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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.  

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, Accounts, Photos, or Videos (located at the top of your search results).
  4. Click the More options drop-down to see the above filters as well as News. You can also choose to see results From everyone or From people you follow, and From everywhere or Near you.
    Pro tip: Embed your search by clicking More options and selecting Embed this search. Find more information in the developer documentation here.

Search from Twitter for iOS

  1. Tap the search icon 
  2. Enter your search into the search box and tap Search.
  3. Your results will show Everything, which is a combination of people, Tweets, news, and more.
  4. At the top of your search results, choose between Top Tweets or All Tweets. Read more about the difference between Top and All Tweets here.
  5. Tap the filter icon  in the search bar to refine your results according to Everything, Photos, Videos, News and People.
  6. You can also search for content from All people or just People you follow, and refine to search Everywhere or Near you.

Search from Twitter for Android

  1. Tap the search icon 
  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 (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: 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.