Deactivation puts your account in a queue for permanent deletion from Twitter. Deactivation is not available on mobile devices and must be done by accessing twitter.com on the web.
To deactivate your account:
- Sign in to twitter.com on the web.
- Go to your Account settings and click on Deactivate my account at the bottom of the page.
- Read the account deactivation information. Click Okay, fine, deactivate account.
- Enter your password when prompted and verify that you want to deactivate your account.
Before you deactivate your account, you should know:
- We only retain your user data for 30 days from the date of deactivation, after which it is permanently deleted.
- You may reactivate your account at any time during these 30 days by logging in.
- You do not need to deactivate your account to change your username or email address; you can change it at any time in your account settings.
- To use a username or email address on another account, you must first change them and then confirm the change prior to deactivation. (See below for instructions.)
- We do not control content indexed by search engines like Google or Bing.
- After deactivation, your account should be removed within a few minutes, however some content may be viewable on twitter.com for a few days.
- On the web, go to your Settings page from the drop-down menu under the gear icon.
- In the username field, choose a new username.
- In the email address field, change your email address to a new address you own.
- Confirm the new email address via a link we send to you (very important!)
- Your email and username will now be available to use on a new account if you choose to sign up again during the 30 day deactivation period.
- Proceed with deactivation as listed above.
Read our deactivation troubleshooting page.