Two-factor authentication and how to enable it


Why is it important to enable 2FA?

We highly recommend enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) because:

  • 2FA increases the security of your account. Even if somebody guesses your password, they won’t be able to access your account. 
  • 2FA is required for claiming some free games on the Epic Games Store.
  • 2FA is required to send and receive gifts in Fortnite. Both the sender and the receiver must have 2FA enabled. 
  • 2FA is required for participation in Fortnite competitive events.

As your account security is a priority for us, we give players some rewards for enabling 2FA. Check them here.

What exactly is 2FA?

2FA is an optional sign-in feature that provides additional security for your account.

If you decide to enable 2FA, each time you sign in using your password, you’ll receive a one-time security code that’s available for a short period of time. 

  • The security code will be sent to you through the verification method that you selected in your account settings. 
  • Currently, 2FA security codes can be received through either an authentication app, the email address on your Epic Games account or SMS to your mobile device.
  • You can’t have more than one 2FA method enabled.

When you sign in, you’ll be asked to enter the security code from the 2FA method you selected (email, app or SMS). After you enter the code, you’ll be signed in to your account.

You’ll be prompted for a 2FA security code in the following situations:

  • The first time you sign in after enabling the feature
  • If you sign in using a new device
  • If it’s been over 30 days since you last signed in
  • If you recently cleared your browser cookies

NOTE: The email address associated with your Epic Games account must be verified before you can enable this feature.

How do I enable 2FA?

  1. Go to the ACCOUNT page.
  2. Click the PASSWORD & SECURITY tab.
    epic games account password and security
  3. Under the TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION header, click the 2FA option you want to enable: ENABLE AUTHENTICATOR APP, ENABLE SMS AUTHENTICATION or ENABLE EMAIL AUTHENTICATION.
    epic games accounts 2fa options

If you opt to use an authenticator app for 2FA, these common authenticator apps can be found in your mobile device app store:

  • Google Authenticator
  • LastPass Authenticator
  • Microsoft Authenticator
  • Authy

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