Twitter’s popularity means that you’ll find everyone from business executives to entertainers on the platform. And while it’s great for following your favorite personalities or catching up on news, not everyone wants to make a Twitter account just to check a few tweets.
Thankfully, Twitter’s open nature lets anyone check out the microblogging social network without having to sign up. Whether you want to see what’s trending or keep an eye on one user’s tweets, we’ll show you how to use Twitter without an account.
Can You View Twitter Without an Account?
You can use many parts of Twitter without an account, but certain functions won’t work unless you sign in.
Here are some parts of Twitter that don’t work without an account:
- Following accounts to create a timeline
- Sending your own tweets
- Replying to, liking, and retweeting tweets
- Using the Media and Likes tabs to filter the tweets on someone’s profile
Note that Twitter once had a feature that let you subscribe to tweets via SMS. Since this is no longer available, it’s not a viable way to use Twitter without logging in.
Also, without an account, you can’t use the Twitter app for Android or iPhone—the app asks you to sign in as soon as you open it. However, you can utilize many of the below tips on your phone by using a mobile browser instead. Just open Twitter in Chrome, Safari, or another browser—use an incognito window if you’re already signed in.
When you visit the Twitter homepage in a desktop browser without signing in, it asks you to log in before doing anything. However, we’ll show you other links that let you get around this.
Browse Twitter’s Explore Page Without an Account
Since Twitter’s homepage is a dead end without an account, you should instead start on the Twitter Explore page. On the For you tab, you’ll see trending topics across a variety of areas.
Click one to see additional information about it. This will include related tweets, plus videos, photos, and a summary of the event (depending on the topic).
Use the tabs along the top to select a particular topic you’re interested in, such as News, Sports, or Entertainment. Each one will bring up the biggest stories in that sphere, which you can click to learn more about.
If you just want to use Twitter to keep up on trending topics, this is an easy way to do so without an account.
Try Third-Party Sites for Trending Twitter News Without an Account
If you like the idea of seeing trending topics at a glance but want more than what Twitter’s homepage provides, some third-party services do a great job of collecting the biggest hashtags of the moment. These don’t require an account either.
Give these sites a try if this sounds like something you’d like:
- Trends24: With a simple, hourly updated list of the top trending topics, Trends24 lets you see what’s been hot on Twitter over the past 24 hours. Highlight one to see how it’s changed in popularity over the hours, or click it to see more information and view it on Twitter. Use the dropdown at the top to filter by country; the default view is worldwide.
- GetDayTrends: Here, you can check the top trending topics and hashtags from the past day; click to see how they’ve changed over time or in various regions. There’s also a date selector at the top of the list that you can use to check past data. And in addition to the top hashtags on the right side, you’ll see the hashtags that have been trending for the longest time.
Search Twitter Without Logging In
If you’re looking for something specific on Twitter, the search bar at the top of the Explore page is extremely helpful and works without an account. Type a username, topic, or anything else to see suggestions.
Twitter will show stories and accounts matching any of the words you enter. Click a story to see more about it, or hit Enter if you want to just search for the term.
Don’t forget about hashtags on Twitter, which make it easy to find tweets related to a certain topic. You can also search for users with their @username.
By default, search terms will show the Top tab. Use the tabs at the top to switch to Latest if you want to sort by time instead of popularity. People will show accounts matching the term, while Photos and Videos filter to show only tweets containing media.
Try Advanced Search on Twitter
Twitter’s Advanced Search is a super handy tool that surprisingly doesn’t require an account to use. With its many options, you’ll be able to locate the right tweet or user if the default search doesn’t dig it up.
You can sort your results based on keywords or phrases, add hashtags, filter by language, add which accounts sent it or were mentioned in it, restrict by time, and even choose the minimum amount of likes or retweets.
It’s simple to use once you get accustomed to it, and one of the most powerful tools any Twitter user has in their toolkit—with or without an account.
Read Tweets From a Particular User Without an Account
Twitter lets you read anyone’s tweets without needing an account; all you have to do is visit their profile page. Keep in mind that you can’t see a profile if someone has made their account private, though. Without an account, you aren’t able to request to follow them.
You can search for a user on Twitter itself, as mentioned above, or search for the profile on Google. Just search for “[person] Twitter” and you should easily find their account.
Searching on Google is often easier than searching on Twitter, since not everyone uses their real name for their Twitter account. Thus, a Google search will likely offer better clues.
Once you find the user’s Twitter handle, you can bookmark that page to easily check it in the future. In case you prefer RSS, you can use RSS.app to create a feed from a Twitter page.
Otherwise, you can click on an account’s name anywhere on Twitter to open its profile page. This makes it easy to see more from accounts that catch your eye.
Follow Twitter Lists for Many Accounts in One
You aren’t limited to following individual accounts on Twitter. Twitter Lists are collections of multiple accounts, allowing you to scroll through tweets from many people all in one place. And these work even if you aren’t logged in.
They’ll help you keep tabs on Twitter communities that line up with your interests. For example, Twitter’s @Verified account has a list of Olympians.
Of course, without an account, you can only follow public lists. Private lists are off-limits. If you’re signed in, Twitter allows you to search for lists, but it’s harder to find them without an account. Try ScoutZen’s Twitter list search to discover ones that you’ll like.
Enjoy Twitter, Even Without Signing In
With these tips and tools, you can get a lot out of Twitter even if you don’t have an account. They let you keep up with the content that you care about without getting sucked into endless tweets on your timeline.
No matter whether you use an account or not, there’s a lot to know when you use Twitter. Be sure you understand how it works to get the most of it.