Screen Readers Skip to Content

Stop Twitter Feed Automatically Refreshing

Published: 2021-07-18
Author: Disabled World | Contact: Disabled World (Disabled-World.com)

Synopsis: Here is how you can stop the annoying way your Twitter timeline feed keeps auto refreshing and jumping around before you have finished reading Tweets. Any time there is a substantial number of new tweets, your feed refreshes automatically, and scrolls all the way up. It doesn't care if you’re reading anything. It just scrolls up and you lose your place in your feed. Presumably, the auto-refresh is meant to happen seamlessly by "quietly" inserting tweets at the top of your timeline. Instead, it appears to happen at random, interrupting users who just want to catch up on the current tweets in their timeline.

Main Digest

You know how on Twitter when you scroll down near the bottom of the page and then it decides to automatically load more tweets (endless scroll). Well, a lot of times - all of a sudden - the whole timeline will refresh automatically and go back to the top, and then eventually jump back to somewhere close to where you were.


In Other News:


While auto-refresh is a good feature in theory, and definitely has its uses for live event Tweets etc., the current implementation causes the refresh to happen at some very inconvenient times, like right in the middle of reading a tweet. The timeline zooms back up to the top and the user loses track of what they were reading.

If you find the way your Twitter feed keeps auto scrolling and/or loading new Tweets before you have finished reading the ones you were interested in causing you to lose your place in your Twitter timeline then here's how to fix it for both Twitter Desktop and Twitter Mobile.

Stop Twitter Auto Refreshing

Tap your avatar in the top right (on the mobile app) or click "More" on the left hand side of Twitter on desktop computers.

So, to stop your Twitter feed from constantly auto refreshing; Locate the "Reduce motion" option under the "Motion" section in the "Accessibility" area of your profile settings. Uncheck the checkbox to disable the auto scrolling feature. You will still see the Twitter notification that tells you there are new Tweets at the top to read but, this should, but might not always, stop Twitter from autoscrolling your feed.

About Us

Disabled World is an independent disability community established in 2004 to provide disability news and information to people with disabilities, seniors, and their family and/or carers. See our homepage for informative reviews, exclusive stories and how-tos. You can connect with us on social media such as Twitter and Facebook or learn more about Disabled World on our about us page.

Disclaimer: Disabled World provides general information only. Materials presented are in no way meant to be a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified practitioner, nor should they be construed as such. Any 3rd party offering or advertising on disabled-world.com does not constitute endorsement by Disabled World. View our Advertising Policy for further information. Please report outdated or inaccurate information to us.

Cite Page: Journal: Disabled World. Language: English (U.S.). Author: Disabled World. Electronic Publication Date: 2021-07-18. Title: Stop Twitter Feed Automatically Refreshing, Source: <a href=https://www.disabled-world.com/assistivedevices/computer/auto-refresh.php>Stop Twitter Feed Automatically Refreshing</a>. Retrieved 2021-07-27, from https://www.disabled-world.com/assistivedevices/computer/auto-refresh.php - Reference: DW#160-13998.