- Your Twitter archive includes all your tweets, replies, followers, Lists, and more.
- To download your Twitter archive, head to the Account menu on the website or in the app.
- Once you request a copy of your Twitter archive, it might take a few days before you receive it.
With mass layoffs and chaos following Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter, it might be a good idea to back up your Twitter archive, as no one is quite sure what's next for the social media app.
If you're a Twitter power user, you might have thousands of tweets and likes on your account. That can be a lot to sift through just using the website or app.
You can request a full record and archive of all your Twitter activity — all your tweets, photos, followers, and more — by heading to your Account options page on the website or in the app.
It might take a while to download depending on how active your account is, but you'll be able to download it on any device.
How to request your Twitter archive
1. Head to the Twitter website or open the app and log into your account, if you haven't already.
2. If you're on the website, click the More option in the left sidebar. In the mobile app, tap your profile picture in the top-left corner.
3. Tap on Settings and Support and then select Settings and privacy.
Open the "Settings and privacy" menu. Twitter; Kyle Wilson/Insider
4. Select Your account, and then Download an archive of your data.
Head through the Settings menu to find the page that lets you archive your data. Twitter; William Antonelli/Insider
5. You'll have to re-enter your username and password and a two-factor authentication code. If you don't have two-factor set up, you'll be taken to a different page to enable it first.
6. Select Request archive.
Tap or click the "Request archive" option. Twitter; William Antonelli/Insider
Now you'll have to wait for Twitter to make your archive. When it's done, you'll get a notification on Twitter and an email with a link to it.
Click the highlighted "Download" option. Twitter; Kyle Wilson/Insider
How to download and see your Twitter archive
1. Open the email link and click download, or head back to the data menu using the steps we described above. You'll have to enter your password and a two-factor authentication code again.
2. Click Download archive, and then click it again on the next page. You'll be given a ZIP file to download — it might take a while, depending on your internet connection and how big it is.
Download your Twitter archive. Twitter; William Antonelli/Insider
3. Once you download the ZIP file, unzip it and open it.
There are a lot of different files and folders inside. The most important are:
- The file called Your archive.html is a personalized webpage containing the data that Twitter thinks will be most useful to you. This includes all your original tweets (no retweets or replies), your direct messages, the last year-or-so of Likes, your "Moments" and Lists, and a massive amount of information that advertisers have collected about you. You can open this file in nearly any web browser.
The custom HTML page that comes included with a Twitter archive file. Twitter; William Antonelli/Insider
- Inside of the data folder, you'll find README.txt, a document explaining what every single file in the folder is and what it contains.
- You'll also see a folder called tweet_media, which has every photo and video you've uploaded to Twitter or retweeted.
The highlighted file and folder contain a lot of data. William Antonelli/Insider
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William Antonelli (he/she/they) is a writer, editor, and organizer based in New York City. As a founding member of the Reference team, he helped grow Tech Reference (now part of Insider Reviews) from humble beginnings into a juggernaut that attracts over 20 million visits a month. Outside of Insider, his writing has appeared in publications like Polygon, The Outline, Kotaku, and more. He's also a go-to source for tech analysis on channels like Newsy, Cheddar, and NewsNation. You can find him on Twitter @DubsRewatcher, or reach him by email at email@example.com.
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