- Once you go to WhatsApp, tap on the Menu button displayed at the top right corner and then select drop down icon just after the search bar.
Settings -> Account -> Two-step verification -> Enable
- Once you do that, the app will ask you to provide an email and set a six- digit passcode.
- On next screen, enter your email ID (optional) to enable passcode recovery via email. (It’s recommended to use email as backup so that you’re not locked out of your account if you forget your passcode.) Then tap “Done”.
- Next time when you reconfigure your WhatsApp account on your new phone or want to add a new phone number to your account, the messaging app will require you to enter and confirm this six-digit secret code.
- Importantly, two-step verification can be disabled within the app without a passcode so your account could still be compromised if your phone falls into the wrong hands. But the update should help lock things down in case someone tries to hijack it from afar.
Steps to configure two-step verification settings on WhatsApp