Ever had issues logging in to your Facebook account? I have had such issues before, and it can be highly frustrating regaining access to the social media platform. The good news is that Facebook wants to put people out of the misery by dumping sharing of phone number during login in to the trash bin. In a nutshell, you may no longer be required to share your phone number, which comes as a big relief.
The company announced a few days ago that it is rolling out a updated login, registration, and recovery screens. These new changes will affect Facebook apps in regions where email addresses are not commonly used to create accounts. Countries where these changes will be implemented fall within Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
Usually, Facebook will request phone numbers from your phone’s primary SIM card to prefill fields during the process of registration, login, and account recovery pages. This is done in conjunction with carries to enable this so that when you create an account or log into your account, a current number will be requested from the mobile network so relevant login fields can be automatically filled in.
The newly updated screen, however, discloses that the social media behemoth requests and receives up-to-date phone number from your mobile carrier. This provides you with an opportunity to opt out of sharing your phone number for reasons that bother on account access. The logout screens on the Facebook app, Facebook Lite and the Facebook mobile website have all been updated with an option to save your login information to make it easier to access accounts anytime in the future.
Users in selected countries will begin to see new tools that allow them to indicate whether they would share their number. For those who decide not to share their theirs will not see their number from the mobile network to prefill various forms; though they might see it entered automatically if such number had previously been saved in-app or on-device if they had previously logged in with it.
“In some cases, people are new not only to our apps and websites, but also to the internet as a whole. They may never have set up a username or password before,” Facebook director of product management Jon Paris and product manager Vincent Gonguet said in a blog post. “These tools are important to our efforts to help people access our services more easily, and we look forward to continued collaboration with our partners.”
In May 2018, Facebook simplified two-factor authentication that made phone number less relevant. However, and in addition to the phone number option, you can choose apps like Duo Security and Google Authenticator.