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Two months into the announcement that it would remove the archaic 140-character limit from Direct Messages, Twitter today officially made the move in the hope of taking on popular instant messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger, Skype, iMessage and others.

For people who use Direct Messages to communicate with their Twitter followers privately, this change couldn’t have come sooner because they can now chat on in a single Direct Message without restrictions and “likely still have some characters left over.”

Where does this change take place?

The removal of the 140-character limit from Direct Messages will begin rolling out today across Twitter’s mobile apps for iOS and Android, the web interface over at and in apps like TweetDeck and Twitter for Mac. “Sending and receiving Direct Messages via SMS will still be limited,” Twitter cautioned.

Twitter 140 character Direct Messages limit removed

Make sure to update the aforesaid apps to the latest version to take advantage of Twitter’s direct messaging feature without limitations. Not everyone will see the 140-character limit removed from Direct Messages as the change “will continue to roll out worldwide over the next few weeks.”

What about tweets?

Nothing, as this change only affects Direct Messages and not the public side of Twitter. Your tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today until, of course, top dogs at Twitter decide it’s high time that limit went away as well.

Update time!

As mentioned before, update to the most recent version of Twitter’s apps if you haven’t already in order to make sure you can take advantage of the messaging changes and enjoy unrestricted conversations.

As you may have heard, Twitter four months ago introduced an optional feature allowing everyone to send you Direct Messages, whether they follow you or not. I just hope companies I follow won’t leverage these new features to spam my Twitter inbox with full on press releases.

Twitter’s iPhone and iPad application is available free in the App Store.

Twitter for Mac is a free download from the Mac App Store.

As for the cross-platform TweetDeck app, you can download the Mac edition in the Mac App Store at no charge or check out their finely done web app that runs in a browser.

Source: Twitter

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    I am on the latest version of the official Twitter app and for some reason I STILL see the 140 character limit counting down as I’m typing away in DMs. Is it just me?

  • PJ

    Question: given the new ability of sending over 140C’s through DM now, would it be possible for developers to create a tweak that can apply the same capability to regular posts?

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      If you use the tweetbot app then Tweetbot+ is a tweak that does that and a lot of other things. Though the downside is that when you surpass the 140 char limit it’ll place a link where the recipient or whoever wants to read the rest of your tweet will have to press that link to continue reading the rest. It’s not elegant-looking so I just uninstalled it.

      For the official Twitter app I think Twitter++ does this, though I don’t know if it’ll post your entire +140 char tweet or simply place a link that the other person has to press to read the rest of your tweet. Try it out and see.

      • PJ

        I’ve used Tweetbot and the Twitter++ tweak and neither post over 140C’s without it posting it as a link or as an image.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Exactly my point, they’re not elegant. I hate those embedded links. Which is why I don’t use those tweaks anymore. That and they caused issues with my setup of Tweetbot, particularly with notifications.

  • tunutsaigon

    I wish they also remove the 140-character limit in tweeting and/or increase to 256-char at least, that would be great! 😉

  • Mike Howard

    Hey I need a little help doing the the break to my iPhone 6+

  • Mike Howard

    Still trying get right with JBthe phone