How to Add Another User to an Active IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) for Android

Overview: 

This page covers the steps required to add a user to the Authentication section in the IBKR Mobile app for Android devices. 

 

Requirements:
  • The IBKR Mobile app must be installed and IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) already activated on this Android device.
  • For more information on the installation and activation on Android devices, please consult KB2270.

 

Instructions:

1. On your Android device, open the IBKR Mobile app.

     1.a. If the app opens with the login screen (Figure 1), tap on Services on the top-left corner (red arrow) and proceed with step 2.

     1.b. If the app opens with your Home Page, Portfolio, Watchlists, or similar, tap on More on the top-left corner (Figure 2). Then tap on Two-Factor Authentication (Figure 3), followed by Add User (Figure 4) and proceed with step 3.

Figure 1.                                       Figure 2.                                        Figure 3.

    

Figure 4.

2. Tap on Authenticate (Figure 5) and then on Add User (Figure 6).

Figure 5.                                           Figure 6.

         

3. Read the instructions and then tap on Continue (Figure 7).

Figure 7.

4. Enter your Username and Password, then tap on Continue (Figure 8). 

Figure 8.

5. An Authentication Code will be sent via SMS to the mobile phone number listed on your account (Figure 9). Enter this Authentication Code in the Activation Code field and tap on Send (Figure 10).

Figure 9.                                                        Figure 10.

      

6. Provide your PIN then tap on Activate (Figure 11).

Figure 11.

7. If the activation has been successful, you will see a confirmation screen. Finally, tap on Done to complete the procedure (Figure 12).

Figure 12.

How to verify your identity using your Secure Login Device

Overview: 

Some tasks in Client Portal will ask you to verify your identity by using the Challenge Code/Response String method in order to proceed further.

This article will guide you in completing these tasks with the following Secure Login Devices:

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Verify your identity with IB Key (iOS)

1. When you initiate a task that requires a verification, you will be prompted to enter Username and Password. Fill out the information and click on Continue (Figure 1).

Figure 1.

2. A Challenge Code will be displayed, along with a passcode field to enter a response (Figure 2). You will enter this Challenge Code onto your phone.

Figure 2.

3. Launch IBKR Mobile on your iOS smartphone, and...

     3.a. If the app opens with the home screen (Figure 3), select Authenticate then proceed with step 4.

     3.b. If the app opens with the login screen (Figure 4), tap Services on the top left (red arrow), select Authenticate (Figure 3) and proceed with step 4.

     3.c. If the app opens with your Home Page, Portfolio, Watchlists, or similar (Figure 5), tap More on the bottom-right (red arrow). Then tap Two-Factor Authentication (Figure 6), tap Generate Code (Figure 7) and proceed with step 4.

Figure 3.                                           Figure 4.
     

Figure 5.                                           Figure 6.                                            Figure 7.

          

4. Type the Challenge Code from Client Portal (see step 2.) into the corresponding field and select Generate Passcode (Figure 8).

Figure 8.

5. Use Touch ID or Face ID for two-factor authentication.

If Touch ID has not been activated, IB Key will prompt you to enter your smartphone's passcode. A response string will then be generated (Figure 9).

     5.1 If you use Touch ID, place your registered finger on the Home Button (Figure 9). A response string will then be generated (Figure 10).

Figure 9.                                                       Figure 10.
     

     5.2 If you use Face ID, look at your iOS smartphone screen (Figure 11). A response string will then be generated (Figure 12).

Figure 11.                                                          Figure 12.
    

6. Enter the response string from IB Key into the passcode field of Client Portal and click Continue (Figure 13).

Figure 13.

 

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Verify your identity with IB Key (Android)

1. When you initiate a task that requires a verification, you will be prompted to enter Username and Password. Fill out the information and click on Continue (Figure 1A).

Figure 1A.

2. A Challenge Code will be displayed, along with a passcode field to enter a response (Figure 2A). You will enter this Challenge Code onto your phone.

Figure 2A.

3. Launch IBKR Mobile on your Android smartphone, and...

     3.a. If the app opens with the home screen (Figure 3A), select Authenticate then proceed with step 4.

     3.b. If the app opens with the login screen (Figure 4A), tap Services on the top left (red arrow), select Authenticate (Figure 3A) and proceed with step 4.

     3.c. If the app opens with your Home Page, Portfolio, Watchlists, or similar (Figure 5A), tap More on the bottom-right (red arrow). Then tap Two-Factor Authentication (Figure 6A), followed by Generate Response (Figure 7A), and proceed with step 4.

