How to set up Discord Two-Factor Authentication on a new phone

Discord is a social platform that allows its users to communicate through texting and voice-chatting.

Like many applications, Discord has a Two-Factor Authentication (aka 2FA) feature. 2FA is just one of the security features that gives your account better protection against things like hacking (others like Discord tokens can also be useful).

Most popular login services offer this feature to protect their users. You can enable 2FA using the Discord settings. Here’s how to enable two factor authentication on your mobile device.

How to set up Discord Two-Factor Authentication on a new phone

After you enable 2FA, you have the option to link your phone number to Discord. This allows Discord to send you backup codes through SMS.

If you happen to get a new phone with a new number, you may have issues accessing your backup codes. This will prevent you from using 2FA if you happen to lose access to your authentication apps.

This can stop you from logging into your Discord account. In this article, we’ll discuss what you should do under such circumstances.

When you use 2FA, you will be sent verification codes to enter when logging in. These codes are a one-time use only. These codes can be sent to you through through third-party authenticator apps. Such apps include Google Authenticator and Authy.

If you’re unable to access these apps, you can use backup codes in their place. You can receive backup codes through SMS.

After you enable 2FA, you have the option of obtaining backup codes. These are codes that can be used if you find that you’re unable to access any verification codes. Backup codes are also required when disabling 2FA. If you have a new phone with a new number, you can enter a backup code when logging in.

Then, you can disable 2FA and re-enable it using another authenticator app. Or, you can make a new account on the app if you’re unable to access your old one. We’ll discuss how you can enable 2FA later on in this article.

If you’re already logged in on Discord, disable 2FA in the settings. You can do this by launching Discord and clicking the gear icon. Navigate to the ‘my account’ tab and select ‘remove 2FA’ to disable 2FA. When you disable 2FA, you will be prompted to enter a verification code. You can also use a backup code for this step.

If you don’t have access to any backup codes, launch Discord on your PC. Click on the gear icon to open up the settings. Then, navigate to the ‘security’ tab and select the ‘2FA backup codes’ option. You must already be logged in to do this. Copy one of the backup codes and use it to disable 2FA. Now, you can re-enable 2FA and enter your new phone number in the process.

If you’re not already logged into your Discord account on any device and you don’t have access to any backup codes, you may have to just make a new Discord account. Or, you could try contacting Discord Support for help. You can access their request form here.

Setting up Two-Factor Authentication

You can set up 2FA on Discord using the Discord app. Launch the Discord client and select the gear icon in the lower left. This should open up the user settings.

You should be on the ‘my account’ tab by default. Scroll down until you see an option for ‘enable two-factor auth’. Click on the option.


You may be prompted to enter your password for security measures. Enter your password to proceed.

A notice should then appear, showcasing the steps you need to take.


You must first install an authenticator app. You can choose to download either Authy or Google Authenticator. Then, use the app to scan the QR code shown on Discord. You can also choose to enter the 2FA key shown on Discord instead.

If you’re using Authy, you’ll need to type in your phone number and email as verification. Then, you can choose whether to verify by phone call or SMS. After verifying your device, add a new authentication account by selecting the plus icon. Now, you can scan the QR code or enter the 2FA key.

Afterward scanning the QR code or entering the 2FA key, you should receive a 6 digit code. Enter the code on Discord and click the ‘activate’ option. 2FA should now be enabled.

How to get backup codes

After enabling 2FA, you should be able to link Discord to your phone number. This will allow you to receive backup codes in case you’re unable to receive verification codes through the authenticator apps.

After receiving backup codes, you should make sure to download and store them somewhere safe. That way, if you lose your iPhone or Android device, you’ll still be able to log into your Discord account.

To receive backup codes, you must first link your phone number to Discord. Open up the Discord app and click on the gear icon. Then, go to the ‘my account’ tab and select ‘enable SMS authentication’.

Enter your phone number and verify it when prompted. Now, when you login, there should be an option for requesting a code through SMS. This will get Discord to send a backup code to your phone.


In conclusion, you can link your phone number to Discord after enabling Two-Factor Authentication (aka 2FA). 2FA adds another layer of security to your Discord login process. It requires you to enter a verification code whenever you login.

You can receive these codes through an authenticator app. If you’re unable to access the app, you can use backup codes instead. You can receive these via text.

If you have a new phone number, you can use backup codes you’ve saved or obtain new backup codes using the Discord app. You must be logged in to do this. If you’re not logged in and don’t have any backup codes, try contacting Discord Support.

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