How to manage your Twitter contacts on iOS devices

September 13, 2020

Twitter describes the people you already know but aren’t following the like your best connections. So, when you sign up for the service using an email or phone number and choose to sync the contacts, the app automatically finds your friends' accounts and encourages you to follow them. This way, Twitter makes your profile more discoverable to others. If you any apprehensions regarding this behavior, you can control it. Here’s how to manage your Twitter contacts on iOS devices.

Control sharing of your Twitter contacts via Twitter settings

Twitter app setting makes it incredibly easier to upload and manage your contacts. It allows you to control your profile’s discoverability to others via your email address or phone number. All you must do is adjust your discoverability privacy settings to manage your Twitter contacts. Here’s how!

  1. Launch the Twitter app.
  2. Tap the Menu.
  3. Choose Settings and privacy.
  4. Expand the Privacy and safety menu.
  5. Go to Discoverability and contact settings.
  6. Tap Discoverability and contacts.
  7. Manage discoverability i.e., how others can find you or remove all contacts.

When you disable the settings that let others find you by your email address or phone number, Twitter will also not use your address book contacts.


Launch your Twitter for iOS app.

Go to Menu (visible as 3 horizontal bars in the upper-left corner of the app screen).

Settings & Privacy
Settings & Privacy

From the list of options displayed, select Settings and privacy.

Privacy & Safety
Privacy & Safety

Expand the Privacy and safety menu.

Discoverability & Contacts
Discoverability & Contacts

Under Discoverability and contacts heading, select ‘Discoverability and contacts’ option.


Enable or disable the following options,

  • Let others find you by your email.
  • Let others find you by your phone.
Remove all contacts
Remove all contacts

Sync address book contacts, if you wish to or hit Remove all contacts link to remove contacts, you previously uploaded.

If your contact is on Twitter, will your email address or phone number be publicly displayed on Twitter?

Even if you have enabled the setting that lets others find you by your email address or phone number, any information related to it will not be shared publicly on Twitter.


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