How to Set Up Multiple Twitter Accounts On Your Phone

How to Set Up Multiple Twitter Accounts On Your Phone

How to set up multiple Twitter accounts on your iPhone

In May of 2013, Twitter released an update to their mobile app that finally brought easy support for multiple Twitter accounts. For many Twitter users, this is likely not a big deal. If you're like me though, you may have a personal Twitter account and a business Twitter account, and managing both from your iPhone was a bit challenging.

This brilliant Twitter update allows you to switch back and forth, and even displays your profile logo when composing tweets so that you have a visual reminder of which account you're using. However, in order to connect that second account, you actually have to go into your iPhone's settings. For Android devices, the additional accounts are added within the Twitter app.

iOS has supported multiple Twitter accounts since Twitter was integrated into the OS in 2010, but again, if you're like me, you've never taken advantage of that fact. I will walk you through adding that second account and then how to use the new Twitter to tweet from multiple accounts whenever you wish. If you're on Android and are curious, you can add additional Twitter accounts directly to the Twitter app and instructions are below. I also have a recommendation at the end on an app that you may find even easier to use, particularly if you have several Twitter accounts to manage.

Quick Navigation:

iOS Twitter Setup

First, open your Settings on your iPhone and scroll down to Twitter. Tap on Add Account. Enter the username and password for the new account and tap sign in. If entered correctly, you should see the new account listed. Here's what mine looks like:

How to set up multiple Twitter profiles.

Twitter App Setup

Now, open your Twitter app. Tap on the gear icon to enter Settings and confirm that all of your Twitter accounts are available. You can also customize notifications per account here. 

You can now tap on the Tweet icon (the box with the feather) to open a new tweet compose window and tap on your profile icon to switch between accounts. If you've already started writing your tweet, don't worry, that text will remain as you switch accounts.

And that's it! You can now tweet from multiple accounts whenever you wish. If you wish to retweet someone using an account other than your primary account, you will need to use the Quote Tweet option so that you can modify the tweet and choose a different account.

If you want to switch the entire app over to another account, tap the button next to the gear icon and you will see your accounts listed, allowing you to choose a different account to then view that account's tweets, mentions and more.

Twitter for Android App Setup

If you're on an Android device, and have the Twitter for Android app installed, tap on Me in the upper right corner, and then Settings.

Tap on Add Account. Enter your username and password for your additional account and the app will now be able to access that account's information.

Now, whenever you wish, go back to Me and tap on Accounts to see all Twitter accounts that you've connected. Tap any of the accounts to switch the app to use that account.

HootSuite for Twitter & Facebook - An Alternative App

For those of you looking for an even easier way to manage multiple Twitter accounts on your iOS or Android device, I would recommend taking a close look at HootSuite. The new app is gorgeous, and setting up multiple Twitter accounts is not only easy, it's automatically synced with your normal HootSuite account.

More importantly, using all those Twitter accounts becomes a piece of cake, as you never have to switch back and forth. Within the HootSuite app, you can tweet from any account at any time, and swipe around to get to streams you have set up for the different accounts.

Manage Multiple Twitter Accounts Easily Using HootSuite

HootSuite for iOS has completely replaced my native Twitter app. You can see some screenshots and learn more about HootSuite for Twitter & Facebook here.

How Many Twitter Accounts Can You Have?

Is it really possible to even have multiple Twitter accounts? Absolutely. You can have as many a you need, as long as each Twitter account has it's own unique email address. You can sign up for an additional account here.

As I mentioned, I have one Twitter account for myself, and another for my brand. While much of the content and tweets I push out are similar, I do get a little more personal on the @Mike_Allton account, and definitely tweet more often.

For larger businesses, adding additional Twitter accounts for specific products, divisions or departments is a great idea. Customer Service is a great example of a department that really should have it's own Twitter profile. It all depends on the size of your business, your audience, how diverse your needs are, and of course the resources that you have available to monitor and utilize these additional accounts.

If you need help with Twitter or managing your social media in general, let me know.


Mike is a Social Media Consultant and Blog Coach in St. Louis. He has been working with websites and the Internet since the early '90's. He is active on all of the major social networks and enjoys writing and teaching small business owners on how to leverage the Internet to promote and grow their business. Mike provides training and seminars to businesses and individuals on topics like "Content Marketing - Using Blogging + Social Media + SEO to equal Small Business Success" or "Establishing a Brand on Google+" or "How to use HootSuite to Manage Your Social Media Presence."

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