You love tweeting and using Twitter, but you don’t want anyone to see your profile and tweets. Fortunately, there is a solution: switch to a private Twitter account. When you have a private account, only people who follow you can see what you like, tweet or follow you on Twitter.
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But how do you switch to a private account? The process is quite similar to switching to a private profile on other social networks. You can find the necessary steps to do so in this article.
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How to make your Twitter account private from a PC
When you join Twitter, you can choose whether your Tweets are public or private. The setting to make your profile private is called “Protect your tweets”. When new followers seek to follow you, you’ll receive an invitation, which you can accept or decline if your Tweets are protected. Unless you explicitly disallow them, accounts that started following you before you started protecting your Tweets will still have access to and be able to interact with your protected Tweets.
You can switch between protected and unprotected tweets at any time. This can be done through the Twitter mobile app or website. To make your Twitter account private using a PC, the steps are as follows:
- Log in to your Twitter account using your web browser.
- On the left side of the screen, click the Notice tab, then the little gear symbol to the right of it. It will take you to your Settings page.
- To the right of your username, choose the Privacy and Security tongue. This will provide a list of available settings.
- Click on Protect your Tweetsand a pop-up will appear asking you to confirm that you want to make your Twitter account private.
- At the bottom of the screen, click Protect and confirm by typing your password.
How to make your Twitter account private from the iPhone or iPad app
You can also change your privacy settings from your iPhone app. Follow these steps to do so:
- Launch the Twitter app.
- At the top of your screen, tap the gear icon to access your account settings page to the right of the Twitter search bar.
- To select Privacy and Security in the drop-down menu next to your username.
- Adjust the slider next to Protect your Tweets. It will turn green, indicating the feature is enabled and your tweets are protected/private.
- When you are done, press Fact. Your tweets have been secured.
Keep in mind that while making your Twitter account private prevents new visitors from seeing your tweets, the feature isn’t retroactive. This means that any followers you acquired before setting your account to private will continue to see your tweets. However, you can remove accounts from your watchlist if you want your tweets hidden from them.
How to make your Twitter account private from the Android app
Changing your account privacy settings from an Android app is very similar to changing them from an iOS app. The steps are also quite similar. To switch your Twitter profile to a private account, the steps are as follows:
- Open the Twitter app.
- To the right of the Twitter search bar at the top of your screen, tap the gear symbol to open your account settings page.
- In the drop-down option next to your username, select Privacy and Security.
- Adjust the slider next to Protect your Tweets it therefore turns green, indicating that the feature has been activated and that your tweets have been protected.
- Once you have completed the steps, press Fact. You will need to enter your Twitter password.
As mentioned earlier, regarding the followers you had before changing the privacy setting, they can still see your tweets. On the other hand, you can remove accounts from your watchlist if you want your tweets to remain private from specific accounts.
How can I unprotect my tweets?
To unprotect your Tweets, simply follow the steps already mentioned to access the privacy setting.
1. Toggle the slider next to Protect your Tweets disabled in the Twitter for iOS and Twitter for Android apps to prevent your tweets from being protected.
It’s important to check your current follower requests before making your Twitter posts public. Any unanswered request will not be automatically approved. If you leave a request pending, these accounts will need to request to follow you again.
Please keep in mind that if you unprotect your Tweets, all previously protected Tweets will become publicly available.
What will change when switching to a private Twitter account?
Make sure you understand the privacy implications of your Twitter account and your tweets before making the decision to do so. When you choose to keep your tweets private, other users will need to request to follow you and you will need to confirm all requests before they are accepted.
Only followers who have been approved will be able to see your tweets. Other users will not be able to retweet your posts unless they follow you. Also, only searches made on Twitter by your approved followers will return results for your tweets, as they will not appear in any Google searches.
Your Twitter profile will just show your name, profile picture, and bio information for now. Unless you send them to your approved followers, the @replies you send won’t be seen by anyone else. For example, if you tweet a celebrity, they won’t be able to see it since you haven’t given them permission to follow you.
Anything you tweeted when your account was open to the public will now be hidden and will only be visible or viewable to your approved followers, as opposed to the general public. Finally, to share permalinks to your tweets with your authorized followers, you must first have them approve your account.
Why are my tweets protected but still showing up in search results?
Once you protect your Tweets, only you and your followers will be able to read your updates and see your Tweets when you search for them on Twitter.
These Tweets will no longer be visible to the general public or displayed in Twitter’s public search results if you previously had them visible to the general public. On the other hand, if you unprotect your Tweets, all formerly protected Tweets will be made public.
However, if your tweets end up on another platform, they may still appear in search results. With respect to the content of other web pages, Twitter does not have the ability to remove it.
Now that you know how to switch to a private account, your tweets will no longer be accessible to the general public like they were before. Your tweets will now only be visible to people who already follow you. In addition, anyone wishing to follow you will have to send you a request, which you will have the possibility to approve or refuse, according to your preferences.
But your tweets can be captured and posted publicly by others, as Twitter points out as the worst case scenario. Still, the feature should be enough if you’d rather not have random accounts on the internet to view and comment on your tweets.
Is your Twitter account private or public? Do you think having a private Twitter account is better than having a public account? Let us know in the comment section below!