So you’ve decided that you are no longer comfortable using Twitter, or you have decided that you really do need to halt the spread of that embarrassing Tweet that you posted.
Well, the good news is that it is entirely possible to permanently delete your account.
It’s also really simple to do – once you know-how! All you need to do is just follow those steps.
How to Delete Your Twitter Account
Step 1 – Sign into Twitter
Sign into your Twitter account. This needs to be done via the full site rather than the Twitter app, as the app doesn’t include the deactivation link.
Log in to Twitter.
Step 2 – Go to Settings and Privacy
Click on your profile and select the Settings and Privacy option under More, in the menu on the left-hand side of the page.
Click on settings and privacy.
Step 3- Click on Deactivate my Account
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the ‘Deactivate my account’ link.
Select Deactivate Your Account from the menu.
Step 4 – Confirm your Decision
At this point, you are redirected to a confirmation page. If you are sure that you want to go ahead with removing your account, then click the big blue Deactivate button at the bottom of the message.
Confirm you want to deactivate your account.
Step 5 – Enter Your Password
You are now taken to a page that double-checks that you really want to delete your account. To confirm that you want to take this action, enter your password and click the Deactivate button.
Re-enter your password to confirm.
Step 6 – Uninstall the app
If you have the Twitter app on your phone, tablet, or another device, uninstall the app.
You cannot deactivate your account from the app, but accidentally clicking on the app will reverse the deactivation process within the first 30 days after you have chosen to deactivate the account. So, the best course of action is to remove the app itself.
Step 7 – Don’t log into your account for 30 days
You are almost there, but it is crucial to note again that there is a 30-day deactivation period.
If during this time you log into your account, or any apps or services that are integrated with Twitter, you will find that your Twitter account is no longer deactivated. You’ll need to go through the process again.
The best way to avoid this is to go through all your apps and services and disconnect them from your Twitter account. Yes, this is time-consuming, but it is necessary to ensure that your deactivation becomes permanent to safeguard your privacy.
Once you complete these 7 steps and avoid logging in for 30 days, your account is gone for good.
This includes all your contacts and any direct messages that you have sent or received.
However, as with most other services, any information shared on other pages or with other people through Direct Messaging still exists on the receiver’s end.
This is important to note, because if you’re hoping to wipe all traces of an embarrassing conversation, it may not be possible unless the other person is willing to delete the information or deactivate their account as well.
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Delete Twitter: How to delete your Twitter account or take a break from the site
Twitter can be useful, informative, and − whisper it − even pretty uplifting at times. But it also has a habit of bringing out some of people’s ugliest characteristics − smugness, shameless self-promotion and straight-up hatred. If you need a break from the micro-blogging site, the good news is that it’s very simple to delete Twitter. Better still, if you have a change of heart within 30 days, you can resurrect your account, and it’ll be exactly as it was. However, once that period elapses, your Twitter account will be gone forever.
If you’re ready to give it the boot, here’s a complete guide on how to delete Twitter − permanently or otherwise.
How to delete Twitter on desktop
- Sign into your account on the Twitter website
- Click More > Settings and Privacy
- In the Account section of the menu, click Deactivate your account
- Click Deactivate
- Enter your password when prompted and (again) click Deactivate account
How to delete Twitter on Android
- Tap either your profile icon or the hamburger menu (whichever your version of the app shows) at the top of the screen
- Enter the Settings and Privacy menu and tap Account
- Hit the Deactivate Your Account option
- Tap Deactivate
- Enter your password when prompted and tap Deactivate
- Tap Yes, Deactivate
How to delete Twitter on iOS
- Tap your profile icon at the top of the screen
- Select Settings and Privacy and tap Account
- Hit Deactivate Your Account
- Tap Deactivate and enter your password when prompted
- Tap Deactivate and follow this up by tapping Yes, Deactivate
How to delete Twitter permanently or temporarily deactivate your account
When you deactivate your Twitter account, Twitter will retain all of your user data for a 30-day period. Once that’s over, Twitter starts purging your data from its systems, when that’s done, your Twitter account will be gone forever.
However, if you log into your account before the 30-day grace period is over, you’ll automatically reactivate your account. To delete it permanently, you’ll need to start the process all over again.
It’s important to note that if you just want to change your username or email address, you don’t need to delete your account. You can make these changes very easily in your account settings.
