Twitter Now Supports Third-Party Apps for 2FA

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Mehedi Hassan in Social with 8 Comments

Twitter is rolling out a major update to login verification, also known as two-factor authentication, across all platforms today. The social network is adding the ability to use third-party apps for login verification which should be a welcome addition for many users. Finally.

To this date, users had no other option than relying on SMS two-factor authentication for their Twitter account. But with today’s update, you can setup two-factor authentication to work with apps like Microsoft Authenticator, Google Authenticator, or Authy.

Setting up login verification on a third-party app for your Twitter account is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is head over to your Twitter account settings, find login verification from the Security tab, click on “Review your login verification methods” and set up the mobile security app. If you don’t already have two-factor authentication enabled, you will be required to set it up through the usual process, but do keep in mind that it will use SMS for two-factor authentication by default.

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Comments (8)

8 responses to “Twitter Now Supports Third-Party Apps for 2FA”

  1. wunderbar

    I didn't think this is new.... I've had Twitter 2FA on my app of choice (authy) for a long time.......

    • IanYates82

      In reply to wunderbar:

      Might depend on location I the world? I have always wanted this but SMS was the only option.

      Their sms gateway had a big issue for me a few years back in that it must have cached my carrier and took a shortcut with deliveries, which was fine until I switched carriers and then I couldn't authenticate my new phone on a new carrier using my ported number. Catch 22! Took a couple of days to resolve with Twitter support, eventually proven by still having my old device with an authenticated twitter app that was used to like some tweets they requested.

  2. rameshthanikodi

    Um... This isn't new? Twitter has had this for a while now.

  3. Eric Johnson

    I was confused as well, what is new is the ability to turn SMS off for increased security.

  4. jerquiaga

    After you enable app 2FA, you can edit your text message setup and turn off text message as an option.

  5. Paul Capewell

    This definitely isn't a new feature. Have been using this for nearly a year...

  6. madthinus

    This has been working for some time already. ?

  7. kshimamura

    Works with my LastPass Authenticator too.