Forgot your X/Twitter password? Here’s a short guide to X/Twitter password reset

Lukas Grigas
Cybersecurity Content Writer
How to reset your X/Twitter password

After a long stint away from social media, it’s time to sit down and plug yourself back into the grid. You log into Facebook, nothing interesting there. Instagram – same stuff, different day. How about X/Twitter? What social faux pas has your favorite political figure committed today? You enter your username, a familiar password, and wait for your feed to pop up. Instead, you’re greeted by this message: “The password you entered did not match our records.”

In today's fast-paced digital landscape, it's not uncommon to forget a password or two. It happens to the best of us. But forgetting your X/Twitter password or getting it compromised can be particularly frustrating and disconcerting, especially given the platform’s history of data breaches.

So, whether you’ve forgotten your password or your login details are compromised, or maybe you want to keep on top of your security – this guide is here to get you through changing or resetting your X/Twitter password as painlessly as possible.

How to change your X/Twitter password

Luckily, if you already know your password and merely want to change it to keep up with your account security, changing your password is an easy and swift process.

  1. Log into X/Twitter.

  2. Click “More” at the bottom of the dashboard on the left.

  3. Now select “Settings and privacy.”

  4. Click “Your account” and select “Change your password.”

  5. Type your “Current password.”

  6. Now enter your new passwords twice and click “Save” to confirm the change

When creating a new password, you should be aware of the X/Twitter password requirements, which are designed to help you create a complex and unique password. The X/Twitter password requirements ask for a password to be at least 10 characters long with a mix of lower- and upper-case letters, numbers, as well as symbols. Additionally, users are asked not to use common dictionary words or phrases, which are predictable and easy to compromise.

How to reset your X/Twitter password

Resetting your X/Twitter password is a simple process, whether you're using the desktop site or the mobile app on iOS or Android devices. However, you should be aware that the following instructions can only work if you’ve supplied an extra level of authentication when setting up the X/Twitter account. Here are a few different ways that you can reset your X/Twitter password:

Reset your X/Twitter password via email

To reset your X/Twitter password via email, you need to:

  1. Go to the X/Twitter login page or open the app on your mobile device.

  2. Click the “Forgot password?” link.

  3. Enter your email address, and click “Search.”

  4. Select “Send email” to receive a password reset link in your inbox.

  5. Check your email and click on the link provided in the password reset email from X/Twitter.

  6. Enter a new password, confirm it, and click “Submit” to complete the process.

Reset your X/Twitter password via SMS text message

To reset your X/Twitter password via SMS text message, you need to:

  1. Ensure that your phone number is linked to your X/Twitter account.

  2. Go to the X/Twitter login page or open the app on your mobile device.

  3. Click the “Forgot password?” link.

  4. Enter the phone number, associated with your X/Twitter account, and click “Search.”

  5. Select “Send SMS” to receive a password reset code via text message.

  6. Enter the code received in the SMS text message and click “Submit.”

  7. Enter a new password, confirm it, and click “Submit” to complete the process.

How to reset X/Twitter password without email or phone number

If you don't have access to your email or phone number, follow these steps:

  1. Go to X/Twitter's Help Center.

  2. Select “I need help resetting my password.”

  3. Complete the form with the required information. Provide all additional information about your account.

  4. X/Twitter support will review your request and may contact you for further information before resetting your password.

How to make your account more secure

Securing your X/Twitter account is crucial to protect your personal information and avoid unauthorized access. The following tips are designed to help you fortify the security of your X/Twitter account.

1. Enable password reset protection.

Enable the password reset protection feature on your X/Twitter account and add an extra layer of security when resetting your password. To enable this functionality, you need to:

  • Click on your profile icon and select “Settings and privacy.”

  • Choose “Account” and then click on “Security settings.”

  • Toggle on the “Password reset protection” option.

  • Save the changes.

With this feature enabled, you'll be required to provide additional information when attempting a password reset, making it more difficult for hackers to gain access to your account.

2. Set up two-factor authentication (2FA).

Two-factor authentication is a powerful security measure that requires you to provide a second form of identification when logging in, such as a code sent to your mobile device. This makes it much harder for someone to access your account, even if they know your password. To set up 2FA on X/Twitter:

  • Click on your profile icon and select “Settings and privacy.”

  • Choose “Account” and then click on “Security settings.”

  • Click “Two-factor authentication” and choose your preferred method (text message, authentication app, or security key).

  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

By implementing 2FA, you'll enjoy greater peace of mind knowing your account has an additional layer of protection.

3. Watch out for fake emails and phishing attempts.

Cybercriminals often use phishing emails to trick unsuspecting users into providing sensitive information. These emails often look like they're from X/Twitter. The sophistication of social engineering scams in recent years has skyrocketed. To avoid falling for such scams:

  • Verify the sender's email address before opening any email that claims to be from X/Twitter.

  • Keep an eye out for inconsistencies in the email's design, grammar, or links.

  • Never click on suspicious links or download attachments from unknown sources.

  • Never provide sensitive information via email, even if the message appears to be legitimate.

4. Switch to passkeys.

If you're really serious about securing your X/Twitter account, it's time to rethink your reliance on passwords. Instead, consider a safer alternative: passkeys. They represent a novel authentication approach that allows users to securely access their accounts and devices through passwordless methods such as biometrics, leveraging unique characteristics of individuals, including fingerprints, voice patterns, or even iris scans. In January 2024, X introduced passkey support for iOS devices, providing users with a more secure login option. So, if you own an iPhone or iPad, switch to passkeys and boost your online security today.

By following these tips and remaining vigilant, you'll significantly improve the security of your X/Twitter account and enjoy a safer online experience.

Fortify your passwords using NordPass

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NordPass uses the XChaCha20 encryption technology to deliver unmatched security for your passwords. This advanced encryption ensures that your passwords and other sensitive information remain secure at all times.

In addition to helping you secure and use passwords more effectively, NordPass also lets you bid farewell to passwords altogether for even greater security and convenience. This is made possible thanks to NordPass's support for passkeys. With them, you can quickly and safely log in to your online accounts without passwords. Instead, you can use, for example, a fingerprint scanner or other biometric tools to get instant access.

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These days, a password manager is an essential tool for anyone who wishes to remain secure online. Secure your digital life by making NordPass an integral security tool in your toolbox. Try it now, and discover how smooth and secure life online can be with NordPass.

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