Have you deleted your tweets accidentally or intentionally and now regretting the decision? What happened to my tweets is the question that most of you have. And if any of it is true, then my friend, let’s be honest, Twitter will not allow you to restore them. It is not possible to get them back using any methods.
But, if you want to find deleted tweets, then there are several effective methods to do that. You can copy and retweet them or use them as references any time you feel like doing so.
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How To Find Deleted Tweets
Apart from the Twitter archive method, there are some alternative methods mentioned below. Those methods are by using third-party apps that must include your username and password to gain access. They are safe to use.
1. Retrieve Tweets Archive
Are you aware of the fact that Twitter archives all the tweets made by users? If not, then it is a fact to know, and with the help of that, you can find deleted tweets. You need to follow each step properly to get the best results.
- Open the official website of Twitter. And then, log in to your account using your user ID and password.
- Once logged in, find your profile icon and click on it. Then select the “Settings and Privacy” option from the menu.
- You will see a dropdown menu. Select the “Account” option. Then, click on the “Twitter Data.” Now, enter your password correctly one more time to reverify your Twitter account.
- Look for the “Request Archive” option in the menu and tap on it.
- Have you followed the above steps correctly? If yes, then Twitter will create an archive for your deleted tweets. The Twitter team will mail you on your registered email ID with which you have logged into your Twitter account.
- Once you receive the email, download the archive file from the registered mail. You need to click on the “Download Now” option. And then, you will have a zipped folder downloaded on your desktop.
- All you need to do is to extract the folder. Search for ‘index.html,’ and there you will see deleted tweets.
This is one of the easy ways to look at deleted tweets. Isn’t it easy? Well! Let’s look into other alternative methods. There is a tip for you- the mail with the Twitter archive file is valid only for 30 days. It means you won’t be able to access it after 30 days. And, you aren’t allowed to put another request within these 30 days.
2. Find Deleted Tweets Using the WayBack Machine
Wayback Machine is a website that allows you to save all the information on your Twitter account. It enables you to look up deleted tweets without misusing your credentials. Now let’s check out how you can use the Wayback Machine to read deleted tweets.
- Open a browser tab and go to Twitter.com.
- Log into your Twitter account using your user ID and password.
- Now copy the link to your Twitter profile from where you want to view your deleted tweets.
- Once copied, open the official website of Wayback Machine. Look at the search bar, which is right at the top. Paste your copied link and start searching.
- Then you will see the list that has all the results. Select a URL based on the data.
- Now open the Wayback Machine calendar to choose the exact day and year you want to view your deleted tweets. Select the time, and it will then open a new snapshot of Twitter.
- And done! You can now browse through the file to search for your deleted tweets.
Tip: You need to remember that the Wayback Machine allows you to view data as per snapshot date and time and not the current time or date. There is another alternative way to use the Wayback Machine. It is by using the dropdown menu, which you will get from the add-ons. Here is how you can use it to search deleted tweets.
- You will find the browser’s add-ons menu right at the top of your screen. Please search for the Wayback Machine icon and do a left-click on it.
- To open recent Twitter public posts, you should click on the Tweets icon link box.
- It will then show deleted tweets. Find the tweets, retweets, replies, etc., to find old deleted tweets.
3. Using Google Cache
There is another effective and quickest way to see deleted tweets is to use Google Cache. Now how to use Google Cache to find deleted tweets is the question. Well! Here is what you can do.
- Open Google.com
- Look for the search bar and type in your username and Twitter together.
- Tap on the inverted arrow, which is right beside your name, and then select the “Cached” option. And you are done!
Follow this process, and you will be able to see all the previously deleted tweets. You need to ensure that you have not deleted your cache, or else it won’t be showing the desired results.
4. Using Twitter’s Native Advanced Search
Using Twitter’s Native Advanced search method is probably one of the safest methods to get access to your deleted tweets. As third-party apps are generally not as quickly trustable, if you are worried about your data, this way is the one for you. All you have to do is:
- Open your Twitter’s Advanced Search Page
- Go to the subheading named’ Accounts’ and write your username in the ‘From this Accounts’ field.
- There would be another subheading of ‘Dates’ where you have to mention the start and end date you want to look into.
- Click on the search button to search for all the tweets between the time period you have entered before.
Instead of doing the steps mentioned earlier, you can also check out the ‘Word’ sub-section. In that, you can write some keywords of your deleted tweet to find the same. There are several options under the ‘Word’ section, which includes:
- All of these words (all the words included in the tweet)
- This exact phrase ( the phrase which was present in the tweet)
- Any of these words ( the tweet might contain any of the mentioned words)
- None of these words (the tweet does not include any of the written words)
- These hashtags (the hashtags mentioned in the message)
- Choose the language of the tweet
5. Use Twipu.com
Once known as Twipu has now changed its web address to Twuko.com. It is a third-party app that you can use to find deleted tweets. Since this is a third-party app, it can not be as reliable and trustable as the method mentioned above.
It is effortless to find deleted tweets using this website. All you have to do is search your username or the person’s username whose deleted tweets you want to see. There you go; all the tweets of that person will be displayed on your screen.
6. Using Snapbird
Snapbird is another third-party tool that is trustworthy. Even though it asks you to enter your username and password, it is safe to do so. However, you will not be able to view your deleted tweets using it. But it is much cooler than that.
You can get your whole timeline using this. You can easily find your old tweets, see the number of likes and retweets on your tweets, find the old tweets mentioning you, see your followers’ tweets, find other people’s old tweets, check your messages, look for the favorite tweet of another account and much more. If you want to know more read Does twitter delete old tweets.
How To View Someone’s Deleted Tweets?
If you wish to view someone’s deleted tweets and don’t know how to do that. In that case, here is how you can view someone’s deleted tweets. The above alternative ways can work too but using the SnapBird; you can do that effectively. Snapbird is a website for deleted tweets. It allows you to view deleted tweets by following some steps mentioned below.
- Visit the official website of SnapBird from the browser available.
- You need to enter your Twitter account’s username and password. It is required for authenticating your Twitter account. Snapbird must access your tweets. So ensure you are putting the correct ID and password. (SnapBird won’t post anything without your permission on your timeline.)
- Once the authentication process is over, it will connect with your Twitter account. Then, you can directly search for the tweets of someone’s Twitter account. It will show you all the deleted tweets.
It is handy as well as an innovative way to view deleted tweets. If you want to view direct messages or tweets mentioning you, you need to buy the premium version of Snapbird. You can upgrade your basic plan to the premium plan of Snapbird if you feel it is worth doing so.
It can be frustrating to delete tweets that were essential to keep. But, with the above methods, we hope you can find deleted tweets without much hassle. We are testing all the methods before listing them out here. Let us know which method have you chosen and why.
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