How to Delete Your Twitter Account in Seconds

Sometimes you need to delete or deactivate

You'll find the setting to delete your Twitter account by logging into the account you wish to delete, then going to the Profile and Settings section, and selecting Settings and Privacy. At the bottom of the page, you'll see a Deactivate my account link. Before you go any further, however, make sure to read this whole article so you know exactly what is happening.

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. And, of course, any tweets 'captured' by a screenshot and posted online will still exist. Twitter has no control over what is posted on non-Twitter websites.

The Quickest Way to Remove Your Tweets: Go Private

If you want to remove your tweets from prying eyes as quickly as possible, you can make your account private. This can be a good step if you are applying for a job and don't want your prospective employer to see how many times you've tweeted about the "Trolls" movie or any other reason you may want to hide your post history.

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 are using Google or another third-party search engine. However, your followers can still read them. Taking this step before deactivating your account is the quickest way to remove your tweets from the public eye.

  • First click the Profile and Settings button, which is the small button that looks like your profile picture next to the search box at the top of the screen.
  • Next, choose Settings and Privacy and then click Privacy and safety from the left-side menu. 
  • To go private, click Protect my Tweets at the top of this screen.

If you want to make sure someone who follows you can no longer read your tweets, you can block them.

Deactivated vs. Deleted

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 be removed from Twitter within the first few days of being deactivated. Other Twitter users will be unable to follow the account or search for the account, including searches for historical tweets made by the account.

However, a deactivated account can be reactivated, which will bring back all of those old tweets. You (and anyone else) will also be restricted from using the username of the deactivated account or signing up for a new account using the deactivated account's email address.

The only way to delete an account is to leave it deactivated for thirty days. Once the account is deleted, all tweets are removed from the Twitter servers permanently. The username for the account can be used by anyone, and the email address formerly associated with the account can be used to sign up for a new account.

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The First Step in Deleting a Twitter Account Is Deactivating It

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You can start the process of deleting your Twitter account by signing into Twitter with that account. Once you are signed into the account, you will need to click on the Profile and Settings button, which is a circular button with the same image as your profile picture. This button located on the top menu bar just to the right of the Search Twitter input box.  

After you click on the Profile and Settings button, a drop-down window will appear with options including modifying your Profile and logging out of your Twitter account. Click the Settings and Privacy option.

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Deactivating Your Twitter Account

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This new screen allows you to fine tune your account, including changing the email address used by the account and the username associated with it.

If all you really want to do is change your user account, there is no reason to deactivate your account. Simply type in any new username within the provided Username field and click the Save changes button at the bottom of this screen. You will be asked to type in your password to verify these changes.

Your tweets will not be deleted when you change your username.

To fully deactivate your account, which will remove all tweets from Twitter, click the Deactivate my account link just below the Save changes button.  

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Is This Truly Goodbye to Twitter?

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Twitter doesn't want you to say goodbye, so before your account is deactivated, it will let you know that your tweets will only be saved for thirty days. At that point, your account and all posts you have made on your account will be removed from the Twitter servers permanently.

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

How to Reactivate Your Account

Reactivating your Twitter account is as simple as logging into it --literally. If you log into the account within thirty days, everything will look normal as if you never left Twitter. You will then receive an email letting you know your account has been reactivated.

Keep in mind that there is no prompt asking whether or not you want your account to be reactivated. It happens seamlessly when you log back into it, so if you want your Twitter account deleted permanently, you will need to stay away for at least thirty days.