I share a handful of online accounts with my wife: Amazon, Google, banks, credit cards, investments, etc. They all require a text message verification sent to either my wife’s or my phone. This is a huge pain in the neck, because most of the time, we are not in the same room and therefore cannot see each other’s text messages.
My wife has been at a breaking point with our Amazon account, which sends me a text message every time someone tries to log in. She couldn’t order, because she couldn’t get into the account, because the text messages were being sent to me, and I was unavailable… You get the picture.
Last night I successfully set up a phone number that forwards text messages to us both, thereby solving this problem! And the best part: it took me only an hour and costs me pennies per month!
Here’s how to set up the forwarding number using a Twilio account. The tricky thing I had to figure out was how to forward the text message to 2 phones. But once I figured it out, it was simple. Here’s the screengrab I wish they had on the instructions:
When I started researching how to forward text messages to more than one person, I first looked at Google Voice (free), then Skype Online Number ($3/mo), and finally at GoDaddy Phone ($10/mo). All of these likely could have worked with some email forwarding and/or workflow-hacking (i.e. my wife and I install the Skype/GoDaddy Phone app). But any way you slice it, those services are not built for this and are more complex than the Twilio solution I ultimately chose.
For my business’ 2-factor, which I share with my employee, I use a shared Skype Online Number account. This is the best solution for shared 2-factor when you have an employee abroad.
Let me know if you have a better idea for how to forward text messages to multiple people!