How to enable Fortnite two factor authentication and get a free emote

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Activating Fortnite 2FA, or multi-factor authentication, is a useful security measure that helps to protect your Epic Games account from hackers. It's not mandatory to turn on this multi-factor authentication feature, but it's definitely good to have - setting it up for your account means you'll an extra check along with your password is required to log in, often a code sent via an SMS message, to make sure it's definitely you trying to get into your Fortnite account. As a bonus, setting up 2FA grants you some handy items for Save the World mode and the Boogiedown emote for free! Here's what you need to do to get Fortnite 2FA set up for your account.

How to enable two factor authentication

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To enable two factor on your Fortnite account, simply head to Log in to your Epic Games account and underneath the option to change your password, you should see the prompt to enable either email 2FA or authenticator app 2FA. Pick your preferred choice and follow the instructions on screen to enable Fortnite 2FA authentication.

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Fortnite two factor authentication, 2FA, or multi-factor authentication makes your account more secure by requiring a second layer of authentication when logging into your account. The way it works is that whenever the game detects a login from a new device it will ask for proof that it's you in one of two ways. You'll either be asked for a code sent only to the account holder via email, or be asked for a code from an authenticator app such as Google Authenticator, LastPass Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, or Authy. It means your account should be completely secure against hacks and password leaks.

If you're a regular player with plenty of gear in your locker that you've bought or earned over time, you definitely don't want to risk losing it or access to your account, so Fortnite 2FA should be a priority for you.

While you don't have to have 2FA enabled in Fortnite to play the game, there are some features, such as gifting items and playing in tournaments, that are unavailable without doing so. And if you don't activate two-factor authentication, you'll miss out on the Boogie Down emote...

How to get the Boogie Down emote through Fortnite 2FA

Fortnite 2FA Boogie Down emote

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Enabling 2FA on your account will get you the Fortnite Boogie Down emote, so the next time you log in you should receive your reward automatically. And if you're playing Save the World, you'll also get 50 armory slots, 10 backpack slots, and one Legendary Troll Stash Llama. If you haven't got Fortnite 2FA yet, then here's another good reason to do so – you'll soon have a brand new dance to use in-game!

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