Skip to main content

Dropbox introduces new ‘mobile prompts’ for two-factor authentication

Dropbox today is rolling out an update to its mobile applications that makes the two-factor authentication process a bit easier. As an alternative to SMS verification and code generators, the Dropbox mobile applications can now act as a way of identity verification…

As the company lays out in a blog post, you can now use the Dropbox mobile app to verify your identity. When you try to log in on the web, the mobile app can send you a notification asking you to confirm the log in attempt:

Starting today, you can also use the Dropbox mobile app to verify your identity. When you’re signing in, you can have a notification sent to the Dropbox app on your phone, and simply tap a button to finish the process, rather than receiving a text message with a code to enter.

You can access mobile prompts for two-step verification by clicking on the “Having trouble getting a code?” link after you enter your email and password on

Dropbox explains that this authentication method can be useful in situations where you can’t receive SMS messages, such as when you don’t have a cellular connection.

Mobile prompts are especially helpful as a backup when you don’t have cell signal, but do have Wi-Fi (for example, on a plane where you can’t receive security codes by text message).

The below video offers a look at the new two-step authentication process. Dropbox is free on the App Store.

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

You’re reading 9to5Mac — experts who break news about Apple and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Mac on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel



Avatar for Chance Miller Chance Miller

Chance is an editor for the entire 9to5 network and covers the latest Apple news for 9to5Mac.

Tips, questions, typos to