Apple two-factor authentication finally available for Zambia

Apple’s two-factor authentication for Apple ID and cloud services has finally been made available for Zambia. Since its implementation in October 2015, Apple’s two-factor authentication has failed to work for Zambia as the country’s telephone code +260 was not available as a selection in the prebuilt form that required to be filled.

Two-factor authentication is an additional layer of security designed to ensure that you are the only person who can access your account, even if someone else knows your password. This helps protect the photos, documents, backups, and other personal information you store with Apple.

Back in 2018, I failed to set up the 2FA and when I contacted Apple the below was the reply;

How do i setup Two Factor Authentication when telephone number is not available

Send Apple feedback. They won’t answer, but at least will know there is a problem or a suggestion for change. If enough people send feedback, it may get the problem/suggested change solved sooner.

But a year plus later and back in November 2019, Apple updated its page about where the 2FA is available. Zambia joined the 72 other countries forming the region of Africa, the Middle East, and India.

So now when you head to or prompted to set up the two-factor authentication it will nicely with Zambian registered number

How to setup Apple two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication is available for Apple ID accounts with at least one device that’s using the latest iOSiPadOS, or macOS.

If you’re using iOS 10.3 or later:

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > Password & Security. 
  2. Tap Turn On Two-Factor Authentication.
  3. Tap Continue.

If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier:

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud. 
  2. Tap your Apple ID > Password & Security. 
  3. Tap Turn On Two-Factor Authentication.
  4. Tap Continue.

If you’re using macOS Catalina: 

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences > Apple ID. 
  2. Click Password & Security under your name.  
  3. Click Turn On Two-Factor Authentication.

If you’re using macOS Mojave or earlier: 

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences > iCloud > Account Details.
  2. Click Security.
  3. Click Turn On Two-Factor Authentication.

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