Wondering what enabling 2FA in the Epic Games account means? 2FA stands for two-factor authentication or 2-step verification. and is a security feature. It adds an extra layer of security on top of a password. It covers the scary situation when the correct password is known to the perpetrator and you should be locked out of the account. With this feature, the person wouldn’t be able to log into the account without access to your phone. It’s a great way to improve safety, and used by Google, Apple, and Microsoft. And, well, this well-know game publisher is not lagging behind, which is a relief. Here’s how to enable 2FA in Epic Games account.
Do you need two-factor authentication for Epic Games?
Besides overall security, 2FA is also a requirement for three things on the Epic Games store.
- Claiming some free games.
- Sending gifts in Fortnite.
- Participating in competitive events, for example, Fortnite World Cup.
To motivate their users to enable the feature, Epic Games also provides a reward. This is only applicable to people who own Fortnite: Save the World. You will get 3 items.
- 10x Backpack Slots
- 50x Armory Slots
- 1x Legendary Troll Stash Llama
If you play the game with a console, your Xbox Live or PlayStation Nation accounts must be linked to the Epic Games account.
Steps to enable 2FA in Epic Games account
- Login to Epic Games using an account/platform of your choice.
- One logged in, locate your username in the top right corner.
- Hover over the username, and click on Account in the drop-down list.
- In the menu on the left-hand side, click on Password & Security.
You now have three options:
- Authenticator App: For this option, you can use any of the following apps: Authy, Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, and LastPass Authenticator.
- SMS Authentication
- E-mail Authentication
It’s important to mention that you cannot enable e-mail and Authenticator 2FA without first verifying the e-mail address tied to Epic Games account. You can do that by clicking on the Send email verification link on the page. Now that you’ve done that, here’s what to do next:
- Enable one of the three methods, by clicking on the on-off switch to the left of the option.
- If it flicks into the ON position, the feature is enabled.
- You can test it by signing out, then signing back in, and entering a 6-digit code sent to your phone or e-mail address.
Clarification: Constantly verifying your identity will be very annoying to you, the rightful user. But you also never know when an intruder might strike. For that reason, the feature is automatically “disabled” on the recognized device after the first confirmation.
Now you know the way to enable 2FA in Epic Games account. You can relax and focus on playing all the free games in your gaming library.