Locked Out of Twitter – Learn How to Avoid It Once and For All

How to Avoid The Locked Out of Twitter Syndrome

Twitter is a quick and effective way to get your brand out there. It truly is a giant platform when you consider how many users it houses. Not only that but all of the content those users regularly post. Unless you get locked out of Twitter.

You might think that starting as a small fish in a big pond. You can get away with some unorthodox methods to grow quickly and swim with the big fish.

However, there are many means of gaining followers that some accounts use which violate Twitter’s rules. You swim along the straight and narrow to avoid being caught by Twitter.

The goal of this article is to help you stay open and honest as an account on Twitter. That way you have the fewest number of setbacks possible as you gain Twitter followers.

If you get locked out of your Twitter account for no reason, something about your account activity likely triggered the action. (But sometimes it can be that you have been tricked by the Twitter bots.) This article may help you avoid the locked up–or out of Twitter syndrome, rather.

Caught on Twitter?

First of all, Twitter has an explanation for the reasons it locks someone out. Twitter essentially states that it locks users who have not complied with its rules or terms of service, or that it has detected suspicious activity on the account.

If it’s too late for you to prevent your account from being locked, you should take measures to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future. This is especially important since repeat violations might lead to permanent suspension of the account.

Make sure that you aren’t participating in the following behaviors if you want to keep swimming freely to all parts of that big pond.

Reel It In

Being noticed as a little fish is a tricky business. If you bite off more than you can chew, Twitter will be there at the other end of the line, ready to reel you in and put you in the time-out bucket and keep you out of the pond. Whenever you follow too many accounts at once, Twitter recognizes the behavior as suspicious and could lock you out.

A good way to remedy this is to find your school and swim with it. Follow accounts that share interests with you. Once you’ve been verified on Twitter, you will soon be able to follow up to 400 new accounts each day. This limit should serve as a way to make the most of who you choose to follow.

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Learn to swim with the big fish.

Just because you can start following multiple accounts quickly, that doesn’t mean that you should immediately unfollow those accounts to give yourself a nice followers-to-following ratio. It is not only bad etiquette towards those other accounts, but it is also suspicious of Twitter.

Again, following accounts that are relevant to you will ultimately serve both parties, since you are likewise relevant to those other accounts. This makes those other accounts more likely to share and participate in your content. And, of course, that content needs to be interesting.

Twitter has been updating its layout. You need to learn how to use Twitter’s layout to maximum effect for your profile as well.

Make a Little Splash to Avoid Being Locked Out of Twitter

The easiest way to avoid being locked out is to verify your account. If you leave your account without an email or phone number, it can be difficult to regain access.

It also puts Twitter on notice that an account is fake if it has not verified its email and phone number.

Twitter Profile Picture

In addition to this basic Twitter verification, it can help your users if you include a profile picture and a real location.

This will indicate to potential followers that you are a real account, and it will help them see why they should follow you. See how Melissa shows exactly what she does and where she is from?

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Melissa explains who she is in her Twitter profile.


Let everyone know that you have landed in the pond and that you are looking to gain friends on this wonderful platform.

'In addition to this basic Twitter verification, it can help your users if you include a profile picture and a real location.' #TwitterTips Click To Tweet

Your Twitter Handle

Make sure that you handle your account as honestly as you make it appear to the public: Do not give your password out to any websites or other accounts. You want to know who is accessing your account, and you should never hand it over to someone who could get you locked out.

Some apps will ask for your password as if it will make your future Twitter logins on that app easier. However, you should always click “Sign in with Twitter” instead.

If you have ever received a direct message from your friend’s hacked account, this is probably what happened. That friend likely trusted an unauthorized app with their password, and the hacker abused the account.

Fake Fishes Become Locked Out of Twitter

Don’t be a fake fish. Twitter is very wary of users with multiple accounts. It tracks whether you have more than one account by seeing that the accounts use the same IP address. The reason Twitter tracks this is that it is concerned with whether you are using multiple accounts.  That is because you’ve created your own fake fanbase.

Ryan Biddulph is a great example of keeping it real on Twitter as you can see from his tweet below.

