Before switching your Twitter account from the public, you should know the following.
- Your tweets will be viewed by those on your followers’ list only.
- You will have to approve the followers’ requests manually.
- All your tweets will only appear on twitter searches made by those on your following list but not in google searches.
- Other Twitter users will not be able to retweet you. Similarly, your retweets will only be visible to your approved members only.
- All your previous public tweets will become private and only visible to your approved followers.
- Your permanent links will only be shared with your approved followers.
Still, want to make your profile private? Well, let’s get rolling.
Using PC or Mac Computer
Launch your computer browser and head to twitter.com.
When the login page opens, enter your username and password to get to your account’s homepage if not automatically logged in.
On your account page, navigate to the account menu located on the left pane. After that, click on the ‘… More‘ icon found at the bottom of the screen. Doing so opens a new menu on the right.
Next, click on the “Settings and Privacy” option. It’s found below the “Analytics”. By clicking on the option, a new window will open with two columns.
Next, proceed to the “Privacy and safety” option. It’s the third option under your username. Under the Privacy and safety section, check the box on the right side of the “Protect my Tweets”. This option is the first under the “Tweets” subheading.
From now henceforth, all your tweets will no longer be public. As such, they’ll only be viewed by your approved followers. If you’d wish to make your profile public again, proceed to the next step. To unprotect your profile, follow the steps above and when you get to the checked box for “Protect my Tweets”, click on the box to uncheck it.
How to Screen Followers in a Private Profile
Navigate to your Twitter account homepage.
Next, check for your new followers’ request. In case you have followers’ requests, you will see the request on a large button located in the left sidebar. Also, you’ll receive an email notification alerting you of your new followers’ requests.
To review your followers’ requests, click on the button for new followers, and Approve or Decline the request by clicking on the appropriate buttons. Interestingly, the users you decline their requests will not be notified, while those whom you accept will be able to view your tweets.
On Android and iPhone
Open your twitter application on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone. To do that, find your Twitter app icon on the home screen and tap on it.
Your Twitter app will open in your account homepage if you’re already logged in. If not yet logged in, use your username and the correct password to log in to your account.
Next, swipe right to find your profile settings menu. Alternatively, you can tap on your profile photo to open the profile settings.
Then scroll down and tap on the “Settings and Privacy” found near the bottom of the list.
With that done, locate the “Privacy and Safety” option located below the account settings and tap on it.
Under the “Privacy and Safety” section, find the “Protect your Tweets” option under the “Tweets” subheading. Unlike in Twitter.com, the changes will save automatically, and you don’t need to “save” your changes.
Toggle the switch on by flipping it to the right. By doing that, the switch will turn green to confirm that your profile is now private, and your tweets are protected against unauthorized Twitter users.
Note: If you’d wish to turn your profile to the public, the process is the same. Just go follow the above steps and then toggle the “Protect your Tweets” button to the left. When you do so, the button will grey out, indicating that your profile is public. By doing that, your tweets would be discoverable on Twitter searches as well as in Google. Also, Interested Twitter users will be able to follow you and retweet at you. Also, you’ll be able to reply using @ on other users’ tweets.