Allowing others to find you by email address or phone number

Your email address and phone number

Often the best connections on Twitter are with people you know and care about. In order to help you make those connections, we use information like your email address and/or phone number to make your account discoverable to others. By default your account settings allow this, but you can adjust them at any time (read below).

How would others find me by my email address or phone number?

People may find your account through the Find friends tab of the Discover page after they've uploaded their contacts to Twitter, in the Who to follow tab of the Discover page as a suggested account to follow, or on third-party services that have integrated Twitter. For example, when people receive email from you on email services that have integrated Twitter, they may see your Twitter profile and, if they’re already following you on Twitter, your most recent Tweets. This helps people you know keep in touch better with what you care about on Twitter.

To turn off the setting that lets others find you by your email address or phone number:

On the web:

  1. Log in to twitter.com and navigate to your Security and privacy settings page.
  2. Next to the Discoverability section, you’ll see the following options:
    • Let others find me by my email address
    • Let others find me by my phone number
  3. Uncheck one or both options.
  4. Click Save changes.

     

    Using Twitter for iOS:

    1. From the Me tab, tap the gear icon 
    2. Tap Settings.
    3. Tap the account you’d like to adjust.
    4. Under Privacy, you can adjust your settings to Let others find me by my email address and Let others find me by my phone number.

       

      Using Twitter for Android:

      1. Tap the overflow icon 
      2. Tap Settings.
      3. Tap the account you’d like to adjust.
      4. Under Other, you can adjust your settings to allow others to Find by email or Find by phone.

        Does Twitter publicly display my email address or phone number?

        No, your email address and phone number are not publicly displayed on Twitter, even if you have not turned off the setting that lets others find you by your email address or phone number.

        Does Twitter share my email address or phone number with third parties?

        No, your email address and phone number are not shared with third parties when your settings allow others to discover you. The settings let people that already have your email address or phone number find you on Twitter.

        To let people on third-party services find you on Twitter, a cryptographic hash of your email address or phone number may be exchanged between the service and Twitter, but no actual email address or phone number is shared. The hashing process converts an email address or phone number into a new string of text that does not disclose the email address or phone number, but allows those that already have the address or number to look up the Twitter profile of a user.