How to Find Facebook’s Text Message Authorization for 2-Factor Authentication

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So you’ve set up 2-factor authentication at all of the places we’ve recommended, and now you can’t figure out how to get Facebook to send you the authorization security code text message to your cell phone so that you can log into your Facebook account. Here’s where you need to find it.

The Problem

You log into Facebook, and it presents you with this message:

facebook 2 factor authentication login

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“It looks like you haven’t logged in from this browser before. Please enter the security code from your Code Generator below.”

This clearly suggests that the security code has already been sent to your phone. But it hasn’t.

You see, this Facebook message is referring to a separate Code Generator utility, that is included as part of the Facebook mobile app. To find that code generator, first of all tap on the “More” symbol at the bottom of your Facebook mobile app:

facebook mobile more

..and click on Code Generator:

facebook mobile code generator

When you click on the Code Generator, it will generate a code for you to enter in Facebook, to grant you access.

facebook code generator

But you want to know how to get the Facebook security code texted to your phone as an SMS message.

The secret is here:

facebook security code having trouble

Clicking on that “Having trouble?” (even though you aren’t) reveals this:

send facebook security code to phone

Click on “Send me a text message with my security code”, and Facebook will send the security code to your phone:

facebook security code generator text message

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6 thoughts on “How to Find Facebook’s Text Message Authorization for 2-Factor Authentication

  1. I’ve been hacked and so I’m not given the option to have code texted or to receive a phone call! Only:
    I can’t find code generator
    Approve from another device
    I don’t have my phone.

    Help! I’ve been trying to get access to my account for 5 hours.

  2. With 2FA and Facebook’s ridiculous Code Generator it is now easier for hackers to access your account and then retain it, you as the account owner does not stand a chance of gaining your account back. At this level your authenticated device now becomes the hackers, all you can do is just keep changing your password.
    Open a new account, but all your games and apps used to logon with Facebook data will be gone. My advise, don’t EVER trust Facebook to logon on with for anything, use Google or even better remain a guest

  3. I don’t have a “more” button at the bottom of my Facebook app. All I have is “continue, resend code, and having trouble?” I need to access the code generator but I dont know how to.

  4. Enter login code to continue
    It looks like you haven’t logged in from this browser before. Please enter the login code from your Code Generator below.

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