One of the questions we get the most from new Twitter users is about changing their handle. You can do that from the Account Section of your Twitter account, but that’s just one option found in this area. If you’re wondering how to change your account settings on Twitter, we’ll show you how to change key information tied to your Twitter account.
How to Access Your Account Settings on Twitter
The first step to changing Twitter settings that deal with language or accessibility is to find them. That can be somewhat confusing if you’re new to the platform. On many sites, your “Account Settings” provide access to the features it’s named after, but with Twitter, it’s actually a sub-menu found under the Settings & Support section.
When you need access to this area (or any Twitter settings), you’ll need to log in to the site to locate Settings & Support through the More button on a web browser. From an app, you’ll need to tap your profile button. From here, choose Settings and Privacy and select Account Settings from the next menu.
How to Change Your Account Settings on Twitter
Despite the name, there are only a handful of options found under the Account Settings menu on Twitter. They are all important, however, and deal with key account details including your handle, email address, and password.
Account Information gives users the means to change their phone number, handle, email address, and location. Each of these fields is easy to access although you may have to enter your password to change some of the information. There is also an “Automation” tab that’s useful if you’re using an automated account through the platform.
The web version provides a few more settings and details than the Twitter app. From the web portal, you can see when the account creation date along with your birthdate, gender, and age. There’s also an option to protect your tweets and set up photo tagging. Something you can do through the Privacy & Safety section on the Twitter app.
If you want to change your Twitter password, you’ll need to do that from a different area within account settings. The aptly named “Change your password” section allows you to do that by entering your current password along with a new one. It only takes a few minutes unless you have Twitter password protection turned on.
While those account settings should be of interest to anyone using the platform, the Data Archive won’t be for everyone. It is useful if you want to dig deep into the details tied to your account. As it could contain potentially sensitive data, you will need to confirm your password to access this section. If you want to see that data, you’ll need to request the archive from this section.
This is just for Twitter data, so if you need anything tied to Periscope, you’ll need to request it from their site. On PCs, there is another option for people that use TweetDeck Teams. You can turn this setting on to invite people on the team to tweet from your account. There are also a few tweakable options for followers and team members in this area.
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The last section in your Twitter account settings is one the company hopes you’ll never use. The Deactivate Account section is where users go to deactivate their accounts when they no longer want to use the service. It’s not something you can do by accident, however. You’ll need to confirm your selection and enter your credentials to begin the process.