Two-factor authentication (2FA) and how to enable it

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Why is it important to enable 2FA?

We highly recommend enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) for the following reasons:

  • Security!
    2FA increases the security of your account. Even if somebody guesses your password, they won’t be able to access your account.
  • Free games!
    2FA is required to claim some free games on the Epic Games Store.
  • Gifting!
    2FA is required to send gifts in Fortnite.
  • Competing in Fortnite!
    2FA is required for participation in Fortnite competitive events such as the Fortnite World Cup!

Since your account security is a priority for us, we also give players rewards for enabling 2FA. You can check them out here. For more information about what you can do to secure your account, please see our Account Security News post.

How do I enable 2FA?

  1. Go to the ACCOUNT page.
  2. Click the PASSWORD & SECURITY tab.
  3. Under the 'TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION' header, you will see the available 2FA options:

    • Two-factor Authenticator App: Use an Authenticator App as your Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). When you sign in, you’ll be required to use the security code provided by your Authenticator App.
      If you opt to use an authenticator app for 2FA, these third-party common authenticator apps can be found in your mobile device app store:
      • Google Authenticator
      • LastPass Authenticator
      • Microsoft Authenticator
      • Authy
    • Email For Two-Factor Authentication: Use a security code sent to your email address as your Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). The security code will be sent to the address associated with your Epic Games account. You’ll need to use it in when you sign in.
    • SMS Code For Two-Factor Authentication: Use your phone as your Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). When you sign in, you’ll be required to use the security code we send you via SMS message.
  4. Click "SET UP" to enable your preferred 2FA method.
    1. After you select your authentication method, you should receive a code from Epic Games for email and SMS, and the App should generate a code for you
    2. Input the code, and you should see a success message on the website (example below is for email).

      A confirmation message will be sent to your email:
    3. Your account page will be automatically updated to confirm that the authentication method is active.

Please note that if you choose more than (1) authentication method, you will want to click on the three dots (...) on your preferred method of contact and choose the "Make my primary 2FA method".

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