How to use Twitter for iPhone or iPad

The Twitter for iOS app can be used on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch device.

To sign up for an account

  1. Download the Twitter for iOS app, if you haven't already installed it.
  2. Once the app is installed, you can log in with an existing account or sign up for a new account directly from the app.  Learn about managing multiple Twitter accounts through your app.
  3. Tap the Sign up icon on the welcome screen and fill out the fields asking for your name, phone number or email address, desired username, and password.
  4. If your desired username is already taken, it will turn red and a message will drop down below the username field telling you to choose a new username.
  5. Once you've chosen a username that has not been taken, a checkmark will appear next to the username.
  6. If you provided a phone number while signing up, we will immediately send you an text message with a code so we can verify your number. Enter the verification code in the box provided. 

Note: If you provided an email address when signing up, we’ll send you a confirmation email. You must confirm your email address in order for it to be fully associated with your Twitter account so you can receive important notifications from us regarding your account.

Editing your profile

  1. In the top menu, tap your profile icon.
  2. Tap Profile, then tap Edit profile.
  3. From here you can change your profile and header image, name, location, website, and bio. Learn more about customizing your profile, including instructions for adding your birthday.
    Note: These instructions apply to versions of Twitter for iPhone or iPad used on iOS 7 and above.

How to post and delete a Tweet

To post a Tweet:

  1. Tap the Tweet icon 
  2. Compose your message and tap Tweet.
  3. To save a draft: Tap the X in the Tweet compose window and select Save draft. Access it (and other drafts) later by tapping the Tweet icon, then the draft icon 

To reply to or mention an account:

  1. Tap the @ symbol to bring up a list of suggested accounts you follow.
  2. As you start typing a username the list will narrow down to fewer results.
  3. Once you've found the account you're looking for, tap their username and it will populate in the Tweet. Your character count will adjust, as needed.
  4. Learn about the difference between replies and mentions.

To include a hashtag in your Tweet:

  1. Tap the # symbol and a list of current trends will appear.
  2. You can choose to include one of these suggested hashtags (tap to select) or add your own hashtag text.


To post a photo or GIF with your Tweet:

  1. Tap the photo icon  to take a photo, or to choose a photo or GIF from your gallery. You can select up to four photos in a Tweet.
  2. When you are finished selecting your photos, tap Add.
  3. Once you have taken or selected your photo, you will have the option to apply a filter and crop the image by tapping the pencil icon  on the attached photo(s).
  4. You can tag people in your photo(s) by tapping Who’s in this photo? Type in the full name or @ username and then tap Done.
  5. Learn more information about Tweeting photos, including instructions for changing your photo tagging privacy settings.


To Tweet with your location:

  1. Tap the location icon  to add your location to your Tweet.
  2. To learn more about using the location feature on your mobile device.


To include a URL in a Tweet:

  1. Links are automatically shortened using Twitter's own service.
  2. Typing or pasting in a URL will automatically deduct the characters from your character limit—no matter how long the original link is.


To delete a Tweet:

  1. In the top menu, tap your profile icon.
  2. Tap Profile.
  3. Locate the Tweet you want to delete.
  4. Tap the  icon located at the top of the Tweet.
  5. Tap Delete Tweet.
  6. Tap Delete to confirm.


How to approve or deny your follower requests

If you have chosen to keep your Tweets protected, you’ll receive follower requests from other accounts that wish to follow you. You can approve or deny your follower requests from your profile tab. 


How to create and manage lists

  1. In the top menu, tap your profile icon.
  2. Tap Lists.
  3. View your lists by Subscribed to or Member of.
  4. To create a new list, tap the new list icon 
  5. To manage a list, tap a on the list name, and then tap Edit. From here you can edit list properties, manage list members or delete the list.

Learn more about lists.


How to enable night mode

  1. In the top menu, tap your profile icon.
  2. Tap the night mode icon 
  3. To turn the feature off, tap the night mode icon again.


How to clear your media and web storage

Twitter for iOS stores content in the app, which can take up space on your device. In order to clear up space, you can clear your Twitter media and/or web storage.

To clear your media storage:

  1. In the top menu, tap your profile icon.
  2. Tap Settings and privacy.
  3. Under General, tap Data usage.
  4. Under Storage, tap Media storage.
  5. Tap Clear media storage.
  6. Tap Clear media storage to confirm.


To clear your web storage:

  1. In the top menu, tap your profile icon.
  2. Tap Settings and privacy.
  3. Under General, tap Data usage.
  4. Under Storage, tap Web storage.
  5. Choose between Clear web page storage and Clear all web storage. Tap to make your selection.
  6. Tap Clear web page storage or Clear all web storage to confirm.

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