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WhatsApp Security Code – Explained.

Sometimes after your are through chatting with a friend or family member in WhatsApp, have you ever received a notification that their security code have changed? If yes, you may then wonder, what is WhatsApp security code? how to verify WhatsApp security code? how can I change mine? and how can I stop receiving a notification anytime my contact change their WhatsApp security code?

These are questions I am going to provide answers to in this article. So read on.

What Is WhatsApp Security Code?

WhatsApp security code is a string of 60 numbers that you can use to verify that your chat with a contact in WhatsApp is encrypted and thus no third party not even WhatsApp can access the content of your chat.

What is Encryption?

When you send a message, picture, document or any other content to a contact in WhatsApp, before WhatsApp will transmit your message via the internet, they will encode your message so that nobody will be able to read it expect the person who have the decryption key.

WhatsApp security code holds both the encryption and decryption key needed to both encode and decode a message in WhatsApp.

So since the security code you and a contact have in WhatsApp is unique to both of you only, no other person will be able to intersect the message you send via WhatsApp.

Even if they were able to intersect your message they will not be able to decode it, since they will need the decryption key.

How to Verify a Security Code

There two ways to verify the security code your contact in WhatsApp. There are:

In Person

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Locate the WhatsApp contact in your chat list and open their Contact info screen
  • Next tap on Encryption
  • Tap of Scan Code.
  • Then ask your contact to open your contact info screen.
  • When he has, use your phone to scan the QR code in his screen.

Via the Internet

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Locate the WhatsApp contact in your chat list and open their Contact info screen
  • Next tap on Encryption
  • Then use the Share button above to share the security code with the contact via mail or SMS
  • Then as the contact to verify the code with the one displaying when they open your Contact info screen in there WhatsApp.

How to Change your Security Code

If you are someone that use to read a lot of internet security advice, you may have notice that one of the recurring advice on how to keep your account safe online is to always change your password every 14 days.

In this light, you may be wondering how to change your WhatsApp security code so that every 14 days you can do so in order to keep your WhatsApp chat secure. The simple straightforward answer is

WhatsApp security code can only be changed when either you or your contact reinstall WhatsApp or if either of you log into their WhatsApp account from another phone.

Stop Receiving Security Code Change Notification

To stop receiving WhatsApp security code change, do the following:

Navigate to your WhatsApp settings page and tap on Account.


Then next thing to do is to tap on Security in the option list.


The next last and final step is to tap of the green Show security notifications button.

Once done, you will no longer receive notification anytime your WhatsApp contact security code changes.

What Turning off Security Notifications Mean

When you turn it off, it does not mean that you are deactivating WhatsApp encryption feature, it only means that you will not be notified when ever this encryption and decryption key (that is the WhatsApp security code) is changed.


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