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Turn on two-step authentication

Two-step authentication makes your account more secure by requiring something you have (a numeric code on your phone) and something you know (your username and password) to sign in.

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Set up an authenticator app to generate verification codes

  1. Go to warwick.ac.uk/twostep/setup?method=app
  2. Download an authenticator app for your device:

  3. Open the authenticator app and create a new account – choose the Scan barcode method.
  4. Scan the barcode displayed on the IT Services Account screen:

    Use an authenticator app to scan barcode

  5. A six-digit verification code is generated in the authenticator app. Under Enter a code, type the code displayed on your phone:

    Enter the verification code generated by the app

  6. Click Turn on two-step authentication. You receive an email confirming that two-step authentication is now enabled for your ITS Account.

    Tip: Print a copy of your backup verification codes and keep them with you – for example, in your wallet. You can use these to sign in if you don't have your phone with you.

Set up verification codes by text message

  1. Go to warwick.ac.uk/twostep/setup?method=sms
  2. Enter your mobile phone number, then click Continue.
  3. Check your phone for a text message containing a six-digit verification code. In the UK, the message is sent from WarwickUni. Internationally, the message is sent from +1 262-586-4639.
  4. Enter the verification code, then click Turn on two-step-authentication:

    Enter verification code

  5. Two-step authentication is now enabled for your ITS Account.

    Tip: Print a copy of your backup verification codes and keep them with you – for example, in your wallet. You can use these to sign in if you don't have your phone with you.