How to download Twitter data (archive) in 2024

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As Mark Zuckerberg launches Threads, a Twitter-like app. People are rushing to download their Twitter data archive. While it is early to say if Threads will survive to experience the greatness its founder claims to achieve, we’ve compiled this guide so that you can download and save your Twitter account data before deactivating or deleting it permanently.

Most people think Elon Musk, who’s the most followed person on Twitter, will take Twitter down, but only time will tell. However, if you’re still thinking of saying goodbye to Twitter, you might want to save and download the Twitter data archive which includes your Tweets from Twitter and other information stored with your account.

To keep a copy of your Tweets before the social media giant goes down, here’s how to download the Twitter archive and save your Twitter data.

Save a copy of your tweets by downloading the Twitter archive:

Follow these simple steps to download the Twitter data archive, a backup of your Tweets and media posted over the years.

  1. Click More > Settings and Support > Settings and privacy

    Twitter account settings to download Twitter archive

    Find Settings under More > Settings and Support and navigate to another Settings > Settings and privacy

  2. Navigate to Your Account > Download an archive of your data

    Navigate to ‘Your Account’ and click ‘Download an archive of your data.’

  3. Verify your password and select the verification method

    Enter your password to verify if it’s you. It’s a check by Twitter to make sure that it’s you, requesting to download Twitter archives. Choose a verification method of email or phone to verify before proceeding to download Twitter archive data.

  4. Enter the code received from Twitter on your email or phone number

    Verify and proceed after entering the verification code from your given email or phone number.

  5. Find and click the ‘Request Archive’ button

    Under ‘Twitter data,’ find and click the ‘Request Archive’ button to request your Twitter archive.

  6. Wait for 24 hours to download your Tweets / Twitter archive

    After clicking the request archive button, Twitter will show this message, “We received your request. To protect your account, it can take 24 hours or longer for your data to be ready.” Wait for almost 24 hours or longer for your data to be ready for download.

  7. Once your Twitter archive is ready, you’ll receive this email

    Once your Twitter archive is ready, Twitter will notify you to download your archive in a limited time, as mentioned in the email.

  8. Follow the link, mentioned in the email, and open the download Twitter archive page.

    After following the link mentioned in the email you will be directed to download archive page on Twitter.

  9. Finally, download your Twitter archive using the ‘Download archive’ button.

    After requesting and waiting for your Twitter archive, you can finally download Twitter archive. The size depends on the data that you have on Twitter, it includes media, Tweets and DMs.

After almost 24 hours, your Twitter archive will be ready. You can download the Twitter archive consisting of your Tweets along with other data. It includes deeper insights into the information stored on your account. You can request a ZIP file with an archive of your account information, account history, apps and devices, account activity, interests, and Ads data. You’ll get an in-app notification when your data archive is ready to download.

The press believes that the fate of Twitter seems unsure after Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, buys Twitter in a $44 BIllion deal. While Elon Musk is known for his difficult decisions, this is not the first time he’s been labeled as a “failed CEO” for a company. The chaos started after Elon Musk asked Twitter employees to get ready for hardcore work, and in response, most employees resigned. Twitter then announced to shut down its offices for a brief time till further announcement.

Twitter isn’t going anywhere. Elon Musk, who’s the founder and CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, is leading the company after a $44 Billion Twitter deal. There was a time when he was criticized for drowning SpaceX and Tesla. Inc. Many didn’t even appreciate his idea and efforts, among them were some American heroes and one of them was Neil Armstrong. He even got emotional in an interview to 60 minutes, in response to a question about American heroes not siding with him. However, he proved them wrong with the success of both companies. And today, he’s the richest person in the world.

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Update July 2023: Added additional information.

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