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The best way 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 is to enable login approvals. Once enabled, you will need a login code every time you want to log into your account from a new device. This feature will protect your account from being hacked, even if your password is weak 7 Password Mistakes That Will Likely Get You Hacked 7 Password Mistakes That Will Likely Get You Hacked The worst passwords of 2015 have been released, and they're quite worrying. But they show that it's absolutely critical to strengthen your weak passwords, with just a few simple tweaks. Read More .

Note that Facebook can only deliver the login code to your mobile phone number. However, you can also use Code Generator on your Android phone or tablet to “manually” generate a code. That way you will always be able to log into Facebook, even when you can’t receive text messages.

Let us show you how to set up Login Approvals and Code Generator on your Android device.

Why Enable Login Approvals?

Login Approvals is an extra security layer that will make it harder for someone to hack your Facebook account. When they try to log into your account from a device that you haven’t previously authorized, they will need both your password and a login code.

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Moreover, when someone attempts to log into your account from another computer — and if you don’t use Code Generator — you will indirectly be notified of this login attempt as you receive a security code in a text message.

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Though you can always receive login alerts to your email address or on your Facebook account. You can enable the respective notifications under Account Settings > Security > Login Alerts in both your browser and the mobile app. We highly recommend enabling email notifications.

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How to Enable Login Approvals

Login Approvals require a mobile phone number. First, you’ll need to navigate to Facebook in your browser and head to Mobile Settings under Settings > Mobile. Here, make sure that you have a current mobile phone number on record. You can add as many numbers as you like and we highly recommend that you add at least two.

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Once you have updated your phone number, you can go ahead and enable Login Approvals. While this feature is available in the mobile app, it doesn’t seem to work reliably. Thus, open Facebook in your browser, go to Settings > Security > Login Approvals, and check Require a login code to access my account from unknown browsers.

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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 an App Password for Facebook apps that are not eligible for Login Approvals.

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You can also download backup codes for when you don’t have access to your phone. Go to Settings > Security > Login Approvals and click Get codes. This features is also available in the mobile app under Account Settings > Security > Login Approval Codes.

How to Set Up Code Generator

Until now, all steps could be completed in the browser. Code Generator, however, is a feature exclusive to the Facebook Android app. If you had the app installed all along, Code Generator might be available already. Otherwise, install and open the app How Facebook Is Ruining Your Android (and What You Can Do) How Facebook Is Ruining Your Android (and What You Can Do) If you care about battery life, performance, or privacy, you're going to want to uninstall the official Facebook app and use one of these alternatives. Read More .

When you first log into the Facebook mobile app, you will need a security code to complete your login. After you log in with your password, Facebook will send you the code in a text message.

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Inside the Facebook app, tap the menu button, scroll down until you see Code Generator, and tap Activate. Then return to Login Approvals on the Facebook website, select Set up Code Generator, and click Continue.

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After you’ve successfully activated Code Generator on your Android device, you’ll find it listed as an option for login code delivery under Security Settings in your Facebook account. This is also where you can Remove and hence disable Code Generator. Obviously, we don’t recommend doing that.

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The next time you want to access Facebook on a new device and cannot receive a text message — for example, if you don’t have a signal or you switched SIM cards — you can use Code Generator instead. Simply open your Facebook app, tap the three-line icon in the top left, scroll down, tap Code Generator, and long-tap the code to copy it to your Android clipboard.

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Should you ever lose access to Code Generator How to Log Into Facebook If You Have Lost Access to Code Generator How to Log Into Facebook If You Have Lost Access to Code Generator What if you can't log into Facebook on your new computer because you don't have access to the Code Generator on your phone? Here's what you need to do. Read More  (like if your phone was stolen), you can log into Facebook from a recognized device, log out on your phone, and remove Code Generator. Until you get your phone back, you can also set up a third-party app to generate codes.

Has your Facebook account ever been hacked Has Your Facebook Been Hacked? Here's How to Tell (and Fix It) Has Your Facebook Been Hacked? Here's How to Tell (and Fix It) There are quite a few things that you can do to prevent an attack on your Facebook account, and a few things you can do to fix things if it does get hacked. Try this. Read More ? How do you keep it hacker proof? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

Originally written by Tina Sieber on June 5th, 2012.

  1. Dexter Cruz
    November 20, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Awesome giveaway!

    • Tina Sieber
      November 20, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Wrong article, I'm afraid.

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

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

  3. 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 ???

  4. 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

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

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

  6. 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

      .

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

      Josph,

      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 :)

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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...

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

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

    thanks

    • 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.

  13. 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. :]

  14. 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.
    PLEASE HELP ME TO ACCESS MY ACCOUNT.

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

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

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

    explained in a great way with screenshots !!

  17. 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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