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How to Hide Your Birthday on Twitter

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If you’re worried about identity fraud or if you just enjoy your privacy like myself, it may be wise to hide some of your personal information such as your birthdate on Twitter from being public. Unfortunately, the only information a skilled scammer needs to cause damage to you is your name, birth date, and address. Thankfully Twitter has made it very easy to hide that information to help protect your identity from being stolen.

In addition to hiding your birthday on Twitter, you can take further steps to protect your identity by not tweeting your age on (or near) your birthday or posting several photos that show your age (such as a cake that showcases it). If others tweet about your birthday or your age, kindly ask them to delete the tweet so that it can stay private.

You can hide your birthdate on Twitter either by adjusting who can see it or by removing it from Twitter altogether. This post will give you step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish both.

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How to Hide Your Birthdate on Twitter

Hiding your birthdate on Twitter allows you to have some control on what can be seen and who can see it. You can remove just the year if you still want to receive birthday greetings. Here is how you can hide your birth date on Twitter:

  1. Step 1

    Log into your Twitter account if you haven’t already.

  2. Step 2

    Tap on the triple bar on the top left of your screen, and then by tapping “profile.”

  3. Step 3

    Tap “edit profile” on the top right of your screen.

  4. Step 4

    Select your birth date. As you can see, it may be labeled as public.

  5. Step 5

    Tap on either “month and day” and/or “year” and choose among the options of who you would like to see your birth date. If you enjoy receiving ‘Happy Birthday’ wishes from others, you can choose only to hide the year.

  6. Step 6

    Tap “continue” on the top right of your screen to save your adjustments.

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How to Remove Your Birthdate on Twitter

Removing your birthday on Twitter will ensure that it can’t be seen by anyone and that it will never accidently become private. Here is how you can remove your birthday on Twitter:

  1. Step 1

    Log into your Twitter account.

  2. Step 2

    Go into your profile by tapping on the triple bar on the top left of your screen, and then by tapping “profile.”

  3. Step 3

    Tap “Edit profile” in the top right of the screen.

  4. Step 4

    Tap on your birth date.

  5. Step 5

    Select “remove birth date” at the bottom of the screen.

  6. Step 6

    Confirm by tapping “yes, remove.”

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Your Twitter Privacy and Security

Whenever you post information publicly online, you run the risk of malicious people gathering it in order to steal your identity in some way. The more they know about you, the better chance they have at either scamming you or your friends, or opening fake accounts in your name. Your birthday is one of the vital pieces of information that they need to know in order to use your identity.

You should always check to see what information is available to the public when you create social accounts. As Twitter allows their users to post their birthday so that it can be seen publicly, you need to take your security in your own hands and follow the above steps to remove it.

Taking a few minutes to hide or remove your birthday off of Twitter can increase your online safety. You may want to check your other social accounts to ensure that your birthday is hidden on them as well.

Twitter uses your information to ensure that you are old enough to use their platform as well as gauge what content you may be interested in seeing in your feed (this will include ads).

Who Can See Your Birthday on Twitter?

If you choose to keep your birthday visible, you can limit who sees it. These are the following options available to Twitter users:

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    Public

    Anything posted public will be able to be seen by anyone around the world regardless if they know you or have any connection to you. This is the least secure way to show your birthday on Twitter.

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    Your Followers

    Selecting this option will allow those who follow you to see your birthday information.

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    People You Follow

    This option will allow people that you follow to see your birthdate information.

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    You Follow Each other

    This option will make it so that you have to follow someone and they have to follow you back in order to see your birthday.

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    Only You

    Clicking the “Only You” option will ensure that you birthdate stays private and can be seen only by you when you are logged into your account.

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Reasons to Hide Your Birthday on Twitter

There are a few reasons you may want to hide your birthdate on Twitter:

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    Privacy

    If you’re a private person in general, you may not want to have the extra attention from people you barely know (or who just follow you on Twitter).

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    Identity Fraud

    Hiding your birthday on Twitter could help prevent identity fraud. Many scammers will use birthdays, locations, and other vital information to scam you or people that you know. Keep yourself safe by limited what you post online.

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    Quiet Day

    If you simply want to enjoy the day with friends or family and you don’t want a lot of online attention, hiding or removing your birthday will ensure that you aren’t repeatedly pinged throughout the day.

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    Age

    Many of us don’t want people to know how old we are. Ensuring that you (at least) hide your birth year will allow you to remain forever young (online at least).

Keeping these reasons in mind, try to avoid giving off your birthdate on Twitter in other forms as well. Be careful about the photos you post making sure they don’t contain how old you are in any way whether it be within your caption, presented on your birthday cake, or written on your fancy birthday cap, etc.

Conclusion

Whatever your reasons are, it’s always best to hide your birthdate on Twitter from the public eye. Unfortunately, identity fraud can be all too easy with even the smallest bits of information about ourselves. Take the time to adjust what can be seen by others to what you’re comfortable with to best protect your personal information.