WhatsApp beta gets more secure with two-step verification

WhatsApp is making things a little more secure with two-step authentication, which is rolling out now to the WhatsApp beta app for Windows Phone. As seen in the screenshots below, WhatsApp beta users are now seeing the option in the Account portion of the app's Settings menu.

Whatsapp Beta Two-Factor Settings

Once enabled, users can set a passcode, which will then be required whenever someone tries to register WhatsApp to a number on a new device. There are also options to change the passcode or disable it altogether after it has been set up.

While this may seem like a minor addition on the surface, it's a huge and much needed feature for keeping your account out of the hands of others. While only available in version 2.16.280 of the WhatsApp beta, hopefully two-step authentication will make its way to the release version relatively soon.

Thanks to Dave for the tip and screenshots!

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

34 Comments
  • No Windows Hello option in there though. /sad
  • Probably due to WhatsApp being still an 8.x app
  • I still don't get it. there are two WhatsApp apps in the store (beta and the regular one) they could have easily made one for windows 10 rather than one being beta.
  • Beta version came before release of windoes 10 mobile so there are more wp8.x registered users for beta program than windows 10 Mobile
  • There was always a beta version - maybe even on 7.x - but it was private. That's the reason why people think they should replace it with an UWP beta. But the same people seems to forget that WhatsApp primes for compatibility on supported platforms. They take a long time to address new features such as quick replies (I don't think the iOS app even supports it by now). Remember that most of the active Windows phones don't even support W10M officially. Once Windows 10 Mobile gets a significant marketshare and takes over WP8.x then the WhatsApp team may consider a proper release. Friendly reminder that UWP doesn't necessarily mean PC support, and as much as I'd love a proper client instead of WhatsApp Web I don't think it's coming anytime soon, unless they do an Instagram and jump the ship (which would be pretty good imo).
  • That's good.......so where's the video calling feature? Heard WhatsApp used windows mobile as the testing ground for iOS and android users for that feature and a friend of mine just this minute asked since when did WhatsApp have video calling and he's using a BB10 device.
  • WhatsApp Beta already had it for about two weeks, while the Android beta just got video calling support a few days ago.
  • I'm talking about for public release. Makes 0 sense adding features to the beta one after the other and not release to public. There are way more using public version in comparison to beta.
  • But video calling is still in testing afaik, even on Android. The APK version is their public beta after all.
  • I wish they would make WhatsApp as a UWP, would be perfect for Continuum.
  • Web.wa is already there...i guess no uwp is required
  • When I go to the web version on my phone it redirects to the homepage and advertises the 8.x app. Not very useful compared to a UWP app that takes advantage of the W10 features.
  • Absolutely... Cortana alerts me of WhatsApp notifications in my Windows 10 PC that syncs well with my phone and when I open it, I'm reminded by myself that it's not a UWP app to have the Continued App Experience. May be, someday.
  • And this works so nice with the Facebook messenger ...
  • Hello. Video call in vane if your contacts don't have that beta, is it right? What else?
  • How about adding a lock feature that will need a passcode to open the app???
  • That's so uncool and unethical, who does that anyway? I wouldn't want that on Windows.
  • That feature, unfortunately, is on Android app
  • How is it unethical??? It's always good to have options.
  • We need a w10 version!!!
  • Finally. Not offering two-step verification was huge security flaw, IMO. Sure, if you care about security, you probably don't use WhatsApp (but something like Threema), but providing two-step verification doesn't require any effort on WhatsApp's part (so why did it take so long?).
  • Does it work with the HP Elite x3 for the desktop client yet?  They've known about this issue since the x3 came out, and apparently just don't give a crap.
  • It added video calling option too!!! (am I late in realising that?)
  • But, replying from notification is pending!!
  • It will never happen unless they release a UWP for Windows 10. The current version of the app was originally developed for WP8/8.1.
  • What about they give us a NEW UI....with W10M design....
    We can (try to) live without the UWP but damn...this actual UI is just old
  • What about they give us a NEW UI....with W10M design....
    We can (try to) live without the UWP but damn...this actual UI is just old
  • looks like Windows Phone 7 UI
  • or even just port the Apple version over for once using the Project Bridge?
  • Yesss, Rohan
    In my opinion W10M came to simplify developers to build apps cause the UI language is good...
    But it hurts to see in 2016 November (more that 1year of Windows 10 release) this kind of UI.
    But....as they say "Hope is the last thing to die in the room".
  • Yesss, Rohan
    In my opinion W10M came to simplify developers to build apps cause the UI language is good...
    But it hurts to see in 2016 November (more that 1year of Windows 10 release) this kind of UI.
    But....as they say "Hope is the last thing to die in the room".
  • W10M market is not increasing. Probably this is the primary reason they are not excited for that.
  • Two - Step?  Nice.
  • WhatsApp needs a design overhaul. It's too boring.