How to Set Up Twitter on a Non-Smartphone

by Melly Parker
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If your phone doesn't support the Twitter app but does have SMS enabled, set up your Twitter account to work via SMS. Once your account is connected, choose which users' tweets you want delivered to your mobile phone. To specify an account whose tweets you want to receive via SMS, text Twitter with "ON username," where username is replaced by the username of the Twitter account. To follow a person from your phone, text "FOLLOW username" to Twitter.

Compose a new text message to "40404."

Type "START" into the message field and then send the SMS.

Open the reply from Twitter, and then reply to that message with the word "YES" in the message field.

Compose a new message to "40404." Type your Twitter username in the message field without any symbols, and then send the message.

Compose another new text message to "40404." Type your case sensitive Twitter password in the message field, and then send the message. Your Twitter account is now connected via SMS to your mobile phone.


Feature phone users can also access twitter by navigating to when a data connection is available.

Save "40404" as a contact with the name "Twitter" in your phone. When you want to post a tweet, compose a text message to Twitter.

Text "OFF" to Twitter to stop SMS notifications. Text "ON" to resume notifications.

If you don't have a Twitter account yet, reply to the first message with your first and last name instead of "Yes" to start the process of creating an account.


If text messaging on your mobile service plan isn't unlimited, sending and receiving texts from Twitter may increase your bill.


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Melly Parker has been writing since 2007, focusing on health, business, technology and home improvement. She has also worked as a teacher and a bioassay laboratory technician. Parker now serves as a marketing specialist at one of the largest mobile app developers in the world. She holds a Master of Science in English.

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