How to Get the Old Twitter Web Interface back

The new Twitter 2019 web interface has sparked widespread controversy. Many users are irked by the new 2019 Twitter user interface and expressed their views on Twitter.

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Another user says:

To be clear, I don’t dislike because I’m resistant to change. I dislike it because it’s terrible. Why waste a third of the screen on a menu, and make the actual content feel cramped and clunky? Utterly dire.

The 2019 new Twitter design (#newtwitter) is clearly disliked by a majority of users, and you can see the following tweet from Dantley Davis of Twitter Design team responding to criticisms by Twitteratis.

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The option to switch to the old user interface has also be removed from the Twitter profile settings. And, the cookie method to get back the old interface has also stopped working.

Revert to Old Twitter Web Interface

The good news is that there still is a way to revert to the old Twitter web interface by spoofing the user-agent of your browser.

GoodTwitter Extension for Chrome and Firefox

GoodTwitter Chrome extension does that exactly. Here is the official description of this extension:

GoodTwitter extension removes twitters stupid redesign by changing the user agent on all requests to Twitter. I don’t really know any JS or anything about addons, pull requests are appreciated. This was built in 10 minutes, so good luck.

When using Google Chrome, your browser user agent will be something like this:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/75.0.3770.142 Safari/537.36

The GoodTwitter extension changes the user agent (only when you visit *.twitter.com) to the following, in order to mimic Internet Explorer:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 9.0; WOW64; Trident/7.0; rv:11.0) like Gecko

Twitter this renders the site for Internet Explorer browser, thus showing the old interface.

If using Firefox, the GoodTwitter Firefox add-on is also available from the Mozilla official add-ons page.

GoodTwitter source code is available on GitHub.



User-Agent Switcher Chrome Extension

Alternately, you can use the User-Agent Switcher for Chrome (developed by Google). Here’s the description of the extension:

Spoofs & Mimics User-Agent strings.

Ever needed to quickly switch between user-agent strings on the fly? Developing a site that needs to work on both mobile browsers and desktop browsers? Sick of some archaic site blocking you because you’re not using Netscape 4?

The User-Agent Switcher for Chrome is the answer. With this extension, you can quickly and easily switch between user-agent strings. Also, you can set up specific URLs that you want to spoof every time.

In User-Agent Switcher for Chrome extension settings, you can create a custom user-agent like the one below.

twitter get old web interface

And in the Permanent Spoof list, you can assign the user-agent for twitter.com only.

twitter get old web interface

Likewise, there are user-agent switcher extensions for Firefox available, but none offered by Google, of course.


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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.

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