Destiny 2 PC Now Requires SMS Activation For Certain Activities

Published: December 10, 2020 10:43 AM /


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In order to combat cheating in Destiny 2 PC, free-to-play (F2P) players will now have to verify their SMS before they can participate in certain activities. According to the Destiny 2 help article on, anyone who has purchased a Destiny 2 Expansion does not need to have SMS verification. For those that are F2P, here's what you now have to have SMS verification for:

  • Trials of Osiris, which is a 3v3 mode. If you win 7 games in a row you get good loot from a set pool.
  • Competitive Crucible, which is a competitive 3v3 mode with a set amount of respawns.
  • Iron Banner, which is a domination-esque mode that gives Pinnacle gear (very good gear, basically) for competing players.

In order to actually validate your SMS, you have to follow a bunch of steps. Here's the breakdown:

  1. Try to open an SMS restricted activity on PC and then click on the SMS verification pop-up.
  2. Click on the "Verify Now" button, which will take you to
  3. Sign into your profile.
  4. Enter your phone number in and request a verification code.
  5. Once you receive the verification code, enter it in.

Once all of this is accomplished, players will be able to play in all the SMS restricted activities. This will only have to be done once, so you don't have to worry about repeating the process every time you try to play an SMS restricted activity, which would be very lame. It is also important to note that at the moment once you lock in your SMS number it's final, which is something that will change in a future update. Be careful.

For those who do not receive their code within five minutes of entering their phone number should try again and request another validation code. Those who are trying to validate their SMS during "periods of and API maintenance" may not be able to validate their SMS. If you continue to have problems validating your SMS, visit Bungie's help forum and seek aid there.

What do you think of this news? Are you currently playing Destiny 2? Do you think this change is needed? Do you think it is fair that it puts those who may not have a phone at a disadvantage? Let us know in the comments!

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