How to Open Your DMs on Twitter


By default, Twitter only makes it possible for people you follow to be able to send you direct message requests and add you to group conversations. While this is great as a privacy precaution, there may be people you want to talk to and opportunities you want to pursue that aren’t reaching you. Thankfully, Twitter makes it easy to open your DMs.

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Steps to Open Your DMs on Twitter

  1. Either open a web browser and navigate to, or launch the Twitter app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. The steps are almost identical, so in this example, because it’s easier to see, I’ll use the Twitter website. You’ll land on your Twitter home page.
  2. On the Twitter website you’ll need to click “More” in the menu on the left side of the screen to open a menu, click to expand the “Settings and Support” section, and then click “Settings and Privacy” in that menu. You’ll land on your Twitter settings screen. Alternatively, if you’re using an iPhone, iPad or Android device, you’ll need to tap your profile icon to open a menu, tap to expand “Settings and Support” in that menu, and then tap “Settings and Privacy.” You’ll land on your Twitter settings screen. All steps will be the same going forward no matter what device you’re on.
Click Settings and Privacy.

  1. Click “Privacy and Safety” in the Settings menu. You’ll land on the Privacy and Safety screen.
Click Privacy and Safety.

  1. Click “Direct Messages.” The Direct Messages screen is shown.
Click Direct Messages.

  1. Click to place a check mark next to “Allow Message Requests from Everyone.” Going forward you’ll also be able to receive Twitter message requests and be added to group conversations by people you don’t follow on the platform.
Click to place a check mark next to Allow Message Requests from Everyone.

5 Reasons to Open Your Twitter DMs

1. Increased Accessibility

Opening your DMs on Twitter can increase your accessibility to others. This can be beneficial for networking, business opportunities, or receiving feedback on your content. When your DMs are open, people can contact you directly, making it easier for them to reach out and connect with you. This can help you expand your network and potentially open up new opportunities.

2. Building Relationships

Direct messaging can be an effective way to build relationships with followers or other users on Twitter. By using DMs to engage with your audience, answer questions, or offer support, you can show that you care about your followers and are interested in what they have to say. This can help you establish a loyal fanbase and foster a sense of community around your brand or content.

3. Privacy Settings

By opening your DMs, you can still limit who can message you by setting your privacy settings to only allow DMs from people you follow. This can help you control who has access to your messages and prevent unwanted messages from strangers. By utilizing these privacy settings, you can ensure that your DMs remain a safe and secure space for communication.

4. Customer Service

For businesses, opening DMs on Twitter can be an effective way to provide customer service. Customers can reach out directly with questions or concerns, and businesses can respond promptly to address their needs. This can help businesses build trust and loyalty with their customers, as well as provide a convenient and efficient way for customers to receive support.

5. Collaboration

DMs can also be used to collaborate with other Twitter users on projects, partnerships, or other initiatives. By using DMs to communicate with collaborators, you can streamline your communication and keep your conversations organized in one place. This can help you work more efficiently and effectively with others, and can lead to exciting new collaborations and projects.

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