How to Delete Your Twitter Account

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Perhaps you've embarrassed yourself one too many times on Twitter. Or perhaps you're sick of the nonsensical ramblings of the people you follow. Or maybe you just want off this crazy social networking roller coaster altogether. Regardless of why, you've decided it's time to delete your Twitter account. Here are nine steps to remove you from that 140 character limit forever. 

1. Click the wheel icon on the top right, and scroll down to click Settings. 

Twitter Settings

2. Click Request Your Archive to get a .zip file of all your previous Twitter data. That way at least you'll have a record of your interactions on the micro-blogging site for posterity. 

Twitter Archives

3. Click Close on the next pop-up window, that indicates a link will be sent to your email address on file. 

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4. Sign into your email account and open the new email from Twitter. Then click Go Now. 

Twitter email

5. Click Download when the new Twitter window appears. This will begin a download of a .zip file to your PC with all your Twitter history included.  

Download Twitter Archives

6. Click the wheel icon on the top right. Then click Settings > Deactivate My Account.  


7. Click the blue Deactivate button. Generally speaking this will take effect immediately. 

Deactivate Twitter Account

8. Confirm your password to finalize the process. Then click Deactivate Account. 

Delete Twitter Account Confirmation

Your Twitter account is now inactive, deactivated and deleted. The social network will retain your information for 30 days. During that time you can log back in and reactivate your account at any time. 

Deleting Twitter Accounts

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  • Bruce Lockert Says:

    Concerning "How to delete your Twitter account". Your instructions worked great! For Item #6, to locate the "Deactivate My Account" is found in small blue letters at the very bottom of the pate that it is on, where there are other items before you get to the bottom that stand out "louder" than those 3 words. It is in blue because it is a "link". That would give better clarity to identifying where it is, and how to look for it at the bottom of the page. The instructions are needed because Twitter really does not make it easy to delete your account ... hence the way that it is.

    Thank You

  • Mohsen Mirhoseini Says:

    why should i remove my lovely twitter account?!

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