How To Enable Amazon Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

If you are a regular customer that buys through Amazon then you need to read this post.


The Holiday season is here and everyone needs to buy something but the real problem is, will their transaction be protected? Today we’ll look at how to enable the two-factor authentication on Amazon to protect your financial information, shopping preferences, and purchases.

Amazon supports 2FA via both text messages and an authenticator app. Authenticator apps are generally more secure and avoid a lot of the downfalls of text messages. However, text messages are more practical if you do not use a smartphone.

Follow the steps below to enable 2FA on your Amazon account.

Click on “Accounts and Lists” in the upper right corner.

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Scroll down to “Settings.” Under “Account Settings,” click on “Login & Security Settings.”

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Click “Edit” next to “Advanced Security Settings.”

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This page elaborates on how the 2FA features works on Amazon. Click on “Get Started.”

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Now you have a choice between using text messages or an authenticator app. Consider your threat model and choose the best method for you.

If you want to use an authenticator app, select “Authenticator App.” Open your authenticator app on your mobile phone, scan the QR code, and enter your verification code.

Click “Verify code and continue.”

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If you want to use text messages, select “Text message (SMS).” Enter a phone number on which you can receive text messages and click on “Send.”

Shortly after you click, you should receive a text message with a verification code. Enter it and click on “Verify code and continue.”

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Now you can add a backup 2FA method. If you chose to use an authenticator app as your primary method above, then you can enter a phone number at which you can receive text messages and follow the steps to verify it. If you chose to use text messages as your primary method above, you can follow the steps to set up an authenticator app, or enter a backup phone number. Note that either way, a phone number is required to complete this step and set up 2FA.

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Before you finish set-up, you’ll see two final notes from Amazon. First, note that some tablets and other mobile devices will not support a separate screen for 2FA. When that’s the case, you can “append” your verification code to the end of your password as shown.

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Secondly, you can also choose to skip 2FA on personal or “trusted” devices that you use regularly and keep in your personal possession. Because even trusted devices can be stolen or lost, we recommend that you do not check this option.

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Back at your security settings, you can change your preferred and backup 2FA methods, and specify the devices that will not require codes.

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