Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) helps protect your Robinhood account by requiring two sources of verification to sign in to your Robinhood account: something you know (your password) and something you have. Every time you log in or make changes to your Robinhood account, you’ll be sent a device approval request or prompted for a verification code.

All Robinhood accounts are protected with 2FA for new devices. This is a layer of security applied to all Robinhood accounts—this helps us ensure it's really you signing in to your Robinhood account.

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How It Works

There are three ways to verify your identity with Two-Factor Authentication: device approvals, an authenticator app, or text message (SMS). If you use device approvals, we’ll send a notification to your device(s) to approve or block the activity. If you use an authenticator app, you’ll copy a one-time code from your preferred authenticator app. If you use SMS, a one-time code will be sent to your phone via text message.

If you're using FaceID, you'll need to enter a verification code if you log in on the Robinhood website. You'll still be able to log into your app on your mobile device using FaceID.

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How to Enable 2FA

Using an authenticator app

First, you’ll need to download an authenticator app —we support all major third-party authenticator apps. These common authenticator apps can be found in your mobile device app store:

Next, enable 2FA in your Robinhood app:

  1. Tap the Account (person) icon in the bottom right corner
  2. Tap the Menu (three bars) in the top right corner
  3. Tap Security and Privacy
  4. Tap Two-Factor Authentication
  5. Choose the authenticator app you’d like to use
  6. Tap Open App to add your key to the authenticator app
  7. Open your authenticator app, and confirm that you’d like to add Robinhood
  8. Copy the verification code generated by your authenticator app and paste it into Robinhood when you’re prompted.
  9. You’ll receive a backup code from Robinhood that allows you to log in if you ever lose access to your device. We recommend saving this code in a secure place, such as within a password manager, saving a screenshot in a password-protected folder, or writing it down and locking it in a safe.
Using SMS

To enable 2FA in your Robinhood app using SMS:

  1. Tap the Account (person) icon in the bottom right corner
  2. Tap the Menu (three bars) in the top right corner
  3. Tap Security and Privacy
  4. Under Security, tap Two-Factor Authentication
  5. Select Text message (SMS)
  6. Check your text messages and copy the verification code from Robinhood
  7. Paste the code into your Robinhood app, and tap Continue
  8. You’ll receive a backup code from Robinhood that allows you to log in if you ever lose access to your device. We recommend saving this code in a secure place, such as within a password manager, saving a screenshot in a password-protected folder, or writing it down and locking it in a safe.
Keep in mind

If you lose your phone or can't receive verification codes via text message or authenticator app, you can use your backup code to regain access to your Robinhood account.

Using device approvals

Users who have not already enabled Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) should automatically start receiving device approvals. If you aren't receiving them, make sure your preferred Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) method is set to device approvals. For more information on updating your 2FA settings, visit our Help Center.

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Logging in to Robinhood using 2FA

Using an authenticator app

After you enter your username and password, you’ll be prompted for a verification code. Open your authenticator app and copy the code it creates for Robinhood. Paste the code in the Robinhood app to finish signing in.

Keep in mind

Timing is important with authenticator apps! You’ll typically have about a minute from the time your authenticator app creates the code to paste it into Robinhood.

Using SMS

After you enter your email address and password, you’ll receive a text message from Robinhood that contains a verification code. Open your text message and copy the code that was sent to you. Paste the code in the Robinhood app to finish signing in.

Using device approvals

Any time you log into your Robinhood account from a new device, we’ll send a notification to each of your device(s) to verify it’s really you taking the action. You can either approve the notification to complete the action, or deny it and secure your account instantly.

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Making changes to your Robinhood account using 2FA

Using an authenticator app

If you make any changes to your Robinhood account, you’ll be prompted for a verification code. Open your authenticator app and copy the code it creates for Robinhood. Paste the code into the Robinhood app to finish signing in.

Using SMS

If you make any changes to your Robinhood account, you’ll receive a text message from Robinhood that contains a verification code. Open your text message and copy the code that was sent to you. Paste the code into the Robinhood app to finish signing in.

Using device approvals

If you make any changes to your Robinhood account, we’ll send a notification to each of your device(s) to verify it’s really you taking the action. You can either approve the notification to complete the action, or deny it and secure your account instantly.

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Using your backup code

You can use your one-time backup code to log into your Robinhood account in the event that you ever lose access to your device. You’ll still need your username and password to sign in to your account, but you’ll be able to use the backup code in place of your verification code. After you use a backup code to sign in, you’ll be asked to re-enroll in 2FA.

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Disclosures

Links to third party sites are being provided for informational purposes only. Robinhood is not affiliated with and does not endorse, authorize or sponsor any of the listed third party websites, applications, or their respective sponsors. Robinhood is not responsible for the content of any third party website or the collection or use of information regarding any website's users and/or members.

Robinhood Financial LLC cannot always guarantee delivery of push notifications. Device approvals are subject to service availability, your Robinhood app and mobile phone settings. Notifications are provided for informational purposes only. Your brokerage account notifications are provided by Robinhood Financial LLC.

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