Twitter Blue subscription offers the blue verified tick and some useful features, such as text-based 2FA to the subscribers. This endangered the security of the existing ‘Tweeples’ as they are being compelled to turn off text 2FA failing which they might lose access to their account.
That said, if you are searching for a way to secure your Twitter account without paying for the Twitter Blue subscription, in this reads we will discuss several ways to set up a free app-based 2FA on Twitter.
Why Do You Need 2FA on Twitter?
Enabling Two Factor Authentication (2FA) on Twitter ensures that even if someone has your account password, only you can access and log into it.
Now, since the text-based 2FA is now available exclusively for Twitter Blue subscribers, the app-based 2FA is the next most reliable feature to secure your ‘non-blue’ Twitter accounts. In fact, the app-based 2FA is more secure than the text version, as it becomes near-impossible for hackers to intercept codes from secure authentication apps instead of text messages.
How to use 2FA on Twitter without paying for Twitter Blue
Setting up app-based 2FA on Twitter is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is install a trustworthy Authenticator app (such as Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, Authy, LastPass, etc.) on your device and link it to your Twitter account for 2-Factor security. Here’s what you need to follow.
Using the Google Authenticator App
- First, install the Google Authenticator app (Android, iOS) on your phone.
- Once installed, launch the Twitter app on your phone and tap your profile icon in the top-left corner.
- Next, go to Settings & Support and then tap on Settings and Privacy.
- Under Settings, tap on Security and Account Access and tap on the Security option.
- Further, tap Two-Factor Authentication and enable the toggle for the Authentication app.
- Next, tap on the Get Started button and tap on Link App.
- On the next page, pick the Google Authenticator app and copy the authentication code.
- Finally, paste the Confirmation Code on Twitter, and you’re all set to configure the 2FA. Additionally, you can press the Get Backup Code to allow logging in to Twitter in adverse scenarios.
With the Microsoft Authenticator App
Besides Google Authenticator, you can install the official authentication app from Microsoft to set up 2FA on your Twitter Account in no time. Follow these steps to achieve the same.
- Install the Microsoft Authenticator App (Android, iOS) and sign in with your Microsoft Account.
- Next, go to the Two Factor settings inside the Twitter app, as demonstrated in the method above, and press the Link App button to pick Microsoft Authenticator.
- A Twitter security token will be added to the Microsoft Authenticator app instantly. Tap the added key to view the One-Time Password code for copying it.
- Finally, paste the copied code in the 2FA confirmation code field, and that’s it! You have successfully set up 2FA on Twitter using the Microsoft Authenticator.
Using the Twilio Authy Authenticator
- Install the Twilio Authy Authenticator app (Android, iOS) on your phone and register a new account using your phone number.
- Next, configure the 2FA Twitter settings and press the Link App button to open the Twilio Authy Authenticator.
- Add a new nickname to your Twitter username token and copy the authentication code to the clipboard.
- Finally, paste the copied code inside the Confirmation field in the Twitter app and tap the Confirm button to finish setting up 2FA on your Twitter account.