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Not receiving email to reset Bitbucket 2FA

Hi everyone,

My issue: I cannot log into as I don't have any 2FA record in my auth apps for Bitbucket, no recovery codes, and the 2FA reset email does not get through. 

A few premises: 
- I have created this Bitbucket account around 2018 but haven't used it in the last couple of years at least.
- Yes, I can access all other Atlassian services (with Atlassian id and 2FA) and regularly receive all other Atlassian emails (including invites and password resets) with no issue. The issue seems to be specific to BitBucket 2FA reset emails.
- I don't remember ever activating 2FA for BB (I see it was supposedly made mandatory in 2022), I do not have any recovery codes, and yes I have checked my spam folders etc.

I am opening this question after seeing this page: 

Steps I'm following:

  • in a new browser session open and click Log In
  • enter my email address, click continue, enter password, click Log in
  • I get the Atlassian account 2-step verification page and successfully pass it with 2FA code from mobile app. that works fine - I can access any Atlassian services, however
  • if I try to get into Bitbucket I'm immediately redirected to a Bitbucket-specific two-step verification page
  • at this point I only have one Atlassian account in my mobile app, which of course fails with "Invalid two-step verification code."
  • I click the "Forgot code" link and I get to a page saying "Recover your account - We will send an email to <my address> with instructions on how to recover access to your Bitbucket account..." - I click on "Send recovery email"
  • I get a success page "Recovery email has been resent. Check your inbox! Recover your account We've emailed instructions to: ..."
  • I never receive any email. Not even after 24/48h. The email is not in spam/junk folders. I have tried multiple times in the last few weeks/months with the same result.

I have a customer inviting me to a new repository and the only option I have right now is to ask them to switch to a different service. Really appreciate any info on steps or alternative options that might exist to either unlock the emails or reset/disable the Bitbucket-specific 2FA (through Atlassian support). 

Thanks - Max


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Theodora Boudale
Atlassian Team
Atlassian Team members are employees working across the company in a wide variety of roles.
May 03, 2023

Hi Max,

Since you made several requests more than 24 hours ago, I went ahead and sent another 2FA recovery email to your email address just a few minutes ago. Our email logs show that it has been delivered to your mail server. Could you please check if you have received it?

I would suggest checking your Spam folder and also if you have any filters that would prevent our emails from reaching your inbox. If you still cannot find it, I would suggest reaching out to the admin of your mail server to help you figure out why these emails do not make it from your mail server to your inbox.

Kind regards,

HI @Theodora Boudale , thanks for your response. 

I have to backtrack a bit unfortunately. I have reached out internally but due to several factors (security policies, number of systems involved in email handling and security, size of the organization, email volume) it is simply unfeasible to pinpoint where my specific 2FA email might be stuck.

The only step I see available is to ask you: is there any other option available such as having Atlassian Support deactivate my Bitbucket 2FA temporarily? Sorry for the annoyance.

Thanks - Max

Theodora Boudale
Atlassian Team
Atlassian Team members are employees working across the company in a wide variety of roles.
May 05, 2023

Hi @Max Anastasio,

I'm afraid that the support team cannot disable 2FA for Bitbucket Cloud accounts.

I will go ahead and create a support ticket on your behalf and a Bitbucket Cloud support engineer will look into whether there are other options. You will receive shortly an email with a link to the support ticket; if you don't, please feel free to let me know and I can post the ticket URL here (the ticket's content will be visible only to you and Atlassian staff).

Kind regards,

Thanks Theodora, appreciated.

I've got the ticket, will follow up there.

Thanks again - Max

Theodora Boudale
Atlassian Team
Atlassian Team members are employees working across the company in a wide variety of roles.
May 05, 2023

You are very welcome Max, please feel free to reach out if you need anything further!

Hi Theodora,

thanks for the update - it makes sense, will follow up with our internal IT Support.

Thanks - Max

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