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Twitter can now default to the ‘Following’ timeline on iOS and Android

Twitter can now default to the ‘Following’ timeline on iOS and Android


You no longer have to swipe to the left to get to the reverse chronological timeline.

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The choice has returned.
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Twitter’s iOS and Android app will now default to showing you the last timeline tab you selected, whether it’s the algorithmic “For You” or the reverse chronological “Following” list. The company rolled out this feature on the web in late January after it changed the system for selecting your timeline earlier that month.

The app now works mostly as you’d expect. If you switch to the Following timeline and close the app, it’ll take you back to the Following list the next time you open it. And if you leave it on the For You tab, that’s what it’ll default to.

While your pinned lists will still show up along the top bar, you won’t be able to set them as default. Based on my testing, if you leave the app on a pinned list, it’ll set the For You page as default for if the app is kicked out of memory and has to reload.

Before Twitter rolled out the ability to swipe between its timelines, you were able to set a default via a star-shaped button that lived in the top right corner. That option temporarily went away when the company switched to a swiping model of choosing your timeline, but thankfully, it’s back now, no matter how you use the service (unless, of course, you usually used a third-party app or other service that used the API).