How to Deactivate Twitter Temporarily

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At some point in your Twitter self-awareness journey, there comes a time when you may decide to take a break from Twitter and disable your profile temporarily. Whether it is to focus on other things or just disconnect yourself from social media, deactivating your Twitter account can seem like a huge step.

  Here is what happens when you quit Twitter temporarily: all of your DMs, likes, and connections remain hidden from other users until you’ve reactivated the account. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll explain how you can deactivate your Twitter profile temporarily and the key things to know before you do so.

Why Deactivate Twitter Temporarily?

In the digital world, social media sites can be overwhelming. After all, we are exposed to a variety of content that can be quite negative or harmful, and we often find ourselves under pressure to communicate and build connections online. Sometimes turning everything off can be calming, and you only recognize how draining such platforms are after you separate yourself from them. Twitter profiles, like Facebook accounts, can be deleted easily. By deactivating your profile, you can safeguard your privacy as well as personal data while avoiding cyberbullying and various other negative experiences on the site. 

Key Things to Remember Before Deactivating Your Twitter Account Temporarily

Below are some key things to remember if you are going to disable your Twitter profile or delete it:

  • Deleting a Twitter account won’t delete information from search engines.
  • Mentioning your Twitter account in other users’ tweets will not link to your profile.
  • You can access your account within 30 days and reactivate it.

How to Deactivate Twitter Temporarily

To deactivate your Twitter profile, simply follow the steps below. These steps can be performed on both the desktop browser or through the Twitter mobile app. Here’s how to do it:

Deactivate Twitter via web browser:

  1. Access your Twitter account on your web browser.
  2. Proceed to your profile picture located at the upper right section.
  3. Choose Settings and privacy from the options list.
  4. Scroll down to the end then select ‘Deactivate your account’.
  5. Follow the instructions given to confirm account deactivation.

Deactivate Twitter via mobile app:

  1. Open your Twitter account.
  2. Navigate to your profile picture located at the upper right area section.
  3. Choose Settings and privacy from available options.
  4. Tap on Account and then select ‘Deactivate your account’.
  5. Follow the instructions given to confirm account deactivation.

What Happens When You Deactivate Twitter Temporarily?

When you temporarily deactivate your Twitter account, every single one of your tweets, messages, likes, along with comments disappear from Twitter for 30 days. This will keep your Twitter profile private and prevent anyone from seeing your username, tweets, favourites, or follows. You can continue to use your profile just by signing in because it will be available for 30 days.

By reactivating your profile, all the data on your Twitter account will be restored to its previous settings. If you don’t log in to your Twitter account for 30 days, Twitter will delete your account permanently. So, if you’re not sure about leaving Twitter, it’s better to deactivate your profile temporarily instead of deleting it for good.

How to Reactivate Your Twitter Account

You can reactivate your Twitter profile within a month of deactivating it. Your account will be deleted from Twitter if you don’t activate it within this time period.

To get your account reactivated, simply perform these steps:

  1. Go to Twitter and sign in. If you have two-factor authentication turned on, it’s likely that you will be prompted to provide a confirmation code.
  2. You will see a message that says ‘Welcome back! You have successfully reactivated your account’. Click on the button that says ‘Lets go to start using Twitter again’.

You might need to update your personal information, like your name, bio, as well as your profile picture. You may also need to follow some accounts again, as some of them may have unfollowed you during your deactivation period.


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