How to View Old Tweets

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Twitter has a Request Your Archive feature you can use to download a file containing every tweet you ever made. After you download your archive, you can search and browse it to view your old tweets. Twitter also has a fun Discover Your First Tweet website that displays the first tweet of any public user on the social network.

Download your archive through your Account Settings panel.
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Step 1

Log in to your account on the Twitter website. Click your Profile icon in the top corner of any page and select Settings to open your Settings panel.

Your Profile icon is your profile picture.
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Step 2

Scroll down, if necessary, and click the Request Your Archive button.

You may have to scroll down to locate the Request Your Archive button.
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Step 3

Click Close on the pop-up prompt.

Close the prompt that confirms Twitter has received your archive request.
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Step 4

Log in to the email account associated with your Twitter account. Open the message from Twitter entitled Your Twitter Download Is Ready and click the Go Now button.

You may be prompted to log in to your Twitter account after clicking the Go Now button.
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Step 5

Click the Download button to download a ZIP file containing all your tweets.

Download your archive.
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Step 6

Double-click the downloaded ZIP file to extract its contents. Open the provided folder and then click the Index.html file to display a list of all your tweets in your Web browser.

Browse through the archive of your tweets.
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Step 1

Visit Twitter’s Discover Your First Tweet website.

Open the Discover Your First Tweet site.
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Step 2

Click the Username field and enter your name to see your own first tweet, or the name of a Twitter user whose first tweet you want to view.

You can enter the username of any public Twitter account.
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Step 3

Click the Search icon. The first tweet of the selected account displays below the Search field.

Click the Tweet icon below the tweet to share it.
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Tips & Warnings

  • Depending on the size of your Twitter archive, it may take up to 48 hours for Twitter to email you a download link.
  • When you open the Index.html file, you are presented with a menu in the corner of the screen that lets you sort your tweets by date. Click the period you want to view and then scroll through your tweets for that period.
  • Each tweet in your downloaded archive has a link to the live tweet associated with it. If you want to delete individual old tweets, click the associated link in the downloaded archive to open the live tweet on the Twitter website. Click the three-dot Menu icon located beneath the tweet and select Delete Tweet to delete it.

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