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Whether you love it or hate it, Facebook is here to stay. A lot of people continue to use the social network, and chances are high that you do too. And if you are, there may be some information on your profile that you don't want others to get a hold of — that's why setting up two-factor authentication (2FA) is always a good idea. Here's how to set it up for Facebook.

How to set up 2FA for Facebook on Mac

Getting 2FA set up on your Mac (or PC) from a web browser is an easy process. Once you're logged in to your account on Facebook, just follow these steps:

  1. Click the Account button in the upper right corner (it looks like a triangle pointing down).
  2. Click Settings & Privacy from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Settings.

    Set up two-factor authentication on Facebook on web by showing steps: click Account button, click Settings & Privacy, then click Settings.Source: iMore

  4. Click Security and Login in the left sidebar menu.
  5. Scroll down and click on Use Two-Factor Authentication.

    Set up two-factor authentication on Facebook on web by showing steps: Click Security and Login from the left sidebar menu, then scroll down and click Two-Factor AuthenticationSource: iMore

  6. Choose your 2FA Authentication method. Your options include an Authenticator app (recommended) or Text Message (SMS) (less secure).
  7. Scan the QR Code or input the secure code into your authenticator app of choice. We recommend Authy.
  8. Click Continue and follow the rest of the on-screen directions.

    Set up two-factor authentication on Facebook on web by showing steps: Choose your 2FA method - we use an authenticator app in the example because it is more secure. Scan your QR code or input the secure code into your authenticator app, then click ContinueSource: iMore

Once you have added your Facebook account to your authenticator app, it generates six-digit codes that you'll need to input whenever you try to login to your Facebook account. These codes expire after 30 seconds.

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How to set up 2FA for Facebook on iPhone or iPad

If you prefer to use the Facebook mobile app on your iPhone or iPad, then you can set it up from there as well.

  1. Launch the Facebook app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the menu button in the bottom right corner. It looks like three lines stacked vertically (hamburger).
  3. Scroll down and tap on Settings & Privacy.

    How to set up two-factor authentication for Facebook on iOS by showing steps: Launch Facebook, tap the Menu button in the bottom right corner, then tap Settings & PrivacySource: iMore

  4. Tap Settings from the drop-down menu.
  5. Tap Security and Login.
  6. Tap Use Two-Factor Authentication.

    How to set up two-factor authentication for Facebook on iOS by showing steps: Tap Settings, tap Login and Security, and then tap Use Two-Factor AuthenticationSource: iMore

  7. Choose your 2FA Authentication method. We recommend Authentication app because it's more secure, but you can also use Text Message (SMS) if you want, though it's less secure.
  8. Tap Continue.
  9. Scan the QR code with your authenticator app, or tap Set up on same device. You can also copy and paste the secure code into the app.
  10. Once you've set it up in your app, tap Continue and follow the rest of the on-screen directions.

    How to set up two-factor authentication for Facebook on iOS by showing steps: Choose your 2FA method, tap Continue, then scan the QR code or tap Set up on same device or copy and paste the secure code into your authenticator app. Then tap ContinueSource: iMore

Questions?

Adding 2FA to any of your online accounts gives it another layer of protection and security. It is highly recommended to enable it whenever possible, so it's harder for people to force their way into your digital accounts.

If you have any questions about setting up Facebook 2FA, drop them in the comments below.

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