Unfollow on Twitter with UnTweeps

As a Twitter user, you’re assigned a follow limit of 5,000 accounts – until you’re popular enough to have about 5,000 followers yourself. But most compers don’t have anywhere near that amount of followers – so in order to continue to enter ‘RT & Follow’ competitions, you’ll need to unfollow Twitter accounts to keep the figure less than 5,000.

Luckily, there are a few websites to unfollow Twitter accounts quickly. I’m a fan of UnfollowerStats, but they have reduced their daily unfollow limit to just ten accounts for free users. Instead, I recommend using the UnTweeps website to quickly unfollow those redundant accounts.

UnTweeps is a handy tool for Twitter users, and offers a paid Premium option – but for compers, the free version should be all you need, and allows you to complete 3 unfollow sessions a month – it scans 2500 accounts in each session! If you follow more than 7500 accounts, you’ll need to upgrade to UnTweeps Pro to check all of them.

Unfollow Twitter accounts

How to unfollow inactive accounts with UnTweeps

The best way to reduce the number of accounts you follow is to get rid of inactive accounts – here’s how to do it.

  • Go to www.untweeps.com – and click Sign in with Twitter to allow access to your Twitter account
  • In the drop down menu, select the days that inactive accounts must have not posted for – I suggest starting with 180 days
  • Click List Stale Accounts

Unfollow Twitter accounts with UnTweeps

  • The list shows how many days it is since each user’s last tweet
  • Tick the box beside each inactive account (unfortunately there’s no option to select all, you have to do it manually)
  • If you spot an account you don’t want to unfollow, add to your whitelist – this means UnTweeps will ignore it in future reports
  • Scroll to the end and click Unfollow selected tweeps

Unfollow Twotter accounts with UnTweeps

  • Be patient while UnTweeps does its work – after a while you’ll see a list of accounts you’ve unfollowed, and the total number. eg 224 Unfollow requests sent successfully. It might take a while for Twitter to unfollow these accounts.

And it’s as simple as that! Do this every couple of months to ditch inactive accounts.

Use Twitter lists instead of following accounts

If you’re at your follow limit, why not unfollow users and them add them to Twitter lists instead? You can still follow their tweets in your feed – but you don’t need to follow the accounts. Find out more in my guide to using Twitter lists.

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20 Responses

  1. Melanie Daniels says:

    Thank you so much, this was really useful! 90 Twitter accounts unfollowed in about two minutes 🙂

  2. Kirsti Peters says:

    I was directed here by one of the Lucky Learners Facebook moderators from the FAQs, and it has actually been a waste of time, tried this site and it was not good at all. Untweeps was a much better option for me. Let me unfollow 225 accounts as opposed to 10??

    I think you need to update the page that directed me here.

  3. Carolyn says:

    This is really excellent, I Have tried it today and it looks as though the limit has been reduced once once to just 10 unfollows. Still useful though abd I am s9 pleased you gave a step by step guide on how to do it,

    • Di says:

      Ah just ten unfollows – that’s a shame! Thanks for letting me know though – I’ve update the blog post!

  4. Frances Heaton says:

    Thanks Di for letting us know about this useful resource. It’s quick and easy to use, and I find that although you’re limited to 30 unfollows daily, there’s nothing to stop you using regularly and keeping on top of things.

    Just wondering whether you know of any quick and easy ways to unlike Facebook accounts which are no longer used?

  5. Peter says:

    Hello Di,
    It looks like the limit has been reduced to 30 per day. Do you know if a monthly fee allows use over several sites or is it just one?

    • Di says:

      AH that’s a shame – thanks for letting me know. I imagine the monthly fee is just for one Twitter account. I’d stick to doing 30 every few days!

  6. a sheldon says:

    Thank you! Got it to work!

  7. Francesca Jones says:

    Thanks for this Di, I was at my limit! oops! and my last app to clean up my account had been blocked by Twitter recently – this one worked beautifully and 200 a day is fab! Mega Twitter cleanse completed.

  8. Kim W says:

    Thanks Di, really helpful. Can do 200 for free a day.

  9. Tracey Harman says:

    Thanks Di my count was 2067 :O only unfollow 200 a day but now I know i’m on it

  10. Carolyn says:

    Thanks, this seems perfect for me. BUT, I have an iPad and there does not seem t’ be an Inactive Option on the menu.

  11. Kristyn Harris says:

    This is brilliant! Thank you so much Di!

  12. Julie Davies says:

    Thanks Di, have been desperate to find an unfollow tool for twitter as the ones I’ve previously used don’t seem to work any more or don’t exist. This is the best one yet

  13. Di says:

    With ManageFlitter you unfollow accounts that haven’t been active for more than 3 months – so none of them will have been running a recent competition!

  14. Di says:

    I know! I need to write a new blog post – my recommendation is https://unfollowerstats.com/ now 🙂

  15. I think you’re right – do you usually use Twitter on mobile rather than PC?

    • ha2el says:

      Thanks for the reply. I’m not sure how it works, but it’s a possible explanation. I use twitter on my PC in answer to your question.

  16. Of course! That’s the Twitter account I set up for my tutorials – not used it for ages!

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