How to Set up a New Twitter Account

Sign up with Twitter to join the tweeting fun

This article explains how to join Twitter, set up your profile, and make your account private.

How to Create a New Twitter Account

To join Twitter on your web browser or mobile app:

  1. Go to the Twitter website and click Sign Up.

    On the Twitter app, tap Create account.

    Twitter - click sing up on the home page.
  2. Enter your name, phone number / email, and date of birth > Next.

    Signing up on Twitter; enter your name, phone or email and date of birth
  3. Enable or disable the Track where you see Twitter content across the web option > Next.

    Track where you see Twitter checked and Next
  4. Click Sign up if your name, phone number / email, and date of birth is correct.

    Click Sign up
  5. Enter the verification code from text or email > Next.

    Twitter sign up - enter verification code from text or email
  6. Enter a new Password > Next.

    Twitter signing up - create password, click Next

How to Complete Your Twitter Profile

At this point, you can go to Twitter's homepage to access your account, or you can continue the set up process. Before you start following and tweeting, it's a good idea to finish setting up your profile so that it looks compelling enough for people to follow you back.

The following items are optional. Select Skip for now or Not now if you want to add the information at a later time.

  1. Click the camera icon to upload a profile image.

    Twitter - uploading profile image - click camera icon
  2. If necessary, reposition the image by moving it up or down. Resize it by adjusting the scale at the bottom of the pop-up box. Click Apply.

    Twitter - resize and reposition profile image - click Apply
  3. If you are satisfied with your profile image selection, click Next.

    Twitter - profile image upload > click Next.
  4. Briefly describe yourself in the bio.

    Twitter - Enter bio information
  5. Select Upload contacts to import your Gmail or Outlook contacts, which Twitter can use to recommend followers that you know. If you don't want to do that, click Not now.

    Twitter - select Upload contacts
  6. To personalize your Twitter experience, select your topics of interest. If you do not see a specific interest, search for it in the Search for interests bar.

    Twitter - chose interests

    Twitter interests to choose from:

    • Music
    • Sports
    • Gaming
    • Arts and culture
    • News
    • Entertainment
    • Home and family
    • Science
    • Movies and TV
    • Technology
    • Fashion and beauty
    • Travel 
    • Outdoors 
    • Food 
    • Careers
    • Business and finance
    • Paragraph anime and manga
    • Fitness
    • Only on Twitter
  7. Based on your profile and interests, Twitter will suggest pages for you to follow. Click Follow next to the pages that you want to follow.

    YouTube - suggestions for you to follow
  8. Click Allow notifications to enable notifications on your mobile device.

    Twitter - Turn on notifications

    Twitter notifications include:

    • Mentions
    • Replies
    • Retweets
    • Likes
    • New followers
    • Direct Messages
    • Your contacts who join Twitter
    • Recommendations
    • Highlights
    • News
    • Moments
    • Emergency alerts
    • New features
    • Tweet notifications from accounts you follow

Add a Header Image to Your Profile

Not only can you upload your profile image, but Twitter also allows you to add a header image. The header image is larger than the profile photo, and it displays behind the profile photo.

To add a header image:

  1. On the home screen, click Profile in the left-vertical menu.

    On the mobile app, tap the three-lines menu icon > Profile.

    Twitter - click Profile to add Header image
  2. Select Edit Profile under the header placeholder.

    Twitter - click Edit Profile
  3. Select the camera icon in the center of the header placeholder.

    Twitter - select camera icon in middle of header place holder
  4. If necessary, reposition the image by moving it up or down. Resize it by adjusting the scale at the bottom of the pop-up box. Click Apply.

    Twitter - resize header image

You can also enter your location and website information in the Profile section.

How To Make Your Twitter Profile Private

Unlike other social media websites, such as Facebook, all Twitter accounts are made public by default. That means that anyone on the internet can see your profile details (location, etc.) and tweets.

If you want to make your Twitter profile private so that only users you approve can see your information, enable the Protect your Tweets option in the Privacy and safety section of the Settings.