How to set up a Twitter account

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Updated: 03/06/2020 by Computer Hope

The following steps walk you through how to set up a Twitter account on a browser, smartphone, or tablet.

How to set up a Twitter account in a browser

  1. Go to the Twitter website.
  2. Click the Sign up button.
  3. Enter your name (your real name, an alias, or organization name), date of birth, and phone number. To use an e-mail address instead of a phone number, click Use e-mail instead and enter your e-mail address. Click Next.
  4. Review the “Track where you see Twitter content across the web” details, and check or uncheck the box, depending on whether you agree to the terms. Click Next.
  5. Verify the information you previously entered is correct. If correct, click Sign up.
  6. Depending on whether you previously entered your phone number or e-mail address, Twitter sends a verification code to your phone or e-mail. If you chose e-mail, open a new tab in the browser, and access your e-mail account. Enter the code from your e-mail on the Twitter code verification screen, then click Next.
  7. Enter a password. Click the eye logo at the far right of the box, so you can see what you are typing. Twitter will not ask you to re-enter your password to verify it. Click Next.

The next steps are optional.

  1. If you have a picture you’d like to use for Twitter, you may upload it in this step. Or, you can skip this step for now.
  2. Upload your contacts. Skip this step for now, unless you want to go through your contacts to find out who is on Twitter. You can do this later.
  3. Choose your interests, including sports, music, entertainment, etc. You can skip this step and come back to it later.
  4. Follow people. You can skip this step and come back to it later.

How to set up a Twitter account on a smartphone or tablet

  1. Download and install the Twitter app from the app store.
  2. Open Twitter.
  3. Tap Get Started.
  4. Enter your name (your real name, a screen name, or organization name), date of birth, and phone number. To use an e-mail address instead of a phone number, click Use e-mail instead and enter your e-mail address. Tap Next.
  5. Read the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. If you agree to the terms of these documents, tap on Sign up.
  6. Depending on whether you previously entered your phone number or e-mail address, Twitter sends you a verification code to your phone or e-mail. If you chose e-mail, access your e-mail app to get the access code Twitter sent you. Enter the code you received from your phone or e-mail on the Twitter code verification screen. Tap Next.
  7. Enter a password. Tap the eye logo at the far right of the box, so you can see what you are typing. Twitter will not ask you to re-enter your password to verify it. Tap Next.

The next steps are optional.

  1. Sync your contacts. This information is retrieved from your address book. You can skip this step and come back to it later.
  2. Choose your interests, including sports, music, entertainment, etc. You can skip this step and come back to it later.
  3. Follow people. You can skip this step and come back to it later.
  4. The final step asks you whether you want to allow Twitter to collect, store, and use your device’s location and GPS information. You can click OK, or NOT NOW. You can change this selection later if you change your mind.
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