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facebook login approvalsThe other day I showed you how to secure your Facebook account 5 Things You Can Do NOW To Secure Your Facebook Account & Make It Recoverable 5 Things You Can Do NOW To Secure Your Facebook Account & Make It Recoverable To most of us this is the biggest nightmare. You want to log into your Facebook account and your password no longer works. In the worst of cases, someone managed to hack your account and... Read More . One very effective way to protect your account is to enable Facebook login approvals. Once enabled, you will need to enter a security code if you want to log into your account from a new device. The code is sent to your primary mobile phone number.

However, you can also use Code Generator on your Android phone or tablet to ‘manually’ generate a code. This articles shows you how it works.

Why Enable Login Approvals?

Login Approvals is an extra security layer that will make it harder for someone to hack your Facebook account. Not only do they need to hack your password, they also need to either get hold of your mobile phone to receive the security code or hack that code to access your account. The code is needed to access Facebook from a device that wasn’t previously authorized.

Moreover, when someone attempts to log into your account from another computer, you will indirectly be notified as a security code is sent to your mobile.

Enabling Login Approvals

You can enable Login Approvals within your Facebook Security Settings. Facebook needs a mobile phone number to be on record for this security feature to work. Update your Mobile Settings with a number you have access to.

After you have successfully enabled Login Approvals, be sure to keep your Mobile Settings up to date, always have an authorized device as a backup to log in and change your settings, and set up an App Password for Facebook apps that are not eligible for Login Approvals.

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Setting Up Code Generator

Before you can proceed with setting up Code Generator, you need to install the Facebook for Android app.

Once you installed the app, you can launch it to activate Code Generator. Note that you will need a security code to log into Facebook for Android. After logging in with your password, a code will be sent to your mobile. You are then asked to log in again, using the code instead of your password.

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For current instructions from Facebook, log into your Facebook account on your computer, go to Login Approvals, click Set up Code Generator, and click the Next button in the window that pops up. Either way, it’s super simple.

In the Android app, click the settings button in the top left, scroll down and click Account, then click Code Generator, and select Add App. When you subsequently open the app, you need to Activate it.

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When you successfully activated Code Generator on your Android device, it will be listed as an option for security code delivery under Security Settings in your Facebook account. This is also where you can remove and hence disable Code Generator.

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The next time you want to access Facebook on a new device and cannot receive a text message, for example because you don’t have a signal or you switched SIM cards, you can use Code Generator instead. Simply open your Facebook app, go to the Settings button in the top left, scroll down to click Code Generator and a current code will be shown.

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If you enjoyed this article, also check out my other articles on Facebook:

Have you set this up for your account?

  1. JEP
    August 12, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    How do you change your phone number? I've been trying to figure it out.

  2. mati
    May 9, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    tere1 what to do with the code generator does not receive the sms code, and I can not get in way over with already looking forward to three days of this code, but it does not come to work? This code is always sent before, and now no longer corresponds to the code generator to get why the system is error ???

  3. Mohammad Shamshad Alam
    April 27, 2015 at 3:22 am

    i needs my code generator. kindly provide me .text me message and send to mail.
    thanks with regards

  4. vigneshwar
    March 28, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Facebook can send only a limited number of text messages . that is not good..

  5. brian slaughter
    February 21, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    My wife tried to use my phone to login to facebook on my phone but wont let her no where to put codes tells her to usediffert web browser

    • sana
      November 17, 2015 at 9:21 am


  6. isha yadav
    January 12, 2015 at 7:27 am

    i am trying to log in to my Facebook a/c but they are asking for some code and that code is going to my lost phone number which i don't have now with me, i am trying to set my new phone number but can't understand from where should i change becoz i can't open my a/c to reset my new number. plz help me

  7. nada
    November 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

    i didn't get my Security Code

    • Tina
      November 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      It can take some times for the code to get through. There shouldn't be a large delay, but the other day I had to wait for several hours. If you haven't received it after 24 hours though, something is definitely wrong.

  8. josephg1213
    October 20, 2012 at 8:33 am

    login approval sms message is not going through , i checked with the mobile service provider and they said all is ok on their part , last sms message i received was 14 hrs after i logged in , so its already spoiled and useless as i have logged out , in boredom of waiting. after that its been more than 24 hours and still no code was sent, has anyone SUFFERED same fate as with me? , i dont think its the mobile carriers fault... my hunch is theres a system glitch or problem with FB messaging system.. i hope its temporary , first chance i get i will activate this code generator

    • Tina
      October 20, 2012 at 8:53 am


      Hope it was just a glitch. I heard that it took a few hours for an SMS to get through for some people, but it should not take longer than the code is valid for. Never took longer than a few minutes for me.

