How to Send a DM Through a Text


Twitter's support for SMS lets you send a direct message from almost anywhere using the text-messaging feature on your phone. A direct message, or DM in Twitter-speak, is a private Tweet that goes to a single follower. Your mobile phone must be connected to your Twitter account before use can use the SMS feature. If the phone's not already connected, you can register it with just a few texts to Twitter.

Add Phone to Twitter Account

  • Text the word "START" to the number 40404. This number is the Twitter code you will use to send all future SMS texts to Twitter in the United States, including those in the next steps.

  • Text "YES" after Twitter sends you a reply asking if you really want to activate the phone.

  • Text your Twitter username. Don't send your login email address -- send the name you use to identify yourself in Tweets.

  • Text your Twitter account password. The password is case sensitive, so enter it exactly. Once Twitter receives your password, your mobile phone is added to your Twitter account and you can begin sending Tweets and direct messages from your mobile phone.

Send Your DM via SMS

  • Access your mobile phone's text-messaging feature.

  • Enter your direct message using the format "d name message" without the quotes.

  • Replace "name" in the above instruction with the Twitter name of a follower, and replace "Message" with your private message. The message can be as long as you want when sent by text, but if your mobile provider limits SMS messages to 160 characters (including the "d" and the name), anything over that limit will be sent as a separate text. Twitter will interpret the second text as a regular Tweet and forward it to all your followers.

  • Send the SMS message to 40404. Your text goes directly to the other person.

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