How to download your Twitter data

Direct Mentions (DMs), Twitter mentions and much more can be useful when you're trying to gather evidence of what someone has been saying to you.

It's important to know that your Twitter data won't always be around and you should get in the habit of downloading it every thirty days if you experience a lot of unwanted messages. 

Abusive messaging on Twitter has become so prevalent that it is affecting people's mental health. By keeping records of this contact you have background evidence should the unwanted activity escalate to something more that could have a significant impact on you and those around you.

Here's how to capture your Twitter data to keep for evidence;

  • Go to your Account settings by clicking on the more icon in the navigation bar, and selecting Settings and privacy from the menu.

  • Under the Account section, click Your Twitter data.

  • Enter your password under Download your Twitter data, then click Confirm.

  • Click the Request data button. If your Twitter account is connected to Periscope, you’ll have the option to Request data from Periscope as well.

  • When your download is ready you will receive a notification email.

  • From your settings, you can click the Download data button under the Download data section.

  • Once you receive the email, click the Download button while logged in to your Twitter account and download a .zip file of your Twitter archive.

Important: You can only download your data every thirty days so be aware of this if you need to update your data.

You will need to unzip the file to access the data. It's better to do this and upload your files separately, only choosing the ones you need to save instead of all information.