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Fornite 2FA: what is it and how to enable it

Secure your account with this detailed guide on Fortnite 2FA, including how to set it up, why it should be a top priority, and the goodies you'll get.

Captain America in red, white, and blue states on in Fortnite

Can you imagine losing your Fortnite account to hackers? We can and it hurts. Luckily for you, you can banish those horrible thoughts by learning how to set up Fortnite 2FA (that’s two-factor authentication, by the way) with this handy step-by-step guide.

2FA is used by a lot of games these days, but if you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s a way of making accounts and all of their contents safe and secure. If you’re partial to buying V-Bucks occasionally and treating yourself to a cool skin, you’re going to want to take a look at this. You’ll even need to set it up if you want to put your skills to the test in competitive Fortnite.

While it might sound daunting, setting up 2FA takes around five minutes and you’ll get a free dancing emote for your troubles. So, without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite 2FA, including what it is, why you should use it, how to set it up, and more for one of the best battle royale games.

What is Fortnite 2FA?

Two-factor authentication is a way of making accounts more secure. By enabling Fortnite 2FA (something we’ll explain how to do in more detail later), you’ll be securing your account against unauthorized access, keeping all your Fortnite skins nice and safe.

But, how does it work? Well, once it’s enabled and you try to access your account from a new device, you’ll be asked to submit a code that’s sent to an associated email, phone number, or authentication app. Once that code is accepted, you’ll be able to set up that machine as a trusted device.

Fortnite 2FA: A character leaping into the air from a hay bale, with two characters on the ground firing weapons off-screen.

How to enable Fortnite 2FA

If you’re worried about losing your Fortnite skins, then setting up Fortnite 2FA is a no-brainer. Here’s how to do it:

  • Log into your Epic Games account here
  • Head to your Account page and select Password & Security
  • Under Two-Factor Authentication, select the method of 2FA you want to use and enter the relevant information

If you select app authentication, you’ll need to have a relevant app (like Google Authenticator) ready to go. For mobile, you’ll need to have a number that can receive texts. For email, the address linked to your account will be used, so make sure this is secure.

When this is done, the next time you log in on a new device, you’ll be promoted for a code in the way you’ve selected.

Why is it important to enable Fortnite 2FA?

The biggest pro to enabling 2FA on your Epic Games account is, of course, the increased security – but that’s not all. If you’re planning on playing competitive Fortnite, you need to have 2FA enabled otherwise you’ll be prevented from entering tournaments.

You also need Fortnite 2FA to claim some free games from the store and to gift games to friends.

Fortnite 2FA: A screenshot of Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 6 skins, showing five unique characters standing shoulder to shoulder as they walk towards a large, twisting tower in the distance.

Can you still get the Boogie Down emote by enabling Fortnite 2fa?

When Fortnite 2FA was first introduced, Epic Games rewarded security-concerned players with a fancy new emote – the Boogie Down. Although it’s been a while since this fancy dance was added to Fortnite, we’re delighted to say you can still unlock the Boogie Down by enabling Fortnite 2FA.

Once it’s fully set up, the emote should appear in-game.

If you own Fortnite: Save the World, then you’ll actually get even more goodies:

  • 50 Armory Slots
  • 10 Backpack Slots
  • 1 Legendary Troll Stash Llama

That’s everything you need to know about Fortnite 2FA. While we’ve got your attention, check out the best Fortnite weapons to find out how to stand a better chance of winning your next match.