We strongly recommend enabling Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). 2FA adds an additional layer of security to your account.
2FA is more secure because it requires two sources of verification: something you know (your password) and something you have (the code you generate or receive on your device). It’s much harder for attackers to gain access to both of these, and it can help protect you in case an attacker learns your password.
You’ll be prompted for your 2FA code every time you log in. You’ll copy your 2FA code from an authentication app or from a text message (SMS) back to the Robinhood App. Between these two options, we recommend using an authentication app because they are less susceptible to certain types of attacks.
Keep in mind that closing the Robinhood app alone won’t log you out of the app—so you typically won’t be prompted for your 2FA code when you open it from your home screen.
First, you’ll need to download an authentication app—we support all major third-party apps. Here are a few we support:
Next, enable 2FA in your Robinhood app:
If you ever lose your phone, you can use this backup code instead of the one we would send you via SMS. We recommend saving this code in a safe and secure place, such as saving a screenshot in a password-protected folder or writing it down and locking it in a safe.
To enable 2FA in your Robinhood app using SMS:
After you enter your username and password, you’ll be prompted for an authentication code. Open your authentication app and copy the code it creates for Robinhood. Paste the code in the Robinhood app to finish signing in.
Keep in mind that timing is important with authentication apps. You’ll typically have about a minute from the time your authentication app creates the code to paste it into Robinhood.
After you enter your username and password, you’ll receive a text message from Robinhood that contains an authentication 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.
You can use your one-time emergency 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 into your account, but you’ll be able to use the emergency backup code in place of your 2FA code.
Note that using your backup code will automatically disable 2FA—you’ll need to enable it again once you’re back in your account.
Here’s how to disable 2FA in your app: