WhatsApp's two-step verification method is now live, but only for users running the latest beta version of the app 2.16.341 or above for Android.

With the beta version installed, head over to the Account settings in WhatsApp. You will notice an option saying Two-step verification. Tapping on it presents a screen that explains the authentication method and how to enable it.

When you enable it, you will need to enter a 6-digit passcode that you would be asked each time while trying to register your phone number with WhatsApp. Click Next to go to the next screen where you will have to add your email address to your account that would be used to reset your passcode, if you forget it.

Once that is done, the two-step verification will be enabled on your phone number. It is an optional feature that offers more security to your WhatsApp account.

How to enable two-step verification on WhatsApp

  • Launch WhatsApp app
  • Go to Settings, then Account
  • Go to Two-step verification then Enable

The latest development was spotted by folks over AndroidPolice. Another notable feature in the latest few beta versions is the option to play audio messages in the background. Unlike earlier versions wherein you will need to open WhatsApp and stay within the conversation to hear voice messages, in the new version you can switch to other conversations or even other apps when playing audio messages.

Not only for Android beta, the two-step verification is now available for the beta build of Windows app. According to NokiaPowerUser, the WhatsApp 2.16.280 beta for Windows Phone devices has the authentication feature along with storage information.