Twitter announced on Friday that they are removing text message two-factor authentication (2FA) from accounts that won’t pay for it. We will guide you on how to use the Google Authenticator app on Twitter 2FA.
They made it clear in a blog post that only users that subscribe to Twitter Blue will have access to the text 2FA. Twitter users will have the feature removed from their accounts if they don’t switch to another alternative or subscribe to Twitter Blue on or before the 20th of March.
The latest move by Twitter under Elon Musk wants to start charging a fee for using SMS messages for two-factor authentication.
How to Use Google Authenticator with Twitter
The Google Authenticator app is one of the apps that are free to use and will replace Twitter’s Authentication SMS.
It has been available for years and is one of the methods I have used to keep my social media account safe. Linking your Twitter account to the app is easy. If you don’t have the app, you need to download it. The app is available on both the Google Play and Apple App stores.
Log in to your Twitter account and go to “security and account access” in the settings. Use the security menu and select “two-factor authentication.” Then, select “authentication app” and choose “get started” on the next pop-up.
Twitter will generate a QR code you can scan using the Google Authenticator App. Once the QR code is scanned, your account will be linked, and the two-factor codes will be shown in the authenticator app.
You will be asked to input the code displayed in the authenticator app when logging into Twitter. And it changes every thirty seconds.
The Authenticator app is better than Twitter’s SMS authentication method. Other apps like 1Password, Authy, and more can replicate the process.