Twitter also points out that although account deactivation happens almost immediately, some content from your account may still be viewable on the website for a few days.
Also, Twitter has no control over third-party websites – like Google or Bing – that cache content for quicker loading. This means content from your Twitter profile may remain available elsewhere on the internet.
If you want the option to create a new account with the same username or email address before the 30-day grace period is up, you’ll need to switch out the email address linked to your existing Twitter account before you delete it.
Otherwise, you’ll have to wait for the deactivation period to end.
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There’s no question that Twitter can provide a wealth of information, from breaking news to funny memes and lively debates. However, at times, it can also be overwhelming, addictive and just plain unpleasant.
If you’re sick of the 280-character micro-blogging platform, it might be time to wave goodbye to your account once and for all. Luckily, it’s easy to delete your Twitter account, if you know where to look.
In order to permanently delete your account, Twitter requires that you first deactivate it. Your information will be stored for 30 days, during which time you can reactivate your account at any time. After the 30 days, Twitter will erase your information and you will not be able to reactivate your account.
Once deactivated, your username, display name and profile will no longer be visible on twitter.com or in the app.
Twitter recommends making your username and email address available for re-use before you deactivate the account, if you think you might want to return to the app at some point in the future. To do this, just change your username and email address in the Profile Settings area. Make sure to confirm the change by clicking the link in the confirmation email Twitter will send before you continue with deactivation.
Updated July 3, 2017, 11:16pm EDT
Want to leave Twitter behind? You can permanently delete your account, erasing all your tweets, followers, favorites, and other data. It will vanish from Twitter almost immediately, and will be fully wiped from Twitter’s servers in 30 days.
How Deactivation Works
- Visit the Twitter website in your browser and sign into your account.
- Click on your account picture and select “Settings”.
- Click the “Deactivate My Account” link at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Enter your password when prompted to finish the deactivation process.
To delete your account, you have to “deactivate” it first. When you deactivate your account, Twitter will remove your data from Twitter within a few minutes. Your account will then be placed in a queue for permanent deletion. After 30 days, Twitter will become the process of permanently deleting your account and its associated data. Your data will then be deleted forever and anyone will be able to register a new account using your former Twitter username.
If you change your mind within these 30 days, you can sign back into your account and reactivate it. Your data—including tweets, followers, and favorites—will be restored to Twitter within a few minutes.
How to Delete Your Twitter Account
To delete your account, visit the Twitter website in your web browser—you can’t use the smartphone app—and sign into your account. Click your user account picture and select “Settings” to access your account settings page.
Click the “Deactivate My Account” link at the bottom of the account settings page.
Twitter will provide more information about deleting your account and ask for feedback about why you’re deleting your account.
To confirm you want to delete your account, click the “Delete @account” button.
You’ll have to provide your password and click “Deactivate Account” to confirm you want to delete your account.
Twitter will inform you that your account is deactivated. Your data should vanish from the Twitter website within a few minutes.
How to Reactivate Your Twitter Account
If you change your mind, visit the Twitter website in your web browser—again, you can’t use a Twitter smartphone app for this—and sign in with your account’s username or email address and password.
Once you sign in, your account will be reactivated. Twitter may take a few minutes to restore all your account data.
No matter the reason, you might find your days of tweeting out jokes, favoriting replies, sharing photos of your favorite memes, and retweeting to abandon have come to an end. If that sounds like you and you’re looking to delete your Twitter account, here’s how you go about it!
Deleting your Twitter account
If you want to delete your Twitter account you’ll have to visit Twitter on the web. Twitter doesn’t provide a method for deleting your account via its mobile apps.
- Sign in to Twitter’s website on the web.
- Click on your Twitter avatar at the top of the page.
Click Settings and privacy.
Enter your password to confirm you’d like to deactivate your account.
What you should know
Twitter doesn’t immediately delete your account when you Deactivate it. The site holds your data for a period of 30 days while it begins to remove your data from its systems.
The 30-day period also acts as a grace period of sorts — you’re given a chance to reactivate your account if you’d rather not get rid of it. If you ever want to reactivate your account simply log in at any time within the 30-day period.
If you’re deleting your account for the purpose of purging your tweets from a search engine, it may not work. Search engines index information and don’t necessarily “check back in” to see if an account has been deleted.
You can find more information about deactivating — and reactivating — your Twitter account on Twitter’s support website.
