I have 2-step verification enabled for my Facebook account, but recently I needed to log in and didn’t have my Samsung S7 handy. And I couldn’t get past the “code generator”. Is there a solution?
Generally once you set up 2-step account verification — which I strongly recommend — then it’s really hard to log in without having your smartphone in hand. But that’s kind of the point, and whether it’s done through an SMS text message that contains a secret code or the “decoder ring program” that is Facebook’s Code Generator utility, you’re going to have a tough time without your S7 or other smartphone in hand.
There is a way to sidestep the Code Generator request from Facebook if you’re either on a Mac system with iMessage set up or an AT&T device with its cool NumberSync system enabled, because in both cases you’ll get text messages sent to your phone showing up on your tablet or computer. Otherwise, ya need yer phone, mate!
If you are on a Mac OS X system like a MacBook Air and you have all your data sharing via iCloud, here’s how you could theoretically sidestep the Code Generator challenge. First off, you go to log in to your Facebook account and here’s what you see:
The Code Generator is something you can find in the Facebook mobile app, but let’s say you don’t have your phone handy so can’t get to that feature. Instead, click on “Didn’t receive a code?“.
A few options are presented:
Notice that second option: If you’re logged into Facebook on another computer, you can actually approve the new login without any further hassle. Probably, however, that’s not going to be the case.
Instead, click on “Text me a login code“…
Ready? iMessage (uhm, “Messages”) all configured properly? Click on “Text me a login code” and Facebook will send a six digit number that will show up both on your smartphone and in Messages:
162836. This changes every time you send it, of course, so it won’t help you hack my Facebook account! 🙂
On your computer screen, the window will have changed to an input box, ready for that code. Don’t be confused by it still referencing Code Generator, however. Just enter the value sent:
A click on “Continue” and you’re logged in!
Well, not quite. You have the chance to mark this computer and browser as safe so that you won’t have to go through all this rigamarole next time you log in:
Choose “Save Browser” if you trust the computer, or “Don’t Save” if it’s a public machine or one you won’t use again.
And now, with another click of “Continue“, you’re in.