The other day I showed you how to secure your Facebook account. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you enjoyed this article, also check out my other articles on Facebook:
- 5 Things You Can Do NOW To Secure Your Facebook Account & Make It Recoverable
- ROUNDUP: 5 Must-Know Critical Facebook Privacy Tips
- How To Recover Your Facebook Account When You Can No Longer Log In
- 4 Things To Do Immediately When Your Facebook Account Is Hacked
- How To Bulk Download Your Facebook Data & What Information The Archives Contain
Have you set this up for your account?