Twitter can be a virtual snark den populated bytrolls, spambots, andscammers. And now it's got a controversial new owner in the form of Elon Musk. How a Twitter under Musk’s control shakes out remains to be seen. But if you're ready to move on, you can delete your entire account or just clean up any unfortunate tweets from the past.
How Do I Delete My Tweets?
You've posted a tweet that you feel has come back to bite you or might in the future (politicians, pay attention!), so you want to remove it. You can directly delete a fresh or easy-to-find tweet (or edit it, if you have Twitter Blue). But what about older tweets that may not be so simple to locate? And what if you want to easily and quickly delete multiple tweets? No worries. With the right tool, you can go back in time and erase your more ill-advised musings.
Of course, deleting an older tweet doesn't undo all the damage. People have already read and possibly reacted to your tweet. (Screenshots are forever.) But you still may want to kick out the tweet for the sake of permanence and posterity. Here's what you need to know.
Delete a Single Tweet on Twitter.com
Deleting a recent tweet isn't difficult. On Twitter.com, select the option for Profile. Scroll down until you find the tweet you want to remove. Click the three-dot menu next to that tweet and select the option for Delete. Twitter asks if you're sure you want to delete the tweet. Click Delete. The tweet vanishes.
Delete a Single Tweet in the Mobile App
In the Twitter mobile app, tap your profile photo on the top left and then tap your name to get to your profile. Find the tweet you want to erase and tap the three-dot menu on the top right of the tweet. Tap Delete. To remove a tweet that you retweeted from your profile, simply tap the retweet button again, and confirm that you'd like to axe it by selecting Undo Retweet.
Delete Older Tweets
Scrolling through your long history of tweets to find an older one to delete is time-consuming. And even then, you can go back only so far. Instead, a couple of third-party websites can help you find and delete older tweets.
At theTweet Deleter site(Opens in a new window), click the button to sign in with your Twitter account. At the Authorize window, type your Twitter username and password. You'll have to give Tweetdeleter.com permission to access your Twitter account. The Authorize window explains what the site will be able to do if you go ahead. Click the Sign in button.
The site then displays your tweets from latest to earliest. Narrow down the list by typing a keyword, selecting the type of post (tweets, retweets, and/or replies), or by entering start and end dates. Select the tweets you want to delete and click Delete Tweets to remove them.
With Tweet Deleter, you can also tell the site to automatically delete tweets of a certain age, upload an archive of your last 3,200 tweets, or delete all your tweets. If you have more than 3,200 tweets, you'll need to upload your Twitter Archive to Tweet Deleter (here's how(Opens in a new window)). With a free account, you can delete up to five tweets per month, conduct five free keyword searches, and use the service's profanity filter. For more options, upgrade to a premium plan(Opens in a new window), starting at $3.99 per month.
Want a way to automatically delete all tweets older than a certain date? Check outTweetDelete(Opens in a new window), which can also quickly erase your last 3,200 tweets (the 3,200 limit is one set by Twitter). A premium version that lets you delete an unlimited number of tweets after uploading your Twitter data file runs $14.99 per month.
First, review all tweets before a certain date to make sure you want to delete them all. You can do this in Twitter by requesting an archive of all your tweets. On Twitter, navigate to More >Settings and support > Settings and privacy > Your Account > Download an archive of your data. Enter your password and click Confirm.
If you're still sure you want to delete your older tweets, click the button for Sign in with Twitter at the TweetDelete site. At the Authorize window, type your Twitter username and password and then click the button to Authorize app.
Click the drop-down menu to select the number of months you want the site to go back to delete your tweets. You can also add a word or phrase to remove only corresponding tweets. Make sure you want to do this because after the tweets are deleted, you can't get them back. Click the button for Activate TweetDelete. Your older tweets are now history.
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Revoke Access to Third-Party Apps
If you're just doing a one-time cleanse with any of these third-party delete apps, you may want to revoke the access they have to your account after you're done. Head to More >Settings and support > Settings and privacy > Your Account > Security and account access > Apps and sessions > Connected apps. Select the app you want to delete and tap Revoke app permissions.
Permanently Delete Your Twitter Account
Bumping off your Twitter account is an easy enough process. And there's even a 30-day grace period (12 months if you’re verified) if you have second thoughts about leaving Twitter behind. You can just sign back into your account within 30 days to reinstate it, and it will be like nothing happened. However, if you don't reinstate within that period, all your data will be permanently deleted from Twitter's servers, meaning #Erased.
You should also know that while your account will disappear a few minutes after deleting it, the company claims that "some content may be viewable on twitter.com for a few days." Furthermore, Twitterstates(Opens in a new window)that it has no control over how your tweets are indexed by Google and Bing. So your previous content may remain searchable through those services. (Yes, it’s difficult to disappear from the internet.)
