Twitter recently announced that text message two-factor authentication (2FA) will be put behind a paywall. Only Twitter Blue subscribers will have access to SMS 2FA from March 20, 2023.

Non-Twitter Blue users were also notified to remove text message two-factor authentication by March 19 to avoid losing access to Twitter.

Twitter will disable 2FA completely unless non-Blue users do not add a new authentication method. To avoid this, users can either use security key or an authentication app to add a layer of protection for their accounts.

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While a security key requires users to purchase paid, physical hardware to be connected to a device, enabling an authentication app such as Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator can be done in a few simple steps.

How to link authentication app to Twitter

Step 1: Download an authentication app onto a mobile phone

Step 2: Open Twitter on web browser

Step 3: On the left side of the Home page, select the three dots (‘More’)

Step 4: Tap ‘Settings and Support’, then click ‘Settings and Privacy’

Step 5: Click ‘Security and account access,’ then go to ‘Two-factor authentication’

Step 6: Check ‘Authentication App’, and enter password or email if prompted

Step 7: Hit ‘Get Started’ to get a QR code on screen

Step 8: Open authentication app, select app’s QR code scanner, and scan the Twitter code

Step 9: After linking, click ‘Next’ in Twitter, and enter the code that the app generates

Step 10: Select ‘Confirm’, and save the backup code Twitter generates in case access to phone or app is lost

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