Back in May of last year, a long list of readers in countries around the world reported having access to Apple’s two-step verification security feature for their Apple ID. Shortly after the news broke, the feature disappeared in many countries signaling it had been launched prematurely. The only officially supported countries listed on Apple’s website included the “U.S., UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand.” However, today the feature has appeared in several new countries including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, & Spain. Apple has also updated its support pages for two-step verification here and here to list the new countries.
While it’s always possible the feature might disappear like last time, this time around things look more official with users having full SMS support through local carriers and Apple listing the new countries on its support sites. Apple also has a list of supported carriers for receiving SMS messages by country here that was just updated. The new feature will appear in Manage My Apple ID in the Password and Security section when you sign into the My Apple ID website.
Apple rolled out the two-step verification feature, which requires users to enter a unique verification code sent to a trusted device in order to access their Apple ID, in late March just as a major security hole in Apple’s account management was discovered.
Let us know in the comments below if the two-step verification feature becomes available in your country. More on two-step verification here.