How to Delete Your Twitter Account Permanently

Posted by Heather on September 1, 2016
How to Delete a Twitter Account

Twitter is a great social media platform to make connections and get noticed, but it’s not for everybody—we get that. Perhaps you gave it a go and decided it’s just not your thing. So, how do you delete a Twitter account that you’re not using? Unfortunately, a Twitter account can’t be deleted directly from the Twitter application. You can, however, delete a Twitter account from a Web browser. As long as you’ve got access to a Web browser on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer (and who doesn’t?), you’re in luck.

Follow along with us and you’ll be free of Twitter soon enough.

Go to Twitter.com

Select a Web browser and go to Twitter.com. Then, you can be on your way to deactivating and letting your Twitter account become deleted after a thirty-day waiting period.

  1. Go to the Twitter Web application from your Web browser and log in.                         Twitter.com web
  2. Next, go to the thumbnail-sized profile picture in the upper right-hand corner of your Twitter feed page. Then, click on it and scroll down to “Settings” and click on it.                                                                                       Twitter Settings

If you’ve tweeted anything at all since opening your Twitter account, you can get a copy of your tweet archive before you delete it altogether. Twitter can send you an email that contains all of your tweeting history.

  1. Otherwise, go to the bottom of the Twitter Settings page and click on “Deactivate my Account.”  Twitter Deactivation
  2. On the next page, you will get one last chance to make sure your mind is made up and you’re positive you want to deactivate your Twitter account.                                                                                                               Deactivate?

The deactivation of your Twitter account remains in play for thirty days; only after those thirty days pass will your Twitter account finally become completely deleted. Sometimes people change their minds, and Twitter is well aware of that fact. So, say you have a reason to reactivate and revive your Twitter account—you have thirty days to make that decision.

Perhaps you’ve become a freelancer and wanted to use the Twitter application to promote yourself and your work.  That would absolutely be an excellent reason to use Twitter. However, if you’ve fully decided this Twitter account needs to be banished and never seen again, just give it thirty days’ time and it’ll be gone forever.

You can always open another new Twitter account down the line, should you need to.

This concludes our tutorial on how to delete a Twitter account. If you know of another way we haven’t included in our walkthrough to remove a Twitter account, let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to add it to our post.

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