How to Get Started With Twitter for Android


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The official Twitter for Android app isn’t just one of the best Twitter experiences on the platform — it’s also a glimpse of the future of Twitter on every smartphone.

When you open the app here is what you get: High quality graphics, a true sense of design and purpose, an animated background with a fluttering bird as trending Twitter topics come in. Smoothly gliding animations bridge nearly every action. It feels slick in a way no Twitter application has even come close to on Android before.

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Twitter Android App

It seems obvious at this point that Twitter wants to deliver the ultimate Twitter experience on every smartphone. They built this app by working with the Android team, much like they worked with BlackBerry.

What makes it feel completely like a part of Android is how naturally and deeply it’s integrated. Twitter syncs to your contacts, so when you pull up somebody’s contact card, it shows their latest Twitter update, and can take you directly to their Twitter profile — which supports the standard Android 2.0-style headshot thumbnail, so when you click on it, all of the ways you can contact that person pop up, completing the loop.

Now that you know exactly what Twitter for Android is, here’s how to get started using it:

How to Get the App

From Google Play (just search for Twitter)
At https://twitter.com/download/android

Latest Version of the Android App

Twitter for Android v3.42

How to Sign Up for a New Account

  • Open the app and tap the Sign Up button.

  • On the next page, fill in your account information (name, username, email address, and password).

  • After entering your name, you can choose from one of the suggest usernames, or type in an available username of your choosing.

  • Note: After entering your information, you will receive a confirmation email asking you to verify your email address. Be sure to use an email address you have access to in order to confirm your account.

How to Add an Existing Account

  • Tap the Sign In button on the home screen.

  • Enter your username and or password.

  • If you have multiple Twitter accounts, once you are logged in to the app, you can add another account by going to the Me tab and tapping on the person icon under your Tweet count or via Settings.

How to Post a Tweet

  • Tap the compose Tweet icon (looks like a feather quill).

  • Enter your 140-character message.

  • When you’re ready to post your message, tap Tweet.

  • A notification will appear in the status bar on your device and will go away once the Tweet successfully sends.

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Twitter Android

To Save a Tweet as a Draft

  • If you would like to save your Tweet as a draft, press the back button while you are in the compose window.

  • You will see the option to save as a draft. You can later access your saved drafts under the Me tab.

To Post a Photo with Your Tweet

  • Tap the camera icon to take a photo with your mobile device’s camera.

  • You can also tap the photos icon (next to the camera icon) to select an existing photo from your device’s gallery.

  • Take a photo or select your photo from the gallery and you will see that the character count in the Tweet composer has decreased by a few characters to make room for the image.

  • Tap Tweet to post the Tweet with a link to the photo.

  • Note: While you are able to view images hosted by most third party image providers, all new photos uploaded from Twitter for Android will be hosted by pic.twitter.com.

To Reply or Mention a User

  • Tap the @symbol and start typing. A drop down list of accounts you follow will appear.

  • As you type, the list will narrow down possible matches.

  • When the username you are looking for appears, tap it and it will be populated in the Tweet composer.

To Tweet with Your Location

  • Tap the location icon, to turn on your location and add it to your Tweet.

To Include an URL in a Tweet

  • Links are automatically shortened using Twitter’s own t.co service.

  • Just start typing a link with http:// and the character counter will automatically deduct 20 characters no matter how long the original link is.

To Delete a Tweet

  • Tap the Tweet you want to delete and tap on the trash can icon at the bottom of the Tweet.

  • A message will pop-up with the option to cancel. Tap Delete Tweet.

  • The Tweet will be successfully removed from your profile.

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