How to change your Twitch password and set up two-factor authentication

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It’s never a bad time to change your Twitch password and set up two-factor authentication, also known as 2FA. A new password and an extra layer of security will help keep your Twitch account out of the hands of bad actors.

However, now might be an even better time to secure your Twitch account. We are currently not sure whether significant data on average Twitch users has been viewed, but Twitch has confirmed that it has been the victim of a data breach. You might as well gain serenity, right?

This guide will show you how to set up two-factor authentication on your Twitch account and also reset your Twitch password.

How to reset your Twitch password

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  1. Once logged into your Twitch account, click on your profile icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Click on the “Settings” button.
  3. Click on the “Security & Privacy” tab at the top of the settings page.
  4. Scroll down to the “security” box. You will see a link that says “change password”. Click on it.
  5. Enter your current password at the prompt.
  6. You may also be prompted to enter a Twitch login verification code, which will be sent to your email address.
  7. Enter a new password and then enter it again to confirm it.
  8. Click on “change password” to complete the process.

Your new password will need to meet Twitch’s password strength requirements, which means it should be at least eight characters long, include an upper and lower case letter, numbers, symbols, or spaces.

How to set up 2FA two-factor authentication on Twitch

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Two-factor authentication ensures that even if someone manages to acquire your login information, they will need a second, a lot more difficult requirement to access your Twitch account. If someone signs in to your account on a new device, they’ll need to confirm the sign-in from a second device you’ve assigned, like your phone or email account.

Here’s how to set up 2FA on Twitch:

  1. Click on the “Settings” button.
  2. Click on the “Security & Privacy” tab at the top of the settings page.
  3. Scroll down to the “security” box. You will see a box titled “Two-Factor Authentication”.
  4. Click on the big purple button that says “configure two-factor authentication”.
  5. A box will appear to remind you what 2FA is, and that activating 2FA will log you out of all devices except the one you are currently on. If this is your first time setting up 2FA, the bottom half of the box will probably say that you haven’t set up an authenticator app or text message number.
  6. Click the “activate 2FA” button.
  7. You will be prompted to enter your phone number.
  8. You may be prompted to re-enter your Twitch password.
  9. You will receive a 7-digit code on your phone. Type it in the Twitch prompt.
  10. You now have two options: Either using SMS as an authenticator or using the authenticator app, which you can download for Android here or Apple here.

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If you choose SMS, you will receive an SMS text message each time you want to log into Twitch, and you must enter the code provided. If you choose the authenticator app (that’s my usual preference), all you need to do is open the authenticator app when prompted and enter the code associated with your account. Authenticator apps typically change your code every 60 seconds or so, but it’s less complicated than it looks.

If you want to change your authentication method, just go back to Twitch’s security and privacy settings.


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