How to Log in to Your Facebook Account without Code Generator

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When it comes to Facebook, security isn’t as top of mind for millions of users as it should be. Given its popularity, Facebook is ripe for hackers or individuals and groups who hope to access your account. That makes having a secure password important, but it means also enabling two-factor authentication (2FA). Adding an additional level of security to your account, it’s important that you can quickly access whatever method of 2FA you set up. If you can’t access 2FA, fear not, as getting back into your account isn’t impossible. Here’s how you can log in to Facebook if you don’t have access to your 2FA code generator.

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Texting a Code

One of the easiest 2FA methods is to use a code generator app like Authy. These apps provide a random set of six-digit codes that allow access to hundreds, if not thousands, of websites. This is one of the simplest ways to enable 2FA, but it requires that you have access to your phone or tablet.

What happens if you lose your phone and can’t access your code generator app? The best thing you can do is begin the 2FA process, and when you arrive at the screen that asks for the six-digit code, click on “Need another way to authenticate?”

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When you do that, you can choose another option like “Text me a login code,” then wait for the code. If you have lost your phone, hopefully you have another method for receiving texts, like iMessage on an iPad or Mac or through Android’s Google Messages on the computer. Alternatively, you can also let Facebook call you at one of the listed numbers in your profile. This is a good reminder it’s good to have a backup phone number listed in your profile.

Use Authorized Devices

One of the best ways to get into a Facebook account is to use an authorized device. It’s very possible you don’t even know a device is authorized and that’s okay. When you log in to Facebook for the first time from a new device, browser or application, it asks if it can remember it. This question ensures that you will not need a login code when you log in again from this authorized device.

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If you find yourself in a scenario where you don’t have access to your code generator, this is a great and relatively unknown way to log in to your account. If you have a device, app or browser where you haven’t logged in to Facebook in some time, try it and make sure to select the option to “Save Browser” so you remain logged in in the future.

Recovery Codes

When you set up your two-factor authentication, you have a chance to receive a set of recovery codes. These recovery codes can be an invaluable way to get into your account should you not be able to use your code generator. To set up recovery codes:

1. Click the drop-down arrow at the top right of Facebook and select “Settings & Privacy -> Settings.”

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2. Select “Security and Login,” then locate the “Two-Factor Authentication” section and click on “Use two-factor authentication.” If you have two-factor already set up, you’ll need to use your code generator if you are setting up recovery codes for the first time. If you do not have 2FA set up, you will just need to enter your password.

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3. Next to “Recovery Codes” toward the bottom of the screen, click on “Setup” and then “Get Codes.” If you have the codes already set up, click on “Manage -> Show Codes” instead. The important thing is that you copy, screenshot or write down the ten codes that appear. Each code can only be used one time, then it can be replaced by following the same steps and clicking on “Get New Codes.”

Login Facebook Code Generator Recovery Code List

When you lose your code generator, these recovery codes ensure that you can quickly and securely regain access to your account.

Final Thoughts

It’s always frightening when you lose access to personal accounts like email or Facebook. As these platforms are highly personal, not having access can make you think you have been hacked or had your identity stolen. Luckily, it is still possible to log in to Facebook without a code generator.

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10 comments

  1. someone hacked my account and changed my email and phone number and a added 2FA. i recovered my account via ID verification and changed my password, now when i try to log on it asks for the code which obviously i dont have. I have tried everything no luck

    1. I’m having the same problem, except Facebook won’t even accept my ID no matter what I try. I’m absolutely at the end of my rope.

    2. HTc CHide, same thing has happened to me! I’ve done everything including sending my ID ten times. I’ve changed my email and even get notifications but can’t get past the code generator login. Did you ever find out how to get in?

  2. my Facebook account was hacked, i can change the password but don’t have access to the code generator. I have submitted multiple images of id and I get nothing back from Facebook.

    1. i am having the exact same issue! facebook will not accept my ID and i have no clue what to do. All the tips are when you can log in which I cannot on any device.

  3. Same as above,; Hackers added their own dummy email addresses to my account (so they know every time I try to get access and stop me) and disassociated my phone number from the account as well. All the helpful suggestions I’ve received (i.e. upload my identification, generate reset codes I can’t do, etcetera) have been no bueno so far!

  4. Has anyone had any luck getting back into their account after submitting ID? I have had the same problem as everyone else on this thread and I am frantic. Looking for an answer everywhere, with no luck. This is an unbelievable oversight of FB security, and the inability to talk to anyone is beyond comprehension with a company this size.

    1. Debra, I know exactly how you feel. Facebook even has an option to try other options since you don’t have access to the phone number but I’ve gone that route about 10 times and the same thing happens. I use a different password that FB allowed me to change and then it comes up to the enter a code. I’m ready to pull my hair out! There’s no one to call or email to help. Un-fricken-believable. Someone could be using all the pictures I had accumulated of my kids and grandkids for 12 years. I am sick!

  5. Same issue here—although I’m only unable to login on my phone. I can’t access Code Generator because you need to be logged in on mobile to use it. There’s no Code Generator on desktop/browser from what I can tell. I also tried sending my ID and have heard nothing. I tried the text messages too, multiple times, but they don’t ever arrive. Insane.

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