Twitter is committed to ensuring the safety and security of its users. Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a primary security tool offered by Twitter to keep user accounts secure. With 2FA, users are required to enter a code or use a security key in addition to their password to log in, adding an extra layer of security. However, starting from March 20, 2023, text messages authenticator will only be available as a two-factor authentication method for Twitter Blue subscribers. Other account types will have the option to use an authentication app or security key for their 2FA.
What’s Next for non-Twitter Blue Subscribers?
Existing non-Twitter Blue subscribers who are already enrolled in text message 2FA will have a 30-day grace period to disable this method and enroll in another. After March 20, 2023, non-Twitter Blue subscribers will no longer be permitted to use text messages as a 2FA method, and any accounts still using this method will have it disabled. For non-Twitter Blue subscribers that had the feature disabled, can not set it up now even before the closure date.
How to Disable Text Message Factor Authentication (2FA)
Here is how you can remove this 2FA method before you are forcefully disabled.
1. Sign in to your Twitter account on your computer or mobile device.
2. Click on your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen and tap on the “Settings and Support” dropdown menu then select “Settings and Privacy.”
3. Click on the “Security and Account Access” tab.
4. Tap on the Security option.
5. Click on the “Two-factor authentication” option and click on “Two-factor authentication settings.”
6. On the Two-factor Authentication settings page, uncheck the Text message option if it’s enabled.
7. After that enter your password to confirm the changes.
Quick Note: Disabling text message 2FA does not automatically disassociate your phone number from your Twitter account.
How to Enable Text Message Factor Authentication for non-Twitter Blue Subscribers
If you follow the above steps to enable the two-factor authentication, as a nonTwitter Blue subscriber, you will receive a notification encouraging you to choose a different verification method. Since you can no longer use Twitter’s 2FA, you can choose to add any Authenticator app of your choice. To set an app as an authenticator option on Twitter, go to Settings and Privacy>Security and Account Access>Security>Two-Factor Authentication>check/enable Authentication app option>enter your password to confirm>select preferred Authenticator app and follow the prompts.
Wrap-Up: Well, Twitter insists that a number of bad actors abused the phone number-based 2FA which partially led to this decision of disabling the method for non-Twitter Blue subscribers and enabling the method for only Twitter Blue subscribers.