How To Delete Your Twitter Account
Deleting your Twitter account will remove all tweets, replies, and other content associated with it forever. Of course, it’s easy and straightforward to delete your account from your desktop computer or mobile device.
But before jumping into details on how to delete your Twitter account, why don’t we take a look at the differences between deactivating and deleting it?
Deactivating vs. deleting your Twitter account
Deactivating your Twitter account simply means that your handle (aka your username) and public profile will become unviewable on twitter.com as well as the Twitter app for iOS and Android.
As for deleting the account, it’s crucial to note that it is a permanent action and can’t be restored. So, if you only want to take a short break from Twitter, just deactivate your account instead of deleting it.
Well, if you still want to delete your Twitter account, then please note that deactivating your account begins the process of removing it forever. In other words, in order to delete your Twitter account, you need to deactivate it first.
Deactivation lasts about 30 days, and if you don’t access your Twitter account within that period (30 days), it will be deleted permanently, and as a result, your handle (or username) won’t be associated with your account anymore.
How to Delete Your Twitter Account
It’s easy to delete a Twitter account. For sure, you can permanently delete it at any time.
But before deleting the account, you may still want to archive your Twitter data, including your account information, account history, activity interest, and more. Want to know how to create an archive of your Twitter data? If so, simply check out the below instructions.
Download an archive of your Twitter data (Optional)
It’s optional to archive the data and content associated with your Twitter account before you deactivate and delete it. This archive can be a handy way to know what information about you is stored on this social networking platform.
Step 1. Open Twitter on your device.
Step 2. Go to "Settings and privacy."
- If you are using Twitter on a desktop computer, click the More button on the sidebar, click "Settings and Support," and select "Settings and privacy."
- If you are on the Twitter mobile app, simply tap your profile picture, scroll down, and tap "Settings & Support." Next, tap "Settings and privacy."
Step 3. On the next screen, select "Your account."
Step 4. Tap or click on the "Download an archive of your data" option.
Step 5. Follow the on-screen instructions to download your data.
How to deactivate and delete your Twitter account
As mentioned previously, to delete your account, you need to deactivate it first, and here’s how:
Step 1. Go to https://twitter.com/ on any web browser. Log into your account.
Step 2. From the sidebar, click the More button.
Step 3. In the menu that appears, select “Settings and Support” and then choose Settings and privacy.
Step 4. Go to “Your account” and then click on the “Deactivate your account” option.
Step 5. On the next screen, you should see a warning message and additional related information that you should know before deactivating the account. Read them thoroughly. And if you still want to deactivate or delete your account, click “Deactivate.”
Step 6. Enter your password and click the “Deactivate” button to complete your deactivation request.
That’s how to delete your Twitter account from a desktop computer. Now, the deactivation process for your Twitter account begins. Again, you have 30 days after deactivation to reconsider your decision. During that 30-day grace period, you can reactivate your account at any time. However, once the period expires, your Twitter account is permanently deleted.
On the Twitter mobile app
Deactivating and deleting a Twitter account on the app is as easy as doing so on from a desktop computer.
Step 1. Open the Twitter app on your device.
Step 2. Tap your profile picture at the top of your screen. In the menu that appears, scroll down and tap “Settings & Support.” Next, select “Settings and privacy.”
Step 3. On the next screen, tap “Your account.”
Step 4. Tap “Deactivate Account.”
Step 5. Now, you should also see a warning message and additional related information. Read them thoroughly. And if you still want to deactivate or delete your account, tap “Deactivate.”
Step 6. Enter your password and tap the “Deactivate” button to complete your deactivation request.
Note: Before deactivating your Twitter account, it’s recommended to take a few minutes to unlink third-party apps from your account. This is simply because these apps can reactivate your Twitter account when you log in or sign in to them.
How to Reactivate Your Twitter Account
Whenever you change your mind, you can reactivate your Twitter account with ease (as long as the 30-day grace period doesn’t expire yet). Here’s what you need to do:
Step 1. Go to twitter.com or open your Twitter mobile app. Log in to your Twitter account using your usual username or email address and password.
Step 2. Now, you will see a notice asking whether you want to reactivate the account. Simply select "Yes," and then you will go to your Twitter Home timeline.
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Now that you know how to delete your Twitter account on the app and via a web browser on your desktop computer. It’s easy to permanently remove your account from this social networking platform. Deleting your Twitter account requires you to deactivate it first, and after the deactivation, you’ll still have up to 30 days to reconsider your decision and reactivate the account.