WhatsApp Email Verification enhances security with optional email-linked two-factor authentication for users.
WhatsApp is enhancing user account security by introducing an optional email verification feature. This measure is designed to provide an additional layer of security, particularly for the account recovery process. When a user enables two-step verification, they can now register an email address with their WhatsApp account. This email can then be used to send a 6-digit code to the user, which is necessary for completing the registration of their phone number on a new device or for resetting their two-step verification PIN if forgotten.
Currently, this feature is in beta testing and is available to a select group of testers on the Android platform. The email verification system is expected to be rolled out more broadly in the future, but it remains secondary to phone number verification, which is the primary method for accessing a WhatsApp account. This development follows the trend of WhatsApp adding more security features, such as passkeys and the ability to create alternate profiles for better separation between work and personal life.
The implementation of this feature appears straightforward. Users will enter their email in the settings under Account and will have to verify it to complete the setup. This helps ensure that the user can recover their account if they lose access to their phone number. It’s an added security net that WhatsApp is encouraging users to utilize, even though it’s not meant to replace the primary phone number verification.
For users eager to try out the latest features, including the email verification, they can join the beta program through the Google Play Store or by installing APKs from trusted sources. Those who prefer stable releases can continue to download WhatsApp from the Play Store and wait for the feature to be included in a future update.