How to avoid being falsely banned in Call of Duty


    Recently, there has been an increase in the number of complaints from players who have been falsely banned in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone. This is a serious issue that Activision needs to address, but as a player, you can take this step that I am about to share to avoid getting banned from the game for no reason.

    Players’ accounts are being falsely banned due to hackers and cheating companies selling software. Your account can be attacked, hacked, and then sold to players who want to cheat in the game. Over time, anti-cheat software (Ricochet) detects them and their identification is permanently disabled.

    How to avoid fake bans in Call of Duty

    To avoid being banned by mistake in Call of Duty, you must enable two-factor authentication (2FA) in your account as soon as possible. When you do this, you will be asked to enter a unique code each time you sign in to your account from a new device. Therefore, even if hackers crack your password, they won’t be able to obtain the ever-changing 2FA code.

    How to enable two-factor authentication in Call of Duty

    To enable two-factor authentication, sign in to your call of duty profile using your registered email. After entering your credentials and signing in, you will be immediately prompted to Set up two-factor authentication on the next screen (see image) if you have not done so already. If you don’t get this option, go to the Privacy & Security tab below your profile and select Enable two-factor authentication (second image).

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    Once you choose to enable 2FA, you will need to verify your account by entering the code sent to your email address. After that, a pop-up window will appear explaining how to enable this security check as I showed above. Now, download any of the following authenticator apps on your smartphone: Google Authenticator, Duo Mobile, Authy, either Microsoft Authenticator.

    Log in to your app and use the built-in camera to scan the QR code displayed on the screen (in your CoD account). If this doesn’t work, you will have to manually enter the key below the QR code in the app. Once this is done, enter the Code that appears in the app and your profile password in the box and press Activate. Then you should have successfully enabled two-factor authentication on your Call of Duty/Activision account.

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    From now on, every time you have to log in, you will not only have to enter your password but also the authenticator app’s unique 2FA code. If you don’t have the app for any reason or have uninstalled it, you can check your email to see if backup codes which are sent the moment you enable two-factor authentication on your account.

    How to Check Ban Status in Call of Duty

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    To check if your Call of Duty account is under review or has been permanently banned, you can visit the page Activision Ban Appeal Website. Enter your access information and you will know the status of your account (as you can see in the image, no ban was detected on my account).

    Here you will also be notified that bans will only be revoked if it is confirmed that it was due to your account being hacked. Additionally, temporary bans such as shadow bans that place you in a limited matchmaking state cannot be appealed. These bans occur when your opponents report you multiple times and are automatically lifted within a few days. So you better not use our recommended meta loadouts in Warzone to avoid getting reported for being too good at the game (just kidding).

    Stay tuned to Pro Gaming Guides for more Call of Duty content. In the meantime, head over to our article How to get the Ghost title in Warzone.

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