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Two-factor authentication is a simple way to protect your various online accounts from potential intruders, a way that requires you to provide a second code with your password every time you log in. Until now, Nintendo has been the only one of the Big Three console makers not to offer it, but that has recently changed. Here’s how to set up two-factor authentication for your Nintendo Account.
Downloading Google Authenticator
Sony’s two-factor authentication uses your mobile phone number, but for Microsoft and Nintendo, you’ll use a separate app to sign in – Google Authenticator, at least in Nintendo’s case. Before you do anything else, download the app for Android or iOS, which will make the rest of the process a lot easier.
Enabling two-factor authentication
Next, go to the Nintendo website and sign in to your Nintendo Account before going to the account settings page. On the left, you will see âConnection and security settingsâ. Select this and scroll down to â2-step verification settingsâ.
Select this option and you will have a few different options to enable two-factor verification. The first is to scan a QR code using the aforementioned app, but if you’re already doing it on your phone, it doesn’t make much sense. You can also enter the long code displayed on the screen, as well as the email address associated with your Nintendo Account.
However, you can also select the code on your phone and open it directly with Google Authenticator. From there, all you need to do is enter the email address associated with the account and you’ll be ready to use two-factor authentication. Nintendo will also provide you with a list of temporary codes that you can use, should you ever be unable to access your phone.
Use two-factor authentication
Now, every time you sign in to your Nintendo Account from a web browser, you will be prompted for a six-digit code after entering your account name and password. Just go back to Google Authenticator and it will list the code, which you can then enter to access your Nintendo Account. We noticed that we weren’t signed out of our Nintendo Switch after activating it, for better or for worse.
It’s that simple! Now come back to defeat Ganon, save the Mushroom Kingdom, and win SplatFests!
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