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My user wants to access personal content from her Spotify, Soundcloud and other third-party accounts through one native mobile application. Imagine a music player for any personal library.

The challenge I face is having our user link all of her accounts. Some may be linked using a Facebook login while others may not. What might a simple authentication process flow like? What's the best interface for 'linking' multiple accounts, especially if they all are accessed through different email/password combinations?

Keep in mind this flow would be for both a native Android and iOS application.

iOS screenshot

Thanks, Dan

  • Welcome to the site, @Dan. Can you show us what you considering so far? What are the main constraints you're encountering? – Graham Herrli Jan 4 '16 at 19:21
  • @Graham, I just added a photo. When a user taps 'Connect' it would take them to the respective login screen to fill out username/password credentials and then slide back. Is there an easier/cleaner way to do this? – Dan Jan 4 '16 at 19:56
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I have a web-application that requires the same thing. I present the multiple social-networks in a list of buttons. First two buttons are to select one (of two) primary social networks:

[ Use Facebook ]
[ Use Twitter ]

Once the user has connected one of these two primary (or both) I then present the rest of the networks to connect to

[ Use Tumblr ]
[ Use Pinterest ]
[ Use SoundCloud ]

I'm requiring my users to pick one of the "big two" and the prompting them for the ones I want.

Once their account is created in my system, through a primary interface then I can merge their second-level accounts into their internal profile in my app. Each site I've integrated with has required some oAuth2 integrations.

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Single Sign-on

From the good old days of integrating multiple chat clients (gtalk, aim, yahoo, msn) into a single system (like Meebo!!), this Design-Technical challenge has always been around.

As highlighted in the solution suggested by @edoceo above, oAuth2 requirements are a standard.

On the design aspects, Once the user progressively registers with individual services in your app over time, ensure to maintain this state across platforms and devices. This will give a seamless feel and takes off the hassle of re-registering when migrating or reinstalling.

The image reference below is one of the first single sign-on solution that I had always admired during the good old Nokia days. The apps have changed, the way we communicate changed, but the design challenge is always around.

Good old chat aggregation

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