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Twitter account delete: how to temporarily disable or permanently delete Twitter account on mobile or PC

Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms with 353 million monthly active users and 186 million daily active users. Statistics suggest that every day 500 million tweets are sent, which is a staggering number. However, despite its popularity, it can get overwhelming at times and some people might want to leave the platform due to some reason or other.

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The micro-blogging platform gives users the option to either permanently delete a Twitter account or temporarily deactivate it. The first option is for those who are done with the platform and the latter is for those who need a break. Here’s a detailed article outlining the steps to deactivate or delete a Twitter account easily.

How to deactivate a Twitter account?

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Twitter users can easily deactivate or delete their account on PC or mobile

If you are planning to go on a digital detox and want to take a break from Twitter, the process is quite simple. You can disable your Twitter account from both PC and mobile. Below are the steps to deactivate a Twitter account temporarily on PC.

  1. Open your preferred web browser
  2. Go to Twitter and login
  3. On the left pane, click on More
  4. Now click on Settings and privacy
  5. Click on Your account
  6. Then click on Deactivate your account
  7. Click on the Deactivate button
  8. Enter your password to complete the deactivation request

Your account will be deactivated temporarily for 30 days. You can simply log in again before 30 days to reactivate the account.

How to deactivate a Twitter account on mobile?

Deactivating a Twitter account on an Android or iOS mobile device is as easy as the PC method. You’ll need the Twitter app installed on your smartphone and logged in. Once you have the Twitter app set up on your phone, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Twitter app on your phone
  2. Click on the profile icon in the top-left corner
  3. Tap on Settings and privacy
  4. Select Your account
  5. Then click on Deactivate your account
  6. Tap on the Deactivate button
  7. Enter your password to complete the deactivation request
  8. Your account will be deactivated immediately

How to delete a Twitter account?

If you want to completely break off from Twitter, there’s a way to do that despite Twitter not offering a straightforward method to simply delete the account. Users will need to deactivate their Twitter account following any of the above two methods. This will temporarily disable the account for 30 days and in case the user doesn’t log in before 30 days are over, the account will be deleted.

Bear in mind, this will completely erase the Twitter account from the system including all tweets, media, and other data. This means users will not be able to reactivate the account or access their old tweets anymore.

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How to reactivate a deactivated Twitter account?

Users can reactivate their disabled Twitter account at any time within the reactivation period of 30 days. They simply need to log back in and confirm that they want to reactivate when prompted. Twitter may take some time to restore all data, tweets, likes, and followers but you’ll get your account back in the end.

Does deactivating Twitter delete everything?

No, deactivating a Twitter account doesn’t delete everything including tweets, retweets, likes, and followers. The platform retains the data for the duration of the reactivation period, which is 30 days. If the user doesn’t reactivate within the reactivation period, only then Twitter will delete everything.

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Abhiman Biswas

Abhiman has over 8 years of experience in content development. He is a Senior Writer and Social Media Manager at Pricebaba. He covers technology news, feature articles, and tech reviews, apart from managing the official Facebook and Instagram handles. Despite a degree in marketing, his love for latest gadgets and technology steered him towards consumer technology coverage.