is a great platform for sharing your ideas in short bursts. But if for any reason you find that you want to close your Twitter account
, then this step-by-step guide will help you out.
You can either choose to temporarily deactivate your account or permanently delete it. The process is the same for both, however the latter simply requires that you do not take any action after you initially choose to deactivate your account.
Deactivate Twitter Account
Twitter provides you with the option to temporarily disable your account. Twitter will still keep your account available and your information saved for a period 30 days after you deactivate it
. After that period, your data will be permanently deleted from the microblogging platform. This means that, if you act and restore your account by logging into it during this grace period, you will not lose any of your details.
To deactivate your account, log in. Click Settings and privacy
Next, scroll down and click Deactivate your account
In the new page that opens, click Deactivate @[your username]
, and follow the onscreen instructions:
Permanently Delete Your Twitter Account
Twitter gives you the option to permanently delete your account. Unlike when you choose to temporarily deactivate your account, when you choose to permanently delete it, the platform will completely clear out your data and information. You will no longer have access to this information, but search engines, like Google, may continue to reference your tweets and images. Twitter has no control over this. To completely remove all traces of your Internet footprint from search engines, you will need to submit an official request to the concerned engine to do so.
You may also notice that, for a few days, your content still appears on Twitter. This is temporary.
To permanently delete your account, you simply need to follow the steps to temporarily deactivate your account. Log in, and go to Settings
> Deactivate my account
. In the new page that opens, click Deactivate @[your username]
, and follow the onscreen instructions.
Now, you must simply wait at least 30 days, Twitter's grace period during which is stores your information in case you decide to restore your profile. If you do nothing during and after this period, your account will be permanently deleted.
Restore Your Twitter Account
To reactivate your account, all you need to do is log in
with your Twitter credentials. If the reactivation is successful, then your homepage will be displayed.
Otherwise, you will need to create a new account
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