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How To Delete Direct Messages in Twitter

How To Delete Direct Messages in Twitter

Are you a hardcore Twitter user? Do you tweet almost every moment of the day? Do you interact with your friends and followers on Twitter? Do you use Twitter Direct Messages? If the answer to the last question is yes, then you might have already wondered why Twitter doesn’t let you delete Direct Messages massively. Unlike any other message inbox such as Gmail, Yahoo or Facebook, you can’t delete all sent or received messages from your Twitter direct message inbox.

It’s interesting that Twitter doesn’t let you do so, and I don’t understand why it’s so, but there are a lot of third-party apps to enhance your Twitter experience. InboxCleaner is another third-party application that neatly cleans up your Twitter Direct Message box.

With InboxCleaner, you can not only delete your entire inbox/outbox, but also delete messages based on words or phrase (spams). You can also remove messages by entering a specific username. The app will then delete all the conversations/messages from and to that user.

How To Delete Twitter DMs

To delete Twitter Direct Messages, you can go to InboxCleaner and click the Sign in with Twitter button. The button works like Facebook Connect. It will lead you to the Twitter page in case you are not logged in. Once logged in, you will be redirected to the Twitter OAth page to authenticate the application to access your Twitter account. Click Allow to complete authentication.

After that, you will be redirected back to InboxCleaner. The application will take a little longer to count the amount of messages you received or sent. After a few moments, you will see how many direct messages your Twitter inbox has.

How To Delete Direct Messages in Twitter

As you can see in the image above, there is a restriction for free users. You cannot remove for than 50 messages per day. You will need to upgrade your account in order to delete more messages at the same time. I don’t recommend the upgrade. You can just take a couple of days to completely remove your twitter DMs or remove the ones based on your own criteria. Let’s take a look how to enter your criteria.

On that page, you will find three buttons. The first one is used to completely cleanup your Twitter Direct Message box. If you want to remove messages from a specific user, click the appropriate button and enter the Twitter username.

How To Delete Direct Messages in TwitterOn the other hand, you can click the button that reads “Delete messages by content” and enter the word or phrase that all the messages you want to be removed contain and then hit delete.

How To Delete Direct Messages in TwitterAfter you click the delete button, InboxCleaner will search for all messages in your inbox and show you the amount. You can then click the confirm deletion button (although it will not delete more than 50 messages per day if you are a free user).


Apart from the limitation, InboxCleaner is a handy and useful application that you can use to keep your Twitter DM inbox clean. This will be especially helpful for those who use Direct Message regularly for private conversation instead of @ reply.

(By) Aminul Islam Sajib is a passionate technology blogger and newspaper journalist. He provided WordPress related services and writes entries on his personal blog. You can follow him on Twitter.

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