When you create a Twitter profile, your publicly available information and Tweets can be viewed by anyone on the platform. It doesn’t matter whether you have 1 or a million followers. As long as other users come across your Profile, everything becomes available.
That’s great if you’re looking to grow your Influence by reaching a wider audience. But if you intend to share your thoughts and interesting news with just a few people, you can make your account Private. How you go about it depends on whether you’re the Mobile app or Web (Mac or PC).
How to Make a Twitter Account Private on Mobile App
For iOS and Android platforms, here are the steps you need to follow:
1 . Log in to your Twitter account via the app.
2. Click on the profile icon on the top left corner of the app (this is represented by three horizontal lines in Android devices). This will open up the Menu.
3. From the Menu, head over to the “Setting and privacy” option.
4. Select “Privacy and safety”.
5. Right at the top, you’ll see “Protect your Tweets” with a slider next to it. Click slider. Your Twitter account is now private.
How to Make a Twitter Account Private on Desktop
If you’re on desktop, log in to your account and follow the steps below
1 . Click on the “More” from the menu on the left of your screen. Another smaller menu will pop up.
2. From this new menu select “Settings and privacy”. You’ll see a list of options at the center and another on the right end of your screen.
3. Click on “Privacy and safety” from the list of options at the center of your screen.
4. Go to “Audience and tagging” at the top of the different options that come up.
5. Check the box beside “Protect your Tweets”. Click “Protect” on the screen pop up to make your Twitter account private.
What Does a Private Twitter Account Look Like?
Of course, a private Twitter account is slightly different from the default one. You’ll note right away that your username is accompanied by a lock icon meaning the process was a success. That’s just one of the changes.
Here are other changes that come with making your account private:
- All your tweets will only be viewable by your followers. That includes the tweets you posted while your account was public.
- Only your followers can reply and like your tweets. They can’t retweet them, though.
- Your tweets will be removed from Google search results.
- Any replies to tweets by other users will not be seen by those particular users unless they’re your followers.
- You’ll control the kind of followers you have. That means not every Twitter user can follow you.
Approving or Rejecting Follower Requests
With a private Twitter account, anyone who wants to be your follower has to seek your permission. So he/she will have to send a request – just like on Facebook. It’s up to you to either accept or decline the request.
And the process is pretty straightforward.
Twitter will notify you of any requests after which you can view the profiles of would-be followers. All you’ll have to do is click either the “Accept” or “Decline” buttons on top of the requesting profiles.
Reverting to a Public Account
Of course, you can always switch back to the default public Twitter account. For mobile, you’ll follow all the steps outlined above and click the slider on the “Protect your Tweets” option back to its initial position.
The same goes for desktop. Follow the above steps and uncheck the box beside “Protect your Tweets”.
Your tweets don’t have to be available to every Twitter user. If you want, you can limit your content to just the people who follow you by making your Twitter account private. This shouldn’t be a problem with the above laid down steps for both desktop and mobile.
Of course, that’ll mean only your followers can engage with your tweets which is perfectly fine if you’re not particularly interested in garnering any sort of influence.
But if in the future you decide otherwise, you can always make your tweets available to the public again.