Figure 3A.                                            Figure 4A.

    

Figure 5A.                                          Figure 6A.                                     Figure 7A.

         

4. Type the PIN that you determined during the IB Key registration process and the Challenge Code from Client Portal into the corresponding fields, then select Generate Passcode. A response string will then be generated (Figure 8A).

Figure 8A.

5. Enter the response string from IB Key into the passcode field of Client Portal and click Continue (Figure 9A).

Figure 9A.

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Verify your identity with Digital Security Card+ (DSC+)

1. When you initiate a task that requires a verification, you will be prompted to enter Username and Password. Fill out the information and click on Continue (Figure 1B).

Figure 1B.

2. A Challenge Code will be displayed, along with a passcode field to enter a response (Figure 2B). You will enter this Challenge Code onto your DSC+.

Figure 2B.

3. Turn on your DSC+ using the “press” button until 'PIN>' is displayed (Figure 3B). Enter the 4-digit PIN code you specified at the time you requested the device, then confirm with the “OK” button (Figure 4B).

Figure 3B.                                                              Figure 4B.                                                    

     

4. When 'CHALLNG>' is displayed (Figure 5B), enter the 6-digit Challenge Code from the Client Portal screen into the DSC+, then confirm with the "OK" button (Figure 6B).

Figure 5B.                                                              Figure 6B.                                       
    

5. A response code will appear (Figure 7B).

Figure 7B.                                                  

6. Enter the response string from your DSC+ into the passcode field of Client Portal and click Continue (Figure 8B).

Figure 8B.

Secure Login with Digital Security Card+

Overview: 

Securely log into any IBKR application, including TWS, Client Portal or WebTrader, using IBKR's Digital Security Card+.

 

NOTE: The buttons on your security card are not touch sensitive, but rather require to be pressed.

1. When logging in to your account, enter your user name and password as usual (Point 1 of Figure 1). If successful, a 6-digit Challenge Code will appear (Point 2 of Figure 1).

Figure 1.

 

2. Turn on your device by pressing the “press” button until the 'PIN>' display appears (Figure 2), enter the 4-digit PIN code you specified at the time you requested the device, then press the “OK” button (Figure 3).

                                                      

3. When the 'CHALLNG>' display appears on the device (Figure 4), enter the 6-digit Challenge Code from the login screen (step 1.) into the device, then press the "OK" button (Figure 5).

4. A response code will appear (Figure 6)

Figure 6.                                                          

5. Enter the 8 digits of the response code into the login screen (Figure 7). Select the Login button to proceed. If the passcode expires, start over from step 1. above.

Figure 7.                                                               

NOTE: The Security Code field will look slightly different depending on the application you are logging in to.

 

References
  • See KB1131 for an overview of the Secure Login System
  • See KB2636 for information and procedures related to Security Devices
  • See KB2481 for instructions about sharing the Security Login Device between two or more users
  • See KB2545 for instructions on how to opt back in to the Secure Login System
  • See KB975 for instructions on how to return your security device to IBKR
  • See KB2260 for instructions on activating the IB Key authentication via IBKR Mobile
  • See KB2895 for information about Multiple 2Factor System (M2FS)
  • See KB1861 for information about charges or expenses associated with the security devices
  • See KB69 for information about Temporary passcode validity

How is my IB Canada account protected?

The Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF) is sponsored by the Canadian regulator (IIROC) to ensure client assets held by a Canadian investment dealer are protected if a member firm becomes insolvent. IB Canada is a member of the CIPF which offers insurance against member default for amounts up to CAD 1,000,000. Covered assets include cash, securities and commodities and will depend on the account type:

Non-registered accounts (Cash, Margin, TFSA)

1,000,000 CAD for any combination of cash, securities and commodities under all non-registered account types.
For assets held in a joint account or under a corporation, the percentage interest is added towards the same total.

Registered account (RSP)

RSP accounts are treated as "Separate Account" and are eligible for an additional 1,000,000 CAD coverage. Additional details can be found on www.cipf.ca.

Please note, IB Canada accounts receive CIPF protection in lieu of SIPC protection.

How to use Voice callback for receiving login authentication codes

Background: 

 If you have SMS enabled as two-factor authentication method, you may use Voice callback to receive your login authentication codes. This article will provide you steps on how to select voice callback when logging in to our platforms.

 

How to use Voice callback
 
You may select Voice if you do not receive your login authentication code. You will then receive your login authentication code via an automated callback. Follow the instructions below, depending on which platform you are trying to login to.
 

