Do You enjoy tweeting and using Twitter, but if you reading this, I am sure you don’t want your profile and tweets to be visible to the public? Thankfully, there is a workable solution, which is to simply switch to a private Twitter account.
Only those who follow you can see what you like, tweet, or follow you on Twitter if you have a private account.
But how can you go from a public to a private account? Switching to a private profile on Twitter is similar to other social media processes for switching to private. This guide will walk you through the necessary steps.
How to Make Your Twitter Account Private On PC
When you signup for Twitter, you can choose to make your Tweets public or private. “Protect Your Tweets” is the security option for making your profile private.
When your Tweets are protected and someone wants to follow, you will receive a request to follow, which you can accept or decline.
Accounts that started following you before you started safeguarding your Tweets will still have access to and interaction with your protected Tweets until you specifically block them for the following and tweets.
You can choose between protected and unprotected tweets at any moment. This can be done via the Twitter mobile app or the website. To make your Twitter account private on a computer, follow these steps:
- Open any Web Browser like Chrome & Edge and log into your Twitter account.
- You can log in with Apple or Google Account.
- Click on More on the left side of the menu, then Tap on Setting and Privacy.
- Now Click on the Privacy and Safety options and then Audience and tagging.
- Click on Protect your tweets options.
- Select the Protect option in the prompt windows.
How to Make Your Twitter Account Private On Your Android
For this process, you have to have a Twitter app on your smartphone, where you will log into the Twitter app with a Google Account.
- Open the Twitter account and click on the “Setting and privacy” option.
- On the Top-left Corner tap on the Profile icon.
- Click on the “Privacy and Safety” option.
- Tap on the “Audience and Tagging” option.
- Click on the Protect your Tweets option and enable the Toggle button.
Consider that while making your Twitter account private, will prevent new users from seeing your tweets, it does not prevent them from seeing tweets previously. This means that any followers you had before you made your account private will still be able to see your tweets.
You can, however, remove accounts from your following list if you don’t want your tweets to be visible to them.
How to Make Your Twitter Account Private On Your IOS or iPhone
You can also change the setting in the IOS device by following the steps:
- Open and log in to the Twitter app.
- On the Top-left Corner tap on the gear icon.
- Click on the “Privacy and Safety” option in the setting menu.
- Toggle the button to the “Protect your Tweets” option.
- After these steps, you are done.
How to Approve the Follow request on a Private Twitter account.
Once you make your account private, you’ll have to manually review the follower request in the account.
To do that, you’ll have to visit the notification tab, let’s say you miss the notification then the request appears in the pending follower’s requests.
Follow the steps:
- For PC click on the Three dots or more icon and for a mobile tap on the profile icon.
- Now you will see the follower’s request.
- Simply approve the new follower’s request.
- You can approve the pending request anytime you want, unfortunately, Twitter does have automatic approval.
How to Make Your Twitter Account More Secure:
Users can try to make their Twitter account more secure with these simple features using the Privacy and Safety Tab:
- Manage the account information.
- Change and allow who tags you in the post.
- Make your activity tracker disabled on any other devices.
- Also, control the search of your profile.
How To Make Twitter Account Public Again?
To make your Tweets public, simply follow the procedures described above to access the privacy settings.
To prevent your tweets from being protected, turn off the slider next to Protect your Tweets in Twitter for iOS and Twitter for Android apps.
Before making your Twitter postings public, double-check your current follower requests. Any requests that go unanswered will not be approved automatically.
Those accounts will be needed to request to follow you again if you leave a pending request.
Keep in mind that if you make your Tweets public, any previously protected Tweets will become publicly available.
Changes after Switching to Private Twitter Account?
Before making the decision to keep your Twitter account and tweets private, make sure you understand the consequences.
Other users will have to request to follow you if you choose to make your tweets private, and you will have to confirm any requests before they are accepted.
Your tweets will only be visible to followers who have been approved. Users who do not follow you will not be able to retweet your messages.
Additionally, because your tweets will not appear in any Google searches, only searches conducted on Twitter by your approved followers will produce results for them.
Your Twitter profile will only show your name, profile photo, and profile information. Your @replies will not be seen by anyone else unless you send them to your approved followers.
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 at the time your account was public is now hidden, and only your approved followers will be able to see or search it, instead of the wider public.
Finally, you must have your permitted followers approve your account before sharing permanent links to your tweets with them.
My Twitter Account is private but still showing in Search Results?
Only you and your followers will be able to read your updates and view your Tweets when looking for them on Twitter after you’ve protected them.
If you previously made these Tweets public, they will no longer be viewable to the broader public or appear in public Twitter search results. Unprotecting your Tweets, on the other hand, will result in any previously protected Tweets becoming public.
Your tweets, on the other hand, may still show up in search results if they were sent to a different platform. When it comes to content on other websites, Twitter lacks the ability to remove it or maybe still indexed it in the search.
Your tweets will no longer be available to the general public, as they were before, now you learned to switch to a private account.
Only people who already follow you will be able to see your tweets. Furthermore, anyone wishing to follow you will be required to send you a request, which you will have the option to accept or reject based on your preferences.
However, as Twitter notes this as a worst-case situation, your tweets could be screenshotted and shared publicly. However, if you don’t want random accounts on the internet watching and commenting on your tweets, the capability should be sufficient.