Twitter app privacy settingsSource: iMore

Twitter can be a powerful mouthpiece for you, your brand, or your business — and an even more powerful weapon if your login credentials fall into the wrong hands. You can protect your account by enabling Twitter's two-factor authentication (2FA) options: Here's how.

To prevent your Twitter account from being compromised by enterprising hoodlums or hackers, there are a couple of options available to you.

How to enable 2FA via text message for Twitter on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Twitter app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap the profile bubble on the top left of your screen.
  3. Tap Settings and privacy.

    Twitter Settings And Privacy for iPhone: Launch  Twitter, Tap your profile bubble, tap settings and privacy.Source: iMore

  4. Tap Account.

  5. Tap Security.
  6. Tap Two-factor authentication.

    Twitter Two-Factor Authentication for iPhone: Tap account, tap security, and then tap two-factor authentication.Source: iMore

  7. Tap the Text Message On/Off Switch.

  8. Tap Get Started.
  9. Enter your password.

    Twitter Two Factor Authentication Text Message Set Up for iPhone: Tap the text message on/off switch, tap get started, and then  enter your password.Source: iMore

  10. Tap Verify.

  11. Enter your phone number.
  12. Tap Next.

    Twitter Two Factor Authentication Text Message Phone Number for iPhone: Tap verify, enter your phone number, tap next. Source: iMore

  13. Enter the confirmation code you received via text message.

  14. Tap Next
  15. Tap Got it.

    Twitter Two Factor Authentication Text Message Finish Set Up for iPhone: Enter confirmation code, tap next, tap got it. Source: iMore

Don't forget to save the backup code somewhere secure in case you ever have to use it. Now you'll need to enter the confirmation code sent to you via text message whenever you sign-in to Twitter.

How to enable 2FA via authentication app for Twitter on iPhone and iPad

There's a bunch of different authentication apps out there, and the process for setting them up for Twitter may vary slightly. For this example, I've used the Google Authenticator app.

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  1. Launch the Twitter app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap the profile bubble on the top left of your screen.
  3. Tap Settings and privacy.

    Twitter Settings And Privacy for iPhone: Launch  Twitter, Tap your profile bubble, tap settings and privacy.Source: iMore

  4. Tap Account.

  5. Tap Security.
  6. Tap Two-factor authentication.

    Twitter Two-Factor Authentication for iPhone: Tap account, tap security, and then tap two-factor authentication.Source: iMore

  7. Tap the Authentication app On/Off Switch.

  8. Enter your password.
  9. Tap Verify.

    Twitter Turn On App Authentication for iPhone: Tap the authentication app on.off switch, enter your password, then tap verify. Source: iMore

  10. Tap Link app now.

  11. Tap Open to open your authentication app.
  12. Tap YES to allow your authentication app to add a new token.

    Twitter Authentication App Open: Tap link app now, tap open, and then tap yes. Source: iMore

  13. Tap Twitter in the top left corner to go back to the Twitter app.

  14. Enter the confirmation code from your authentication app.
  15. Tap Verify.

    Twitter Authentication App Finish Set Up: tap Twitter in the top left corner, enter the confirmation code, and then tap verify. Source: iMore

Now anytime you sign in to Twitter, you'll need to enter the confirmation code from your authentication app.

How to enable 2FA via text message for Twitter on your computer

When you log in to your Twitter account via app or Web browser, you can get the service to send you a code to your phone number that you must first input before gaining access to your account. Setting it up is easy:

  1. Visit Twitter on your computer and log in if you're not already.
  2. Click the profile bubble on the upper right next to Tweet.
  3. Click More in the sidebar to the left.

