How to disable two-step verification in WhatsApp

Many may not understand why you’d want to put your privacy at risk by disabling two-step verification on WhatsApp but there are a couple of reasons:

  1. Our lives are already full of passwords. So now you need another one for your WhatsApp? Screw it!
  2. In the event you don’t provide an email address when activating two-step verification, you risk being locked out of your WhatsApp account if you forget your password.
  3. When you provide your email as backup, you are opening up yourself to the risk of someone else using it to try to gain access to your WhatsApp account. Should your email account be compromised (which is not rare), you are very much at risk. Even WhatsApp warns about such in its FAQs: If you receive an email to disable two-step verification, but did not request this, do not click on the link. Someone could be attempting to verify your phone number on WhatsApp.
  4. By activating two-step verification, you are setting yourself up for periodic reminders to input your passcode as WhatsApp takes initiative to train you to remember your password and not forget it (oh, how novel!).

So now, what to do?

1. Follow steps 1 through to 4 as outlined here.

2. Click Disable.

3. Confirm.

4. Done!

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Emmanuel Chenze

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