Twitter also wants to keep issues of trolling and hate speech to a minimum today. People tend to engage in this behavior on fake accounts.

You should also note that if you engage in this behavior on your real account, Twitter will block you for violating its rules.

More Than 1 Twitter Account

If you have more than one real account, take caution. Twitter could assume that your accounts are fake, and it could limit your access to Twitter.

For example, if one of the two accounts is locked, the activity on the unlocked account is restricted. You might not be able to follow very many accounts at once. To counter this, you will either have to check that neither of the accounts is locked out. Or you should reduce your activity to just one account.

That is why I do not use my Inspire To Thrive Twitter handle as often as I do my Lisapatb account where I keep it real every day! If you do have a personal and a business handle mix up what you tweet on them.

For example, on Thursdays, I posted some Throwback Thursday tweets from old posts on my Inspire To Thrive Twitter account. 

If you have more than one real account, take caution. Twitter could assume that your accounts are fake, and it could limit your access on Twitter. #Twittertip #SMM Click To Tweet

Keep Swimming!

In tweeting as well as swimming, safety is key. If you’re trying to gain more Twitter followers safely,  this article provides even more detailed instructions. Navigating the big pond as a little fish takes practice.

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Be sure to engage on the platform.

In the meantime, you still have to avoid being eaten by the bigger fish and forgotten by the pond forever; and you have to avoid being pulled out of the pond by the fisherman regulating it.

As long as you are honest with your followers about who you are and practice good etiquette towards them, you should be able to grow your Twitter presence.

Twiends For Twitter

It is worth mentioning, there are a lot of different tools out there that can help you grow your Twitter following organically. One of the best tools is Twiends.

While a lot of companies focus on using grey market or even totally illegal tactics for growing your accounts such as bots and automated following, Twiends focuses on doing this in ways that Twitter approves.

When you sign up for the tool you will answer your interests and the topics that you Tweet on. Twiends then focuses on matching you with other users that you are interested in and vice versa. There are all sorts of applications for Twiends, and if you’re interested in learning more you can check it out here!


Have you ever had a Twitter lock? I’d love to know more about it in the comments below!

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  • Mary says:

    I have been locked out of my main account 4 times in the past month. I use Twiends & had for about 4 -5 months, no problem. I kept my account locked for reasons (too long to get into).

    I’m now unlocking it more, I have a podcast that I have had for two years and have great guests that come on & would like to promote. Also, it has taken me almost 4 years to build up to 5500 followers on main account. I have another account in addition to my podcast account (no issues with that one), that is about local politics only. (no issues with that one)

    So my main account, with my real name, photo, etc now keeps getting locked —i just have to provide a phone number & I am back in immediately as my phone number is on file with them.

    Is the issue because I use Twiends on my main account? I don’t write abuse tweets, I don’t harass anyone! I’m so confused and twitter just says “suspicious activity”.

    Should I cancel Twiends? It’s literally the only thing I can think of.

    Thank you

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Mary, It very well could be depending on how you are using Twiends. If it’s just look for similiar interest accounts and not following from Twiends but going on to Twitter itself to follow I would think that is okay. It is hard to judge as Twitter keeps the rules rather “gray” as I pointed out on my recent video on Twitter about my last suspension. https://twitter.com/Lisapatb/status/1189206790690488320

      I would try to go without Twiends and see what happens Mary. I am beginning to think most of the social networks want us to spend more time on their network nativeley or to purchase ads from them to gain followers, etc.
      After all, I can’t blame them either as they are in business to make money. I think people would prefer seeing ads vs. having to pay a subscription for use of any social media network.
      Let me know how you make out!

  • Awesome advice, Lisa.

    It has never happened to me since I started using Twitter but I have heard of many people complain about being locked out of Twitter.

    I’m sure this will be a highly useful information to them.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Emenike, Do you have more than one account? It has happened to me 3 times now over the years and the latest one really shocked me! But I think I understand why, they were groups of people always tagging me in with a dozen others in tweets. I believe Twitter considers them to be “decks” and is against the rules. Hmm. It’s always changing! Thanks for coming by and have a great day Emenike.

  • Hi Lisa

    Twitter is a powerful tool for sure.

