How to Get Confirmed and Verified on Facebook - dummies

How to Get Confirmed and Verified on Facebook

By Carolyn Abram

Facebook is a website for real identity and real people. To protect this fact, Facebook has systems in place to detect any fake accounts. Fake accounts may be jokes (for example, someone creating an account for her dog), or they may be spammers (robots creating accounts to send thousands of fake Friend Requests). Regardless, they’re not allowed on the site.

You, however, aren’t fake or a spammer; how does Facebook know that? Facebook figures that out by confirming and verifying you.

Facebook Confirmation

Confirmation is Facebook’s way of trying to make sure that you are really you and that the e-mail address you used to sign up is really yours. After you finish the earlier three Getting Started steps, you may see a yellow banner across the top of your Home page, asking you to check your e-mail to finish signing up for Facebook.

When you click the Sign Up button, Facebook sends you an e-mail asking you to confirm your account. In other words, Facebook is double-checking that you are the person who owns your e-mail address.

To confirm that you are, in fact, you, and that the e-mail address is, in fact, yours, go to your e-mail, look for that message, and open it. (It will usually have a subject like Just One More Step to Get Started on Facebook or Facebook Confirmation.) That e-mail contains a link. Click the link in that e-mail, and you will be confirmed.

You may have already confirmed your e-mail address by using the Friend Finder or other normal activities. If Facebook isn’t bugging you about it with banners or follow-up e-mails, you can pretty much assume you’re good to go.

Facebook Verification

Verification is a way to make sure that beyond just owning an e-mail account (which, unfortunately, any evil robot can do), you are a real human being who won’t abuse Facebook or post inappropriate content. Unfortunately, Facebook has a bit of a “guilty until proven innocent” attitude about all of this. And Facebook puts you through a series of tests to prove your innocence.

Most of these tests aren’t ones you have to actively take. Instead, just use the site as your lovely, non-spamming self, and eventually you’ll be verified. If you’re concerned about being verified right away, however, you can do so by adding a mobile number to your account. Follow these steps:

  1. Click the link on your Home page to add a mobile number.

    If this link doesn’t appear on your Home page, click the gear icon in the top-right corner, select Account Settings, choose Mobile from the left menu, and click the Add a Phone button. A pop-up window appears.


    When you add a mobile number, you’re signing up for Facebook Texts, a service that will send text messages to your phone to notify you of certain events on Facebook. If you’re not ready to be part of that service, you can still verify your account by clicking the blue line of text at the bottom of the window that reads Add Your Phone Number Here.

  2. Click the Add Your Phone Number Here link.

    This opens the Confirm Your Number window.


  3. Select your Country Code.

  4. Enter your phone number into the Phone Number box.

  5. Click Continue.

    This sends a text message containing a code to your phone.

  6. Back at your computer, enter that code into the designated box on the screen and click Confirm.

    After you confirm this code, your account will be verified.