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How to turn off Twitter’s new algorithmic feed, which is now on by default

Updated 4 years ago
Published Mar 17th, 2016 7:00PM EDT
How to Turn Off New Twitter Feed
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Last month, following what seemed like years of speculation, Twitter finally launched its new algorithmic feed. It was turned off by default, but that didn’t stop a huge bloc of users from immediately expressing their outrage.

It might have been a premature reaction, but starting this week, many users have begun to realize that their feeds are showing them “the best tweets first,” indicating that the feature has switched on across the entire network.

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As The Next Web noted this morning, Twitter quietly added a bullet point to its documentation on March 7th ahead of the sitewide change:

“Tweets you are likely to care about most will show up first in your timeline. We choose them based on accounts you interact with most, Tweets you engage with, and much more. You can find instructions for how to turn off this behavior here.”

If the new feed isn’t your cup of tea, Twitter is happy to help you turn it off for good (for now at least). Here’s are the instructions for the web, iOS and Android:


  1. Log in to your account on and go to your Account settings page.
  2. Under Content, look for Timeline and toggle the box next to Show me the best Tweets first to change the setting.

Twitter for iOS:

  1. On your profile, tap the gear icon  and select Settings.
  2. Tap the account whose settings you’d like to adjust.
  3. Under Timeline, tap Timeline personalization.
  4. Next to Show me the best Tweets first, tap to turn it off.

Twitter for Android:

  1. Tap the overflow icon 
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Timeline.
  4. Next to Show me the best Tweets first, uncheck the box to turn it off.
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.