There are a plethora of social media platforms available at our fingertips, but without a doubt, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok are three of the largest. Over the past year or so, Twitter has been working on improving the overall user experience as we’ve seen the company testing the ability to edit Tweets, along with other features. But more recently, Twitter Blue was introduced, giving Twitter users a way to gain access to features that you won’t find if you are just using the “normal” and free version of the service.
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What Is Twitter Blue?
In a world where app subscriptions never stop cropping up, Twitter is throwing its name in the ring with Twitter Blue. Originally, this was available for $2.99 per month, before the price was increased to $4.99. With the latest batch of updates to Twitter Blue, following its acquisition by Elon Musk, the price has been raised all the way up to $8.99 per month.
Understandably so, you might be wondering what Twitter Blue is and how to sign up for Twitter Blue. Currently, the only way to sign up for the most recent version of Twitter Blue is limited to iPhone owners, as Android users and those who want to sign up via the web will not be able to. This comes as a bit of a surprise given that Apple takes 30% of any in-app purchases, so we expect this to change over the coming months.
As for what Twitter Blue includes, here’s the list of the different features and options that you will find if you decide to sign up for Twitter Blue:
- All Blue subscribers get a verified account and a blue checkmark.
- Get early access: Get early access to select new features with Twitter Blue Labs.
- Edit Tweet: Edit Tweets up to 5 times within 30 minutes of Tweeting. Your edit history is visible to anyone who wants to see the evolution of a Tweet.
- 1080p video: Share your favorite moments with 1080p (Full HD) video.
- Upload longer videos: Upload and Tweet videos that are up to 10 minutes long.
- Undo Tweet: Set a timer to undo sent Tweets, and choose which kinds of Tweets you want to undo.
- Bookmark folders: Organize your Bookmarks into folders and avoid endless scrolling.
- Reader: Select the text size you prefer for reading threads. Turn the Reader feature on by selecting the book button from within any Tweet in a thread.
- Custom Navigation: This iOS-only feature lets you choose and save at least 2 and up to 6 items for the bottom navigation bar in the Twitter for iOS app. When you remove default items from the navigation bar, you’ll find them listed in the Profile menu.
- Top Articles: See the most-shared articles from people you follow.
- COMING SOON:
- Rocket to the top of replies, mentions, and search: Tweets from verified users will be prioritized – helping to fight scams and spam.
- See half the ads: See 50% fewer ads than non-subscribers.
Presumably, with Twitter Blue Labs, subscribers will also gain access to features that the social media giant is testing out before it becomes available to all users. You can think of Labs as testing grounds of sorts, meaning that some features might be outright removed, but the company will want to gather feedback before making any final decisions on new features and options.
Twitter Blue Q&A
- Can you have more than one Twitter Blue subscription?
- Right now, you can only have one active Twitter Blue subscription at a time. Note: Family plans on device apps cannot share a subscription.
- Can you access Twitter Blue across multiple devices?
- Once active, your Twitter Blue subscription is available anywhere you use the Twitter account associated with your purchase, but not all features may be available on all platforms at all times. Any new Twitter accounts created on or after November 9, 2022, will not be able to sign up for Twitter Blue at this time.
- In what regions is Twitter Blue available?
- New Zealand
- United States
- Can you switch the Twitter Blue subscription to a different account?
- If you’d like to transfer Twitter Blue to another Twitter account, first log in to your account from the device you purchased your Twitter Blue subscription. Once you’re logged in, cancel your existing subscription on that account. Then repurchase your subscription from the Twitter account you’d like to access your Twitter Blue features.
- If you repurchase Twitter Blue before the subscription period expires on the initial account, you shouldn’t incur any additional charges. Renewal charges will still occur annually, based on the date of the initial purchase.
How to Sign up for Twitter Blue
As we pointed out previously, if you want to sign up for Twitter Blue, the only way you can do so is from your iPhone or iPad. Even if you have the official Twitter app installed on your Mac, you are currently unable to sign up for Twitter Blue. That being said, if you’re interested in seeing whether Twitter Blue will improve your experience, here’s how you can sign up:
- Open the App Store app on your iPhone.
- Tap your Profile Picture in the top right corner.
- Under the Upcoming Automatic Updates section, locate Twitter in the list.
- Tap the UPDATE button if necessary.
- Once the update is installed, open the Twitter app on your iPhone.
- Tap your profile image in the top left corner.
- From the pop-out sidebar, tap the Twitter Blue section.
- Tap the Subscribe button at the bottom of the page.
- Follow the on-screen steps to confirm and pay for the Twitter Blue subscription.
As a note, if you sign up for Twitter Blue on your iPhone, the features included with this subscription will also be available on your other devices, if possible. For example, you might not be able to take advantage of uploading videos that are 10 minutes long from your computer or Android phone, but you are able to do so from your iPhone.
How To Cancel Twitter Blue
If you tried out Twitter Blue and came to the conclusion that it’s just not worth it, then you can always go back and unsubscribe. Currently, there’s no way for you to unsubscribe from the Twitter web client on your computer, as you’ll need to unsubscribe and cancel Twitter Blue using the same steps that you would take to cancel any subscriptions on iOS.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap [Your name] at the top of the page.
- Tap Subscriptions.
- Locate and tap the Twitter Blue subscription in your list of subscriptions.
- Tap the Cancel Subscription button.
- From the pop-up window, tap Confirm.
Because Twitter Blue is a monthly subscription, you will continue to have access to the various features made available until the end of the billing cycle. From there, you will lose access to any of those features once you have cancelled Twitter Blue and the billing cycle has come to a close.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.