Before you get started, know that if you want to make your username or email address available for re-use (each Twitter account must be associated witha unique email address), change thembeforeyour account is permanently deleted. Navigate to More > Settings and support >Settings and privacy > Your account > Account informationand change your username and email in the fields at the top. When you change your email, you’ll need to confirm the move via an email link that will be sent to your new address before that change goes into effect.
With that done, go toMore > Settings and support >Settings and privacy > Your account > Deactivate your account. Twitter will ask you to enter your password to verify that you truly want to say goodbye. If you do, click Deactivate, and you’re good to go. If you regret the decision within 30 days, just sign in with your username and password, and you’re free once again to tweet.
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In the Twitter mobile app, tap your profile photo on the top left and then tap your name to get to your profile. Find the tweet you want to erase and tap the three-dot menu on the top right of the tweet. Tap Delete.Can you mass delete your tweets? ›
We do not provide a way to bulk-delete Tweets.
If you're looking to get a fresh start on your Twitter account without losing your username, the best way to do this is to create another account with a temporary username, and then switch the username between your current account and the new account.
A deactivated account can be reactivated, which will bring back all of its contents, but only within 30 days. The only way to delete an account is to leave it deactivated for 30 days. Once the account is deleted, all content leaves the servers permanently.Is there an app that deletes all your tweets? ›
TweetDelete is an easy-to-use app that offers the option to delete your tweets in bulk, based on when they were posted or what keywords they contain. It also offers the option to automatically carry out scheduled deletion of tweets.What happens to your tweets when you deactivate Twitter? ›
Deactivating your Twitter account will place your profile data (tweets included) in a queue to be permanently deleted. This queue will permanently delete all your data after 30 days. It will be as if it never existed.How do you delete thousands of tweets? ›
- Upload your Tweet Archive. If you want to manage more than 100 of your latest tweets, you'll need to upload your Twitter archive to TweetDeleter in order to access older tweets.
- Log in to TweetDeleter with your Twitter credentials. Give access to TweetDeleter to access your tweets.
- Delete multiple tweets with one click.
Twitter does not have a bulk-delete feature, so you'll have to use a third-party tool. TweetDelete can delete up to 3200 tweets at once with a Pro subscription. To delete more than 3200 tweets, run TweetDelete multiple times, upgrade to Premium, or try another paid service like TweetEraser.Why are people deactivating Twitter? ›
The deactivations come as Twitter users worry that Musk's maximalist approach to free speech will lead to changes in content moderation on the platform and less stringent policies on abuse and extremist rhetoric and the return of banned users.Are deleted tweets gone forever? ›
Yes, Deleted tweets are permanently removed, and there is no way to find deleted tweets on Twitter.How long does Twitter keep your data? ›
Twitter will also keep your Log Data for a maximum of 18 months. Log data would include information like your IP address, contacts, browser type, operating system, location, your mobile carrier, phone number, device and application IDs, cookie information, and more.
We have several different premium plans you can choose from. These plans give you access to our advanced features and makes deleting your tweets a lot easier. Our lowest plan starts at only $3.99/mo! Visit our premium page for more details or to purchase.How do I reset my Twitter feed? ›
Open the Twitter app on your device and tap on your profile icon in the top left corner of the screen. Tap on the "Settings and privacy" option in the menu. Scroll down and tap on the "Content preferences" option. Under the "Feed" section, tap on the "Reset your feed" option.Is it worth it to deactivate Twitter? ›
Holding on to it gives you a better chance to maintain control of your online identity, while deleting it can cause problems.Why do I have 0 followers on Twitter after deactivating? ›
It's not uncommon to have incorrect follower and following counts if you've reactivated your account in the last 72 hours. If it's been longer than that, we recommend a refresh by logging out of Twitter, then logging back in. If we haven't helped you with your issue, please fill out the form below.How can I mass delete tweets for free? ›
TweetDeleter is one of the best tools you can use to delete tweets and likes on your Twitter profile in bulk. You can use it to search, browse and delete your tweets quickly. TweetDeleter lets you delete tweets and likes automatically after a few days.How do I delete more than 3200 tweets? ›
Use Twitter Archive Module to overcome the 3,200 limit
However, it's easy & peasy with Circleboom's "Twitter Archive Module." So, next time you think if it's possible to delete more than 3,200 tweet, make sure that it's possible to delete with Circleboom Twitter.
Expand the filter section to access the date filters. Under “Filter by Date,” enter the starting and end date between which you want to delete your Tweets, Retweets, and Replies. Scroll down and click “Delete My Archive.”How much does it cost to delete all your tweets? ›
People with free accounts can delete 3,200 of their most recent tweets. People who make a one-time payment of $15 can view all tweets in their data file and delete up to their full history.