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Using Twitter search

Search for specific Tweets, accounts, or ongoing conversations

There are many ways to use search on Twitter. You can find Tweets from yourself, friends, local businesses, and everyone from well-known entertainers to global political leaders. By searching for topic keywords or hashtags, you can follow ongoing conversations about breaking news or personal interests.  

We give you control over what you see in your search results through safe search mode. These filters exclude potentially sensitive content, along with accounts you have muted or blocked, from your search results. You have the option to turn it off, or back on, at any time (instructions outlined below).

When you’re signed in to your account on the web, using search is slightly different than using it via the Twitter for iOS or Android apps. You can find instructions for both below.

Search from the web

  1. Enter your search query into the search box at the top of the page.
  2. Your results will show a combination of Tweets, photos, accounts, and more.
  3. Filter your results by clicking Top, Latest, People, PhotosVideos, News, or Broadcasts (located at the top of your search results).
  4. Click the Search filters drop-down to filter your results From anyone or People you follow, and Anywhere or Near you. Additionally, you can select a different language or perform an Advanced search.
  5. Click the overflow icon  on the right hand side of the search results page for more options:
    1. Click Search settings to disable (or re-enable) safe search to filter your search results:
      1. Safe search settings include Hide sensitive content and Remove blocked and muted accounts. Uncheck the box to disable either setting, you may re-enable at any time. Note: This setting may take several minutes to go into effect.
    2. Click Save this search to save your search term.
    3. Click Embed this search to create a search widget for a website. Find more information in the developer documentation here.

Search from Twitter for iOS

  1. Tap the Explore tab 
  2. At the top of the page, enter your search into the search box and tap Search.
  3. Your results will show a combination of Tweets, photos, accounts, and more.
  4. Filter your results by tapping Top, Latest, People, Photos, Videos, News, or Periscopes (located at the top of your search results).
  5. Tap the filter icon  in the search bar to refine your results according to All people or People you follow, and Everywhere or Near you.
Note: Safe search settings allow you to filter your search results to exclude potentially sensitive content and/or accounts you have muted or blocked from your results. You can adjust this setting by logging in to your account on twitter.com and using the Search from the web instructions above. Your settings will apply to searches on the web, in your iOS app, and in Twitter for Android.

Search from Twitter for Android

  1. Tap the Explore tab 
  2. Enter your search into the search box and tap Search.
  3. Your results will show a combination of Tweets, photos, accounts, and more.
  4. Filter your results by tapping Top, Latest, People, Photos, Videos, or News, or Periscopes (located at the top of your search results).
  5. Tap the filter icon  in the search bar to refine your results according to From anyone or People you follow, and Anywhere or Near you.
  6. Tap the overflow icon to access Search settings. Safe search allows you to filter your search results with two options:
    1. Excluding potentially sensitive content from results: To disable this setting, uncheck the box next to Hide sensitive content to turn off.
    2. Excluding accounts you have muted or blocked: To disable this setting, uncheck the box next to Remove blocked and muted accounts to turn off.
Note: To learn more about tailoring your search options and results, read our Using advanced search article.

Tips

  • To search for Tweets mentioning an account, enter the username, preceded by the @ symbol, into the search box at the top of the page.
  • If you are looking for people or accounts to follow, click here for more information.
  • If you see a hashtag in someone's Tweet, clicking or tapping it will perform a search for Tweets containing that exact hashtag. Read more about hashtags in Using hashtags on Twitter.
  • Click here to learn how to save your search.

Having trouble?

Visit our Search troubleshooting help section for more information.