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