How to connect or revoke third-party applications

Third-party applications are applications built on the Twitter platform by external developers, and are not owned or operated by Twitter. When you connect a third-party application to your Twitter account, you are granting that application access to use your account. Depending on its permissions, an authorized application may be able to use your account in various ways, including reading your Tweets, seeing who you follow, updating your profile, posting Tweets on your behalf, accessing your Direct Messages, or seeing your email address.

Note: You should be cautious before giving third-party applications access to use your account. If you’re not comfortable with granting an application access to use your account, simply say “No, thanks.” We also suggest you review third-party applications that have access to use your account from time to time. You can review and revoke access for applications by visiting the Apps tab in your account settings on twitter.com.

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How to connect to a third-party application

  1. In the application you want to connect, find the button/link asking you to connect your Twitter account (usually "Connect to Twitter", "Sign in with Twitter" or something similar).
  2. Depending on the application, you may be routed to a Twitter website asking you to authorize the application to use your account or you may be prompted to grant the application access to the Twitter accounts on your iOS device. 
  3. If you are routed to a Twitter website, follow the web instructions. You can find the web instructions by clicking on the circular computer icon above.
  4. If you are prompted to grant the application access to the Twitter accounts on your iOS device, tap OK to connect the application. If you have multiple Twitter accounts on your device, you may need to select the account that you wish to connect to the application. 

Note: You will not be able to review the specific permissions you are granting to the application before connecting it to your account, but you can always review and revoke access for applications at any time by visiting the Apps tab in your account settings on twitter.com.

How to connect to a third-party application

  1. In the application you want to connect, find the button/link asking you to connect your Twitter account (usually "Connect to Twitter", "Sign in with Twitter" or something similar).
  2. Depending on the application, you may be routed to a Twitter website or to the Twitter for Android app to authorize the application to use your account. 
  3. If you are routed to a Twitter website, follow the web instructions. You can find the web instructions by clicking on the circular computer icon above.
  4. If you are routed to the Twitter for Android app, tap Allow or Connect to connect the application. If you have multiple Twitter accounts on your device, you can Tap to switch accounts.

Note: You may not be able to review the specific permissions you are granting to the application before connecting it to your account, but you can always review and revoke access for applications at any time by visiting the Apps tab in your account settings on twitter.com.

How to connect to a third-party application

  1. On the website of the application you want to connect, find the button/link asking you to connect your Twitter account (usually "Connect to Twitter", "Sign in with Twitter" or something similar).
  2. You’ll be routed to a Twitter website asking you to authorize the application to use your account.
  3. You can review the various permissions you are granting to the application. You will see examples of things the application will and will not be able to do with your account.
  4. If you’re already logged in to your account, click Authorize app to connect the application.
  5. If you’re not already logged in to your account, you will need to log in. Before you enter your username and password, check that the page is secure by verifying the URL starts with https://twitter.com. If the page is secure, enter your username and password and click Sign In to connect the application.
  6. You can review and revoke access for applications connected to your account at any time by visiting the Apps tab in your account settings on twitter.com.

How to revoke access or remove an application

  1. Sign in to your account on twitter.com.
  2. Go to the Apps tab in your account settings. All of the applications connected to your account will be displayed. You can see the specific permissions that each app has to use your account listed under the application name and description.
  3. If you’d like to disconnect an application from your account, click the Revoke Access button next to the application.

If an application asks for your password to access your account

If you wish to grant a third-party application access to your account, we recommend that you only do so using Twitter’s OAuth method. OAuth is a secure connection method and doesn’t require you to give your Twitter username and password to the third party. You should be particularly cautious when you're asked to give your username and password to an application or website. When you give your username and password to someone else, they can gain complete control of your account and can lock you out or take actions that cause your account to be suspended.

If you are unsure about whether a login page for a third-party application is using Oauth, go directly to twitter.com and enter your credentials there, and then navigate back to the application. If the application is using Oauth, the application should not require you to enter your username and password again. You can learn more about how to check that you’re on twitter.com in our Account security tips article.

If you previously provided your password to an application that you are now unsure about, revoke its access on the Apps tab of your account settings on twitter.com and change your password.

Note: You should be especially wary of and never provide your username and password to:

  • Websites claiming to help you “get more followers fast!” (see our Following rules and best practices article for more information).
  • Applications which post affiliate ads to your timeline.

If you suspect a bad application is still connected to your account

Immediately revoke its access on the Apps tab of your account settings on twitter.com and change your password. If you are experiencing problems with an application, please read the compromised accounts article for more information.

If you’re having issues with a third-party application

Because third-party apps are not owned and operated by Twitter, we're not able to troubleshoot for them very well. It’s best to reach out to the application itself for answers to your questions or to let them know about a problem you're having with their product. This article includes a list of popular third-party apps and how to reach them, as well as some troubleshooting tips.

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