Using a phone number when signing up on Twitter is a more convenient way of using the app. It only takes one verification code to copy and paste into the application, and you’ll be able to use Twitter immediately.
However, there have been many cases where Twitter would prompt a user for putting an ‘invalid phone number’ – this error usually happens upon signing up for a new Twitter account. You should know that it’s not always because you’ve entered a wrong one, but some factors also affect it.
Even when using a valid phone number (and an active one, for that matter), this particular error still occurs at some point.
How to Fix the Valid Phone Number Error on Twitter
First up, enter a valid phone number and double-check if the order matches the correct phone number you’re currently using. If the error occurs, try refreshing the sign up page. If the error is still there after that, don’t be upset. Here are a few alternative solutions you can do to fix the ‘Please enter a valid phone number’ error on your Twitter account:
Restart the Twitter App
After making sure that you’ve really entered a valid phone number, the ‘invalid number’ error you’re getting might be due to a Twitter app server issue. If so, you can try restarting the app and redo the sign up process. If you still get the same error, a quick uninstallation and reinstallation of the Twitter app usually does the trick.
Make Use of Your Country Code
One thing you might have overlooked is the country code. It’s a set of numbers that represents your country’s area code so Twitter would know your geographical location and appropriate content suggestions based on your geolocation.
Without the country code, you would be entering an unsupported phone number as it won’t be recognized as a registered phone number in your country. Double-check the numbers and enter a valid phone number with your corresponding country code. Hit enter and wait for the verification code to be sent to your message inbox. If it doesn’t show up, tap ‘resend code’.
It is important that you use your primary phone number for ease of access in case logging problems occur in the future. It will also be needed if you want to change passwords because Twitter phone number verification is necessary for that process.
Use Your Email
Probably the best alternative to using a phone number when creating a new Twitter account is using a registered email address. This process basically works the same way as using a phone number except that the verification message will be sent via email.
To do this option, go back to the ‘Sign up’ page on your mobile device. Enter your email address instead of a phone number on Twitter sign up module. Remember to enter a valid and functional email address for the validation process of your Twitter account.
Use A Fake Phone Number
If you’re worried about putting your primary-used phone number in a social media platform like Twitter, you may opt to use a fake mobile number. There are fake phone numbers available online via fake number generator websites; you may use a random number provided on the site to get the code needed in order to proceed with the registration process and complete phone verification as well.
Some of the most reliable websites for fake number generator tools include:
Important reminder: The use of a fake number website to generate a temporary phone number for you to use on your Twitter account may be risky. If certain problems on your Twitter account arise in the future, you won’t be able to use that specific phone number on Twitter anymore because it was randomly generated in the first place. You should know the possible consequences before opting to use a fake phone number on Twitter.
Use a Different Number
Another option you can try to do is use a different phone number. If you have a spare and valid phone number, try using that one instead and see if the Twitter server accepts it; when it does, you may rest assured that the verification process pushes through. Retry the whole sign-up process to check if the ‘Invalid Number’ error still occurs.
Try a New Device
If the steps above still don’t work and you still can’t access Twitter or create a new account, maybe it’s more of a device problem. Try using a different mobile phone or a different gadget. In some rare cases, it could also be because Twitter thinks you’re a bot. This happens when you’ve been trying to access Twitter from the same IP address. For this issue, changing your device often helps.
When the invalid number error still shows on the new device, it is also a good idea to check your internet connection. Try disconnecting and reconnecting; if it doesn’t work, you can try using a new internet connection. If you’re on a Wi-Fi connection, try switching to cellular data and see if it works instead, or vice versa.
Make Use of Twitter Web
Another alternative is signing up through the Twitter web app. Try opening the Twitter website on your desktop and repeat the same process.
Reasons Why Your Twitter Phone Number Is Invalid
There are a few reasons why Twitter won’t accept your phone number. For one, the phone number you entered may be invalid, meaning the number isn’t connected to a service provider. Furthermore, an invalid phone number means no verification code from Twitter will be received.
Remember, you have to convince Twitter that you’re human. One way of doing that is to validate your identity by providing a valid mobile number when signing up. Doing otherwise, you get the ‘Invalid phone number’ error.
Another reason the error keeps showing up might be that it’s already connected to a certain Twitter account. Try to recall if you’ve already signed up to Twitter before using the same number, or a friend may have used your phone number on Twitter previously. If that’s the case, Twitter doesn’t allow multiple accounts with the same phone number being used. Hence, the ‘Please enter a valid phone number’ dialogue popping up.
How Do You Stop Twitter From Requesting Your Phone Number?
Twitter requesting for your phone number every time you open the app may be tedious and annoying for some. If you want to get a break from that, perhaps you can try changing your Twitter account Discoverability settings. Here’s how you do it:
Log in to your account.
On the left side of the Twitter display panel are three horizontal dots icon. Click on those dots.
Go to Settings and Privacy and select ‘Privacy and Safety’.
Scroll down and select Discoverability and Contacts.
You should then see a checked option that says ‘Let people who have your phone number find you on Twitter’. Tap the checkbox to uncheck it.
Once these steps are done, try going back to the main signup page. You should notice that Twitter will no longer ask for your phone number the next time you log in.