How to DM on Twitter? Step by Step Guide

Twitter DMs, also known as direct messages, is a feature that allows users to send private messages to one another. 

They can be used for personal use or professional use, but they’re not as popular as they could be because there isn’t much information out there on how people use them. 

In this guide, we will show you how to DM on Twitter using an iPhone and Android, and how you can explore Twitter DMs further. Let’s start!

What is a Twitter DM?

A Twitter DM is a private message that you can send to one or more people on Twitter. You can do this by entering their handles into the “To” field in the DM box (or by selecting them from your contacts).

Twitter DM

You can also send a DM to someone who doesn’t follow you and even if they aren’t logged in at the time. 

And finally, it’s possible for messages sent through DMs between two accounts that follow each other—they’re essentially just like any other direct message except there are no limits on how many people can be involved!

Why use Direct Messages?

There are several reasons to use Direct Messages:

  • They’re private. You can share information with a single person in a way that won’t be seen by other Twitter users.
  • They can help you connect with people. The DM feature allows you to chat directly with others, which is especially useful if you want to get to know someone better before following them on Twitter or connecting through another social media platform like Facebook or Instagram (which use the same messaging system).
  • It’s great for sharing links and photos with friends, family members, work colleagues—anyone really! 

Messaging someone directly on Twitter can help build relationships and create a more personal connection than simply tweeting or following someone. Plus, it’s just plain fun to chat with friends on Direct Messages!

How to send a Direct Message from Twitter for iOS

To send a Direct Message from Twitter for iOS:

  • Open the Twitter app on your iPhone.
  • Find the profile of the person you want to send a direct message to, and select it.
  • Click on the “…” button in the top-right corner of their profile. Select “Send Direct Message” from the menu that appears.
  • Type your message and tap “Send” when finished!

How to send a Direct Message from Twitter for Android

To send a Direct Message from Twitter for Android:

The first step to sending a DM is to tap the Compose Message button. It looks like an envelope with a plus sign inside it.

Then, you can either tap the person you want to send a message to or type their handle in the To: box and hit enter on your keyboard. Once this is done, you should see an empty text box appear at the bottom of your screen where your message will go when you start typing!

Now all that’s left is typing out what you want your message to say and hitting Send when done!

How to send a Direct Message via the Web

To send a DM via the Web, you’ll need to:

How to DM on Twitter
  • Go to and login if you aren’t already logged in.
  • Click on your username (the name at the top of the page) or profile picture, then choose Settings from the drop-down menu that appears.
  • Scroll down until you see Direct Messages, then click on Settings next to it and select Customize settings.
  • Click where it says “Anyone,” then click Anyone who follows me and choose Anyone who messages me instead.

What happens when you send a DM to someone who isn’t following you?

If you try to DM someone who is not a follower of yours, there’s a chance that they will not receive it. Additionally, Twitter won’t notify them that you’ve tried to send them a DM in the first place!

If they do receive your DM (and are still using Twitter), they will be able to see your message. However, if they delete their account at some point after receiving your message and before replying, then it will be lost forever in the void of time and space.

Is it possible to disable Twitter DMs?

You cannot disable Twitter DMs. The only way to stop receiving them is to disable your ability to receive or send messages altogether.

This means you can turn off DM notifications in your Twitter settings, but it won’t do anything about existing notifications that have already been sent out. 

So if you’ve turned off all of your other notifications and still want access to Twitter DMs, you’ll have to go back into this setting and turn them back on again after they’ve been disabled (as well as once again receiving any messages that may have come in while it was turned off).

Twitter DM Limit

The first thing to understand is that the Twitter DM limit is 1000 messages sent per day. That’s how many people you can send a DM to at once, and it’s also how many DMs you can receive in one day.

When someone sends you a DM, it will appear as “[Twitter user name] has sent you a direct message” in your inbox, and it will show up as an icon with three dots next to their profile image. You can click this icon to see all of your messages from them or open up their profile page by clicking on their name in order to respond directly from there (instead of having to go back into your inbox).

You can send DMs only if the person follows you—or at least has chosen not to block your account—and receives DMs whether they follow you or not.


We hope this guide has helped you on your journey to becoming a better Twitter DMer. 

If you’re not there yet, don’t worry! It’s a process. Keep working at it and soon enough you’ll be able to DM like the best of ’em—and maybe even get that sweet blue checkmark in the process (or at least some free stuff from brands).

You can also read our guides on how to get verified on Twitter, how to delete Twitter likes, and the best TweetDeck alternatives.

By |2022-07-23T13:01:26+00:00July 17th, 2022|Twitter|0 Comments

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