How To Deactivate Your Twitter (now X) Account


Mar 1, 2024

Twitter, with its rapid-fire updates and constant stream of information, can be overwhelming. If you've decided it's time to take a step back, this blog post will walk you through the steps to deactivate your Twitter account. It's important to note that deactivation is the initial step for deletion on Twitter, and the **full deletion process takes 30 days.**

Step 1: Accessing Account Settings

Commence the deactivation process by navigating to the main menu on Twitter. Look for the 'more' icon, typically represented by three dots, and select it.

Step 2: Navigating to Settings and Privacy

From the menu, choose 'Settings and Support.' Then, select 'Settings and privacy' to access the configuration options for your Twitter account.

Step 3: Initiating Deactivation

Within the 'Your account' tab, find and select 'Deactivate your account.' This action will begin the process of temporarily removing your account from the Twitter platform.

Step 4: Confirming Deactivation

Twitter provides information about account deactivation. Read through this information, and once you're ready to proceed, select 'Deactivate.' This step signals your intent to temporarily remove your account.

Step 5: Password Confirmation

To ensure the security of your account, enter your Twitter password when prompted. Confirm your decision to proceed by selecting the 'Deactivate' button.

Note: Understanding Deactivation and Deletion

Deactivation is the first step towards account deletion on Twitter. While deactivation immediately removes your account from public view, full deletion won't occur until 30 days after deactivation. This grace period allows users to reconsider their decision before the account is permanently deleted.

By following these steps, you can smoothly deactivate your Twitter account, giving yourself the space you need. Keep in mind the 30-day window before permanent deletion takes place, allowing for thoughtful consideration of your decision.


  1. What happens to my posts and comments if I deactivate my account?

    • When you deactivate your account, all your posts, tweets, likes and comments disappear from the site for up to 30 days. This process can take minutes, or it can take a few days, depending on how prolific your Twitter presence was.

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