    Opening More Profile Settings On Twitter for Web: Click the profile bubble and then click more in the sidebar. Source: iMore

  4. Click Settings and privacy.

  5. Click Account in the menu on the left.

    Twitter Account Settings Menu For Web: Click settings and privacy, and then click account. Source: iMore

  6. Click Security.

  7. Click Two-Factor Authentication.

    Open Two Factor Authentication Menu For Twitter: Click Security and then click two-factor-authentication.Source: iMore

  8. Click the Text Message checkbox.

  9. Click Get Started.

    Start Text Message Authentication Twitter For Web: Click text message checkbox and then click get tartedSource: iMore

  10. Enter your password.

  11. Click Verify.

    Confirm Password For Twitter On Web: Enter your password and then click verify.Source: iMore

  12. Click Send Code.

  13. Enter the confirmation code from the text message.

    Enter Text Message Code For Twitter On Web: Click send code and then enter the confirmation code from the text message.Source: iMore

  14. Click Next.

  15. Click Got it.

    Finish Text Message Authentication Set Up Twitter On Web: Click next and then click got it. Source: iMore

Don't forget to save the backup code somewhere secure in case you ever have to use it. Now every time you sign in to Twitter, you'll need to enter the confirmation code that will be sent to you via text message.

How to enable 2FA via authentication app for Twitter on your computer

There's a bunch of different authentication apps out there, and the process for setting them up for Twitter may vary slightly. For this example, I've used the Google Authenticator app. so you can get an idea of how it works.

  1. Visit Twitter on your computer and log in if you're not already.
  2. Click the profile bubble on the upper right next to Tweet.
  3. Click More in the sidebar to the left.

    Opening More Profile Settings On Twitter for Web: Click the profile bubble and then click more in the sidebar. Source: iMore

  4. Click Settings and privacy.

  5. Click Account in the menu on the left.

    Twitter Account Settings Menu For Web: Click settings and privacy, and then click account. Source: iMore

  6. Click Security.

  7. Click Two-Factor Authentication.

    Open Two Factor Authentication Menu For Twitter: Click Security and then click two-factor-authentication.Source: iMore

  8. Click the Authentication app checkbox.

  9. Click Start.

    Set Up Authentication App Twitter For Web: Click the authentication checkbox and then click start. Source: iMore

  10. Enter your password.

  11. Click Verify

    Password Verification On Twitter For Web: Enter your password and then click verify.Source: iMore

  12. Launch your authenticator app on your phone.

  13. Scan the barcode on the computer screen.

    Scan Barcode With Authenticator App: Launch your authenticator app and then scan the barcode on your computer screen. Source: iMore

  14. Click Next.

  15. Enter the confirmation code from your authenticator app.

    Authentication Confirmation Code Twitter For Web: Click next and then enter the confirmation code. Source: iMore

  16. Click Verify

  17. Click Got it

    Finish Authetication App Set Up Twitter For Web: Click verify and then click got it. Source: iMore

Now anytime you log in to Twitter you'll need to launch your authenticator app and use the confirmation code to complete the login process.

How to generate a temporary Twitter password on iPhone and iPad

Once you have two-factor authentication enable via text message or an authentication app, you'll be able to set up a temporary password to use when you sign into third-party apps and services or if you every are using a device that's not your own.

  1. Launch the Twitter app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap the profile bubble on the top left of your screen.
  3. Tap Settings and privacy.

    Twitter Settings And Privacy for iPhone: Launch  Twitter, Tap your profile bubble, tap settings and privacy.Source: iMore

  4. Tap Account.

  5. Tap Security.
  6. Tap Two-Factor Authentication.

    Twitter Two-Factor Authentication for iPhone: Tap account, tap security, and then tap two-factor authentication.Source: iMore

  7. Tap Temporary Password It's at the bottom of the menu.

  8. Tap Generate a new password.

    Temporary Password Twitter: Tap Temporary Password and then tap generate a new password. Source: iMore

A new temporary password will automatically generate and you can now use that password to login to your Twitter. The password will expire after one hour.

Questions?

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Update July 2020: Updated for the newest version of Twitter on iOS and iPadOS.