How to Make Twitter Private on Mobile and Desktop

Devin Pickell
Devin Pickell  |  November 20, 2018

If you’re someone who enjoys Twitter and it’s fast-paced content but want an added layer of privacy and protection, here’s how to make your Twitter account private.

How to make Twitter private

In a matter of seconds, you can turn your public-facing Twitter profile into one that can only be seen by your followers. It takes three simple steps:

To demonstrate just how easy it is to go from public to private, here’s a step-by-step guide for doing so on both mobile and desktop.

Private Twitter on mobile

Open your Twitter application on mobile and swipe right to access the profile and settings menu.

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Click on the option Settings and privacy near the bottom of the menu.

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Next, click on the option Privacy and safety located beneath account settings.

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At the very top of this menu, you should see Protect your Tweets and a toggle switch to the right of it.

If your profile is public, this switch will be greyed out. To make your profile private, click the toggle switch to turn the slider green.

You do not need to save your change via mobile, only desktop. Congrats, your profile is private and your tweets are protected.

Private Twitter on desktop

Go to Twitter on your web browser and click on your profile picture to access the profile and settings drop-down menu.

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Click on the option Settings and privacy near the bottom of the menu.

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Next, click on the option Privacy and safety located beneath account settings.

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At the very top of this menu, you should see Tweet privacy and a box to the right of it saying Protect your Tweets.

If your profile is public, this box will be unchecked. To make your profile private, check the box and it’ll turn blue.

Unlike mobile, you’ll need to save your changes for them to go into effect. You can do so by scrolling to the very bottom and clicking on Save changes. Congrats, your profile is private and your tweets are protected.

What happens when you protect your tweets?

Switching your profile from public to private will have a variety of effects on your Twitter account. These effects include:

  • All tweets are private – Even tweets that were posted when your account was public will now become private.
  • Request to follow – Twitter users will now have to request access to follow your account. You can either approve or deny a request. These requests will show up as notifications.
  • Hidden from search engines – Public tweets can be identified by search engines, private tweets cannot.
  • Only seen by followers – Replies to tweets, even public ones, will only be visible to your followers.
  • Retweeting not possible – None of your tweets can be retweeted, even by those who follow you.
  • Locked account – Your profile will have a lock icon beside it, signaling to others that your account is private.

There is one exception to protecting your tweets.

Twitter notes that any third-party application connected to your account will still have access to your tweets – even if your account is private.

You can revoke access to third-party applications from the profile and settings menu. From there, find and click on the option Apps and devices.

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On this tab, you’ll be able to see how much access each third-party application has to your account and the date you authorized this access.

You can simply revoke access by clicking the red Revoke access button next to each third-party application.

Private but useful

While your next tweet may not go viral or have the widespread engagement you were hoping for, you’ll still have access to much of Twitter’s fast-paced content.

For more useful Twitter settings, check out our guide on everything you need to know about setting up a Twitter account.

Devin Pickell
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Devin Pickell

Devin is a Content Marketing Specialist at G2 Crowd. He has experience marketing for early-stage startups out of Chicago's booming tech scene. Outside of work, he enjoys watching his beloved Cubs and gaming.