 

Client Portal

1. Click on "Didn't receive a security code?"

2. From the two options, select "Voice" and wait for the callback.

3. After selecting Voice, you should receive the callback within a minute. Please wait for the callback and be ready to write down the code that will be provided over the callback.

 

TWS

1. Click on "Request new Security Code"

2. From the two options, select "Voice" and click on OK. Then wait for the callback.

 3. After selecting Voice, you should receive the callback within a minute. Please wait for the callback and be ready to write down the code that will be provided over the callback.

Note: Voice callback for the TWS is only available in the LATEST and BETA version.

 

IBKR Mobile - iOS

1. Click on "Request New Code"

2. From the two options, select "Voice" and wait for the callback.

 3. After selecting Voice, you should receive the callback within a minute. Please wait for the callback and be ready to write down the code that will be provided over the callback.

 

IBKR Mobile - Android

1. Click on "Request New Security Code"

2. From the two options, select "Voice" and wait for the callback.

 3. After selecting Voice, you should receive the callback within a minute. Please wait for the callback and be ready to write down the code that will be provided over the callback.

 

References:

 

IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) Use Without Notifications

In case your smartphone is unable to receive IBKR Mobile notifications, you can still complete the login process using the IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) Challenge/Response method, described on the following pages (according to your device operating system):

The same information applies to you if your phone has no Internet connectivity (you are in roaming, out of coverage, without an active mobile data plan, etc.)

If your smartphone is unable to receive IBKR Mobile notifications despite having Internet connectivity, we recommend you to perform the steps outlined in the IBKR Knowledge Base.

 

I am not receiving text messages (SMS) from IBKR on my mobile phone

Background: 

Once your mobile phone number has been verified in the Client Portal, you should immediately be able to receive text messages (SMS) from IBKR directly to your mobile phone. This article will provide you with basic troubleshooting steps in case you are unable to receive such messages.

 

1. Activate the IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) as 2-Factor security device

In order to be independent of wireless/phone carrier-related issues and have a steady delivery of all IBKR messages we recommend to activate the IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) on your smartphone.

The smartphone authentication with IB Key provided by our IBKR Mobile app serves as a 2-Factor security device, thereby eliminating the need to receive authentication codes via SMS when logging in to your IBKR account. 

Our IBKR Mobile app is currently supported on smartphones running either Android or iOS operating system. The installation, activation, and operating instructions can be found here:

Android: KB2277
iOS: KB2278

 

2. Restart your phone:

Power your device down completely and turn it back on. Usually this should be sufficient for text messages to start coming through. 

Please note that in some cases, such as roaming outside of your carrier's coverage (when abroad) you might not receive all messages.

 

3. Use Voice callback

If you do not receive your login authentication code after restarting your phone, you may select 'Voice' instead. You will then receive your login authentication code via an automated callback. Further instructions on how to use Voice callback can be found in IBKB 3396.

 

4. Check whether your phone carrier is blocking the SMS from IBKR

Some phone carriers automatically block IBKR text messages, as they are wrongly recognized as spam or undesirable content. According to your region, those are the services you can contact to check if a SMS filter is in place for your phone number:

In the US:

In India:

In China:

  • Call your phone carrier directly to check whether they are blocking IBKR messages

 

References:

 

How to Migrate IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) to a New Smartphone

You may have the IBKR Mobile app installed simultaneously on multiple devices but the integrated authentication module IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) can only be active on a single smartphone, on which you will complete the Two-Factor authentication tasks triggered from any other device.

Nevertheless, if you possess multiple smartphones or if you lost/replaced your smartphone, you have the possibility to Migrate the IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) activation, without the need of contacting IBKR Client Services. The IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) migration allows you to carry on the Two-Factor authentication tasks on your secondary/new smartphone, while removing this capability from your primary/old device.
 
This procedure can be used in case you lost/replaced your device or in preparation for a business trip or for a holiday period, during which you will not have access to it.
 
    Requirements: 
    - This procedure will be entirely performed on your secondary/new smartphone. You do not need to be in possession of your primary/old smartphone (where IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) is currently active)
    - Unless you have a physical security device active for your user, you need to have access to the mobile phone number you originally used to activate IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key), since we will send a text message (SMS) to that mobile number as a part of the migration procedure.
     

