Activate IB Key with a QR Code (Android)

 

Requirements:

  • Your Android Phone must not be rooted.
  • The Android OS version must be 6.0 or later.

You can download the IBKR Mobile app on your smartphone directly from;
Google Play Store , 360 Mobile Assistant or Baidu Mobile Assistant.

Get the IB Key from the Google Play store          Download IB Key from 360 Mobile Assistance          Download IB Key from Baidu Mobile Assistant

 

Instructions:

1) On your Android phone tap on the Play Store Google Play Store App icon app.

2) Tap on the search bar at the top, type IBKR Mobile then tap the magnifying glass to search.

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3) Locate and select the app IBKR Mobile from Interactive Brokers Group, then tap on Install to the right.

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4) Once the installation completes, tap on Open to launch the IBKR Mobile app.

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5) Tap REGISTER TWO-FACTOR

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6) Tap SESSION ID

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7) Tap QR CODE

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8) Tap Allow if asked for permission to use the phone camera.

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9) Point the lens of your smartphone camera towards the QR code. You don't need to "take a picture." When the code is in focus it is automatically captured. If your phone does not seem to recognize the QR code try to move your phone closer or farther away to the QR code in order to gain focus. If your phone does not recognize the QR code, please see the section Possible Issues and solutions at the bottom of this article.

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10) Create a PIN of your preference then tap ACTIVATE. The PIN must be at least 4 and up to 6 characters (letters, numbers and special characters allowed). Tap +PIN Guidelines or refer to KB2269 for additional guidelines.

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11) You will receive a message confirming the successful activation of IB Key. Tap DONE to complete the procedure

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Possible issues and solutions

 

  • My smartphone did not manage to read the QR code. What should I do?

Make sure you have activated the switch "Scan QR codes" from the Camera Settings of your smartphone (Figure 12)

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  • My phone activates the front camera. How can I switch to the rear one?

Usually there is a specific button in the camera view to switch from front to rear lenses (Figure 13)

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  • During the IB Key activation, I receive an error message "An error has occurred. Please try again."

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This error message (Figure 14) may indicate you are attempting to activate an IB Key instance that is already activated. Please try to log in to the Client Portal again. If you receive a notification on your smartphone once you have entered the credentials and you are able to complete the authentication once you tap on that notification, then your IB Key instance is already activated and you no longer need to follow the steps on this article.

Alternatively, the error message may be displayed when the QR code shown in the Client Portal was already used to attempt an activation and is expired. In this case, please log out of the Client Portal and log back in to obtain a fresh QR code.

 

References:
  • See KB2260 for instruction on how to activate and operate IBKR Mobile Authentication.
  • See KB2748 for instructions on how to recover IBKR Mobile Authentication.
  • See KB3236 for instructions on how to enable notifications for the IBKR Mobile app.
  • See KB3234 for troubleshooting missing IBKR Mobile notifications.
  • See KB3073 for instructions on how to migrate the IB Key / IBKR Mobile authentication to a new smartphone.