How to delete your Twitter account

Sick of logging into your Twitter account only to find an endless stream of insignificant, 140-character drivel? Tired of all the stupid hashtag trends, #FollowFridays, and everyone’s maddening obsession with making “clever” new words by appending a ‘tw’ to them? Twerrific – you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to delete your Twitter account in just a few simple steps.

The process is actually quite easy, but there are a few things you need to know before you go through with it.

First of all, going through the steps below does not immediately delete your account and zap it out of existence. What it will do is deactivate your account. Deactivation puts your account in a queue for permanent deletion from Twitter.

Second, after you complete the deactivation process, Twitter will retain your data for 30 days. If at any point in the next 30 days you change your mind and decide you want your account back, you can reactivate your account just by logging in again.

Now that you know what to expect, here’s how to delete your account:

Step 1: Sign into your account on

Step 2: Hit the gear icon and select Account Settings from the dropdown menu

Step 3: Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Okay, Fine, Deactivate Account

Step 4: When prompted, enter your account password to verify that you really want to deactivate your account

After that, you’re thirty days away from being free. The deactivation should kick in after a few minutes, but some of your info may be viewable on the site for a few days afterward. 

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