Managing 2-factor authentication

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  • DJ Jimenez

    The link to "Using the API when 2-factor authentication is enabled" no longer works. It goes to a 404. Is it in another article?

  • Charles Nadeau

    Sorry DJ. Link fixed.


  • Jonathan Gadd

    Thanks for this article

  • Aleksander Moldrup Nielsen


    Is it possible to require 2-factor authentication everytime by disabling the "Remember me/Dont ask the next 30 days" option?

  • Jessie Schutz

    Welcome to the Community, Aleksander!

    I'm not sure about this, so I'm going to see if I can find someone who can answer your question. Stand by!

  • Stephen Fusco

    Hello Aleksander, 

    By default, you only have to enter a passcode once every 30 days. Your agents can elect to use 2 factor authentication every time when using the same computer though. 

    To enter a passcode every time you sign in, uncheck the Don't ask again on this computer for 30 days option on the dialog box that prompts you for a passcode. This will require 2-factor authentication every time. This setting is up to the individual user to decide and there are no global controls for this. 

    You will always be required to use two factor authentication when using a new device though. 

  • Neeraj

    I had changed my handset and I also have lost the 2 factor authnetication details. 
    As a result I cannot login to my account. Please help.


  • Nicole - Community Manager

    Hi Varsha - 

    That sounds like it's going to need some troubleshooting that requires account details, so I'm going to create a support ticket for you. Look for an email from me shortly. 

  • Hemlata Mansukhani


    Password-based authentication to the Zendesk API will be disabled when two-factor authentication is required. - Is there a work around on this? I integrated Shippit t my Zendesk account and I stopped receiving emails after enabling 2FA.

    Thank you


  • Jessie Schutz

    Hi Hemlata!

    I'm going to see if I can find someone to help you with this, since I don't know the answer. Stand by!

  • Adam L.

    Hi Hemlata,

    You should still be able to use OAuth or an API key for this, more details can be found here:



  • Fritzie


    I don't have an option to activate 2-factor authentication for some of my agents.All settings are good. Tried logging in and out but no option. What to do? 

    Thanks in advance. 

  • Jessie Schutz

    Hi Fritzie! Welcome to the Community!

    Can you be more specific about what's happening when you try to enable 2-factor authentication? If you can walk me through what you're doing step by step, and specify which agents you're having trouble with, that will help us figure out what's going on!

  • David Rose

    With GDPR around the corner, one of the things we have to ensure is the security of data - making sure that data isn't available to someone that doesn't need it.

    Unfortunately Zendesk has opened up a minefield for us. 
    Unless I'm mistaken there's no way for an agent to be logged out automatically after a period of inactivity - so if they forget to logout, any personal data in Zendesk is available to anyone that has access to that PC. 

    I thought that 2FA might address this, by insisting that users were validated on a regular basis, but it seems that the end user can just turn off 2FA on a device for 30 days - so if an agents laptop were stolen, the thief could have immediate access to any personal data stored in ZD.
    Additionally I'm surprised that the mobile app doesn't have any kind of "re-authorisation" - every other app I use that has access to personal data, has the option to re-authorise (via a pin or fingerprint) every time the app gets accessed by the user.

    What are others doing about this and what are ZD's recommendation ?

  • Nicole - Community Manager

    Hi David - 

    For the Zendesk response, please email your question to Normally we don't like to make people switch channels for an answer, but since GDPR deals with legal compliance, our legal team has limited the scope of what we can answer about GDPR in the community and has asked that all GDPR-related questions be directed their way. 

  • Helle Buhl

    Hi David Rose

    Did you get an answer to your question about the Zendesk APP?

    I have the same worries that you have about the APP (and also about the 30-days)

  • Jessie Schutz

    Hi Helle!

    I'm going to make the same recommendation as Nicole made to David; send an email over to and they'll be able to address your specific concerns directly!

  • Helle Buhl

    I have got this information from legal:


    Daniele Longo (Zendesk Legal)

    Sep 12, 14:06 IST

    Dear Helle,

    I checked with the product team: the app, like many mobile apps, relies on the mobile user to gate access at the device level (i.e. passcode, biometrics, etc.). Our customer base are varied and not all have use cases which digest lots of sensitive info (beyond PII). The mobile app is also for Agent use only and can be restricted.

    However, there is no 2-factor authentication process as of today. Our product team is however investigating whether we should implement such measure in the future.

    Hope that helps.

    Best Regards,

    Daniele Longo

  • Jessie Schutz

    Thank you for coming back and sharing what you found out, Helle!

  • Kate Rowe

    Hello - I can't find the link to "Download 2fa status" on the relevant page in the Admin Centre.  Has this feature been removed for a reason ?

  • Brett - Community Manager

    Hey Kate,

    We actually have a note on this article that states 2FA Status feature is temporarily unavailable so you wouldn't see it on your end quite yet.

    This article will be updated once the feature is available again :) 


  • sebastian

    Hello Zendesk,

    When will this be available again? This is somewhat a security issue. Even with the option enabled that enforces 2FA, it's not ensured because of he way zendesk integrated the session handling.

    Please push this through to the dev team, this is a security issue.

    Best regards,

  • Devan La Spisa

    Hello Sebastian,

    We are still working on a solution regarding our 2FA being temporarily unavailable. Once we have this back online, this article will be updated, but in the interim, we appreciate your understanding. 


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