How to Deactivate and Delete Your Twitter Account Permanently

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Deactivating your account will remove all of your posts (or tweets) from Twitter, although it may take a few days for all of them to completely disappear. Learn how to hide tweets or permanently delete your Twitter profile.

Of course, any tweets captured by a screenshot and posted online will still exist. Twitter has no control over what people post on non-Twitter websites.

Hide Tweets by Going Private

To remove your tweets from prying eyes without deactivating it, you can make your account private.

When you make your account private, the only people who can read your tweets are your followers. No one else can access any of your posts, even if they use Google or another third-party search engine. Taking this step is the quickest way to remove your tweets from the public eye.

To prevent a specific person from viewing your tweets, you can block them. However, they'll still be able to see your posts if they sign out of the platform.

  1. In a web browser, log in to Twitter. Select More in the menu.

    More in Twitter menu
  2. Select Settings and Privacy.

    Settings and Privacy in Twitter
  3. Select Your Account.

    Your Account in Twitter settings
  4. Select Account information and enter your password.

    Account Information in Twitter settings
  5. Select Protected Tweets.

    Protected Tweets in Twitter settings
  6. Check the box next to Protect my Tweets to go private.

    Protect your tweets option in Twitter

In the Twitter mobile app, go to Menu > Settings and Privacy > Privacy and Safety > turn on Protect Your Tweets.

Protect your Tweets on Twitter app

Deactivating vs. Deleting

It is important to distinguish between a deactivated account and a deleted account. In many ways, they are the same: all tweets and all references to the account will leave Twitter within the first few days of deactivation. Other Twitter users will be unable to follow the account or search for the account, including searches for historical tweets made by the account.

You (and anyone else) will also be restricted from using the deactivated account's username or signing up for a new account using the deactivated account's email address.

A deactivated account can be reactivated, which will bring back all of those old tweets, but only within 30 days.

The only way to delete an account is to leave it deactivated for 30 days. Once the account is deleted, all tweets leave the Twitter servers permanently. Anyone can use the username for the account, and you can use the same email address to sign up for a new one.

How to Deactivate a Twitter Account

You can start the process of deleting your account by signing into Twitter.

  1. Select More in the list on the left side of your Twitter profile.

    More in Twitter menu
  2. In the menu that appears, select Settings and Privacy.

    Settings and Privacy in Twitter
  3. Go to Your Account (Account, in the mobile app) > Deactivate your account.  

    Your account > Deactivate your account in Twitter
  4. Twitter lets you know that your tweets will only be saved for 30 days. At that point, your account and all posts you have made on your account will be removed from the Twitter servers permanently. If you wish to proceed, select Deactivate.

    Deactivate link in Twitter
  5. Confirm your password and select Deactivate.

    The password confirmation box and Deactivate button on Facebook

How to Reactivate Your Account

If you log in to the account within 30 days, everything will look normal, as if you never left Twitter. You will then receive an email letting you know your account is active again.

Remember that you won't receive a prompt asking whether you want your account to be reactivated. It happens seamlessly when you log back in, so if you want your Twitter account deleted permanently, you will need to stay away for at least 30 days.

It is important to know there is no way to suspend or freeze an account permanently. After 30 days, your account will be gone for good. However, you could recreate it with the same username and email address after 30 days. It will simply be missing all of your status updates, and anyone who wants to follow the account must refollow it.

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