How to Permanently Delete your Twitter Account in 7 Easy Steps
You probably use Twitter to follow celebrities, politicians, or even your friends. Twitter has hundreds of millions of users, and it’s a great platform for sharing short snippets of information or announcing your opinions.
However, the easy opportunity to share info on Twitter can come with a cost.
You may end up sharing more than you intended, which may get you in trouble at work or school.
But sharing too much is not the only reason to consider permanently deleting your Twitter account.
Very little personal information is required to set up an account. In fact, Twitter is one of the few platforms that does not require your real name.
You simply need a name and password, and an email address that can be used to verify your account.
So, let’s say you decide that you are no longer comfortable using Twitter, or you have decided that you really do need to halt the spread of that embarrassing Tweet that you posted.
Well, the good news is that it is entirely possible to permanently delete your account. It’s also relatively simple to do!
Step 1 – Sign into Twitter
Sign into your Twitter account. This needs to be done via the full site rather than the Twitter app, as the app doesn’t include the deactivation link.
Step 2 – Go to Settings and Privacy
Click on your profile and select the settings and privacy option.
Step 3- Click on Deactivate my Account
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the ‘Deactivate my account’ link.
Step 4 – Confirm your Decision
At this point, you are redirected to a confirmation page. If you are sure that you want to go ahead with removing your account, then click the big blue Deactivate button at the bottom of the message.
Step 5 – Enter Your Password
You are now taken to a page that double checks that you really want to delete your account. To confirm that you want to take this action, enter your password and click the Deactivate button.
Step 6 – Uninstall the app
If you have the Twitter app on your phone, tablet, or another device, uninstall the app.
You cannot deactivate your account from the app, but accidentally clicking on the app will reverse the deactivation process within the first 30 days after you have chosen to deactivate the account. So, the best course of action is to remove the app itself.
Step 7 – Don’t log into your account for 30 days
You are almost there, but it is crucial to note again that there is a 30-day deactivation period.
If during this time you log into your account, or any apps or services that are integrated with Twitter, you will find that your Twitter account is no longer deactivated. You’ll need to go through the process again.
The best way to avoid this is to go through all your apps and services and disconnect them from your Twitter account. Yes, this is time-consuming, but it is necessary to ensure that your deactivation becomes permanent to safeguard your privacy.
Once you complete these 7 steps and avoid logging in for 30 days, your account is gone for good.
This includes all your contacts and any direct messages that you have sent or received.
However, as with most other services, any information shared on other pages or with other people through Direct Messaging still exists on the receiver’s end.
This is important to note, because if you’re hoping to wipe all traces of an embarrassing conversation, it may not be possible unless the other person is willing to delete the information or deactivate their account as well.
If you’re also interested in deleting your Facebook account, click here.