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How do I set my preferred authentication for the Flipster mobile app?

Set-up Flipster Mobile

The Flipster apps for iOS and Android enable your users to find and read your institution's Flipster digital magazines on their mobile devices. Take the following three steps to ensure you are maximizing your investment:

Step 1: Verify that you have an Flipster mobile app profile set-up for your institution. For most customers, this has been done during the most recent release in 2016. For instructions on how to create a Flipster mobile app profile in EBSCOadmin, click here.

Step 2: Make your library discoverable in the mobile app via EBSCOadmin. For instructions on how to enable the Flipster Mobile App for your institution, click here.

Step 3: Set the preferred order of authentication to meet the needs of your organization. This step is very important as it will determine the order of authentication methods the app will attempt to use to authenticate users when they log in to browse for magazines. Please take steps to verify that your most common authentication option is selected for mobile app usage.

Setting up a Preferred Authentication order

By default, the order is set to (ip, uid, cpid). If you do not modify these settings from the default the app will first check the IP address. If their IP address is not recognized (i.e. user is off campus) the user will be prompted for a User ID and Password.

To enable user access to your Flipster magazines from anywhere - via your proxy server, library card number, or patron files (to name a few) - you need to modify this setting in EBSCOadmin. Doing so will guarantee easier access.

To update the settings, first determine which order of authentication you want the app to use. Then set-up your preferred authentication order using the steps below:

  1. Log into EBSCOadmin http://eadmin.ebscohost.com.

  2. Click the Authentication Tab, then click the Preferred Authentication Sub-Tab.

    set flipster authentication order

  3. Preferred Authentication settings:

    • Preferred Authentication Order: Select your authentication methods in the order you would like them administered in the app. Note: Proxy users do not need to modify this field; when a proxy is selected this is the sole authentication method available for your end users in the app.

      For example, enter ip,uid, cpid (the default setting) to force the app to first check the user's IP address to authenticate. If their IP address is not recognized, the user would be prompted for their user ID and password. Below the ID and password field, a link to authenticate using CPID (library bar code) would be displayed.

      Please note: The Flipster iOS app does not currently support proxy authentication. We will be working to add this functionality in a future release. If proxy is essential to your institution, in the meantime, you may login using this authentication method on the Flipster Mobile or Desktop Browsers, and use the Open in App feature to enjoy the content as an offline download in the Flipster iOS app.

  4. Click Submit.

Using Multiple Authentication Methods

Using the Preferred Authentication settings, you can make multiple login methods available to your users. For example, in addition to ip, uid, and cpid, you could add CUSTUID (Patron ID) to the authentication string as shown here:

          ip,uid,cpid,custuid

In this case, after IP authentication fails, the User ID login screen is displayed with links to Library Bar Code and Patron ID authentication available on the page.

If you do not wish to use "silent" authentication methods (methods that do not require users to manually login) such as IP address you could simply enter:

          uid,cpid,custuid

Available Authentication Methods

The following authentication methods can be set up to log users into the Flipster mobile app.

  • IP Address
  • User ID and Password
  • Library Bar Code (CPID)
  • Patron Files
  • Single Sign-On
  • Shibboleth
  • OpenAthens

To learn more about these authentication types, please see:
What authentication methods are supported for the Flipster Mobile App?