You might be familiar with Google’s two-step verification service in which when anybody tries to log in to your account, a verification code comes to your registered phone number to verify. So, just like Google’s Two-Step verification, Twitter also has a Login Verification service to verify whether or not you’re the owner of the account.
So, instead of relying on just a password, login verification introduces a second check to make sure that you and only you can access your Twitter account.
After you enable this feature, you will need both your password and your phone to log in to your account. When you log in to twitter.com you will receive a text message with a login code (SMS users with a supported carrier), or a push notification (iOS and Android users).
Here’s How You Can Enable Login Verification on Twitter
Enabling login verification is the easiest task. I will guide you for both Android and PC.
Enable Login Verification Using Android App
First of all, open the Twitter app on your Android phone, and at the top right corner of your smartphone screen, tap on the vertical dotted line and select Settings from the options.
Now, tap your finger on your Twitter username as shown in the following picture.
Next, tap on Security and add the phone number to receive the verification requests or codes. After adding a number, you will also need to verify it.
That’s all, as soon as you verify the phone number, a login verification service will be enabled for your account. One thing also keep in mind is that if you’re enabling login verification via an Android phone, it will automatically send requests to the Twitter app. However, you can change it in the settings on the Twitter for web to get a verification code in the form of text SMS, not in the form of a login request on the Twitter app.
Enable Login Verification from the PC
In case, you don’t have an Android smartphone, no need to worry you can still enable login verification service from your computer or laptop. For this, first of all, you will have to add a phone number to your Twitter account to receive a verification code.
So, open Twitter on your computer, and after login, navigate to Settings > Mobile. Here, you will find the option to add your mobile number.
Now, Twitter will ask you to verify your mobile number and send you a verification code on the mobile number you entered. After verifying, click on Security and Privacy, and on the right side, tick “Send login verification requests to your number“.
Now, Twitter will send you a test message to verify whether your phone can receive messages or not. After sending the message, it will ask you whether or not you received the message.
After performing these tasks, the login verification service will be enabled for your Twitter account and anytime you log in, it will send you a verification code to confirm your ownership.
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How to Disable Login Verification?
If you want to disable the login verification on your Twitter account, it is also a task of just 5 seconds. For this, you just need to log in to your Twitter account and as shown in the above screen, tick on Don’t verify login requests and finally save changes.
What if You Lost Your Phone?
If you enabled the service using the Twitter app on your smartphone to receive login requests into your app not in the form of text messages, you can get help from Twitter support. Go to Twitter’s Login issues option, here you need to tell them that you have enabled login verification and some other information, and then the Twitter support team will receive your information and contact you further on your email.
If you lost the SIM card but not the phone, simply navigate to Settings > Security > Backup Code and here you’ll find the Backup code to recover your account.
So, whenever you try to log in, Twitter will give you the option to use a Backup code to log in to your account and after logging into your account you can disable the login verification service by applying the above procedure.