      Are you trying to set up the Login Approvals Code Generator for Android? With that you can create the codes yourself on the go and wouldn't have to wait for a text message. Worth a thought for the future.

      • josephg1213
        October 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm

        after waiting for long hours like that , i MUST set up this generator :)

  9. Completely Frustrated
    September 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Keep getting the "Your current Firefox settings might make it hard to use login approvals." error.

    Gmail was easy to initiate this as was twitter but Facebook is a complete fail. Checked all settings, cookies not being erased, all other issues Facebook says cause it are taken care of and still the same stupid notice that blocks progress. Also I have tried to do this from 3 computers, my phone, and ipad and still the same stupid notice. After 2 weeks its just ridiculous.
    I am in a country where hacking of facebook is a serious issue and want this feature, but is Facebook really so Big Brother that they want to prevent me from using the security because they think it might "make it hard". Just let me use it you idiots and I will worry about the difficulties. Sheesh.

    Does anyone, please know a way to bypass the "helpfulness" of the morons at Facebook and actually enable this Login Approval feature?

    • Nexen4
      October 7, 2012 at 6:12 am

      I don't use an iPhone or an android device? What do I do :/ Can this work with my Nokia 3310?

      • Tina
        October 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm

        Is there a Facebook app for this device? If not, then it's impossible.

    • josephg1213
      October 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      i had the same issues as with you before , and it took me 3 days to set up this login approval .... try to use google chrome browser but you have to be logged in (google) when you set up your FB login approval ...

  10. Bandhan Shariar
    September 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I set up login approvals in my facebook id.I also make my computer recognize..But a few days ago i set up my computer.So after finishing my setup i am going to log in to facebook.But they now want security codes..Well thats good..But the codes didn't coming to my phone yet...So what i have to do now??..I have already tried severel times ...But the codes didn't coming in my phone..Please suggest something...My facebook id is so expensive for me.....So i request u to suggest me something for recover my facebook id...

    • Tina
      September 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      You had to use a code sent to your phone when you set up login approvals. Did that work? If yes, then login approvals are enabled. If no, you can probably still disable it if you manage to get into your profile on a recognized device.

      In any case, try a computer and browser where your Facebook login information is stored. It shouldn't require a security code there and you may be able to fix or turn off login approvals.

      If that doesn't work, try to recover your account following the options Facebook gives you. There must be an option for not having access to the security phone number.

      • Bandhan Shariar
        September 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        actually i recognize mine laptop for facebook login approvals..But a few days ago i setup my laptop and for that's why i have no information for my facebook id in my laptop.And then i setup a new browser.Then i tried to log in in my facebook id..Then told me that a security code was sent to my phone..But i didn't get any code yet.I tried many times but i was failed.I don't find anyway to recover my id...Please tell me ..My account is too much expensive for me..There's a lot of celebrity of BANGLADESH..who are friend with me in facebook.Between I run three facebook Pages..And two groups..Hope you understand how impotant my account is!...If u help me in this I really so thankfull to you...

  11. bharatsingh
    September 17, 2012 at 10:32 am

    i wants to open account our hotel jaipur heritage but some problem like so pl.
    help me how can i open my account.


    • Tina
      September 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      What exactly is the problem? Wait, do not post here! This question, including all details, is best asked on MakeUseOf Answers.

  12. kelly w
    September 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I was trying to set this up today for my iPhone (as offered on Facebook). But now I'm in limbo, because, mid-setup, the code generator isn't showing up on my iPhone. Any suggestions?

    • kelly w
      September 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      ooh! I had to update iPhone. working now. :]

  13. kalleya marut
    August 30, 2012 at 6:38 am

    I have been trying Loging my Facebook id from past 5 days, but, I couldn,t get through it. They Just Show me that your Acccount has been Temporarily Locked. I even tried to reset my Facebook Password but was of no use.
    Suggest me the solutions to Unlock My Facebook Account.

  14. Evelyn Randall
    August 9, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I have been hacked with unsightly pron. pictures that was sent to all my friends.

  15. Thegreatvinay
    June 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    explained in a great way with screenshots !!

  16. Kyem Ghosh
    June 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    even google account is having this kind of secure login... But it is much easier in facebook cz the text msg reaches very fast, within a few seconds of the click. But google takes a bit long time....

    • Andri Agassi
      June 6, 2012 at 8:14 am

      My experience is the exact opposite, I received Facebook SMS in a day, as with Google it's only 1-2 seconds.

      • Tina
        June 6, 2012 at 11:48 am

        Might have to do with the provider through which the notifications are sent. I haven't tried Google, but Facebook arrives in seconds.

    • dfgdf
      February 28, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      in my case both arrived in 5 to 10 sec

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