the Snapchat app
  2. Tap your profile icon at the top left corner of the app
  3. Tap the Settings icon at the top right corner
  4. Under “My Account”, tap on Two-Factor Authentication
  5. Tap on Continue
  6. Tap on “Let’s do it!”
  7. Select your preferred method of receiving the OTP. Neither choice is wrong or bad, it’s just preference. With SMS, you can receive the OTP even if you don’t have internet coverage, but an authenticator app could be useful if you do have other apps that have 2FA enabled
  8. Once you have selected your preferred method, follow the instructions to receive the OTP and you’re done

Why use 2FA?

Now if there is one annoying thing about 2FA is that you constantly need to enter a new code whenever you login, and it seems quite tedious and we get it. But by not having 2FA, a hacker who figures out your username and password can breach your account.

Having 2FA will add an extra layer of security to ensure that even if another person knows your password, as long as they do not have access to your phone, they will neve be able to log into your account.

The extra step can be a bit troublesome, but since most of the time you stay logged into the app, it shouldn’t really be that much of a hindrance.

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Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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