How to Make Your Twitter Profile Private

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Make Your Twitter Profile Private

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Twitter is known for its openness and opportunity to follow or be followed by almost anyone, but every user has the option to make their Twitter profile private.

By default, Twitter user accounts are always set to public. So when you first create an account, anyone who visits your profile will be able to see your tweets, unless you make your profile private.

When you make your profile private, it will display a lock icon to users who don't follow you. Likewise, if you come across a user profile that you haven't followed yet and they have made it private, then you'll see a lock icon there in place of their tweets and profile information.

Here's how to make your profile private to protect yourself online. Follow through to the next slide to see how it's done.

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Access Your User Settings

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After signing into your Twitter account, you need to click the profile photo icon in the top menu to the far right (beside the Tweet button) so that you can access your personal user settings. A dropdown tab will be displayed when you click this. From there, click on Settings.

If you're accessing Twitter from within the mobile app, simply navigate to your profile (by tapping the "Me" tab in the bottom menu) and tapping the gear icon located below your header image. A menu will slide up from the bottom where you can tap Settings.

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Select 'Privacy and safety.'

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On the web, look in the left sidebar and click on Privacy and safety, which should be the second option from the top. On mobile, a full tab of options will be displayed after tapping Settings, with Privacy and safety being the forth one from the top.

You'll be brought to the main privacy page of your account featuring a list of security and privacy settings that you can customize to fit your needs.

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Turn on the 'Tweet privacy' Option

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Scroll down about halfway down the page past the Security section to the Privacy section, which should show a Tweet privacy box that can be checked or unchecked.

It's left unchecked by default so that Twitter profiles are kept public. Click to place a checkmark in it so that your tweets are protected from strangers and non-followers. On the mobile app, this option appears as a button that turns green when it's turned on.

If you're doing this on the web, don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the big blue Save changes button. On the app, tap Done in the top right corner of the screen.

Twitter will ask you to confirm your password to make these changes. Your profile won't be private until you save your changed user settings.

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Look for the Lock Icon Next to Your Name

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If you followed all these steps correctly, you should notice a little lock icon appear next to your name on your profile. That means that you've successfully changed your account to private and all your tweets are now limited to being viewed only by your followers.

Non-followers who view your profile will be shown a @Username's tweets are protected message in place of your tweet timeline. They may click the Follow button to try and follow you, but they will not be able to view your tweets unless you personally approve their follow request.

If you do not approve a user's follow request, they will never be able to see your tweets. You may even wish to block them if they are causing you any inconvenience.

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