Top 3 Methods to Find Old Tweets on Twitter

Do you get nostalgic when you suddenly come across one of your old photos or old tweets? At least I do. Most of us are so busy in our lives that we don’t have much time to relive all the things we’ve done in the past and that includes all the tweets we’ve made on our Twitter account. Do you remember the first tweet you made? Or the tweet that got the most engagement? Well, that’s the reason you’re here. This guide has everything you need to know to find your old tweets, and that too without scrolling through your feed for hours.

Methods to find old tweets on Twitter

Method-1 Advanced Twitter Search

This is the most common method to find old tweets on Twitter by date. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to Twitter advanced search page- You will get a popup window where you have to scroll down until you see the ‘Dates’ option at the bottom.

  1. Here you can add a specific date or a range of dates. Along with the date, you can also narrow your search results using other advanced search options, such as:
  • Words used in tweets
  • Hashtags used in tweets
  • Tweets from someone’s accounts
  • Number of replies, likes, or retweets you received on that tweet
  1. If you are wondering how to find someone else’s old tweets, you should complete the ‘Accounts’ section of the advanced search. Enter the Twitter account of the person the tweet was sent from and also the account the tweet was mentioned to, including any accounts that were tagged in the tweet.
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Fill in the accounts section of the advanced search

  1. Once you’ve entered all the information you have about the old tweet you’re looking for, click ‘Search’ and Twitter will show you all the related tweets.

Method 2 using Twitter app search

For this method, you simply need to log into your Twitter account in the app, then:

  1. Click the ‘Search’ button at the bottom of the screen.
  • If you want to search Twitter by date, use this format: from: yyyy-mm-dd to yyyy-mm-dd
  • If you want to search for someone else’s tweets, use this format: “from:” and the user’s username; there is no need to use “@” during the search.
  • If you’re looking for a particular keyword from a tweet, you can add it after the username in the search box.
  • To search for an old tweet using the hashtag, type “#” and the hashtag you’re looking for.
  • To search for a tweet by the user’s mentions, you’ll need to type “@” and the username that the particular user mentioned in the previous tweet.
  • You will also get some categories at the top like Top, Latest, Video, News People, Photos, etc.; Click on the category to which you think the tweet you are looking for belongs.

Method 3 Request files from Twitter

Another great idea for searching your tweets is to request an archive of your tweets from Twitter. Twitter may provide you with a complete and browsable archive of all the tweets you have sent from your Twitter account; just follow the instructions given:

  1. Go to the ‘Settings’ section of Twitter-
  2. In the ‘Your account’ section, you will find the option that says ‘Download a file of your data’
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Look for 'download a file of your data' in the 'your account' section

  1. You will then be asked to confirm your password to continue; press ‘Confirm’.

Confirm your password and press confirm

  1. Then click ‘Request File’ to request a ZIP file containing all the data archive.

Click request file

  1. That was all about how you can find old tweets from your Twitter account using this method. However, it may take a few days for Twitter to be ready with your file, depending on the total number of tweets.
  2. You’ll get a push notification when you’re ready to share the file, just go to and click ‘Download File’.


If you want to read your old tweets, you can use Twitter’s Advanced Search Method to search for tweets from a particular date. For that, you get several filters to choose from and narrow down the results. It is also easy to find old tweets from others, you just have to use the Advanced Search Accounts section where you have to mention all the Twitter accounts that the tweet refers to.

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