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What do Social Login Implementations mean for mobile apps

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DhiWise

July 24, 2021
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According to a survey, almost 86 percent of web users find it bothersome to create new accounts on select websites.

Developers are you even listening!!!

Getting a mobile application up and running isn’t always about the code, design, and APIs.

It is about the experience that you choose to offer to the users, in terms of app usage, logins, access, email verification, and more.

Any or every application you choose to create would require the user to sign-up and sign in, depending on the stage of accessibility.

The best mobile app is the one that offers an exceptional user experience. But, users find it cringe-worthy to feed in personal details and create individual accounts, each time they use a new application.

New accounts take time, impact experience negatively, and lead to uninstallations.

Instead of featuring self-curated submission forms, most mobile applications are better off implementing social logins, especially to speed up account verification, minimize login downtime, and make the application itself more productive.

Social Login Benefits for Developers

  • Streamlined user verification
  • Reliable access
  • Improved personalization
  • Better user profiling
  • Access to richer profiles
  • Automatic email verification

Social Login Benefits for Users

  • Frictionless sign-ups
  • No need for added credentials
  • No more cumbersome registrations
  • One-click experience during subsequent sign-ins

Regardless of how you are associated with the application, social login ensures seamless accessibility. However, the choice of authorization and authentication platform or protocol is yours as a developer.

Social Login: How it Works?

As a developer, you must know how social login, as an app-centric feature works

But before you move ahead, here are the aspects to understand:

  • Users get access to the social login platform while entering the application
  • Login requests and the authentication model, in general, are provided by the social network
  • Access is provided upon confirming the identity
  • Developers are often in control of the log-in attempts, call-backs, and error URL

Use of Protocols

Developers who prefer creating the app from scratch still need to rely on select authentication protocols like OpenID and OAuth 2.0.

Here is how login protocols can come in handy:

  • Powers logins by connecting the app interface to the concerned platform
  • Offers a wide range of social providers to choose from and integrate, including Facebook, LinkedIn, or more
  • You can select from OAuth 1.0 and OAuth 2.0, depending on the type of security you seek
  • Makes it easier for the app developer to set properties, response format, and headers

But, what about actual implementation!

The Role of DhiWise

DhiWise, as a modern-day, ProCode app development platform, allows developers to set their own authentication standards, courtesy of the relevant Auth Model, query parameters, and the retry limits, and more.

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At DhiWise, adding social logins or support for social authentication is also possible, courtesy of the integrated authorization server in play. Here is how DhiWise lets the developers get access to social authentication for their applications:

  • Select the Social Auth as the form of authentication
  • Finalize the platform of choice, fill in the client ID, client secret, callback URL, and even the Error URL in case the action returns an incorrect response
  • Once the app is ready, the correct call back allows the interface to fetch user information in the JSON format, for the app to make use of

But then DhiWise goes a step ahead and lets you configure the base authentication model by giving access to:

  • Query parameters
  • Two-Factor authentication
  • Reset password support
  • Reset link expiration limiter
  • Multiple device login restrictions
  • API call limiter
  • Support for the Auth model as the controller middleware during route generation

You can now see how DhiWise makes it easier for the developer in you to implement social logins with the selected application.

And, without a massive learning curve…