Fix Facebook’s “Not Authorized” when using an external chat client


This problem has been discussed in a couple of places for MONTHS now. If neither of those solutions worked for you, may this one will.

If you have two-factor authentication enabled (and you should) then don’t use your main facebook password that you log into with, and don’t bother with the SMS codes.¬†Instead, you need to generate a custom password just for your chat client (Pidgin, or whatever you have).

Open up the security page on facebook and hit “generate app passwords” in the App Passwords section:

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Give it a name you can recognize (the name of your chat client, phone device, etc)

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Use the newly generated password in your favorite chat app:



Now you have a secure and reliable way to connect to Facebook from Pidgin (or whatever you use) :)

4 thoughts on “Fix Facebook’s “Not Authorized” when using an external chat client

  1. Thank you!

  2. Been There done that and doesnt work :(

  3. Thank You, it works, i use pidgin on linux mint 17.1 64 bit

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