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How to turn Twitter's new timeline on or off on your iOS device

How to turn Twitter's new timeline on or off on your iOS device

February 15, 2016

The official Twitter app for iOS added a controversial new timeline recently. And being a creature of habit, I hate it. Fortunately, it’s possible to remove this from the iOS app quickly and easily. Here’s how you can do it.

On your iPhone or iPad

So, your first step to remove the new timeline on your iPhone or iPad is to launch the Twitter iOS app, and tap the “Me” profile tab (which appears in the bottom-right corner of the screen). Then choose the cog wheel, which opens the Twitter app’s settings interface on iOS.

Next, you’ll need to choose the account you’d like to configure. If you only have one account, then simply tap your usual Twitter handle (which, for me, is @joecwhite). You’ll then be taken to a dedicated interface which allows you to enable and disable options for that particular account.

Disabling Twitter's new timeline on iOS.

Disabling Twitter’s new timeline on iOS.

The button to hit next is “Timeline personalization.” Then the┬ásingle button, “Show me the best Tweets first,” allows users to switch the new timeline on or off. It’s as simple as that. As Twitter explains at this interface:

Tweets you are likely to care most about will show up first in your timeline.

You can of course choose whether this is something you’d like to enable or disable by toggling the button.

On desktop

Here, the process is similar. But instead you’ll need to navigate to “Settings,” then to “Account,” and to “Content.” The feature can then be disabled from under a further “Timeline” sub-menu.

There you have it

That’s all there is to it. You can download Twitter free of charge on the App Store, and it’s optimized for the iPhone/iPod touch, iPad, and Apple Watch. Using this trick, the new timeline is either something you can embrace or avoid like the plague.

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