Account security on the Internet is always important, but if you’re a streamer on Twitch, then the security of your Twitch account is extra important. If someone is able to gain access to your account, then they would be able to change details about your stream, impersonate you to fans, or stream on your account. They would also be able to change your password or try to delete your account.
As such on Twitch it’s really important to ensure that you’re using a strong password. To read our article on how to create a strong password, click here. If you want to change your Twitch password, you need to go into your account settings. To open the account settings, click on your profile picture in the top-right corner, then click “Settings”.
Once in the settings, switch to the “Security and Privacy” tab, then click on “Change password” at the top of the “Security” section. You’ll be required to enter your old password to verify that you’re the owner of the account.
Once you’ve made it through that first check, you’ll need to enter your old password again, along with the new password you want to use, twice, to minimise the risk you made a typo. Once, you’re done, click “Change Password” to save the change.
Two-factor authentication or “2FA” is an advanced security tool that links a device to your account, generally your mobile phone. With 2FA enabled you will be sent a login confirmation push request that you’ll need to approve before any login to your account is successful. Enabling 2FA is a massive boost to account security, as someone would have to know your password and also have physical access to your phone to be able to access your account.
To enable 2FA in Twitch click on the “Set Up Two-Factor Authentication” button in the “Security and Privacy” settings tab.
In the popup window, click Enable 2FA to start the process. First, you’ll need to enter your mobile number. This number will be sent a seven-digit security code, enter it to verify that you control the device.
Next, you can choose to download a supported authenticator app, such as Google Authenticator. If you choose to do so, you then need to scan the QR code to connect the authenticator app to your account.
Tip: Authenticator apps are more secure than using an SMS based system, however, both options are vast account security improvements over not using 2FA, so choose whichever solution you prefer.