How to Delete Twitter (and Your Terrible Tweets)
Twitter can be a virtual troll den populated by spambots, scammers, and trolls. And now Elon Musk, a controversial figure, is its new owner. The future of Twitter under Musk’s management is uncertain. But if you’re ready to move on, you can deactivate your entire account or only erase certain old tweets that you find embarrassing.
How Do I Delete My Tweets?
You feel that a tweet you posted has or will come back to haunt you (politicians, take note! ), so you want to delete it. You can immediately delete a recent or easily-located tweet. However, what about older tweets that may be harder to locate? And what if you want to delete multiple tweets quickly and easily? No worries. You can go back in time and erase your more ill-advised musings if you have the proper equipment.
Obviously, deleting an old tweet does not undo all the damage it has caused. Your tweet has already been read and possibly reacted to. (Screenshots are permanent.) Nevertheless, you may wish to delete the tweet in the interest of permanence and posterity. Here is the pertinent information.
Delete a Single Tweet on Twitter.com
Eliminating a recent tweet is simple. On Twitter.com, select the Profile option. Scroll until you locate the tweet you wish to delete. Click the three-dot menu next to the tweet and choose the Delete option. Twitter requests confirmation before deleting a tweet. Click Delete. The tweet disappears.
Delete a Single Tweet in the Mobile App
Tap your profile photo in the upper-left corner of the Twitter mobile app, then tap your name to access your profile. Tap the three-dot menu located at the top right of the tweet you wish to delete. Tap Delete. To remove a retweeted tweet from your profile, tap the retweet button again, and then select Undo Retweet to confirm.
Delete Older Tweets
Finding an older tweet to delete requires time-consuming scrolling through a lengthy archive of tweets. And even then, one can only go back so far. Instead, several third-party websites can assist you in locating and deleting older tweets.
Click the button on the Tweet Deleter website(Opens in a new window) to sign in with your Twitter account. Enter your Twitter account and password within the Authorize window. You will need to grant Tweetdeleter.com access to your Twitter account. The Authorize popup describes the site’s capabilities should you proceed. Select the Login button.
The website then displays your tweets in reverse chronological order. Enter a keyword, select the type of post (tweets, retweets, and/or replies), or enter start and end dates to narrow the list. Select the tweets you wish to delete, then click the Delete Tweets button.
You can also instruct Tweet Deleter to delete tweets older than a certain age, upload an archive of your last 3,200 tweets, or delete all of your tweets. If you have over 3,200 tweets, you must upload your Twitter Archive to Tweet Deleter (here’s how): With a free account, you can delete up to five tweets per month, conduct up to five keyword searches, and utilize the profanity filter. Upgrade to a premium plan(Opens in a new window) beginning at $3.99 per month for additional features.
Want to delete automatically all tweets older than a specific date? Check out TweetDelete(Opens in a new window), which can remove your last 3,200 tweets in a flash (the 3,200 limit is one set by Twitter). A $14.99 per month premium version allows you to remove an infinite amount of tweets after downloading your Twitter data file.
Before deleting all tweets before a given date, you must first confirm that you wish to do so. This can be accomplished on Twitter by requesting an archive of your tweets. Navigate to More > Settings and support > Settings and privacy > Your Account > Download your data archive. Enter your password and then click the Confirm button.
If you’re still confident that you want to delete your older tweets, click the Sign in with Twitter button on the TweetDelete website. In the Authorize window, enter your Twitter username and password, followed by clicking the Authorize button.
Select the number of months from the drop-down option to determine how far back the site will remove your tweets. You can also add a word or phrase to remove only the tweets that correspond. Deleted tweets cannot be recovered. Click the Activate TweetDelete button. Your previous tweets no longer exist.