Login to cPanel with Two-Factor Authentication


In this article, you will learn how to login to cPanel with Two-Factor Authentication. Two-factor authentication (also known as 2FA) is a method to confirm user identity by using a combination of two different factors, password and something the user knows (ex. Security Question) or have (ex. Code number sent to users phone number).

How does it work?

When you enable 2FA, an application on your smartphone supplies a code that you must enter with your password to log in.

Install The Authenticator App

In this article, we will show you how to use the Google Authenticator app for two-factor authentication. You can use any other authentication app available in the store. First, install Google Authenticator, for Android/IOS, devise.

 Enable Two-Factor Authentication for cPanel

  1.  Login to your cPanel account.
  2. Click on Two-Factor Authentication.
  3.  Click on Set Up Two-Factor Authentication.
  4. Open the authenticator app and clicks on BEGIN SETUP (for the first-time setup).
  5. Click on Scan a barcode. The camera on your phone will open automatically with a red line box in the middle.
  6. Place the QR code showed on your cPanel within the red lines box. This is how to scan the QR code.
  7.  Enter the security code generated, then click on Configure Two-Factor Authentication.

The authenticator app will continuously generate a new code that is useful only in the period shown next to the code as below.

How to use Two-Factor Authentication login

Now, after enabling the two-factor authentication login, the cPanel login process would be:

  1. Login to your cPanel account with username and password as usual.
  2. Next, you will be asked to enter the security code. Go to the authenticator app and enter the security code generated.

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Updated on October 9, 2022

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