2-Step Verification, also known as two-factor authentication or 2FA, can help keep your PSN account and digital game library as secure as possible. 2FA sends you a code as a text message or your preferred app to verify your identity each time you log into your PSN account on a new device. This ensures that only you can access your PSN account and keeps hackers out.
To enable 2FA, you need a smartphone with an active number. Alternatively, you can use an authentication app like Google Authenticator. Here’s how you can enable 2-step verification on PS5.
Enable 2-Step Verification on PS5
- Go to Settings
- Select Users and Accounts.
- Select Security.
- Scroll down to the 2-Step Verification option. By default, it is Disabled.
- Select 2-Step Verification. A new screen with two different verification modes will pop up.
Choose one of the two options:
Option #1: 2-Step Verification via text
- Select Text Message to receive verification codes on your phone via text.
- Now enter your mobile number.
You’ll receive a code on your phone.
- Enter the code received on the verification screen and press Activate.
- From the next screen, make a note of the displayed Backup Codes. They can be used to recover your account if you lose access to your phone or phone number.
Two-factor authentication is now enabled via text!
Option #2: 2-Step Verification via Authenticator App
For this option, you first need to download Google Authenticator on Android or iOS.
- Select to enable 2-Step Verification via the Authenticator App.
The PS5 will display a QR code.
- On your phone, Google Authenticator and select Scan a QR Code.
- Point the phone camera at the QR code being displayed on the screen.
- Google Authenticator will automatically verify the account. The PS5 will ask for the Authenticator App code. It’s displayed next to your PSN ID email on the app.
- Then, press Activate. Backup codes will show on the PS5. Keep a note of them, as they can help you recover your account if you lose access to your phone.
- Two-factor authentication is now enabled via Authenticator App.