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How to delete a Twitter account

Twitter is a great place for sharing your thoughts in under 280 characters but, like any social media app, sometimes you need to take a break. Here’s how to delete your Twitter account.

To delete your Twitter account, you’ll first need to deactivate it. Deactivating is essentially Twitter’s way to take your account down for a bit while still leaving it open for recovery in case you choose to come back.

Once a set period of time passes, your account and all your data will disappear for good. Here’s how to do it. 

How to delete a Twitter account 

The first step to deleting a Twitter account is deactivating it. If you choose not to reactivate your account within 30 days, your account will be deleted permanently. 

Despite the month-long delay, it’s a relatively simple process. Read on to learn how to delete your Twitter account for good. 

Bear in mind that if you want to download an archive of your Twitter data, you’ll need to do so before you deactivate your account. 

What you need: 

  • A smartphone, tablet or computer with access to Twitter.com or the Twitter app 
  • 30 days (if you want it permanently deleted)  

The Short Version:

  1. Open up Twitter 
  2. Head into your settings 
  3. Deactivate your account 
  4. Wait 30 days for it to be deleted permanently 

How to delete a Twitter account

  1. Step
    1

    Open Twitter

    You can delete your Twitter account on the website or in the mobile app.Open Twitter

  2. Step
    2

    Click on the More icon

    This should look like three dots on your desktop or your Twitter icon in the iOS/Android apps.Click More

  3. Step
    3

    Select Settings and Privacy

    This will look like a dropdown menu on the desktop.Click Settings and Privacy

  4. Step
    4

    Click Your Account

    You can also download an archive of your data at this stage if you’re looking to save some of your tweets. Click Your Account

  5. Step
    5

    Hit Deactivate your Account

    Once you do this, your account will no longer be viewable on Twitter until you restore it (within 30 days).Click Deactivate your Account

  6. Step
    6

    Wait for 30 days

    If you change your mind about deleting your account, you can reactivate it within 30 days. If you leave it untouched, your Twitter account will be permanently deleted.Click Deactivate

Troubleshooting

Can I delete my Twitter account without knowing my password?

No, you’ll need to log in with your password to delete your account. You can reset your password using your email address. 

Why does my account keep getting reactivated?

If you’ve given any third-party apps permission to access your account, they could sign in from another app after you deactivate. The easiest way to prevent this is to revoke third-party access in your settings before you deactivate.

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