Today's Twitter update has a keen focus on security. Back in May, the company introduced an SMS-based two-factor authentication system for signing into the service. Now login requests can be be verified using just the mobile app. Users can sign into Twitter and enjoy the extra security of two-factor authentication without having to provide a phone number or worry about cell reception. The app also generates backup codes just in case your phone isn't available when you want to sign in later on. Yet in my case, I had to use the backup code even with my phone in front of me.

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To get started

  1. From the Me tab in the Twitter application, open Settings and then tap Security (Android users: you’ll need to tap your name before you can select Security)
  2. Turn on Login verification
  3. Store the generated backup code in a safe place. You will need to use this code if you need to access your account when you don’t have your phone.
  4. After you enroll in login verification, you’ll use the Twitter application to approve requests each time you sign in to twitter.com with your username and password.

After following these step, I received the expected login request notification. Unfortunately, the app didn't seem to realize it. It says there are no login requests, even though it just notified me that there was one. I had to use the backup code to login and go through the effort of generating a new one.


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There's also a new gallery view for photos that pop up in search results. It's attractive, smooth, and works just fine.

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Grab the Twitter app below if you don't already have it, but approach the new security feature with caution. They may need a bit more time to work out the kinks.

Source: Twitter

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Floris

    This app has improved with very small steps the last few months, but I think it's safe to say this app is actually quite good right now.

    • Simon Belmont

      As much as I dislike the way Twitter has forced out third party developers, I have to agree. Their app has steadily improved.

      They've definitely been putting effort into it. It's simple, but it gets the job done and it's smooth.

  • William

    "Ok. Lets not use the widely adopted proven 2-step verification system the rest of the world uses. Lets invent our own!"

    • Rami

      why didn't they just use the Google Authenticator protocol? many support it: DropBox, LastPass, Facebook, why not twitter?

      like this they force us to use their official app.

  • PamelaLibrarian

    I stopped using the Twitter app for a while to investigate some other clients. Now, I'm checking it out again. Is it me or did Twitter finally allow images to display automatically in the feed. Because this may bring me back.

    • CoreRooted

      The *only* reason I use the Twitter app at all is because of all the API issues they caused. Being a developer, I support other developers and hate what Twitter did to the other 3rd party apps.

      With that said, it doesn't look like images are auto-loading. :-

      • PamelaLibrarian

        They are loading for me. I'm talking about the mobile app, are you?

        • CoreRooted

          Yeah. All I get are links to the image. :(

  • Johnnie ‘Walker’ Katsoukis

    Im having a problem with fotos...i cant see any foto not even profil pic of any user on twitter...any help?

  • Wazzifer

    It didn't work for me either, it's nice that they added backup codes though.

  • sam

    If it still does not sync the last tweets I read in the timeline, it is useless.

    Also, where are the images/videos previews found in most 3rd party apps?

  • BBXiong

    I still dislike how Twitter screw 3rd party app devs, that specific few apps will definitely be way better if they didn't screw them up with the token limitation

  • Aris

    My phone just got wiped so i had to re-install twitter again, I go and I have to enter a verification code. whereas twitter client I've just re-install. and I did not get a verification code to get into my account. please help me to be able to access my twitter account back.
    Thank You...