How to Remove Followers on Twitter

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There’s no official way to force another account to unfollow you on Twitter, which makes sense, as any removed account could simply start following you again soon afterwards. There is, however, a strategy that can be used to delete followers on Twitter and prevent them from following you again. Here’s how to remove followers on Twitter and stop them from following you again.

Don’t worry. You won’t be permanently blocking anyone. Unless you choose to.

How to Remove Twitter Followers

This strategy requires the use of the account privacy settings and the blocking feature.

While your followers won’t be notified of when you do this, they will be able to tell that they’ve unfollowed you if they view your profile or happen to notice a lack of tweets from you in their feed.

  1. Open the Twitter app on your Windows 10, iOS, or Android device. You can also open the official Twitter website in a browser such as Edge, Brave, Firefox, or Chrome. Any internet browser is fine.

  2. Within the iOS or Android Twitter app, tap your profile image. If you're using Windows 10 or the web version of Twitter, select the ellipsis on the side menu.

    On the web version of Twitter, you can also select your profile image in the top right corner.

  3. Select Settings and privacy > Privacy and safety.

  4. Tap the Protect your Tweets toggle switch. On the web version, select Protect your Tweets. This will make your Twitter account private and will require every future follower to be manually approved by you before they can see your content.

    Screenshot of iOS Twitter app on an iPhone XS.

    Setting your Twitter account to private is not recommended if you're trying to build your brand or promote a service or product as none of your tweets will be discoverable by the general public.

  5. Now, select your Twitter profile image once again.

  6. On Windows 10 and web, you should now be on your profile. If you’re using iOS or Android, tap Profile from the menu to get here.

  7. Tap Followers. You’re now going to go through your list of followers and manually block, then unblock each account you don’t want following you.

    Twitter profile follower lost in the iOS Twitter app on iPhone XS.

    Blocking an account will stop them from following you, but it also prevents you from seeing their content. Unblocking a blocked account will show you their content again and maintains the unfollow action performed by the initial block. The affected accounts will just see they’ve mysteriously unfollowed you and nothing more. They will not know that they were blocked for a few seconds.

  8. From your Followers list, tap an account to go to their profile.

  9. Tap the ellipsis in the top-right corner.

    Blocking an account in the iOS Twitter app on an iPhone XS.

    On the web version of Twitter, you can select the ellipses without viewing someone's full profile.

  10. Select Block.

    If using an iOS device with 3D Touch, you can reveal the Block option by performing a long press on an account’s information in the Followers list. This can be much faster than going to each individual profile.

  11. Select Block again.

  12. Now, select Blocked.

  13. Tap Unblock. The account will be unblocked and they will no longer be following you.

    Unblocking an account in the iOS Twitter app on an iPhone XS.