How to Turn on Two-Factor Authentication for LinkedIn

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Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a great security tool, and we always recommend it. Most apps make it pretty easy to turn on 2FA, and LinkedIn is no exception. Here’s how to enable it and make yourself safer.

You can turn on two-factor authentication from either the LinkedIn website or the mobile app, but either way, you’ll need to be logged in to your LinkedIn account. Go ahead and do this first.

Turn on Two-Factor Authentication from the LinkedIn Website

Click on your avatar in the top-right corner of the LinkedIn website. In the menu that opens, click the “Settings & Privacy” option.

The "Settings & Privacy" menu option.

Click on the Account tab, scroll down to the “Two-Step Verification” section, and then click the “Change” link.

The Account tab, and the "Two-step verification" option.

The section will expand. Click the “Turn On” button.

The "Two-step verification" option with "Turn on" highlighted.

You can choose whether to use an authenticator app to generate a code for you or to receive SMS (text) messages with the code. We strongly recommend using an authenticator app as it’s more secure, but two-factor authentication using SMS is still much safer than not using two-factor authentication at all.

Choose your method—we’re going to use an authenticator app—and then click the “Continue” button.

The verification method dropdown.

Enter your password in the prompt that appears and then click “Done.”

The Password entry field and the Done button.

The instructions for adding an account to your authenticator app are displayed. Add a new account in your authenticator app, scan the QR code using your phone’s camera, and once the account is created, enter the six-digit code from the authenticator app into the text box in LinkedIn and click “Continue.”

LinkedIn's instructions for adding the account to an authenticator app.

Two-factor authentication is now turned on. Click on “Recovery Codes” to display the backup codes, so you can still get in if you ever lose your phone.

The "Two-step verification" settings, with "recovery codes" highlighted.

Click “Copy Codes” and save them somewhere secure. You’ll need them to get into your LinkedIn account if you ever lose or wipe your phone.

The recovery codes, with "Copy codes" highlighted.

Now that you’ve turned on two-factor authentication, you’ll need to log in again through any other devices you use, such as your phone.

Turn on Two-Factor Authentication in the LinkedIn App

Turning on two-factor authentication in the mobile app is the same on the iPhone, iPad, and Android. Open the app and tap your profile picture.

LinkedIn's Profile button.

Then select the “View Profile” link.

The "View Profile" option.

Tap on the Settings gear in the top-right corner.

The Settings cog.

Open the “Privacy” tab, scroll down, and then tap “Two-Step Verification.”

The Privacy tab, with the "Two-step verification" option highighted.

Select the “Set Up” button.

The two-step verification "Set up" button.

You can choose whether to use an authenticator app to generate a code for you or to receive SMS (text) messages with the code. We strongly recommend using an authenticator app as it’s more secure, but two-factor authentication using SMS is still much safer than not using two-factor authentication at all.

Choose your method—we’re going to use an authenticator app—and tap “Continue.”

The verification method dropdown.

Enter your password in the prompt that appears and then tap the “Submit” button.

The Password entry field and the Submit button.

The instructions for adding an account to your authenticator app are displayed. Add a new account in your authenticator app and then tap “Continue.”

LinkedIn's instructions for adding the account to an authenticator app.

Enter the six-digit code from the authenticator app into the text box in LinkedIn and tap “Verify.”

The entry field for the verification code.

Two-factor authentication is now turned on. You won’t have to enter the two-factor code on your phone, although you will have to enter it if you access LinkedIn on any other device.

Tap the “Recovery Codes” link to display the backup codes, so you can still get in if you ever lose your phone.

The "Two-step verification" settings, with "recovery codes" highlighted.

Tap “Copy Codes” and save them somewhere secure. You’ll need them to get into your LinkedIn account if you ever lose or wipe your phone.

The recovery codes, with "Copy Codes" highlighted.

Now that you’ve turned on two-factor authentication, you’ll need to log in again on any other devices you own using the two-factor code.