If you run into any problems or have any questions, let me know in the comments!
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Whether you want to delete one tweet, a bunch of tweets, or permanently delete your Twitter account, here’s how to say farewell to your more ill-advised posts.
Twitter is a hellish snark-den populated by trolls, spambots, and scammers. Why would anyone purposefully spend time there? Well, the good news is you don’t have to! In fact, you can delete your entire account or clean up any unfortunate word vomit.
How Do I Delete My Tweets?
You’ve posted a tweet that has come back to bite you, or you fear that it might in the future (politicians, pay attention!), so you want to remove it.
If it’s a fresh tweet or a tweet you can easily track down, you can delete it right from Twitter. But what about older tweets that may not be so simple to find? And what if you want to easily and quickly delete multiple tweets? No worries. With the right tool, you can go back in time and erase your more ill-advised musings.
Tweet Deleter, for example, helps you browse or search for older tweets by date or keyword and delete multiple tweets in a single shot. TweetDelete automatically deletes all tweets before a certain date.
Of course, deleting an older tweet doesn’t undo all the damage. People have already read and possibly reacted to your tweet. But you still may want to kick out the tweet for the sake of permanence and posterity. Why let a bad tweet linger? Here’s what you need to know.
Delete a Single Tweet on Twitter.com
Deleting a recent tweet isn’t difficult. On Twitter.com, navigate to your Twitter profile. Scroll down until you find the tweet you want to remove. Click on the down arrow next to that tweet and select the option to Delete. Twitter asks if you’re sure you want to delete the tweet. Click Delete. The tweet goes bye-bye.
Delete a Single Tweet on Mobile
On mobile, the process is much the same. Tap your profile photo on the top left, and tap your name to get to your profile. Find the tweet you want to erase, and tap the downward-facing arrow on the top right of the tweet. Tap Delete Tweet.
To remove a tweet that you re-tweeted from your profile, simply tap the re-tweet button again, and confirm that you’d like to axe it.
Delete Older Tweets
Scrolling through your long history of tweets to find an older one to delete is time-consuming. And even then, you can only go back so far. Instead, a couple of third-party websites can help you find and delete older tweets.
At the Tweet Deleter site, click on the button to sign in with your Twitter account. At the Authorize window, type your Twitter username and password. You’ll have to give Tweetdeleter.com permission to use your Twitter account. The Authorize window explains what the site will be able to do if you go ahead. Click the Sign in button.
Find the Tweets You Want to Delete on Tweet Deleter
The site then displays your tweets from latest to earliest. You can narrow down the list by typing a keyword, selecting the type of post (tweets, retweets, and/or replies), and by entering start and end dates.
Delete Tweets on Tweet Deleter
Select the tweets you want to delete and then click on the Delete Tweets button to remove them.
Automatically Delete Tweets on Tweet Deleter
With Tweet Deleter, you can also tell the site to automatically delete tweets of a certain age, upload an archive of your last 3,200 tweets, or delete all your tweets.
Delete Tweets With TweetDelete
Want a way to automatically delete all tweets older than a certain date? Check out TweetDelete, which can quickly erase your last 3,200 tweets.
First, you should review all tweets before a certain date to make sure you want to delete them all. You can do this in Twitter by requesting an archive of all your tweets. On Twitter, navigate to Settings and privacy > Account > Your Twitter data > Download your Twitter data. Enter your password and click Confirm.
If you’re still sure you want to delete your older tweets, click on the button to Sign in with Twitter at the TweetDelete site. At the Authorize window, type your Twitter username and password and then click on the button to Authorize app.
Click the drop-down menu to select the number of months you want the site to go back to delete your tweets. Make sure you want to do this because after the tweets are deleted, you can’t get them back. Click on the button to Activate TweetDelete. Your older tweets are now history.
Permanently Delete Your Twitter Account
Killing your Twitter-self is an easy process. And there’s even a 30-day grace period if you have second thoughts about your twittercidal tendencies (12 months if you are verified). You can just sign back into your account within 30 days to reinstate it, and it will be like nothing happened. However, if you don’t reinstate within that period, all your data will be permanently deleted from Twitter’s servers. #Erased.
You should also know that while your account will disappear a few minutes after deleting it, the company claims that “some content may be viewable on twitter.com for a few days.” Furthermore, Twitter states that it has no control over how your tweets are indexed by Google and Bing. So, your previous content may remain searchable through those services. (It’s very difficult to disappear from the internet.)
