How to Become a Verified Facebook Developer - dummies

By Amy Porterfield, Phyllis Khare, Andrea Vahl

To successfully market your brand, consider becoming a verified Facebook developer. Applications can be malicious and often created to spread spam messages and viruses. To combat developers of these types of applications, Facebook requires some method of developer tracking. To become a verified Facebook Developer, you need to verify that you’re a real person by providing a mobile phone number (that can receive text messages) or a credit-card number.

The verification process can vary from person to person depending on when the user joined Facebook. Some people were required to verify their account with a mobile phone number when they joined Facebook. If you’ve never set up an application before, your app creation might fail. If you see the App Creation Failed message when creating your app, come back to the steps that follow to verify your account.


Verify with a mobile phone number

If you want to verify your account with a mobile phone number, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Mobile Phone link.

    A pop-up window appears, asking for your country code and cellphone number.

  2. Select your country code and cellphone number.

  3. Click the Continue button.

    You receive a text message with a string of letters or numbers, which is your confirmation code. On your computer, you see a box for your confirmation code.

  4. Enter the confirmation code, and click Confirm.

    You’re now a verified Facebook Developer, and you can create an iFrame application.

The mobile phone verification process may not work well outside the United States. People have reported having trouble receiving the text message, so if you’re outside the United States, you may want to use the credit-card option.

Verify with a credit card

If you don’t have a phone that can receive text messages, you need to verify your account by adding your credit card. Here’s how:

  1. Click the Credit Card link.

    You’re taken to a new window and Facebook asks you to reenter your Facebook password.

  2. Reenter your password and click the Continue button.

  3. Type your credit-card information in the text box.

  4. Click the Save button.

    Click the Send button.

You’re now a verified Facebook Developer, and you can create an iFrame application.