How to deactivate your account

Taking a break from Twitter? We get it. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back from everything that’s going on. Or if you’re looking for a permanent break, we can help you too. Follow our step-by-step instructions on how to deactivate your Twitter account.

Note: If you are having an account issue (e.g. missing Tweetsincorrect follower or following countssuspicious Direct Messages or potential account compromise), deactivating and reactivating your account will not resolve it. Please refer to our troubleshooting articles or contact Twitter Support.

 
How to deactivate your account
Step 1

Select your profile icon. From the main menu, select Settings and privacy.

Step 2

Select Your account, then select Deactivate your account.

Step 3

Read the account deactivation information, then select Deactivate.  

Step 4

Enter your password when prompted and select Deactivate.

Step 5

Confirm that you want to proceed by selecting Yes, deactivate.

Step 1

In the top menu, you will either see a navigation menu icon  or your profile icon. Select whichever icon you have, then select Settings and privacy.

Step 2

Select Account, then select Deactivate your account.

Step 3

Read the account deactivation information, then select Deactivate.  

Step 4

Enter your password when prompted and select Deactivate.

Step 5

Confirm that you want to proceed by selecting Yes, deactivate.

Step 1

From the main menu, select the more  icon. Select Settings and Support, then select Settings and privacy

Step 2

From the Your account tab, select Deactivate your account.

Step 3

Read the account deactivation information, then select Deactivate

Step 4

Enter your password when prompted and confirm that you want to proceed by selecting the Deactivate button.

I tried to deactivate, but it says I have the wrong password

You may need to reset your password. Try requesting a password reset email.

I lost access to the email address I used to set up the account

Deactivation is an action that must be taken by the confirmed account holder or by request of a confirmed account holder. Unless you are able to contact us from the confirmed email address (or have access to the verified mobile number on the account), we will be unable to deactivate the account on your behalf.

Before you deactivate your account, you should know

  • You do not need to deactivate your account to change your username or email address; you can change it at any time in your account settings.
  • To use a username or email address on another account, you must first change them and then confirm the change prior to deactivation. See the below section on how to make your username or email address available for re-use before deactivating your account.
  • We do not control content indexed by search engines like Google or Bing.
  • You can change the type of search results you see by selecting the filters at the top of your search results. More information can be found here.
  • You have 30 days to reactivate your account before your account is permanently deactivated in our system.

How to make your username or email address available for re-use before deactivating your account

  1. On the web via twitter.com, select the more icon from the main menu. 
  2. Select Settings and Support
  3. Select Settings and privacy
  4. Select Your account
  5. Select Account information
  6. Enter your password when prompted.
  7. Select Username
  8. In the Username field, choose a new username and select Save.
  9. In the email address field, change your email address to a new address you own.
  10. Select Save changes at the bottom of the page.  
  11. Confirm the new email address via a link we send to you (very important!)
  12. Your email and username will now be available to use on a new account if you choose to sign up again during the 30-day deactivation period.
  13. Proceed with deactivation as listed above.

How to deactivate your locked or suspended accounts

To deactivate your suspended or locked account, please submit a request here. Requests can also be addressed to the contacts listed under the “How To Contact Us” section of our Privacy Policy.

What happens to your information once you deactivate your account?

  • When deactivated, your Twitter account, including your display name, username, and public profile, will no longer be viewable on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, and Twitter for Android.
  • For up to 30 days after deactivation it is still possible to restore your Twitter account if it was accidentally or wrongfully deactivated.
  • If you do not log back into your account for the 30 days following the deactivation, your account is permanently deactivated. Once permanently deactivated, all information associated with your account is no longer available in our Production Tools.
  • Search engines and other third parties may still retain copies of your public information, like your profile information and public Tweets, even after your account has been permanently deactivated. Information on how to submit removal requests from search engine results can be found here.
  • Please note that Twitter might retain some information on your deactivated account to ensure the safety and security of its platform and users. More information can be found here.
  • When you deactivate your Twitter account, mentions of your account’s username will no longer link to your profile as your profile will no longer be available. We are unable to edit or remove portions of text from another user’s Tweets. If you would like the content to be reviewed under the Twitter Rules, you may file a ticket here.
  • If your account was deactivated for a period of 30 days, your username will be automatically removed and the username in question will be available for re-use in general circulation of usernames.

Subscriptions and account deactivation

Deactivating your Twitter account does not automatically cancel a Twitter subscription. If you have any active paid subscriptions (e.g. Twitter Blue, Super Follows) purchased through the Twitter app, they will remain active. You can manage these subscriptions through the platform where you originally subscribed. Subscriptions purchased on twitter.com will automatically cancel after you deactivate your account.

How to cancel a Twitter Blue subscription

How to cancel a Super Follows subscription

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