Updated November 2012, new article posted: If the information below doesn’t help, I’ve posted a second article that supplies some more suggestions on how you can get your confirmation code to work. Check out the new articles: More help with Facebook Confirmation Codes when you’ve tried these more likely suggestions.
Ahhhh Facebook, the royal thorn in everyone’s side!
Tonight I’ve just been trying to mess around with the social media features for blogs and websites, namely Twitter and Facebook, but alas one is not playing ball.
Implementing Twitter’s “Tweet This” button couldn’t have been easier; very simple and bug free online wizard runs you through the basic options, generates your code and voila! Easy peazy.
Adding Facebook’s “Like This” button however was not such a stroll through the park. First of all their wizard seemed quite buggy and the preview would just randomly vanish, but leaving it to cool down for a few hours seems to have fixed that.
The main problem I had, was after finishing the wizard it comes up saying I need to verify my developers account by either credit card or mobile number. Well they can sod off if I’m giving them my credit card, so mobile option it was. After entering in my mobile number 3 times to the wizard, every time “successfully” sending me a confirmation code, nothing had arrived.
To cut a long story short, and to avoid anyway the pain and sheer misery of looking through Facebook’s pointless help section, the answer came quite easily from someone elses blog (Thank you God for Google).
Simply texting “F” to 32665 and you instantly receive a 6 character confirmation code. (It was so instant that I hadn’t even noticed my text had sent yet)
Enter that into the corresponding area under settings on Facebook and boom it all works! (Dont forget to instantly deactivate SMS alerts otherwise you’ll be pestered every time a ‘friend’ mentions what they had for tea, plus you’ll be charged for it too)
Now I can add a Facebook ‘Like’ button on my blog (although by the time you read this I may be so annoyed with it I’ve removed it lol)
So to conclude…
Not receiving your Facebook confirmation code?
Text "F" (without quotes) to 32665 and you should instantly receive the code
Hope this helps cut down on some implementation headaches people may be having.
Update: August 2012
Ok so this is one of my most popular pages, which means there’s A LOT of people struggling to get their phone authorised with Facebook. Unfortunately looking around the net there seems to be no golden-bullet answer. Significant amounts say this method works, as well as a lot saying it doesn’t.
If you drop a comment below please include your phone carrier / operator, your location and ANY error/warning messages you get. I’ll try to build some sort of solution/report to help everyone.
If you can change your password – try that before requesting a new authorisation code to your mobile. Sometimes this has reported to have worked, but it obviously depends on why you’re requesting the code in the first place.
Submitted by a reader, one possible solution is to attempt texting the number to 3265 and NOT the number I’ve stated. I can’t confirm or deny this, so attempt this at your own risk.
Another submission to fix locked verification routines is to set up a new account (seriously?!) and use the same phone number. Verify this number using your secondary account and then it should unlock the routine for your primary account. A very round-the-houses way of doing it, but I suppose if you’re desperate its worth a shot. Again do all this at your own risk, you may end up with two-screwed accounts.
Update October 2012
I’ve just posted a second page of tips about this subject. If you’ve tried everything on this page and still are ripping your hair out over Facebook’s confirmation system, check out October’s Facebook post on Security Code Confirmation.
A secondary update, this time in November, was submitted by a reader of this blog. He pointed out how to fit Facebook’s confirmation code into the box when they send you a 8 digit code instead of 6 digits.
I read every comment and will usually reply if you ask any questions.
Plus it often helps other visitors in the future.