Call Your API from Your Native/Mobile App

Everything you need to know to call your API from your native/mobile app

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Using Auth0 in your applications means that you will be "outsourcing" the authentication process to a centralized login page in the same way that Gmail, YouTube, and any other Google property redirects to whenever a user signs in.

Your user will authenticate, and Auth0 will generate an ID Token and Access Token that will be passed back to your application. The Access Token can then be used to call your API.

How it works

In a native/mobile application, the default experience will open a SafariViewController in iOS or a Custom Chrome Tab in Android.

When your app needs to fetch user data from your API:

  1. If the user is not already authenticated, our SDK redirects the user to your Auth0 Authorization Server.
  2. The user authenticates with Auth0 using one of your configured login options (e.g., username/password, social identity provider, SAML).
  3. Your app requests an ID Token, Access Token, and Refresh token.
  4. Auth0 responds with the requested tokens.
  5. The Access Token can be used to call your API and retrieve requested data.

For security in native/mobile devices, Auth0 uses the Mobile Login Flow.

Flow Overview for Native/Mobile Apps

Implementation overview

  1. 1

    Configure your API

    Once you have created your API, you will need to configure any scopes that applications can request during authorization.
  2. 2

    Get an Access Token

    Your app requests an Access Token (and optionally, a Refresh Token) from your Auth0 Authorization Server using the Mobile Login Flow.
  3. 3

    Call your API

    When your app calls your API, it includes the retrieved Access Token in the HTTP Authorization header.
  4. 4

    Refresh your Access Token

    When the Access Token expires you can use the Refresh Token to get a new one from your Auth0 Authorization Server.

The easiest way to implement the Mobile Login Flow is to follow our Mobile/Native Quickstarts.

You can also use our mobile SDKs:

Finally, to use our API endpoints, you can follow our tutorial: Call Your API Using the Mobile Login Flow.

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What's next

  • Auth0 offers many ways to personalize your user's login experience and customize tokens using rules and hooks.
  • If you are building your own API and you want to secure the endpoints using Auth0, see Protect Your API.
  • If you need to add login to your own native/mobile app, learn how at: Add Login to Your Native/Mobile App.

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