Though you can sign in, execute trades, and make deposits on Binance, the popular exchange requires you to enable two-step verification on your account for making withdrawals as a safeguard from unauthorized access.
While users from mainland China have the option of receiving SMS-based authentication to get into their accounts securely, the rest of us have to rely on Google Authenticator to stay safe from hacks.
If your don't already have it, Google Authenticator is a free app that adds a layer of security to any accounts that you sync it with.
You can grab it for either iPhone or Android below. With Google Authenticator installed on your iPhone or Android, head to the Binance website on your desktop, laptop or mobile device, then sign into your Binance account.
You'll now be taken to your user dashboard, so click on the "Enable" button next to the Google Authenticator section near the lower-right corner.
From there, follow the steps either by clicking on the numbered tabs at the top of the box or the "Next Step" button in the lower-right corner of the screen.
Steps 2 and 3 are essentially the same and reveal your backup key, though step 2 includes a QR code that you can scan with your smartphone if you're using your Mac or PC.
Regardless of whether you went with Step 2 or 3, it's extremely important that you write down your digit backup key and keep it somewhere safe — we recommend making more than one copy.
Binance will need it to verify your account if your phone ever gets lost, damaged, or stolen. That said, keep your phone handy if you're using a Mac or PC, and proceed to the next step.
A prompt will appear at the bottom of the screen asking you to either "Scan Barcode" or "Enter a Provided Key," so tap on your preferred method to proceed.
If you opted to enter you Binance backup key manually, enter your desired account name and backup key in the fields provided. From there, you'll need to choose between "Counter based," which refreshes every five seconds upon tapping, or "Time based," which automatically refreshes every 30 seconds.
We recommend using the latter, as it gives you more time as you switch between Google Authenticator and Binance to sign in or make withdrawals.
If you're using a Mac or PC and chose to scan your backup key's QR code, first give Google Authenticator the permission to use your phone's camera by tapping "Grant" or "Allow" on the confirmation prompt that appears.
Your camera is now free to scan your key, so simply point it towards the QR code and Binance will automatically be added to Google Authenticator.
With Binance added to your Google Authenticator app, head back to your Binance account on your browser to finalize two-factor authentication setup.
To do so, click on "4. Check with your administrator to be sure. If your code is incorrect , try again. Each Google Account needs a different secret key.
To set up additional accounts, turn on 2-Step Verification for each account and use the same Google Authenticator app.
You can set up Google Authenticator so that you can generate verification codes from more than one device.
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