The new countries to receive the Apple ID security feature include Spain, Italy, Japan, France and Canada. Germany is also listed, although as MacRumors notes, the feature had already been set up previously in that country, but didn’t have its verification enabled until now.
These new regions join the US, the UK, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, which have been able to use the feature for nearly year, after it was introduced in March 2013.
Other countries in North America, South America and Europe followed suit last May, only to find the feature disappeared not long after it was first enabled. It was later explained that in these cases, “the feature apparently was launched prematurely”, according to MacRumors.
Apple’s support website explains the ins and outs of the feature, “When you sign up for two-step verification for your Apple ID, you can choose an SMS-capable phone number to receive text messages that provide the temporary verification codes Apple uses to verify your identity.”
In Australia, the feature currently works with the following carriers: Telstra, Vodafone (VHA), Optus and Virgin (on Optus).
The support site also explains how to add or remove SMS numbers from your account:
- Go to My Apple ID (appleid.apple.com).
- Select ‘Manage your Apple ID’, then sign in.
- Select ‘Password and Security’.
- In the Trusted Devices section, select Manage.
- To add a number, select ’Add an SMS-capable phone number’.
- To remove a number, select Remove next to the verified phone number associated with your Apple ID.
Presumably those European countries listed above will be hoping there wasn’t a premature launch problem this time…