Twitter Now Allows Two-Step Verification Using Third Party Apps Including Google Authenticator

December 22, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Twitter has made things a bit difficult by letting two-step verification, also known as 2FA, only through SMS until now. The only option available was to verify using code generator within an already-signed in app, which was even messier. But finally things are coming to ease, as Twitter has decided to verify via third party apps.

This include apps like Google Authenticator, Authy, 1Password etc., which can be used to generate authorization codes for the verification. But there are a few things to be checked and done before you head to the new verification system. Here’s how to get it done.

First, head to the Settings and Privacy option that can be accessed by simply tapping on your avatar icon or swiping in from the left. Under the Account section, select the Security option. You can find an empty checkbox right next to Login Verification.

Clicking the box will introduce some on-screen instructions with the verification of your password. Once you provide the right information including phone number, the app will hand you a backup code that can be used to access your account in future.

To complete verification via third-party apps, just tap on another empty checkbox marked against Mobile security app under Security. The same process will be followed, after which you must select the Set up now button. This will take you to your default third-party code generator app, where you can add your private Twitter key. Once you accept the new key, your third-party app would generate authorization codes for you in Twitter.

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