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Protecting and unprotecting your Tweets

When you sign up for Twitter, you can choose to keep your Tweets public or protect your Tweets. Read more about the difference between public and protected Tweets here.

How to protect your Tweets

From the web:

  1. Go to your Privacy and safety settings.
  2. Scroll down to the Tweet privacy section and check the box next to Protect my Tweets.
  3. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page. You will be prompted to enter your password to confirm the change.

From an iOS device:

  1. From the Me tab, tap the gear icon and select Settings.
  2. Tap Privacy and safety.
  3. Under Privacy, and next to Protect my Tweets, drag the slider to turn on.


From an Android device:

  1. In the top menu, you will either see a navigation menu icon  or your profile icon. Tap whichever icon you have and select Settings.
  2. Tap Privacy and safety.
  3. Next to Protect my Tweets, check the box.

How to unprotect your Tweets

  • To unprotect your Tweets, follow the above instructions for web, the Twitter for iOS app, or the Twitter for Android app and uncheck the box or slider next to Protect my Tweets.
  • Be sure to review your pending follower requests before making your Tweets public. Any requests left pending will not be accepted automatically. If left pending, those users will need to follow you again.
  • Please note that unprotecting your Tweets will cause any previously protected Tweets to be made public.

Having trouble?

Are your Tweets protected but still showing up in search? Check out our troubleshooting article.