How to Delete Your Twitter Account

If you no longer want your Twitter account, you can deactivate it. Twitter will remove your profile, messages and tweets from its website immediately. Your data will still be there, but invisible, for a 30-day grace period. As long as you don't log back in, your account, your messages and all of your tweets are permanently deleted after 30 days.

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Deactivating your account permanently deletes it from Twitter.
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Log in to your Twitter account using any Web browser. Click the gear-shaped "Account Settings" button at the top of the page. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.

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Go into Settings.
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Click the "Deactivate My Account" link.

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Scroll down and click “Deactivate My Account.” This is the last link on the page.

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Click the "Deactivate" button.

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Read the warnings and, when you're sure you want to delete your account, click the “Deactivate” button. Note that you will have 30 days to change your mind and reactivate your account.

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Confirm your decision one last time.

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Enter your Account password to confirm your identity and click the "Deactivate Account" button. Close the Web browser and don't log back in. Twitter begins removing your profile and your tweets almost immediately. Some tweets may take a few days to be completely erased.