    People get away with violating terms of service for a while, and then do it even more because they think they’ve figured it all out.

    Then suddenly they get caught and get locked out.

    This is especially serious if your business has been built largely on your Twitter activity.

    You’ve given great ideas for avoiding this lock-out, so I’m glad you posted it here.


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Donna, yes, you got that right! It’s human nature I guess to take things for granted and push the limits, right? 🙂 Do you have more than one Twitter account Donna? Thanks for coming by and for your input. Have a great day and new week there.

  • Susmita says:

    Hey Lisa,
    Very informative blog it is
    Actually facing some login problems in twitter but it helped. Thank you.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Susmita, welcome to Inspire To Thrive. I’m so glad it helped you 🙂 Is your Twitter account all set now? Having an email is so vital today as well for Twitter. Thanks for the comment anad have a great day.

  • Hello Lisa,

    Amazing tips on Twitter and how we prevent ourselves from being locked out. When Someone follows me I quickly check out his/her profile and look for a real and authentic picture. Scanning other details like Description, Country, etc. You simply cannot spam twitter nor the people. Great points here.

    Vishwajeet Kumar

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks Vishwajeet, and it happened again since on my other account! I think I know why, their were people that keep on tweeting in circles and tagging me. I since stopped following them when I got the account back. And I will not respond to those types of tweets going forward. It also means no more Follow Friday with groups of people. Maybe one a time would be better 🙂 Thanks for coming by on this one Vishwajeet. Do you have more than one account?

      • Hello Lisa,

        No, I only have the one account. But If you create more than one business then creating separate twitter handle can help you to manage things easily.

        Vishwajeet Kumar

        • Lisa says:

          Hi Vishwajeet, well after what I just went through I wish I had only the one account. The other one got tangled up in Twitter decks and got suspended. But after review they did unspend it. I should add this link to my post as well but I wrote about it on Medium earlier this week https://medium.com/me/stats/post/6a7573f4ca4d. Thanks for coming by and for always sharing Vishwajeet. Much appreciated 🙂

  • Minakari says:

    Hi Lisa, I had 2 accounts and I’m wondering how twitter find out these accounts belong to one person??? the info for creating accounts was different and I got confused when they both get LOCKED.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Minakar, probably the same IP address or phone number. Welcome to Inspire To Thrive. Did you get an email from Twitter? That’s how I’ve found out.

  • Hey Lisa,

    Well, I have never tried following multiple accounts at once in twitter and wasn’t much in touch with it before. I have just started on a regular basis.

    You’re right I have noticed some active bloggers on twitter like Ryan, Janice, Moss and Sue etc, Being honest and genuine is the key for avoiding from being locked out on twitter.

    This is a greatly informative article.

    Jeangam Kahmei

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Jeangam, how many are you following on Twitter? So I meant to be careful if you have multiple acocunts I have my @Lisapatb which I’m most active on and then @InspireToThrive for the business. After writing this my business one got suspended.
      Ironic, right? I’m sifting through it all now to see why. The only thing I could figure out thus far is always retweeting the same people. Stay tuned!
      But I did learn the process to have it unsuspended. One must have their mobile # and correct email asscociated with it. Twitter did respond within 24 hours and unsuspended it within 48 hours via email.
      So many people had written me that they never received email, I wonder if they forgot about an email account associated with their Twitter account?
      Thanks for coming by on this one Jeangam and happy safe tweeting out there 🙂

  • Kris Olin says:

    Great article Lisa! I have a question for you and your readers. My account was actually hi-jacked about 6 months ago. I managed to get it back after negotiating with Twitter, but the hi-jacker deleted almost all people I was following. I had a nice 12k/12k balance. I have managed to get about half back now but it is hard work manually. So, my question is does anyone know a good tool that automatically allows you to follow back your followers? Cheers, Kris

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Kris, oh no, Hijacked? I would be VERY careful about using any tools. Since I wrote this I had my other less used Twitter account suspended. Ironic, right? And here is what the reason was according to an email from Twitter after they Un-suspended it in 48 hours:
      Specifically, our policies prohibiting spam, and fake or artificial account interactions and engagements. This could include selling, purchasing, or attempting to inflate account interactions. It also might mean using third-party apps that claim to get you more followers or retweets, or participating in engagement or follow exchange groups, which are sometimes referred to as “decks.”

