Tutorial: How to Implement Social Sign-up / Log-In APIs in an Android App

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You’ve probably seen them all around the web. Or in applications you use. Those little buttons that go “Login with Facebook”. Or any other network, including even GitHub. Not only do they provide a quick way for users to log in, they make your marketing team and your boss happy.

Why you should use Social Media Sign In in your code

One of the biggest laws in marketing is that you want to reduce the effort a user has to go through as much as possible. This is why Amazon’s one click function is so successful for them. When the amount of effort a customer has to take is just one point and click, then more is sold. It’s almost like our reptilian brains shut down; sure, it may only take a couple more seconds to do two clicks. But even with just an additional extra step, sales reduce dramatically. Ah, the power of human laziness.

This is especially important in a mobile world. Show me someone who likes typing on a phone keyboard and I will show you a liar. Entering in email addresses and passwords on touch screen devices ranks up there with as one of the most annoying input tasks.

With Social Media Sign In integrated into your application, there is no typing. Just a button press.

You can also get information when you implement a social media login. With a traditional email form, it is possible that people will put in fake data. This is the part that makes your marketing team and boss happy. It is a lot more likely to get real names and email addresses from social media.

That’s not to say that you have to use all the info you can from Social Network Sign In cynically. You can also use it to improve and enhance your app experience for your user. For example, if your application has a place where a picture of a user can be inserted, you can grab this item from the social media sign in you have implemented.

Sign In With Social Media – Development Challenges

The first development challenge is actually one of the advantages of using single sign in. That is of the diverse range of choices. You want to provide your users with as many different networks as possible. After all, some people may have turned away from Google, Facebook and Twitter because of privacy concerns. Even on Android, it isn’t completely safe to presume that a user will just use their Google account. Users might be wary of giving their Google details to you, worrying about the possible information you could gain, but could be more than happy to sign in with Slack.

From this, the second development challenging is adding each individual API and SDK to your project. This involves searching around for each one, looking through mostly disorganized documentation, and having to add each individual sign in button in your code, with all of the debugging that also happens with testing each one. With CloudRail, and it’s free library, you’ll get all providers via a single API. If you really want to add each one, the guides for Social Media Sign In Buttons from the official providers are below, but I guarantee, you will get fed up and give up after doing just two.

With CloudRail, the time it takes to add one of these can be done in the same time that it takes to add all eight (and also have instant support for any other networks that are added to the CloudRail library in the future).

Read the Coursetro Tutorial

So, you want to start using CloudRail? Amazing! Our friends from Coursetro created a perfect step-by-step tutorial to do so: The Ultimate Guide To Social Login In Android Using CloudRail

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