During the beginning of the second quarter of this year, Twitter made an official announcement that they have introduced a new feature that makes it easier for everyone to send a direct message to any Twitter user and vice versa, regardless of their privacy settings.
Prior to this change, if you want to send a direct message to any user on Twitter, that user must need to follow you first in order to have a private conversation on Twitter. But this requirement was eliminated after the introduction of a new direct messaging feature.
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For some Twitter users like big businesses and celebrities, opting for this feature to disable Twitter direct messaging might be helpful for their reputation because it will increase interaction without following them back.
However, on the other hand, for the other users who are not willing to receive any direct messages from random users or have a private profile would find this feature annoying as enabling it will attract many spam messages.
So in case you are receiving unwanted direct messages on Twitter from random users then follow the guide below to disable direct messaging on Twitter.
How To Disable Twitter Direct Messaging
There are three different methods that you can follow to disable Twitter direct messaging on your account, the detailed step by step guide for those methods are outlined below.
- Method #01 — Using Web Interface
- Method #02 — Using Twitter for iOS
- Method #03 — Using Twitter for Android
The first method is by using a Twitter web interface through a web browser on your computer.
Step #01 – Open Twitter website on the web browser.
Step #02 – Log-in to your account.
Step #03 – Click on your profile icon on the upper-right corner to open a drop-down menu.
Step #04 – Click on “Settings”.
Step #05 – From the Settings menu, click on the “Security and Privacy” to change your account’s security and privacy settings.
Step #06 – Under the section named “Privacy” you will find a check box that says “Direct Messages: Receive Direct Messages from anyone”.
Step #07 – Uncheck this check box and then click on “Save changes” button to save the changes.
IMPORTANT: Due to security reasons, Twitter will prompt you to re-enter your Twitter password to save the changes to your account. So re-enter your password and then click on “Save changes” button to successfully disable direct messaging on your Twitter account.
The second method to disable direct messaging on your Twitter account is through Twitter for iOS app.
Step #01 – On your iOS device’s Home Screen, find an app named “Twitter” and then tap on it to launch the app.
Step #02 – Tap on the “Me” tab.
Step #03 – Tap on the gear icon, a new menu will pop up.
Step #04 – Tap on “Settings”.
Step #05 – Tap on the @your_username account to select the account you want to modify.
Step #06 – Here you will find “Privacy”, tap on it.
Step #07 – Tap on “Receive messages from anyone” to uncheck the box and disable the direct messaging.
Now direct messaging has been successfully disabled on your Twitter account.
The third method to disable direct messaging on your Twitter account is through Twitter for Android app.
Step #01 – On your Android device’s App Drawer (also known as the “App Tray”), find an app named “Twitter” and then tap on it to launch the app.
Step #02 – In the upper-right corner you will find an overflow icon, tap on it.
Step #03 – A new menu will pop up, tap on “Settings”.
Step #04 – Tap on the @your_username account to select the account you want to modify.
Step #05 – Here you will find “Privacy” options, tap on it.
Step #06 – Tap on “Receive messages from anyone” to uncheck the box and disable the direct messaging.
Now you have successfully disable Twitter direct messaging on your Twitter account.
I believe that it’s a good step forward by Twitter to help people connect on twitter too, but some times it can annoy you when you are so famous and everyone wants to connect and direct message you.
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