Apple ID Two-Factor Verification Expanded to Several New Countries

Apple has completed the rollout of two-step verification in several new countries, reports 9to5Mac. As noted on Apple's website, these new locations include Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Spain. Reports from at least one German user suggests Germany already had two-step verification, but lacked the verification through SMS feature, which was enabled today.

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Last May, Apple expanded its two-step verification system to several countries in North America, South America and Europe. This feature apparently was launched prematurely and disappeared shortly after it was enabled.

While it’s always possible the feature might disappear like last time, this time around things look more official with users having full SMS support through local carriers and Apple listing the new countries on its support sites. Apple also has a list of supported carriers for receiving SMS messages by country here that was just updated.

Two-step verification is an optional security feature that requires Apple users to verify their identity before making purchases or logging into their Apple ID account. This extra layer of protection requires users to enter a 4-digit verification code sent to a trusted device via Find My iPhone or SMS. Once enabled, this system replaces the standard security questions.

Apple introduced this security feature in March 2013 to users in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand.

Top Rated Comments

Dades Avatar
109 months ago
Will there be a bigger screen to activate it on?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GenesisST Avatar
109 months ago
What's a 'later' of protection? It steps you up to a higher level, or what?

So you tell me that you either never made a typo in your life?

Signed: The Knig of ypTos
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
brian017 Avatar
109 months ago
Not to be picky, but since when there's more than two countries in North America???


...And nobody told me.

There's over 20 countries in North America! So either you were taking a nap at the back of Geography class or the teacher was just s***! :)
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
musika Avatar
109 months ago

Gimme a break :rolleyes:
It was actually a pretty frustrating problem...
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
trekkie604 Avatar
109 months ago
Finally can enable it on my Canadian accounts. :D
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
notjustjay Avatar
109 months ago
i'm all for extra security, especially for an account that is linked to an active credit card.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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