Using and Managing Security Keys

How to set up your Security Key

Before you begin:

  • You will need to have a security key, that supports U2F/WebAuthN standard before beginning this process.
  • Enabling a security key will disable any previously setup 2-Step authentication method.
  • See the security key's restrictions for more information. 

To set up your security key:

  1. Log in to your Coinbase account 

  2. Go to Settings > Security 

  3. Select Security Key under 2-Step Verification 


Using your Security Key

When using your security key, a few things to keep in mind:

  • Most security keys work with adapters. However, adapters with multiple ports may cause some issues.
  • 3rd-party apps connected to your Coinbase account might not support security keys.

To manage your security key(s):
In your Coinbase account, go to Settings > Security. Under the selected 2-step verification method, you’ll be able to manage your security key which includes adding another security key. Please note, there is a maximum of 5 keys. 

  • By adding more than one security key, you enable a backup option in case you lose your primary security key.
  • If you disable your security, SMS will be re-enabled as the default 2-step verification method.

Important Note: Coinbase highly recommends you do not share your security key with anyone else in order to keep your account as secure as possible.

Please note: If you are using a Yubikey, Coinbase only supports certain versions. However, all Series 5 Yubikeys are currently supported.

Please refer to this page for 2-step verification troubleshooting or if you have lost your key.

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