How to delete an old Twitter account you cannot access? (2022)

How to delete an old Twitter account you cannot access?
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Do you have a Twitter account that you cannot access? And do you want to delete that account too?

If so, then this is the right guide to help you with deleting a Twitter account that is inaccessible. 

Here, we will mention about 2 ways to delete an old Twitter account that is not accessible.

In this method, we will first access your Twitter account with an email, username or mobile number. Once it is accessed, you can raise a request to deactivate it 

If you don’t have access to your email or phone number, then you can still delete your Twitter account

We will discuss it in detail here.

Method 1: Deleting a Twitter account after accessing it using your phone number or email.

This method involves 2 steps.

  1. Accessing your Twitter account
  2. Deleting your Twitter account

How can I access my old Twitter account?

It is important that you need to access your old Twitter account to delete it.

Follow the below steps to access your old Twitter account.

Visit Twitter

Click on Sign In.

You can sign into Twitter through email, phone number or user name. In this guide, we will be focusing on email as the main method to login to Twitter.

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Click on Use phone, email or username

Enter your email to find your Twitter account.

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Click on Forgot Password

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Now, Twitter will request you to provide either your email id or your phone number associated with your Twitter account to receive a confirmation code. Choose the required option.

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Click on Next.

If you choose, email as the option, you will then receive a confirmation code on your email. If you don’t receive the email, search in your spam, social or other folders.

Enter the confirmation code.

Now you will be prompted to enter a New password

Confirm your password by typing it once more.

Now you can log in to Twitter and access your account.

Can I recover my Twitter account without email or password?

In the previous section, we have mentioned that you can access your  Twitter account with your email id. In some cases, users might have forgotten their email account itself. In those cases, if the user has connected a phone number to their Twitter account, then they can access it through that mobile number.

Follow the below steps to recover a Twitter account using a mobile phone.

Visit Twitter

Click on Sign In

Click on Use phone, email or username

Click on Forgot Password

Enter your phone number to find your Twitter account.

Now, Twitter will request you to provide either your email id or your phone number associated with your Twitter account to receive a confirmation code. Choose the option for Mobile Phone.

You will then receive a confirmation code on your mobile

Enter the confirmation code.

Now you will be prompted to enter a New password

Confirm your password by typing it once more.

Now you can log in to Twitter and access your account.

How to delete a Twitter account permanently?

Now you have accessed your Twitter account, it is now time to delete it. To delete your Twitter account follow the below procedure.

Login to Twitter

Click on More.

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Click on Settings and privacy

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Click on Your account

Click on Deactivate your account. When you deactivate your account, your display name, @username, and public profile will no longer be viewable on Twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, or Twitter for Android.

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You can restore your Twitter account if it was accidentally or wrongfully deactivated for up to 30 days after deactivation. After 30 days, it will be permanently deleted.

Click on Deactivate to delete your account. 

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Enter your password and click on Deactivate your account to delete your account.

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Your Twitter account is permanently deleted after the 30-day deactivation period. If you log into your account within the 30-day deactivation window, your account will be quickly restored.

Your account will be erased from Twitter’s systems once it has been deleted. You won’t be able to reactivate your old account, and you won’t be able to see any of your prior Tweets.

Method 2: Deleting a Twitter account without access to your phone number or email.

This method is useful when you don’t have access to your email id or phone number associated with your account.

How to delete a Twitter account without access to your email or mobile phone?

Follow the below steps to delete a Twitter account without accessing it.

Visit Twitter Help center.

Select “I’d like to deactivate or close my account”

Select “I don’t have access to the email address or mobile phone number associated with my account”

Select whether the account to deactivate is a personal account or a company account

Provide the Twitter username and email address of the account you want to delete it 

You can also describe the problem you are having.

Click on submit to submit the request.

You will receive an email from Twitter with additional information about your request. They should also react with a resolution to your request within a few days.

Contact Twitter Support

If none of these techniques works out, you can also reach out to Twitter Support via Twitter itself or send a mail to them.

If you live in the United States or any other country outside of the European Union, EFTA States, or the United Kingdom, Twitter, Inc. is the data controller responsible for your personal data, with an address of:

Twitter, Inc.
Attn: Privacy Policy Inquiry
1355 Market Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94103

If you live in the European Union, EFTA States, or the United Kingdom, Twitter International Company is the data controller, with an address of:

Twitter International Company
Attn: Data Protection Officer
One Cumberland Place, Fenian Street
Dublin 2, D02 AX07 IRELAND

You can confidentially contact Twitter’s Data Protection Officer here. If you wish to raise a concern about Twitter’s use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local supervisory authority or Twitter International Company’s lead supervisory authority, the Irish Data Protection Commission. You can find their contact details here.