      Any future violations could lead to a permanent suspension of your account. Please make sure that you, and anyone with access to your account, always follow the Twitter Rules.
      So be careful and slowly gain a following organically the best you can. More to come as I sort through this. I hardly used the other account so I’m trying to pinpoint what may have triggered it. I didn’t use any of what they mentioned there in the above. But now it makes me wonder about using Viral Content Bee which I’ve loved over the years.

  • Nikola Roza says:

    Great tips Lisa!
    I have never encountered this problem before so I haven’t had the “pleasure” of being restricted from my own account, but if it ever happens I feel prepared in knowing what to do next.
    Thanks for writing this useful guide, cheers!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Nikola, do you have more than 1 account? Oh yes I’ll be able to help you as it happened again with my 2nd account after writing this. I went through the process of appeal and made screen shots along the way, stay tuned! Thanks for coming by and have a great day 🙂

  • Amar Kumar says:

    Hello Lisa,

    Twitter has gained notability and popularity worldwide. Some Twitter users say that the service is erroneously reporting them as being too young to use the social network and that it is taking them days to get their accounts unlocked.

    You have selected good topic which require some additional opinion and you have done.

    These are great points and I will apply these. Eventually, thanks for revealing a light on this topic.

    With best wishes,

    Amar Kumar

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Amar – Twitter certainly has! That is a great point about age too – thank you for adding that point here. I should also add one can add their birthday to the profile and not have it shown publicly. You got me thinking! Thanks Amar and have a wonderful day there 🙂

  • Mudassir says:

    Hi Lisa,

    How are you?

    For most Internet marketers, brands & bloggers, Twitter is a potential source in terms of achieving business goals and making loyal connections. I am sure we all consider Twitter handle as an important practice. But it is also equally important to maintain it in a secure way.

    This post catches my attention and I’d like to encourage the Twitter community to read this useful post. Straight to the point & accurately organized tips – Good one, Lisa.

    Take care!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Mudassir, I am well, thank you. Welcome to Inspire To Thrive. It is amazing how important Twitter is to us. So many are very upset about losing their Twitter accounts and beg me to help them get it back.
      I hope you are well too and have a great day Mudassir!

  • Moss Clement says:

    Great insight and tips, Lisa. The idea of following users and immediately unfollow them for not following you back or for some other reason is not right. It is no surprise that Twitter takes it seriously and can lockup one’s account for such activities. In fact, I encourage my clients and readers to give a few days of about five before you can unfollow those accounts.
    For me, I give up to two weeks to 30 days before I go the unfollow route of all those not following me back.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Moss, thank you. Yes, it doesn’t make sense to do that. It can surely appear spammy or automated. I don’t unfollow all of those that don’t follow me, but it really depends on their content and such as well. Thanks for coming by on this Moss and have a great day 🙂

  • Great tips, Lisa. As with every service, it is important to stick to the rules. Unfortunately, there are always people who try to bend the rules in their favor. Twitter usually catches them quickly and puts a lock on them. Following what you’ve laid out in this post lets everyone fly under the radar, and have a great Twitter experience.


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Torsten, thank you. Yes, I think people think they can be “under the radar” and “not get caught” but when they do they scream loud about it. I guess it’s part of human nature of sorts. I appreciate your coming by Torsten and hope all is well your way. Have a great rest of the day there.

  • Excellent advice Lisa, and thanks for the shout out 🙂 If you just talk to people, being genuine, you can have success thru Twitter and avoid being locked out. I may have been locked out once years ago and that was because I automated a bit too much. Even then, I chatted, but I had to space out updates. I totally accepted the error, learned and it has been smooth sailing ever since.


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Ryan, I’m amazed, you caught that before I had a chance to tag you 🙂 I really think being GENUINE is key there. I was locked out twice and I believe from automation as well. Sometimes it can be just the bots as they had emailed once that was the reason and even apologized! They should, with all the great FREE press I give them, LOL. I hope your week is starting out well Ryan. Enjoy some sunshine today before rain comes around these parts of the woods!

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