Twitter has announced to added third-party app support to its two-factor authentication login feature. It means that in addition to the SMS, you can now receive the Twitter verification code via third-party apps like Google Authenticator and Authy, Duo Mobile, or similar installed on your mobile device.
“You’ll now be able to use a third party app for two-factor authentication instead of SMS text messages,” Twitter said on Thursday. These third-party apps work independently and generate codes offline to help you use the two-factor authentication.
With third-party apps like Google Authenticator, the codes disappear in about 30 seconds, making it a more secure way to verify your identify and access your account.
The micro-blogging site has given a step-by-step direction on how to use the third-party apps for verification on Twitter.
- Tap your profile icon, go to Account, and then
- Text Message will be enabled as your default authentication method – tap review your login verification methods.
- Enter and confirm your password.
- Tap Set up-> Mobile security app ->
- Verify your password once more if asked.
- Scan the QR code that pops up, follow the instructions, and then enter the 6-digit security code.
The feature can be disciple anytime if desired. To choose between the two types of login verification on Twitter, go to Profile>Settings and privacy>Account>Security>Text message option will be on by default. Click Edit to disable the codes via SMS.
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