    Once you have reviewed the above requirements, please click one of the below links, according to the operating system of your secondary smartphone

  • Apple iOS
  • Android

 


Apple iOS

1. Open IBKR Mobile, enter your username and password and tap Log In
Figure 1


2. Select the Migrate IB Key option (Figure 2), then tap Migrate IB Key to confirm your choice (Figure 3)
Figure 2                                                              Figure 3

  

3. Once you have read the instructions, tap Continue
Figure 4
 
4. Enter your username and password, then tap Log In
Figure 5
 
5. Read the Activation Token from the text message (SMS) sent to you (Figure 6). Enter the Activation Token in the Activation Code field, then tap Activate (Figure 7)
Figure 6                                                             Figure 7
  
 
6. Tap Done to complete the migration process
Figure 8

 

 

Android

1. Open IBKR Mobile and enter your username and password and tap Log In
Figure 1


2. Select the Migrate IB Key option (Figure 2), then tap Migrate IB Key to confirm your choice (Figure 3)
Figure 2                                                            Figure 3
  
 
3. Once you have read the instructions, tap Continue
Figure 4
 
4. Enter your username and password, then tap Log In
Figure 5
 
5. Read the Activation Token from the text message (SMS) sent to you (Figure 6). Enter the Activation Token in the SMS Code field, then tap Verify (Figure 7)
Figure 6                                                          Figure 7
  
 
6. Choose a PIN of your preference (alphanumeric, between 4 and 6 characters, with at least one number) and enter it into the PIN field. Then enter the same PIN in to the Repeat PIN field to confirm it. Tap Activate
Figure 8
 
7. Tap Done to complete the migration process
Figure 9
 
 

 

References:

  • See KB2879, KB2260 for General information about IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key)
  • See KB2260 for instructions on how to install/activate/operate the IBKR Mobile app
  • See KB2278 for instructions on how to operate your IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) on an Apple iPhone
  • See KB2277 for instructions on how to operate your IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) on an Android smartphone: 
  • See KB3279 for instructions on how to log in to IBKR Mobile when IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) is enabled on another phone
  • See KB3073 for instructions on how to reactivate or transfer the IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key)

 

How to Log in to IBKR Mobile when IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) is Enabled on Another Phone

Background: 
This article is intended for clients who have activated the IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) on their smartphone and possess as well an additional mobile device, on which they desire to trade.
Clients with this setup will be able to log in to the IBKR Mobile trading platform on their secondary device, using their smartphone to complete the Two-Factor Authentication step.

 

For the purposes of this article, we will use the following naming convention:

Authentication device: this is the smartphone on which you activated the IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key)

Trading device: this is where you want to use IBKR Mobile app for trading.

 

Procedure

Please click on one of the link below according to your phone operating system:

 

Apple iOS

1. On your Trading device, launch the IBKR Mobile app. Enter your your credentials in the login screen and tap Log In
 Figure 1
 
2. Tap Two-Factor Authentication (Figure 2).  A Challenge code will be displayed (Figure 3)
  Figure 2                                                            Figure 3
    
 
3. On the Authentication device, launch the IBKR Mobile app
 Figure 4
 
4a. If you are not automatically logged in, tap Services (Figure 5) on the top left, then tap Authenticate (Figure 6).
 Figure 5                                                          Figure 6
 
 
4b. If you are already logged in, tap on the More button on the bottom right. Then, scroll down and tap on Authenticate
  Figure 7

5. Enter the Challenge code you obtained at point 2. Then tap Generate Response (Figure 8). Once you have provided your security element (Figure 9), you will receive a Response String (Figure 10).
  Figure 8                                                     Figure 9                                                  Figure 10
   

6. On your Trading device, enter the Response String into the "Enter response code" field and tap Send to finalize the authentication process.
 Figure 11

 

 

Android

1. On your Trading device, launch the IBKR Mobile app. Enter your your credentials in the login screen and tap Log In
  Figure 1
 
2. Tap on the option Two-Factor Authentication (Figure 2).  You will see a Challenge code (Figure 3)
 Figure 2                                                          Figure 3
  
 
3. On the Authentication device, launch the IBKR Mobile app
 Figure 4
 
4a. If you are not automatically logged in, tap Services (Figure 5) and then tap Authenticate (Figure 6).
 Figure 5                                                            Figure 6
   
 
4b. If you are already logged in, tap the Menu button (Figure 7), scroll down and tap Authenticate (Figure 8).
  Figure 7                                                          Figure 8
  
 
5. Enter your IBKR Mobile PIN and the Challenge code you obtained at point 2. Then tap Generate Response (Figure 9). A Response String will be displayed (Figure 10)
  Figure 9                                                         Figure 10
  
 
6. On your Trading device, enter the Response String in to the "Enter response code" field and then tap Log In to finalize the authentication process.
 Figure 11
 


References
  • See KB2260 for general instructions on how to use IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key)
  • See KB3073 for instructions on how to migrate the IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) to a new smartphone
  • See KB2748 for instructions on how to perform the IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) recovery

 

Secure Login with IBKR Mobile - FAQ

Overview: 

Securely log in to any IBKR application, including TWS, Client Portal or WebTrader using IBKR Mobile

Select the scenario below that best describes your issue:

 

I received the push notification on my smartphone. What is the next step?

