How to download all your tweets from Twitter
It’s always good to own your own data.
UPDATE 11/18/2022 9:54 AM ET: Some users are experiencing issues with Twitter’s Download Archive feature. Social media consultant, Matt Navarra, says after numerous requests to download his tweets and data, nothing comes through. Other users are reporting the same issues, while others claim they were able to download theirs.
If you are worried about the future of Twitter now that Elon Musk is in control, you might want to know how to download your old tweets.
With Musk having big plans for the social site, some users are abandoning ship. If you are one of those people, downloading your tweet archive will let your preserve all of your bad takes and unfunny jokes.
Even if you’re not worried about the change in ownership, it’s always good to have an archive of your data. It’s your data, after all.
We’ll walk you through how to get that sweet archive of your bad takes, jokes, and other memorable tweets.
Why you should download your old tweets
As we touched on above, downloading an archive of your tweets is a way to preserve memories. While many of us only tweet silly things, others use it for work and projects.
Downloading your Twitter archive lets you preserve all the old pictures you uploaded on the site, as well.
On top of that, Twitter will also include a selection of other data “they believe is most relevant and useful to you,” including:
“[Y]our profile information, your Tweets, your Direct Messages, your Moments, your media (images, videos, and GIFs you’ve attached to Tweets, Direct Messages, or Moments), a list of your followers, a list of accounts that you are following, your address book, Lists that you’ve created, are a member of or follow, interest and demographic information that we have inferred about you, information about ads that you’ve seen or engaged with on Twitter, and more.“
Ultimately, your Twitter archive is a collection of your data and memories, which can be nice to preserve.
How to download your Twitter archive from desktop
Downloading your Twitter archive requires hopping into your settings. We’ll walk you through how to do it from a desktop browser.
On the left side of your screen, click the More option
Click Settings and Support, then Settings and Privacy
Under Your account, find the prompt to Download an archive of your data
You’ll need to enter your password at this step
Following your password, Twitter will send a confirmation to your email address or phone number
Enter the verification code
Once confirmed, a new Twitter option will open up, allowing you to Request archive
UPDATE 11/18/2022 9:54 AM ET: Some users are experiencing issues with Twitter’s Download Archive feature. Social media consultant, Matt Navarra, says after numerous requests to download his data, nothing comes through. Other users are reporting the same issues, while others claim they were able to download theirs.
That’s it. Once you’ve requested your archive, Twitter will start compiling all the information. This process could take a few days if you have an older account with thousands of tweets.
Once completed, you’ll get an email sent to the account attached to your Twitter account with a download link.
How to download your Twitter archive from mobile
If you prefer to use your phone, Twitter also now lets you request a copy of your data that way.
- Open up the Twitter app and tap your profile picture, followed by Settings and Support
- Then, tap Settings and Privacy
- From there, select Your Account > Download an archive of your data
- Follow the prompts to reenter your password and confirm the verification code
- That will reload the window. Tap Request archive when available
And there you have it. You’ve now successfully requested a complete copy of your Twitter history.
As mentioned above, you’ll get an email sent to the account attached to your Twitter account with a download link. This process could take a few days if you are a chronic tweeter.
Download your Twitter memories
Ultimately, what you do with your Twitter account is up to you. But having a backup of your tweets, pictures, GIFs, and videos you’ve uploaded is nice.
Thankfully, Twitter makes it straightforward to request a backup of all your old tweets. But don’t forget. The process can take longer if you are a chronic poster. So keep that in mind.
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