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How to deactivate your 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.

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How to deactivate your account

  1. Tap the navigation menu icon , then tap Settings and privacy.
  2. Tap Your account, then tap Deactivate your account at the bottom.
  3. Read the account deactivation information, then tap Deactivate.  
  4. Enter your password when prompted and tap Deactivate.
  5. Confirm that you want to proceed by tapping Yes, deactivate.

How to deactivate your account

  1. In the top menu, you will either see a navigation menu icon  or your profile icon. Tap whichever icon you have, then tap Settings and privacy.
  2. Tap Account, then tap Deactivate your account at the bottom.
  3. Read the account deactivation information, then tap Deactivate.  
  4. Enter your password when prompted and tap Deactivate.
  5. Confirm that you want to proceed by tapping Yes, deactivate.

How to deactivate your account

  1. Click on the More icon  and then click on Settings and privacy from the drop-down menu.
  2. From the Your account tab, click on Deactivate your account at the bottom of the page.
  3. Read the account deactivation information, then click Deactivate.  
  4. Enter your password when prompted and confirm that you want to proceed by clicking the Deactivate account 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. Unfortunately, unless you can 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.
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  • Users have 30 days to reactivate before the data associated with the deactivated 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, click on Settings and privacy from the drop-down menu under your profile icon
  2. In the username field, choose a new username.
  3. In the email address field, change your email address to a new address you own.
  4. Click Save changes at the bottom of the page.  
  5. Enter your password when prompted to confirm that you want to save your changes.
  6. Confirm the new email address via a link we send to you (very important!)
  7. 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.
  8. Proceed with deactivation as listed above.

How to deactivate your locked or suspended accounts

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 engines results can be found here.
  • Please note that Twitter might retain some information on your deactivated account to insure 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, at which point it was automatically removed and the @username in question became available for re-use in general circulation of usernames.

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