Twitter has announced third-party login support, which means that you can now sign up and sign in to Twitter with either your Apple ID on iOS, or through your Google accounts on the app and on web. The feature showed up in the Twitter beta last month, but now it appears to be more widely available.
There are some perks to being able to sign in with either a Google account of Apple ID. Apple has strict guidelines for when an application is required to support Sign in with Apple. You’d need to use two-factor authentication and be signed into iCloud, which means increased privacy.
And for signing in with Google, they offer things like Security Checkups, Password Managers, and “built-in security”. You also have access to tools like Privacy Checkup so you can choose the privacy settings that are right for you. You’re also currently able to sign into Twitter with your Google account through both web and the app—Apple users are only able to sign in with Apple ID through iOS.
According to Twitter, you’re able to link your existing account with an Apple or Google one. When you’re logging back in, you can choose “Continue with Apple” or “Continue with Google” to sign in. However, the email must be the same as your Twitter account email.
You also aren’t able to change your password once you’ve created an account with an Apple ID or Google account, as Twitter requires you to type in your “current password” in order to change it. If you need to, a Twitter support page mentions the ability to disconnect your Apple or Google account, but it’s web-only—which Apple users can’t log into yet.
The introduction of Apple ID sign-in is due to Apple’s App Store guidelines that require apps to include Apple as an option if the app allows any other third-party logins. Signing in with Apple support will come to the web “soon”.
Previously, Twitter introduced an improved security feature to further discourage unauthorised logins and account breaches. The feature used physical security keys as their two-factor authentication (2FA) option.