Do you often need to verify the login? Starting with iOS 15 and iPad OS 15, you have built-in two-factor authentication for your saved logs. It can generate verification codes and fill them out automatically for more secure sign-in. Here’s how to set it up.
Thanks to iCloud Keychain, you can see all secure accounts and passwords in the “Passwords” (First, Passwords and Accounts) section of the “Settings” app. According to iOS 15 and iPad OS 15, you also have a built-in two-factor authentication feature in the Passwords section to generate verification codes. When you sign in to your accounts, the codes will be filled in automatically, just like the saved passwords.
Keep in mind that using this feature involves a bit of tedious work on the frontend, as you have to set it up for every website and app login you want to save with two-factor authentication. ۔ Of course, this will only work if the relevant sites and apps support two-factor authentication for login.
Here’s how to use the built-in authentic on your iPhone or iPad.
Related: What is two-factor authentication, and why do I need it?
How to configure two-factor authentication feature.
You can use the built-in two-factor authentication with every site and app that supports two-factor authentication for secure sign-in. When setting it up, you’ll need to add a setup key or QR code to the built-in two-factor authentication on your iPhone and iPad.
To get started, open the “Settings” app and select “Passwords” on your iPhone or iPad.
You will need to use Fee ID or Touch ID (or Passcode) to access the passwords.
The next window displays a list of all passwords stored in the iCloud keychain. You can tap on the current entry. Alternatively, select “+” (plus sign) in the upper right corner of the screen to add a new one.
Type the website address, username and current password. If you want to update the login with a strong password, you will also find a strong password suggested above the keyboard. Finally, tap “Done” to proceed.
From the “Account Options” section, select the “Setup Verification Code” option.
In the menu that pops up, select “Enter setup” or “Scan QR code” to add a verification code to your login. You will get the key or code from the website, as we will explain below.
Two-factor authentication only works with sites and apps that help generate two-factor authentication codes using a QR code or security key. So you can use it with GitHub, Gmail, Outlook, and even social media apps like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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How to set up an account for two-factor authentication.
We say you want to save your Twitter account. To do this, you can use Twitter’s QR code on your iPhone or iPad after authenticating it.
To access it, open first Twitter website. In your computer’s browser and tap the “More” button on the left hand side.
From the menu that appears, select “Settings and Privacy.”
In Settings, click “Security and Account Access,” then click “Security.”
Under the “Security” section, click “Two Factor Verification.”
In the “Two Factor Verification” section, check the box for the “Verification App”. Then, enter your Twitter account password to confirm the changes you’re about to make.
A popup for the verification app appears and click on the “Start” button.
The next screen will show you a QR code. Use your iPhone’s camera app to scan this QR code from the Twitter site. Next, tap the “Add verification code to passwords” notification that appears at the top of the screen.
Verify your identity with Face ID or Touch ID and select an account to include the verification code. Once you add it to the “Passwords” for the Twitter site, you’ll see a “Verification Code” section that provides a six-digit code that changes every 30 seconds.
How to enable AutoFill for passwords and verification codes.
If you are using a third-party password manager, you need to enable AutoFill after setting up the built-in two-factor authentication. In addition to the prompts to auto-fill passwords, you’ll find similar prompts for verification codes so you don’t have to change apps.
Open the “Settings” app, and tap “Passwords” on your iPhone or iPad, and use the Face ID or Touch ID to access the “Passwords” section. Next, tap on “AutoFill Passwords”.
Under the “Allow filling” section, tap on the “iCloud Keychain” option to select it.
Close the “Settings” app.
that’s it! After setting it up, you can more securely log in to your favorite apps and sites on your iPhone and iPad.
Related: How to view your accounts and passwords on iPhone or iPad.