Disabling discoverability settings on X, such as “Let others find you by your email” and “Let others find you by your phone,” enhances your privacy by preventing others from locating your account through linked contact information.
According to a survey by Pew Research Center, 64% of social media users are concerned about the privacy of their personal information online.
In this post, I’ll guide you through the process of adjusting your discoverability settings on X to enhance your privacy. In today’s online world, safeguarding personal information is crucial, and I’m here to show you a simple step to help you achieve that.
Let’s dive in
Step 1: Accessing Your Profile Settings
To get started, open the X app on your device and locate your profile icon in the top left corner. Tap on it to access your profile settings.
Step 2: Navigating to Privacy and Safety
Once you’re in your profile settings, scroll down until you find the “Settings and Privacy” option. Tap on it to reveal a menu, and then select “Privacy and Safety.”
Step 3: Configuring Discoverability and Contacts
Within the “Privacy and Safety” section, you’ll find the option for “Discoverability and Contacts.” Tap on it to proceed.
Step 4: Adjusting Discoverability Settings
Now, you’ll see options related to discoverability. Locate the switches next to “Let others find you by your email” and “Let others find you by your phone.” Disable these switches to prevent others from finding your X account through your linked contact information.
By disabling these settings, you’re ensuring that your X account remains private, especially when others try to sync their device’s address book with X to find friends to follow.
The benefit of changing X Discoverability Settings
Changing your discoverability settings can significantly reduce unsolicited contact attempts from strangers who might sync their device’s address book with X to find and follow friends. A study conducted by NortonLifeLock found that 46% of social media users have experienced unwanted contact or messages.