I love Twitter. You can use it anyway you like. You can use it to keep up with the latest news, read funny jokes, market your small business, or even win free contests. That said, I realize Twitter is not for everyone. Some people find it too confusing, too difficult to gain followers, or even too addicting. Whatever the reason, you’re here because you’ve decided to delete your Twitter account. Let me show you just how easy it is to do.
Currently, Twitter only allows you to delete your Twitter account via twitter.com, so it is best done on your desktop or laptop computer. (unless you’re really comfortable using your mobile browser)
Delete Your Twitter Account in 5 Easy Steps
If you’ve used Twitter on your computer before, this image will look very familiar. From the home feed, navigate your mouse to the top right corner and click on your profile picture.
From there, a menu will drop down. Click on “Settings” near the bottom of the menu.
This will bring you to the Settings page, which should look like this. Simply scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Once you’ve scrolled down to the bottom, click on “Deactivate My Account”. It’s highlighted in red.
Now, you’ve hit the final page. The big finale. This is the part where Twitter tries to convince you not to delete your account and yada yada… Simply click the button that says “Deactivate @yourusername”
Some things you should know:
- Twitter will hang on to your data for 30 days after you delete your account, so you will have 30 days to change your mind and reactivate it. After 30 days, it’s gone forever. (so they say)
- If you simply want to change your username, you don’t have to delete your entire Twitter account. You can make this change easily in the settings.
- Google collects and indexes most of the content on Twitter, so it’s possible that some of your content will live on in other corners of the internet, even after you delete your account.
(Header image by Latuff)