How to Search Your Own Tweets in Your Twitter Feed

Quickly and easily find something you previously tweeted

Twitter users send about 6,000 tweets every second on average, according to Internet Live Stats. Chances are you want to search through your own posts at some point to find something you previously wrote. Rather than scrolling back through your feed and skimming every tweet to find that specific one you're looking for, you can just use the social media platform's advanced search tool. It helps you easily find your own (or other users') tweets for specific content.

How to Use Twitter's Advanced Search Tool

Twitter's basic search function is available from virtually every Twitter page or mobile app tab, but for more specific searches, you need to access its advanced search tool. Here's how:

  1. Navigate to twitter.com/search-advanced in a web browser.

  2. Locate the From These Accounts field and type in your own Twitter handle. This ensures that all of the search results you receive are only from your own account.

    A Twitter Advanced Search with "@lifewiretech" typed into the From these accounts field.
  3. Fill out at least one other field to help narrow down your results. If you just have a basic word or phrase to search, use the first All of these words field.

    A Twitter Advanced Search with the word "Facebook" typed into the All of these words tab.

    You can also search by:

    • An exact phrase.
    • Any group of words.
    • None of a group of specific words.
    • Specific hashtags.
    • Any language.
    • Tweets to specific users.
    • User mentions.
    • Locations.
    • Date or time period.
    • Happy face signs :) or sad face signs :(.
    • Question marks.
    • Retweets included.
  4. Click the Search button to see your results, which display directly on Twitter.

    For example, to search for any tweets about Facebook from the @LifewireTech Twitter account. You would type "lifewiretech" in the From these accounts field and the word "Facebook" in the All of these words field.

    After selecting Search, you see a regular search results page of all the tweets from @LifewireTech containing the term "Facebook" listed in order of most recent.

    Results from a Twitter Advanced Search

    You can also search for tweets from multiple accounts. You can do that by typing multiple Twitter handles in the From these accounts field and separating each with a comma and space.

Optional Alternative: Download Your Twitter Archive to Search Your Tweets

Twitter's Advanced Search is the fastest way to search through your own tweets, or for any tweets at all for that matter. But if you want, you can get access to all the tweets you've ever sent by downloading your entire Twitter archive. Here's how:

Go to More > Settings and privacy > Download an archive of your data. You need to enter your password to access the page. From there, select Request archive.

A Twitter settings page with the Request Archive option highlighted

You might have to wait some time before you receive your archive, but when you do, it's in a ZIP file you can download to your computer. There you can access a list of your tweets in a spreadsheet format, which you can search through.