  • Please click on the link applicable to your smartphone Operating System:

I did not receive the push notification on my phone. How can I login?

  • Please click on the link applicable to your smartphone Operating System:

I have a new smartphone. How do I activate the IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) on this new phone?

 

My IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) is activated on a different smartphone. How can I login?

 

I have reinstalled the IBKR Mobile app on the same smartphone. How can I activate IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) again?

 

I'm unable to receive push notifications on my phone. How do I enable these notifications?

 

 

Android

1.  Enter your IBKR Account credentials into your trading platform or Client Portal login screen and click Login. If your credentials have been accepted, a notification will be sent to your phone.

 

2. On your phone, swipe down from the top and check your notification drawer. Tap on the IBKR Mobile notification. If you have not received the notification, please refer to KB3234.

 

3. The IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) will open, prompting you for your fingerprint or your PIN, according to the hardware capabilities of your phone. Please provide the requested security element.

 

4. If the authentication has succeeded, the trading platform or Client Portal login process will automatically move ahead to the next phases.

 

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What if I do not receive the notification?

If notifications are disabled, no internet access is available or if you have a poor, unstable connection, the notifications may not reach your phone. In these cases the seamless authentication may not be available but you can still use the manual Challenge/Response authentication method as described below:

1. On your trading platform or Client Portal login screen, click the link "Click here if you do not receive the notification".


 2. A Challenge code will be displayed on the screen.

 

3. Launch the IBKR Mobile app on your Smartphone, select Authenticate (if necessary), enter your PIN and the Challenge code you obtained in the previous step. Tap Generate Passcode.

 

4. A Response String will be displayed.

 

5. Enter the Response String into your trading platform or Client Portal login screen. Then click OK.


6. If the authentication has succeeded, the trading platform or Client Portal login process will automatically move ahead to the next phases.


 

 

iPhone

 

Operation with Touch ID

Once activated, operation of IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) using Touch ID is as follows:

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not have Internet access while operating the IBKR Mobile app, please refer to the section "What if I don't receive the notification?"

1. Enter your username and password into the trading platform or Client Portal login screen and click Login. If correct, a notification will be sent to your iPhone.

 

2. On your iPhone, check your notifications panel and select the IBKR Mobile app notification 

3. Selecting the notification will launch the IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key). On your iPhone, place your finger that was registered for Touch ID on the Home Button. If the Touch ID has not been activated, IB Key will prompt you to enter the Passcode.


4. If authentication succeeds, the log in will now automatically proceed.

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Operation with Face ID

Once activated, operation of IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) using Face ID is as follows:
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not have Internet access while operating the IBKR Mobile app, please refer to the section "What if I don't receive the notification?"

1. Enter your username and password into the trading platform or Client Portal login screen and click Login. If correct, a notification will be sent to your iPhone.

2. On your iPhone, check your notifications panel and select the IBKR Mobile app notification 

3. Selecting the notification will launch the IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key). On your iPhone, look at the screen to authenticate via Face ID. If Face ID has not been activated, IB Key will prompt you to enter the Passcode.

4. If authentication succeeds, the log in will now automatically proceed.

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What if I don't receive the notification?

If notifications are disabled, no internet access is available or if you have a poor, unstable connection it is possible the notification may not arrive. In these cases operation of the IBKR Mobile app is as follows:

1. Click the link Click here if you do not receive the notification.

2. This will generate challenge code and box to enter response.

3. Launch IBKR Mobile on your Smartphone, then select Authenticate. Type the Challenge number into the corresponding box.

4. If you use Touch ID, place your finger that was registered on the Home Button. If the Touch ID has not been activated, the IBKR Mobile Authentication (IB Key) will prompt you to enter the Passcode. A response string will be generated. If you use Face ID, skip this step and go to the next one.

5. If you use Face ID, look at the screen to authenticate via Face ID. If Face ID has not been activated, IB Key will prompt you to enter the Passcode. A response string will be generated.

6. Enter the response from your iPhone into the log in screen and click OK.

7. If authentication succeeds, the log in will now automatically proceed.

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