Gaming Gaming Services Twitch 2FA: How to Set It up and Use It Enabling two factor authentication on Twitch by Jennifer Allen Writer Jennifer Allen has been writing about technology since 2010. Her work has appeared in Mashable, TechRadar, and many more publications. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Jennifer Allen Updated on April 16, 2020 Gaming Services Consoles & PCs Cheats & Codes Gaming Services Game Play & Streaming Mobile Gaming Tweet Share Email Twitch is one of the most popular services out there for watching and streaming digital video broadcasts, such as gaming sessions, artwork creation, and even talk shows or even TV series. Because of that level of popularity, hackers see it as an easy target for accessing user accounts and using them for nefarious purposes. The best way to keep your account safe is to enable Twitch two factor authentication, making it harder to access illicitly. It adds an extra layer of protection for every time you log in on Twitch. Here's how to enable 2FA on Twitch, as well as how to disable it if you change your mind. Why Do I Need Two Factor Authentication on Twitch? You might think your Twitch account doesn't need additional security, but there are a few key reasons why it's worth doing. Extra privacy. No one wants to feel like someone is poking around their online accounts. 2FA reduces that risk drastically. Twitch Prime benefits. If you have an Amazon Prime account linked to Twitch, you get extra stuff for free, and you don't want to lose that because of a hacker.Protects your name. If you're an avid streamer, you want to maintain and develop your subscribers and popularity. Being hacked could wreck that, depending on what the hacker does with your account. How to Set up Two Factor Authentication on Twitch Setting up two factor authentication on Twitch isn't hard, providing you know where to look. Here's how to add extra security to your account, keeping hackers at bay. These instructions require you to access Twitch from your desktop computer rather than a mobile app. Go to https://www.twitch.tv Click Log In. After logging in, click on the profile logo to the top right of the home page. Click Settings. Click Security and Privacy. Scroll down to Two-Factor Authentication. Click Set Up Two-Factor Authentication. Enter your cell phone number. Click Continue. Enter the verification number you receive via SMS message. Click Verify. Click Done. How to Use Your Twitch Account With Two Factor Authentication Once you've set 2FA on Twitch, you'll need to log in slightly differently than before. Here's what to expect. Go to https://www.twitch.tv/ Click Log in and enter your account details. Click Log In. Wait to receive a text message on your phone. If you'd prefer to use an app, you can download the Authy app to receive token numbers without being sent SMS messages. Enter the Token number on your browser. Click Submit. You can also click the box to Remember this computer for 30 days if you don't want to do this every time. You've now logged in successfully. How to Disable Two Factor Authentication on Twitch If you decide to disable 2FA authentication on Twitch, it's pretty simple. We don't advise it as extra layers of security are useful but if you're switching phones, it can be worthwhile disabling it temporarily. Here's what to do. Log into your Twitch account. Click Settings. Click Security and Privacy. Scroll down to Two-Factor Authentication. Click Disable Two-Factor Authentication. Click Confirm. Click Done. Your account now has Two-Factor Authentication disabled.