Extra Backpack Slots Locked in World of Warcraft

Updated: 3 months ago
Article ID: 137430
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Common Problems

  • I removed my authenticator and my extra backpack slots are gone.
  • Where did the stuff from my authenticator backpack slots go?
  • I didn't get my extra backpack slots yet.
  • Why are my backpack slots showing as locked? I have an authenticator

The base World of Warcraft backpack has 16 slots. You can gain 4 more slots when you add both the Blizzard Authenticator and Blizzard Phone Notifications to your account. These slots will show as locked in your Battle for Azeroth or Shadowlands version of World of Wacraft until they are activated.

It can take up to 30 minutes after both security features have been added before your extra backpack slots are available—log out of the game and back in if they don't unlock. If you wait 30 minutes and still can't use the extra slots after relogging, reset your user interface to resolve any possible conflicts with addons.

If you remove either the Authenticator or Phone Number, your backpack reverts to its original size, the slots show as locked again, and the items in those slots are moved to free slots in another bag.

Note: If you have no free bag space when the extra slots are removed, the items will be added when you free up bag space, or they will be mailed to you.