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How to Delete Your Twitter Account Permanently [October 2019]

Posted by Heather on October 25, 2019
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 as soon as you decide you want to delete it. You first have to deactivate your account before it can be deleted. When your account is deactivated, you can log back into it for 30 days to recover your account and all of its information. After that, Twitter will delete all of your data from the website, and it’ll be like your account never existed.

It’s unclear if anything actually changes with your Twitter account during the deactivation period other than that you can’t log in (well, you can log in, but it’ll force you to restart the deactivation period). So don’t expect any monumental changes to your Twitter account until the deactivation period is finished.

Now that that’s out of the way, follow along with us and you’ll be free of Twitter soon enough.

Method #1: Deleting Twitter On A Computer

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.

Go to the Twitter Web application from your Web browser and log in. Once there, select More on the left side of the screen.

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.

Otherwise, choose Settings and privacy after clicking More.

On the next page, you should see the option to Deactivate your account in the lower right corner. Go ahead and select it.

After that, Twitter will confirm that you are ready to deactivate your account and walk you through what happens when you deactivate your account. If everything looks good to you, go ahead and select Deactivate.

Method #2: Delete Twitter On iPhone

Deleting your account for Twitter on the iPhone app is pretty similar to how it is on a desktop computer. First, open the Twitter app and make sure that you are logged in to the right account.

On any screen in the app, you should see your profile picture in the top right. Go ahead and tap it.

From the menu that pops out of the left side of the screen, choose Settings and privacy.

Next, choose Account from the top of the screen.

Near the bottom of your Account settings, you should see the familiar Deactivate your account option. Once again, give it a tap.

Just like on desktop, Twitter is going to confirm that you want to deactivate your account and provide you with information on what’s going to happen next. So long as you’re happy with everything you see, you can go ahead and select Deactivate.

Method #3: Delete Twitter On Android

Deleting Twitter on Android is not very different from deleting it on iPhone at all; the menus and icons will just look a little different.

First, in the top left of the screen, you’ll either see your profile icon or the familiar hamburger, three-line Android menu icon. Tap it, and select Settings and privacy from the menu that appears.

Next, tap Account, scroll down and select Deactivate your account, read through the information and confirm that you want to deactivate your account by tapping Yes, Deactivate.

And that’s it!

Closing Thoughts

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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