Twitter can be a pretty amazing social media platform providing you with ample dog videos, informative content, and wide-ranging opinions on a variety of topics. However, the microblogging website does have a reputation for the sheer number of trolls online, and maybe, just maybe, you need a break from Twitter. Well, if you are thinking of quitting Twitter, here is how to delete your Twitter account:
How to Delete Twitter Account on Web
If you use Twitter on a desktop or a laptop, here is how to deactivate Twitter on the web:
- On the Twitter website, click on “More“.
- Here, click on “Settings and Privacy“.
- Under “Account” scroll down and you’ll see “Deactivate your account“.
- Click on “Deactivate” again, and enter your Twitter password when prompted.
That’s it, you have deactivated your Twitter account. It will take 30 days before it starts to permanently delete your Twitter account, after which you will not be able to sign in to your account or restore it.
How to Delete Twitter Account on iPhone
If you want to deactivate your Twitter account from your iPhone, here is how you can do that:
- Tap on the profile icon on the top of the screen.
- Select “Settings and privacy” and tap on “Account“.
- Tap on “Deactivate your account“. Tap “Deactivate” and enter your Twitter password when prompted.
- Once again, tap “Deactivate” and then tap “Yes, deactivate“.
That’s it, you have successfully deactivated your Twitter account.
How to Delete Twitter Account on Android
If you’re like me and you are using an Android phone, here is how to delete Twitter account on Android:
- In the Twitter app, tap on your profile icon and tap on “Settings and privacy“.
- Here, tap on “Account” and then on “Deactivate your account“.
- Tap on “Deactivate” and then enter your password.
That’s it, you have successfully deactivated your Twitter account.
How to Delete Twitter Account Permanently
If you followed any of the methods mentioned above to deactivate your Twitter account, Twitter will automatically permanently delete your account after the 30 days grace period expires. So you don’t have to do anything else. Just wait for 30 days, and your Twitter account will be deleted permanently.
How to Reactivate Twitter Account
If you accidentally deleted your Twitter account, or you changed your mind after deleting it and are now wondering how to reactivate your Twitter account, well, it’s pretty straightforward.
As long as the 30 days grace period hasn’t expired, you can reactivate your Twitter account by simply signing in with your credentials. That’s it, your account will be reactivated, and you will be able to use Twitter just as you always have.
However, keep in mind that if you later wish to delete your Twitter account again, you will have to follow the entire process all over again, and wait for another 30 days before it gets deleted.
Limit Your Twitter Usage with Digital Wellbeing
If you are simply thinking of deleting your Twitter account because you spend way too much time on the platform and it’s hindering your productivity, you don’t necessarily have to take drastic measures such as deactivating or deleting your account.
With Android 9 Pie, Google introduced Digital Wellbeing on Android and you can use Digital Wellbeing to control your Twitter usage.
Basically, if you have a phone that has Digital Wellbeing features, such as a Pixel, a Samsung Galaxy S10 (and other Samsung phones), and even some Xiaomi phones, you can set an App Timer on the Twitter app. This will ensure that you can only use Twitter for a set amount of time every day, and after that your phone will not let you open the app, so you can keep a tight limit on how much time you spend on Twitter.
While the process is fairly straightforward, we have a dedicated article on how to set app limits with Digital Wellbeing that you can check out.
Limit Your Twitter Usage with Screen Time
If you’re an iPhone user, you can use Apple’s Screen Time feature to set a time limit on your Twitter usage. This works basically the same way as Digital Wellbeing works on Android and can help you control the time you spend on Twitter.
With Screen Time too, you can set an app timer on Twitter and your phone will automatically cut you off once that time limit has expired.
Similar to Digital Wellbeing, the process here is fairly straightforward, but we have a dedicated article on how to set app limits on Screen Time that you can check out.
Limit Your Twitter Usage with Third Party Apps
If you’re using a phone that doesn’t come with Digital Wellbeing features built in, there are a number of third party apps that bring similar functionality on Android that you can use:
1. Stay Focused
Stay Focused is an app like Digital Wellbeing which brings a lot of the same features to phones that don’t have Digital Wellbeing built in. Most importantly, this app allows you to set time restrictions on apps, which can come in very handy if you find yourself spending a lot of your valuable time on your phone. In our case, this app is Twitter.
With Stay Focused you can either block Twitter after a specified usage time has been exhausted, or you can just block notifications from Twitter so as to not get tempted to open the app every time someone tweets at you.
Install Stay Focused from the Play Store (Free, in app purchases)
2. Your Hour
Another app you can use to limit Twitter usage is Your Hour. Similar to Digital Wellbeing, this app also gives you an overview of your phone usage, and lets you block apps, or set usage limits on them. It also brings daily and weekly reports of your phone usage so you can see a nice bird’s eye view of your phone usage habits. With Your Hour, you can easily set a time limit on your Twitter usage and make sure you don’t waste time browsing through your feed.
Install Your Hour from the Play Store (Free, in app purchases)
If neither of the apps mentioned above work for you, or you’re just looking for something different, AppDetox is a solid option for you to consider. The app brings app limits based not only on usage time, but also on time of day. This means, you can block Twitter during specific times during the day, so if you’re working from 10 to 5, and you don’t want to be spending your time on the popular microblogging platform, you can just block it for your work hours — that’s really handy.
Obviously you can also set an app usage limit on Twitter, if that’s more to your liking, but it’s great to have additional options for blocking distracting apps when you’re trying to be productive.
Install AppDetox from the Play Store (Free)
Delete Your Twitter Account, or Just Set App Limits on it
So those were the ways you can use to delete your Twitter account on the web, or inside the Twitter app on Android or iOS. Deleting or deactivating your account is a fairly straightforward process, and while you can consider taking that drastic step, if you’re just looking to stay away from Twitter to enhance your productivity, I’d recommend you take a look at using Digital Wellbeing on Android, Screen Time on iOS (and even on macOS with macOS Catalina), or any of the third party apps I mentioned above.
So why are you thinking of deleting your Twitter account? Let us know!