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How to Set Up 2FA on Twitch

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The internet is a huge part of almost everybody's daily life, and while the online world gives us a ton of entertainment, knowledge, and social connection, security is critical. One of the best ways to protect ourselves and our online accounts is by using 2fa, or two-factor authentication. Below we will cover how to set up two-factor authentication for your Twitch account and some questions and concerns about 2fa you might have.

Enable Two Factor Authentication on Twitch

Two-factor authentication is not automatically enabled for your Twitch account when you create it, and there are a couple of things you have to do first to protect your account. Follow this step-by-step guide to set up the additional layer of security 2fa offers.

To enable two-factor authentication for your Twitch account:

  1. Step 1

    Go to and log in to your Twitch account.

  2. Step 2

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    Click the profile icon in the top right corner.

  3. Step 3

    Select Settings from the drop-down menu.

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    In the settings menu, navigate to the Security and Privacy tab.

  5. Step 5

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    Scroll down to the Security section.

  6. Step 6

    Click the Edit Two-Factor Authentication button.

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    Click Enable 2fa in the pop-up window.

  8. Step 8

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    Input a phone number to receive verification codes.

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    Enter the seven-digit code sent to your mobile device.

  10. Step 10

    Next, either download an authenticator app and scan the QR code, or select Skip & Use SMS to receive another text message.

  11. Step 11

    Enter the six-digit verification code.

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    You have now successfully enabled 2fa for your Twitch account. You will be prompted to input your password and a six-digit verification code when logging in to your account.

    This code will either generate from the authenticator app you have or sent to your via text message, depending on what you have chosen.

    If you want to enable or disable an authenticator app in the future, you can do so in the Edit Two-Factor Authentication menu.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do I need 2fa on my Twitch Account?

Enabling two-factor authentication is one of the best ways to ensure account security. A secure password is a good start, but 2fa gives you an extra layer of added security to keep your account information safe.

2 step verification makes it much harder for others to access your account, and while it can make the login process slightly slower, anyone signing in to your Twitch account will have a much harder time.

Twitch will require 2fa security codes when signing in from a new device. You will need to input the security keys at the sign-in screen. Once you do this, you can add the new device to your trusted devices list so you do not have to do this every time you log in.

What is Two Factor Authentication (2fa)?

Two-factor authentication is a security measure that is used in all kinds of high-security situations, not just Twitch.

2fa is so popular when it comes to security because of the manner in which it helps protect your accounts, identity, money, and tons of other things. What makes 2fa so good is that it typically requires access to a physical object that the owner of the account should have, like your phone.

One example that most people don’t realize is two-factor authentication is our debit cards. You not only have to have the physical card when you purchase something, but also the PIN. And when used for online purchases, you have to put in the security code from the back of the card, which generally ensures the user has the physical card in their possession.

Be mindful, however, that you do have your phone nearby when logging in. If you don’t receive the code sent to your phone number, you will

What are authenticator apps?

As mentioned above, SMS is not the only way to receive verification codes. An authentication app, like the Google Authenticator can be used to verify your account.

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These apps are used to capture the image of the QR code with your mobile phone. The app will generate the required six-digit code you need to log in.


You now know everything you need to know about two-factor authentication and how it can help you stay secure while on the internet.

And while you may never actually need the extra security, if something does happen, you could lose access to your account. Taking a couple of minutes to set up 2fa is genuinely worth it.

So, whether you are creating a new account or adding much-needed security to an existing one, get on your computer, log in to Twitch, and head to your system preferences to set up two-factor authentication right now.

About the Author


Luci is a novelist, freelance writer, and active blogger. A journalist at heart, she loves nothing more than interviewing the outliers of the gaming community who are blazing a trail with entertaining original content. When she’s not penning an article, coffee in hand, she can be found gearing her shieldmaiden or playing with her son at the beach.

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