Want to leave Twitter behind? You can permanently delete your account and delete all your tweets, followers, favorites and other data. It will disappear from Twitter almost immediately and be completely erased from Twitter servers within 30 days.
How deactivate and delete works
- Use the Twitter website or app to log in to your account.
- Select your account photo (or “More” on the web) and select “Settings & Privacy.”
- Select ‘Your account’ and then ‘Deactivate account’.
- Enter your password when prompted to complete the deactivation process.
To delete your account, you must first “deactivate” it. When you deactivate your account, Twitter will delete your data from Twitter within minutes. Your account will then be queued for permanent deletion. After 30 days, Twitter will begin to permanently delete your account and its data. Your data will then be deleted forever and anyone can register a new account using your former Twitter username.
If you change your mind within 30 days, you can sign in to your account again and reactivate it. Your data, including tweets, followers, and favorites, should be restored to Twitter in minutes, although Twitter say it may take “a moment”.
By the way, if you just want to change your username, you don’t need to deactivate or delete your account first. You can change this in Settings & Privacy > Your Account.
How To Delete Your Twitter Account
To delete your Twitter account, first go to the Twitter website in a web browser. Or you open the Twitter app on iPhone, iPad or Android.
Then log in to the Twitter account you want to delete. On the website, click the “More” button in the sidebar. In the Twitter app, tap your account photo in the top left corner of the screen.
Select “Settings & Privacy” from the menu that opens (for both web and app).
Under Settings and privacy, select ‘Your account’.
In your account settings, click “Deactivate your account” (on the web) or tap “Deactivate account” (in the Twitter app).
You will see a warning screen explaining how deactivation works. Click or tap ‘Deactivate’.
Then confirm your account password and select “Deactivate”.
Finally, confirm again by selecting “Yes, deactivate”.
After that, Twitter will let you know that your account has now been deactivated. Your data should disappear from the Twitter website within minutes and the data will be deleted permanently if you don’t log in again within 30 days.
How to reactivate your Twitter account
If you change your mind, visit the Twitter website or open your Twitter app and sign in with your account username (or email) and password. Once you sign in, your account will be reactivated. It may take a while for Twitter to recover all your account information. Stay safe out there!
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