How to Make Twitter Account Private (Apr 2022)

How To Make A Twitter Account Private

At times you may want to make your Twitter account private due to many followers.  A private Twitter account will allow you to only accept a few follow requests and reduce Tweets visibility.

Twitter is an interesting social media platform that you can use to follow the latest trends locally and globally. It has grown to be one of the most popular social media news platforms.

Whenever something happens, people get first-hand information through Twitter before getting on other platforms. However, it still has some limitations to ensuring your safety while using Twitter.

At times, you may be getting many follow requests and want to reduce that. You can set your Twitter account to private on your computer and mobile phone.


Set The Twitter Account To Private On The Web

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Do you want to make your Twitter account private? You can do it effortlessly on your computer.

Step 1: Open your Twitter account.

Step 2: On the right-side menubar, click on the more icon on your screen. Then select the “settings and privacy” option.

 Step 3: On the next page, select “Privacy and settings”, then “audience and tagging”.

Step 4: Checkmark the box, and your Twitter account tweets will only be visible to people who follow you.

That’s how you can make your Twitter account private through a web browser on your computer. However, before making your account private, try to review any pending follower requests. Also, your Tweets will only be visible to those who follow you.


Set Twitter Account To Private On iPhone

Twitter Account To Private On Your iPhone Device

Step 1: Open your Twitter account on your web browser or Twitter app.

Step 2: Tap on your profile photo/profile icon or menu icon. If you are using an iPhone, it will be three dots.

Step 3: Click on “settings and privacy,” then click “privacy and safety menu”.

Step 4: On Tweets, toggle the “protect your tweets” option to disable.

Step 5: That’s it. People will see a padlock icon instead.


Set Twitter Account To Private On Android

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Step 1: Open your Twitter account on your web browser or Twitter app.

Step 2: Tap on your profile photo or menu icon. It will be three lines on your Android phone.

Step 3: Click on “settings and privacy” then click “privacy and safety menu”.

Step 4: On tweets, toggle the “protect your tweets” option to disable. It can sometimes be a checkbox, depending on your Twitter android version.

Step 5: That’s it.


How To Approve New Followers On Twitter

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When you set your account to be private, others will not be able to follow you. Instead, new followers will only be able to send a follow request. This works the same as Instagram when someone sets their account to private.

However, on Twitter, you will get notifications of follower requests. You will just need to click “view now” to see a list of the pending follow requests. You can then accept or decline as you want.


Make Your Twitter Account Minimal

Make Your Twitter Account Minimal

If you feel unsafe on Twitter or overwhelmed with many followers, you can decide to make your account private. This will help ensure that you only accept requests from people you want.

This will also reduce the number of people who can access your Tweets and even retweet them. Always be safe while on the internet. Making your account private also reduces the number of people who can send messages.


FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I make my Twitter account public (unprivate)?

To unprivate a Twitter account, you simply need to follow the procedure you used. On your browser, click on the More icon, settings and privacy, privacy and settings, audience and tagging, and uncheck “Protect my tweets”. You can also do a reverse procedure on your iPhone or Android phone.

Q. Can I still search my Twitter content after it's private?

Yes, you can. After you make your account private, only you and your current followers can read your tweets and content. However, those who haven't followed you yet can’t. Only you and your followers can search and view your future tweets. Your previous tweets won’t be visible to the other public.

Q. What happens to public Tweets after you make your account private?

If you have any public tweets, they will no longer be public or appear in the public Twitter search results.

Written by Jason Striegel

C/C++, Java, Python, Linux developer for 18 years, A-Tech enthusiast love to share some useful tech hacks.