But it’s not impossible. Here’s how to say farewell to Twitter.
Change Your Username and Email
Before you get started, know that if you want to make your username or email address available for re-use (each Twitter account must be associated with a unique email address), change them before your account is permanently deleted. Navigate to Settings and privacy and change your username and email in the fields up top. Keep in mind that when you change your email, you will need to confirm via an email link that will be sent to your new address before the change goes into effect.
Deactivate Your Twitter Account
In the Security and privacy menu, tap Account, scroll to the bottom and select Deactivate my account.
Twitter will ask you to enter your password to verify that you truly want to say goodbye. You do, so click it, and you are good to go. If you regret the decision within 30 days, just sign in with your username and password, and you are once again free to tweet.
Twitter is a fantastic communication tool and I use it all the time. However, it can get a bit tiring sometimes. Whether it’s Donald Trump doing his latest tweet-storming, or someone starting a pointless argument, it can sometimes get a bit much. Under those circumstances, you may think it’s time to permanently delete your Twitter account.
But what is involved? How easy or difficult is it? Does it involve selling your soul to the Devil? No, it’s much easier than you might think. And Twitter even gives you 30 days to reconsider.
How To Permanently Delete Your Twitter Account In 4 Easy Stages
Before we begin, there are some important caveats we need to stress first.
- This cannot be done on the mobile version of Twitter. You need to go to the normal Twitter website on a computer.
- Deactivation and deletion are two totally different things (we’ll expand further on that below). Even when you deactivate the account, it is still in the Twitter system for a further 30 days with your data intact. THEN it starts to delete your account and associated data. Twitter says that process can take a further week.
- Even after deactivation, people may still see your tweets in Twitter search results for a further few days. Your tweets may also show up in search engine results for an unspecified period.
So the main takeaway here is that if you are looking for a quick disappearing act from social media, it is technically not going to happen in minutes.
Go To Your Twitter Settings Page
First, go to your Twitter settings page. This is a direct link, or alternatively you can find the link in the drop-down menu at the top of each page.
Scroll Down & Deactivate
On the settings page, scroll down right to the very bottom and click “Deactivate My Account“.
Read The Small Print (Or Pretend To), Then Confirm
Nobody likes small print, but thankfully Twitter keeps it brief. Either read it or tell yourself you’ve read it.
Then click the purple “Deactivate ” button.
Enter Your Password Then Confirm Again
Nobody can say Twitter isn’t being over-cautious about accidental deactivations and deletions. You are asked to put your password in and confirm once more that you want to deactivate the account.
This then logs you out of the account and puts your account into a queue to be deleted. But as I said, it’s held for 30 days in case you have a sudden change of heart.
After day 30, the account starts to get nuked and getting the account back with all the tweets intact will be irreversible.
So be sure you know what you are doing!
Wait What, You’ve Changed Your Mind?
Assuming it is within the 30 day grace period, you can get the account back simply by logging back into the account. This stops the deactivation and deletion process, and you can continue on as before.
In fact I know some people who take a “Twitter holiday” by putting their account into deactivation status. Then they log back in on Day 29, tweet for a few weeks, then repeat the process.
So that in a nutshell is how to close a Twitter account. However, remember the old saying – “nothing on the Internet ever disappears”. So deleting your account may be a first good step if you are trying to make embarrassing drunken tweets disappear.
It’s nice to see though that Twitter is making the deletion process as painless as possible.
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Social platforms like Twitter walk a fine line between being handy and consuming your whole life . Whether your screen time notification says you’ve spent a horrendous amount of time on your phone today, or you just don’t feel the need to share every inch of your life on an app anymore — it might be time to finally pull the plug on your online life and delete your account temporarily… or forever .
If you’re still on the fence about deleting your Twitter account for good, you have the option to simply deactivate your account, but only for a 30 day period. If you decide to go with this temporary measure, your profile, tweets, replies, and favorites, everything , will be hidden — but if you log back on, your activity will be restored.
If you decide to delete your account forever, your profile, tweets, media uploads, replies, favorites, and followers will vanish as though they were never there. And be warned: it’s impossible to reactivate a deleted account.
Also, the chances are, that if you decide to one day re-register on Twitter, you may not be able to have the same username as another account could’ve taken it — so be ready to wave good-bye to MyOpinionIsRight100.
