Download Your Tweets Before Signing Out of Twitter

Planning to leave Twitter? It’s not a bad idea. But before you start deleting your Twitter account, do yourself a favor and download your tweets for yourself. Thankfully, Twitter makes this pretty easy. Instead of a text file, you’ll get a zip file that can open an interactive archive of all your Twitter data. You will be able to view and search all your tweets, likes, interactions and more.

How to download data from the Twitter archive

To get started, sign in to your Twitter account on the web and click ” More ” in the sidebar. Go to Settings & Support > Settings & Privacy . On the Settings page, select Your Account > Upload Your Data Archive . Enter your password and verify your identity with a code sent via email or text message. This will take you to the Download Archive of Your Data page. Click ” Request Archive ” and Twitter will start collecting all your data and create this interactive archive for you. According to Twitter, this process can take up to 24 hours.

When the package is ready, you will receive an email or in-app notification. Then go to ” Settings & Privacy ” > ” Your Account ” > “Download Your Data Archive” to download the zip file.

After downloading the zip, extract it on your Mac or PC. In the folder, open the file called Your archive.html. This file will open in your default browser and you can view all of your tweets, likes and direct messages using the sidebar on the left. Although the archive will open in your browser, all data will be stored locally on your computer. Consider uploading it to Google Drive or iCloud, after which you can deactivate your Twitter account .

[ Ars Technique ]

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