YouTube: How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Let's get your account locked down

YouTube Two-Factor Authentication - hero

You can trust PC GuideOur team of experts use a combination of independent consumer research, in-depth testing where appropriate – which will be flagged as such, and market analysis when recommending products, software and services. Find out how we test here.

Last Updated on

YouTube is a great platform for sharing and viewing videos, but ensuring your account remains secure is also important. One of the best ways to do this is by enabling two-factor authentication. 

Two-factor authentication adds a security layer to your account by requiring a code and your password. 

Let’s explore how you can enable two-factor authentication on your YouTube.

Steps to Enable 2FA on Your YouTube

Step

1

Sign in to Your YouTube Account

The first step is to sign in to your YouTube account. You can do this by visiting the YouTube website and clicking the “Sign In” button at the top right of the screen. Enter your email address and password to log in to your account.

Step

2

Go to Your Account Settings

Once logged in to your account, click on your profile picture at the top right of the screen. From the dropdown menu, select “Settings.”

Step

3

Click on the “Security” Tab

In your account settings, click on the “Security” tab. This tab contains all the security settings for your YouTube account.

Step

4

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

To enable two-factor authentication, click on the “2-Step Verification” option. You will then be prompted to enter your phone number. Enter your phone number and select whether you want to receive the code via text or voice call. Click “Next.”

Step

5

Enter the Verification Code

YouTube will now send a verification code to the phone number you provided. Enter the code into the field on the screen and click “Next.”

Step

6

Backup Codes

YouTube will now provide you with backup codes. You can use these codes to access your account if you cannot receive a verification code. We recommend that you print or write down these codes and store them in a safe place. Click “Done” to complete the process.

Step

7

Verify Your Identity

YouTube may prompt you to verify your identity by entering your password again. This is to ensure that only you have access to your account.

And there you go! You have now enabled two-factor authentication on your YouTube account. When you log in to your account, you must enter a code and your password.

Benefits of Two-Factor Authentication

Enabling two-factor authentication on your YouTube account provides several benefits. 

First, it adds an extra layer of security to your account. Even if someone knows your credentials, they won’t be able to access your account without the code.

Second, two-factor authentication can help protect against phishing attacks. Phishing attacks are a scam where a hacker tries to trick you into entering your password into a fake website. With two-factor authentication, even if you enter your password into a phishing website, the hacker won’t be able to access your account without the code.

Third, two-factor authentication can help protect your account if your password is compromised. The hacker cannot access your account without the code if your password is compromised. Even if your password is compromised, your account will remain secure.

Conclusion

Enabling two-factor authentication on your YouTube account is a simple and effective way to add an extra layer of security to your account. Following the steps above, you can enable 2FA on your account and enjoy a safer YouTube experience. Remember to keep your backup codes safe and verify your identity if prompted. 

Stay safe and happy viewing!

Kevin is the Editor of PC Guide. He has a broad interest and enthusiasm for consumer electronics, PCs and all things consumer tech - and more than 15 years experience in tech journalism.