Recovering your account if you lose your 2FA credentials
If you lose access to your two-factor authentication credentials, you can use your recovery codes, or another recovery option, to regain access to your account.
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Using a two-factor authentication recovery code
Use one of your recovery codes to automatically regain entry into your account. You may have saved your recovery codes to a password manager or your computer's downloads folder. The default filename for recovery codes is
github-recovery-codes.txt. For more information about recovery codes, see "Configuring two-factor authentication recovery methods."
- Type your username and password to prompt authentication.
- On the 2FA page, under "Don't have your phone?", click Enter a two-factor recovery code.
- Type one of your recovery codes, then click Verify.
Authenticating with a security key
If you configured two-factor authentication using a security key, you can use your security key as a secondary authentication method to automatically regain access to your account. For more information, see "Configuring two-factor authentication."