**SOLVED** Facebook Developer – Set up new app:”Your account must be verified before you can take this action. Please verify your account by adding your Mobile phone or Credit/debit card.”

If you try for the first time to create an application for Facebook, most probably, right after you press the “+Set Up New App” button or the “Create one” link, you will get an error message like this:
Your account must be verified before you can take this action. Please verify your account by adding your Mobile phone or Credit/debit card.

If you press Mobile phone, you will are at My Account->Mobile-> Activate a Phone. The only available option is “Register for Facebook Text Messages”. And this is where Facebook starts to fail developers. You get a window to state your Country and Mobile Carrier, but SURPRISE!…There are just a few countries there (Romania not included), so you cannot get your Confirmation code, you cannot get to the next step.

This is when I started to wonder if Facebook does ever test its code. Probably not.

After some hours of research, this is my solution in 3 baby-steps:

1. Go to this address: http://www.facebook.com/confirmphone.php/ and input your phone number

2. You will receive an SMS with the confirmation code and a link

3. The confirmation code will probably generate an error (“Sorry, that was an invalid confirmation code”) – this is hilarious isn’t it? – but if you follow the link on your mobile, the phone will be activated.

Most helpful resources should have been on Facebook.com, but they were found on: http://jesperastrom.com/facebook/


It seems that this error is affecting the Facebook developer community a lot.

If your account still doesn’t work, add your phone number at: https://www.facebook.com/update_security_info.php

Upon receiving the same error, address Facebook with a bug ticket at:



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  • The User:

    Hello, I am a facebook user and I am having trouble logging into my account for the past 4 days up till now. This problem existed after I did these few steps:

    1. I registered for facebook account 5 days ago.

    2. I wanted to get facebook timeline. I was able to log in so I went to http://www.facebook.com/about/timeline but I don’t see the green “Get Timeline” button at the bottom right corner where it should be visible.

    3. So I googled on “how to get timeline fast”. I found this page at search result:
    (Please refer to this site)

    4. Blindly, I followed the steps on the page.

    5. I did steps 1-3.

    6. Then it said that my account is not verified and I was logged out by Facebook.

    7. Then, I tried to log in again with the correct email address and password but this message always comes out: (refer to the image link below)


    8. On the page above, I entered a phone number. I am from Malaysia (+60) and I entered my correct phone number.
    I’ve waited for 4 days and kept entering a phone number but still didn’t receive any text message from Facebook to verify my account.

    So I have explained how I got this problem, please assist me furthur by providing any ideas. I have no intention to become a developer. I just want to get my timeline. Getting timeline before the “Get Timeline” button is visible end up in getting me unable to log in.

    In addition, I’ve already sent my malaysian drivers license image to facebook many times but I don’t receive any reply from them.

    • The User:

      To confirm your account:

      1. Text the letter “F” to 32665 and Facebook will text you your confirmation code.

      2. Then, log in to your account. They will ask you to enter phone number as shown in the image link: http://i.imgur.com/NvidP.png

      3. Enter the confirmation code that they texted you. I finally get the code after I’ve texted F to 32665

      Hope this helps everyone else out there dealing with this (annoying) issue.

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