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How To Get Twitter Username From Inactive Account

By Pranab Sen

✎ Key Takes:

» You can check for an inactive Twitter username by examining the account’s activity, such as the absence of recent posts and tweets, indicating inactivity.
» Just use Twitter’s Help Centre to report the issue if you identify an inactive account with your desired username, claiming misuse or impersonation.

How To Get Twitter Username From Inactive Account:

You can try the following methods below to get the Twitter username:

1. Requesting the Username

You can use this method to try and request the desired username from Twitter.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

You can now try the following steps below:

Step 1: First of all, navigate to the Twitter website.

Step 2: Then, just search for the inactive account with the desired username.

Step 3: After that, check if there is an option to contact Twitter support or submit a username request form.

Step 4: Finally, provide the necessary information and reasons why you would like to obtain the username. Twitter will review your request and notify you if it’s approved.

2. Contacting the Account Owner

You should use this method if you can identify the owner of the inactive Twitter account and are willing to negotiate for the username.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Just try the steps below:

Step 1: First of all, try reaching out to the account owner through any available means, such as direct messaging or email.

Step 2: Then, politely explain your interest in acquiring the username and propose a potential arrangement or incentive.

Step 3: Next, engage in a discussion with the account owner to determine if they are willing to transfer the username to you.

Step 4: Now, if an agreement is reached, complete the username transfer process.

How To Get A Twitter Handle That Is Inactive:

You can claim an inactive Twitter username by following the methods jotted down below in precise detail:

1. Lookup handle & Contact Twitter

Reporting the issue to the Twitter community can help you get an inactive username back. If you own any brand’s username you can report it to Twitter and get it back.

If you’re the owner of any brand username that is used by another user and you need to have it back, you can contact the Twitter Help Center community to report the whole issue to them.

The steps below will guide you to report the issue to Twitter to claim your brand username:

Step 1: You need to visit the Help Center website of Twitter to report the matter to Twitter.

Step 2: You have to log into your Twitter account using the correct information and then fill up the form.

Step 3: Next, you need to select the option An account is impersonating me or somebody else to fill in the first question.

 An account is impersonating me or somebody else

Step 4: In the Please tell us more column, choose the option I am being impersonated.

Step 4 In the Please tell us more column, choose the option I am being impersonated.

Step 5: You’ll be taken to a new form where you need to enter all the required details the form is asking for. Then, put a short description of the whole issue.

Step 6: To confirm your identity, upload a valid government-issued ID photo and then click on Submit.

Submit button

By twenty-four hours, Twitter will get back to you via mail. 

2. Request Deletion of Inactive Twitter

You can request the deletion of an inactive Twitter account to use its username. If you want to use your old account’s username, but can’t because it’s already taken by your old account, you need to request Twitter to delete your former account so that you can use that username on your new or second account.

Even if you want a username that is taken by an inactive Twitter account, you can request the deletion of that account so that the username can be used by you.

As Twitter has this policy where no username can be used by more than one user at a time, you won’t be able to use any username that’s taken or being used by any other account. But if you find that a desirable username is being taken by an inactive Twitter account, you have to report it to Twitter so that they can delete the account and let you use the username for your account.

Even if your brand’s username is occupied by your first account which you no longer use, you can claim it back by requesting Twitter to delete your first or inactive account. Therefore you can use the username on your new account after it becomes available.

3. Connect to the User

You can reach the user who’s the owner of the inactive Twitter account and request him or her to change the username to something else. You can use the contact details of the inactive account to communicate with the owner of the inactive account who holds the username.

You need to explain the whole thing in detail politely and appealingly so that you can convince him or her to change the username of the account so that it can become available to be used by you on your account.

tweet connect

You can claim an inactive Twitter username without involving the Twitter community in the matter. To do that, you need to directly contact the owner of that inactive account using the contact details that you can get by stalking the inactive account.

You can email the owner, requesting to change the username of the inactive account so that it can be used for your brand. You’ve to convince the owner to change the username to make it available for you to use.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How To Report Inactive Twitter Accounts?

If you think there are fake accounts with your name then you can report the person as a reason for impersonation. Reporting the issue can get deleted his account by Instagram.

2. Does Twitter delete deactivated accounts?

You can delete the account by requesting it from the settings. However, it takes 30 days to get it fully deleted, and don’t open the account during those 30 days.

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