Delete Twitter: How to delete your Twitter account or take a break from the site
Twitter can be useful, informative, and − whisper it − even pretty uplifting at times. But it also has a habit of bringing out some of people’s ugliest characteristics − smugness, shameless self-promotion and straight-up hatred. If you need a break from the micro-blogging site, the good news is that it’s very simple to delete Twitter. Better still, if you have a change of heart within 30 days, you can resurrect your account, and it’ll be exactly as it was. However, once that period elapses, your Twitter account will be gone forever.
If you’re ready to give it the boot, here’s a complete guide on how to delete Twitter − permanently or otherwise.
How to delete Twitter on desktop
- Sign into your account on the Twitter website
- Click More > Settings and Privacy
- In the Account section of the menu, click Deactivate your account
- Click Deactivate
- Enter your password when prompted and (again) click Deactivate account
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How to delete Twitter on Android
- Tap either your profile icon or the hamburger menu (whichever your version of the app shows) at the top of the screen
- Enter the Settings and Privacy menu and tap Account
- Hit the Deactivate Your Account option
- Tap Deactivate
- Enter your password when prompted and tap Deactivate
- Tap Yes, Deactivate
How to delete Twitter on iOS
- Tap your profile icon at the top of the screen
- Select Settings and Privacy and tap Account
- Hit Deactivate Your Account
- Tap Deactivate and enter your password when prompted
- Tap Deactivate and follow this up by tapping Yes, Deactivate
How to delete Twitter permanently or temporarily deactivate your account
When you deactivate your Twitter account, Twitter will retain all of your user data for a 30-day period. Once that’s over, Twitter starts purging your data from its systems, when that’s done, your Twitter account will be gone forever.
However, if you log into your account before the 30-day grace period is over, you’ll automatically reactivate your account. To delete it permanently, you’ll need to start the process all over again.
It’s important to note that if you just want to change your username or email address, you don’t need to delete your account. You can make these changes very easily in your account settings.
Twitter also points out that although account deactivation happens almost immediately, some content from your account may still be viewable on the website for a few days.
Also, Twitter has no control over third-party websites – like Google or Bing – that cache content for quicker loading. This means content from your Twitter profile may remain available elsewhere on the internet.
If you want the option to create a new account with the same username or email address before the 30-day grace period is up, you’ll need to switch out the email address linked to your existing Twitter account before you delete it.
Otherwise, you’ll have to wait for the deactivation period to end.
If you’re concerned about your online privacy, you might also want to check out our roundup of the best VPNs for security and privacy. If you’re not familiar with VPNs, they encrypt and anonymise your internet use, and can also allow you to appear as if you’re in a completely different country.