Apr 022015

MailChimp Two Factor Security Google Authenticator shows you how to set up two factor security for MailChimp with Google Authenticator.

Last Updated: September 3, 2018

Latest News: I have added more information below.

This is becoming an important part of security nowadays on the Internet. Two factor security is very important and it is easy to set up with the right tools.

What you need:

  • A Mailchimp account = (Note: This is an affiliated link, I get email credits when you sign up for a paid service.)
  • Install an app in your Smartphone, Android, iPhone or mobile device.

MailChimp Two Factor Security Google Authenticator Steps

Step 1 ) Log into your MailChimp account created above under What you need. See image below.


Step 2 ) Enter your Username and Password and click on Log In. See image below.


Step 3 ) Click on Account found on the top right hand side. Next to your login name click on the down arrow. See image below.


Step 4 ) Go to Account settings -> Account security. See image below.


Step 5 ) Click on Configure Google Authenticator button. See image below.


Step 6 ) Use your mobile smartphone scanner and carry out a scan. Once your scanner has scanned the code correctly you will receive a Passcode. Enter the Passcode in the following field Google Authenticator Passcode. Make sure you click on Submit button or else your setup will not be completed.

Information: Make a note of the recover code, I have added xxxxxxxx to hide the code.


Step 7 ) Once you have activated your Google Authenticator security, log out and test your login again. If everything is working correctly MailChimp will ask you for your Google Authenticator Passcode. See image below.


Important: Adding A Google Authenticator app to your smartphone or mobile device allows you to get the passcode. 

Note: If you format or reset your mobile phone you will loose your settings. You will have to start all over again the instructions above.

That is all you need to do to secure your MailChimp account using Google Authenticator Passcode.

I will be updating this tutorial from time to time. Make sure you come back for the latest updates.

If you have any questions please let me know.


I have been working in IT since 1999 and I enjoy the challenges it brings me. I love developing websites with WordPress. I spend a lot of time helping out in wordpress.org forums. I have been writing tutorials since 2011. Now I am learning how to manage my own VPS "Virtual Private Server.

  4 Responses to “MailChimp Two Factor Security Google Authenticator”

  1. I had configured this and everything was working fine, But then I formatted my phone.

    Now how do I login, I re-installed google authenticator but the pass-code given by google authenticator on mobile is not accepted by mail chimp account.

    any help is appreciated, I have tried contacting Mailchimp, but no response for last 3 days.

    Limesh Parekh,
    CEO, Enjay IT Solutions Ltd.

    • Hi Limesh Parekh, thank you for your question. The reason why you can’t use the passcode is because you formatted your phone and lost the original settings. You will have to login back into MailChimp without the passcode and follow the instructions again to set it up.

      If you ever decide to format or reset your phone then remember that you will have to set up the Google Authentication process again.

      Let me know if you need more help.


      • Thanks for the reply. I agree that I should have done those steps. But unfortunately I did not do that – now what.

        Can you throw some light on the options that i have ?

        Limesh Parekh,
        CEO, Enjay IT Solutions Ltd.

        • Hi Limesh Parekh, MailChimp allows you to log in without having to add the passcode for a period of two weeks. This should give you more than enough time to set it up again.


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