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How to Stop Twitter Text Messages

Twitter text messages are an important part of the Twitter experience, but not all of us have unlimited text messages with our cell phone. So, you ask, “How can I stop twitter text messages from coming to my phone?

Twitter has a series of Twitter text commands that you can text message to Twitter by sending them to the number 40404 (this is the same number you will send a text message to if you simply want to post an update to your Twitter account; if you haven’t used Twitter before and send a text message to 40404, it will ask you to suggest a Twitter name for your account). Many of these text commands will allow you to stop Twitter text messages from coming to your phone. They include:

You can send either of these terms to Twitter by text message if you like but let me warn you that this is a drastic measure. The one time I used this (and I forget which word I chose) it completely unpaired my device from my Twitter account. When I tried to send an update by text message after using these commands it kept thinking I was a new Twitter user. I had to go to the Twitter website and reconnect my phone with my Twitter account.
Although it seems simple enough, if you send a text message with “OFF” to Twitter you will stop receiving text message updates from people you have decided to receive device updates from. Unless you send “OFF” to Twitter again, however, you will continue to receive direct messages by text message.
OFF username
This text message will stop updates from someone you had previously told Twitter you wanted to get updates. This does not apply to direct messages or any other Twitter account you might follow through text messages.
LEAVE username
According to Twitter’s own documentation, this does the same thing as OFF username. You might think this means you are no longer following them in your Twitter account but really this just tells Twitter you no longer want text message updates from that particular user.

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28 comments about How to Stop Twitter Text Messages

  • Perfect, David…your article provided EXACTLY the information I needed. My phone has stopped buzzing with messages from Bangkok, Thailand that I have no idea why I was receiving. Thanks SO much.

  • Thanks,man, for the info. I just got a new iPhone & somehow was getting tweets although I don’t have an account or follow anyone. Sending an OFF text back to 40440 killed it! Now when I get a notification, it’s from someone I setup. Have a great one!

    • Sharon- please follow the directions in this blog post to stop the messages. Twitter is sending them to you, not me. Also- as a rule, please don’t publicly post your phone number on any website, especially your cell phone number.

  • I randomly started reciebing text from twitter40404. I don’t even have twitter, where did they get my number and how do I stop it?

    • The directions on how to stop it are mentioned above.

      Why you are getting them? I don’t know but sometimes people with new phone numbers are getting messages because the person who previously had that phone number had a Twitter account- and Twitter would have no way of knowing the phone number has changed hands.

  • I have had the same phone and phone number for years, all a sudden I’m getting texts from twitter. Could someone have used my number to sign up? Is twitter just spamming me? Not really sure what to do?

    • Sounds to me like someone mis-typed your phone number while attempting to sign up for Twitter. I think this should still work for you.

  • My son has been annoyed by random tweets for 6 months since getting his phone. No one could figure it out. I said, leave it to momma! Thank you so much for such an incredibly simple fix.

  • Will doing this prevent me from seeing app notifications? I am currently receiving texts and notifications of the same tweets, and I would like to stop the texts only.

  • QUIT and STOP gave me the same message:

    OK, you are signed out & will not receive messages from Twitter.
    Reply w/ START to start again. Std msg/data rates apply.

  • I got a new phone and as soon as i turned it on i started getting bombed by test mssgs from 40404. I do not use twitter, do not have an account. it must be tied to someone else’s account. Also, I can’t test to a short code on my phone. How else can I get this to stop?? Thanks.

  • Thank you VERY MUCH for this information. It appears that it worked, though I’ll keep an eye on it. Nothing like having messages from twitter coming to your child’s phone that make mention of “crack” and several other things you don’t want your children to hear about randomly. No doubt this was directed to the previous owner of his phone number and I didn’t feel like having it changed AGAIN. Thanks again!

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