Unlike other social platforms, your Twitter account can be deactivated on desktop, Android, or iOS.
I want to deactivate my Twitter account on desktop
If you want to delete your account on a laptop or computer, follow these steps:
- Sign into your account on the Twitter website.
- Click on Settings and Privacy from the drop-down menu under your profile icon.
- In the Account section of the menu, select Deactivate .
- Click Deactivate .
- Finally, enter your password and click Deactivate account .
I want to deactivate my Twitter account using Android
Whether you’re using a Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, or Google phone, follow these steps to deactivate your account:
- Depending on your version of the Twitter app, click the profile icon or the hamburger menu at the top of the screen.
- Go into the Settings and privacy menu and tap Account .
- Select Deactivate your account .
- Tap Deactivate .
- When prompted, enter your password and tap Deactivate.
- Finally, tap Yes to confirm your decision.
I want to deactivate my Twitter account using iOS
Using either your iPad, iPhone, or maybe even an iPod Touch if you’re cool enough, simply follow these simple steps to deactivate your account:
- At the top of your screen, tap your profile icon.
- Select Settings and privacy and tap Account .
- Tap Deactivate your account .
- When prompted, enter your password.
- Tap Deactivate and follow this up by tapping Yes , deactivate to finalize your decision.
It’s deactivated! But will this permanently delete my account?
Regardless of what device you’re using to deactivate your account, you can reactive your profile within 30 days by logging in again. But if you don’t, Twitter will erase your data from its platform and your account will be gone forever .
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There’s a deep pool of social networking sites out there, but most don’t make it as tricky to delete your account for good. If you’re wondering how to delete your account on other social sites, head to their FAQs page or search on Google for an easy guide.
Twitter, is a long-range social media site that started in 2006, it is without a doubt one of the most famous apps accessible today, with 100 million new users a day, and 500 million tweets shared daily. Twitter can be used as a different news source, for following celebrities, and also keep up with their news and thoughts, or to just keep in contact with your old friends. However, its popularity can be scary.
Why you maybe want to delete your Twitter account?
Sometimes you come to the realization that it is time to delete your account. The reason might be one of the followings:
- Individuals cannot quit discussing political issues on Twitter, especially since 2016. Once you start talking too much about politics, you dive into big arguments online with different people who disagree with your point of view. Those out of hand debates can cause big issues overall.
- Twitter activates big crowds. Now and then they have been bringing new content, but most of the time users appear to be rude or awful and not understanding. The main reason for their hatred is to create issues between the users. Most people in those crowds have no idea about who or what they support and defend.
- Twitter is this unusual place, located somewhere between reality and some made-up word.
- The ideal approach to persuade followers into following you and liking what you are tweeting is to be furious. Statement tweets that are actually polls, usually start some kinds of arguments. Especially if you and someone else’s opinion does not match. On the other hand, if you post a tweet that some of the individuals like, they will joyfully follow you.
- Twitter is so addictive, particularly when you have a large spare of free time. However, you waste it on reading and following negative tweets.
How to delete your suspended Twitter account?
Sometimes, you might run into some problems or online fights and because of them your Twitter account can get suspended. Some of the reasons that could get your account suspended are threat tweets, spam tweets, abusive behavior, impersonation of the persona of others, or a hacked account.
Unfortunately, you cannot delete your account that is suspended. You should wait until it is not suspended anymore. To remove the suspension of the account and delete it, follow these steps:
- You can drop the suspension yourself. At the login page, you will be asked to type in your email, or your telephone number. Then, a few new directions will be displayed on the screen for you. Follow and do the steps that are displayed to you and you will drop the suspension.
- On the other hand, your account might get suspended again even if you have just unsuspended it. When you try to log in again, at the login page, you will see that your account has been locked again. The only thing you can do is to simply follow the guidelines and your account will be unsuspended in the blink of an eye.
- This is a very long procedure, yet it is actually the final option you could try in these circumstances. If the first two possible solutions did not work for you, you might have to continue to the “Advanced” settings and get in touch directly with a Twitter staff group that handles your suspension case. If they are happy with the information that you have provided, your account will be unsuspended quickly.
- As we previously mentioned, to erase a suspended Twitter account you first have to unsuspend it. When you are done with that you will be able to erase your whole account.