How to Claim Inactive Twitter Username Account

This username is already taken! We all have experienced this issue while creating a new account on Twitter. It happens a lot – you try your desired username only to end up getting an error that says “username not available”. Earlier, it was easy for people to get any username they wanted because of fewer accounts. But, as the popularity of Twitter has skyrocketed, it is almost impossible to get a username in the first attempt (unless it is a weird combination of letters and digits).

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The worst part is that some of these usernames are acquired by people who are no longer active on Twitter. There is no activity reported from these accounts for the past 6 months.

That doesn’t mean Twitter will suspend their accounts or make their usernames available for you. Even if the account has been inactive for a really long time, you can’t use their usernames.

Of course, you could make a few changes to your username so that it looks unique. You will find tons of fonts that can make your username stand out in the crowd.

But what if you want the same username? Well, guess what? It’s possible to get the username of an inactive account.

You can always try to claim a Twitter account username. There are several ways to claim inactive usernames but keep in mind there is no official way to do that.

In this post, you will learn how to claim a Twitter username that’s already been taken.

How to Claim Inactive Twitter Username

1. Report It To Twitter

  • Go to https://support.twitter.com/forms/impersonation and login to your account.
  • What issue are you having?: Select “An account is impersonating me or somebody else”.
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  • Please tell us more: Select “I am being impersonated”.
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  • After selecting above options, it will open a new from.
  • Next enter required informations such as Email Address, Username of the account you are reporting and explain why you think the twitter username should be released.
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  • Next, upload a copy of your valid government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport. Your ID is used only to confirm your identity. Tap on the submit button.
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  • That’s it, within 24 hours, you will receive an update on your request from Twitter support.

2. Purchase Username

If you can get hold of the Twitter name without actually involving Twitter, it is the easiest way out. You can contact the Twitter account owner. However, it could be hard to get a response as the account would be inactive.

Try to find the person and request a username transfer in exchange for a sum that suits your pocket. But remember that squatting on a username to keep someone else from registering it violates Twitter rules. Therefore, you must read and understand Twitter’s guidelines and policies before you make this move.

3. Choose a Similar Name

So, it may sound like a no-brainer as you may have already considered it. But, it is worth mentioning. If you have tried all the above methods and nothing has worked for you, your last resort is to choose a similar username.

You can add an underscore or a simple dot to make your name as close to the target’s username as possible. It will save you the hassle of filing impersonation and other issues. You could also use this to your advantage by adding your business name after your username. It is a perfect way to represent your brand.

4. Wait for a Twitter Purge

If the account has been inactive for a long time, there is a chance that Twitter might remove it from the platform automatically without you having to do any heavy lifting.

So, keep checking their account to see if it has been removed. Until then, you can use a slightly changed username. However, this method doesn’t guarantee anything. There is also a chance the account will remain inactive on Twitter for years.

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5. Assess the Possibility

Keep in mind that getting an active account is way more complicated than claiming an inactive one. Here are a few things that can help increase your chances of getting the desired username:

  • It was created years ago.
  • It has no profile photo.
  • Has no followers or only a few followers
  • Has no tweets, or the tweets are very old
  • You own exactly the same TLD domain (.co or .com)

You own exactly the same usernames on other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, etc.

If the inactive account you wish to claim ticks on these checklists, you have a high probability of claiming it.

6. Work on Preparing Your Account

You need to have some preparation to brush up on your existing account. Consider using your real name, complete your bio, upload profile as well as background pictures, add your website, all other required information, and ensure that you are active on the platform.

This will clearly showcase that you will actively use the handle you are claiming instead of abandoning it.

There is a possibility that you could get that inactive username in a couple of days. But it is also possible that it could take a couple of years. Initially, you will receive an auto-reply. It could take a while until you receive the glorious email! Therefore, be persistent and keep submitting those reports!

Final Words:

The first prerequisite for you before you claim an inactive account is to read on Twitter’s policy. That will give you an idea of what is planned for the future and what options do you have now.

The success ratio of claiming inactive Twitter accounts is getting lower each year. You can always access the Inactive Account Policy on the official website.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.