Recently, Facebook has revealed through an official blog post that a security loophole could have exposed the data of around 50 million Facebook users to hackers and malicious actors. Users from everywhere now affected by such data privacy scandals and there is a huge who wants to leave Facebook forever. So, here is the step-by-step guide to delete Facebook account permanently or deactivate it right now.
Further, Facebook can be an effective way to stay connected with friends, colleagues, and family. However, for some users, it is the most time-wasting social site.
If you’re one of them and want to deactivate or delete Facebook account permanently, go through the below instruction to remove your Facebook account.
Table of contents
- Difference Between Deactivate Facebook Account and Delete Facebook Account Permanently
- You should follow the pre-deletion process.
- How to Temporarily Deactivate Facebook Account?
- How to Delete Facebook Account Permanently (Desktop)?
- Delete Facebook Account on the Mobile App
- Delete Facebook Account Immediately Forever by Sending an Email to Facebook Support
Well if you have decided and want to get rid of your FB account, here you have two options. First temporary deactivating your account if you think you can use in the future and the second option is permanent delete facebook account if you’ve had enough now.
Difference Between Deactivate Facebook Account and Delete Facebook Account Permanently
Here are a few important points you need to understand before taking any action.
Look at differences between deactivating facebook account and deleting Facebook account below.
Deactivate Facebook Account If you want to hide all Facebook activities temporarily, you can attempt to disable your account.
To deactivate facebook account, go to your Facebook settings and select Security.
Account deactivation will put your account activity on hold and will not be visible to your friends.
Deactivation of your account disables your profile and removes your names, videos, photos and posts and almost everything you have shared on your timeline.
Delete Facebook Account When you consider permanent delete facebook account, deeply think twice because you will never get your account back and all data will weep out once the account is deleted.
You should follow the pre-deletion process.
Before you reach any decision, we would like to ask you “What about the Data Saved on your account”?
We recommend you to back up a copy of your all Facebook data on your preferred device and disconnect third-party apps before deleting or deactivating your account.
Think again about the data that you have uploaded or posted earlier on your account. It may be useful in the future if needed.
How to Backup a Copy of All Facebook Data?
The very first step before you delete your account is taking a copy of all your Facebook data and download it onto your personal computer or mobile phone.
To take a backup of your Facebook messages (chat conversation), pictures, videos, friend list, settings, about me and almost all timeline info, the following are the step-by-step guide.
Let’s start creating a back up your entire account data in an archive package using the Full Facebook Website (desktop version).
1. Click the down arrow from the upper right-hand corner and navigate to Setting => Your Facebook Information => now click on the Download Your Information (click here to go to the settings page directly).
Mobile users can go to the Settings page and in Your Facebook Information section, tap on the Download Your Information.
2. Look for the buttonand click on it.
Once you click the button, the system may ask you to re-enter your password. It is just for your security, here you need to enter your account password to continue.
Probably, you may see a message “Your file is being processed.” And, once it completes processing, you will be notified.
3. Once you received the notification that your Facebook data is ready for download, click on that particular notification or go to the Available Files tab to download your data in the archive file.
Now, securely save your Facebook data on your preferred device.
Consider to Disconnect the Third-party Apps
Apart from taking the back up, it is also recommended that you disconnect third-party apps from your account. These are the apps you authorized access to your FB account in the past to either play a game online or login to other websites.
1. To disconnect any third-party app, you need to go to the Settings page and click on the Apps and Websites from the left-side navigation to see all authorized apps.
2. Now, click on thebutton after selecting any app you want to remove.
3. A pop-up message will appear asking you to confirm your action. Tick the checkbox and hit the Remove button.
Remember, your data in those applications might get reset, you might wish to sign up with an email address for those apps and link your data.
How to Temporarily Deactivate Facebook Account?
You can go for the temporary deactivation of your account if you believe you will use it later. Deactivating account temporarily means you are free to return to Facebook whenever you change your mind.
Before move further, consider backing up a copy of your data if you didn’t follow the pre-deletion process above.
To temporarily deactivate your Facebook account, follow instructions:
- Click the drop-down arrow on the upper right corner.
- Select the Settings option.
- Go to the General tab from the left column and click the Manage Account.
- Now click the link – “Deactivate your account” and follow the further process to temporarily deactivate the Facebook account.
Unable to find the deactivating option? Click here to directly go to facebook account deactivation page.
Earlier, I wrote on how to increase facebook page likes and followers, you may be interested in this post, probably.
After deactivation, no one would be able to search for you and your profile will be hidden from other people. However, any particular conversation between you and your friend may still be visible to that FB friend.
If you’re not sure whether you should delete facebook account permanently or just want to hide all your information, in this case, you can temporarily deactivate your Facebook account.
Reactivating Facebook Account – If you decide to use your account back, you can reactivate it at any time by just logging in to facebook with your registered email ID and password.
As soon as you log in, your account will be restored with all your existing information.
How to Delete Facebook Account Permanently (Desktop)?
Well, this is an option that can permanently remove your complete profile from Facebook including your pics, videos, message, and other information.
So think deeply before you go ahead.
It is my suggestion to deactivate it instead of deleting your account because once your account is deleted, you will never get it back.
Though, the choice is yours :-)
Before taking any action, consider the stored data. Take a complete backup of your account.
When you’re ready to get rid of Facebook, follow these steps:
1. Navigate to the Settings page from the top drop-down arrow of the web page.
2. Go to the Your Facebook Information and click on the View in Delete Your Account and Information
Here, Facebook will remind you of a couple of things such as Deactivate Account, Download Info, Page Admin Settings and Manage Ownership of Apps.
3. Click on thebutton and a prompt will appear asking you to enter the password of your account to verify the account ownership.
4. After entering the password, click on Continue.
Unable to follow the steps above to delete the Facebook account permanently? Let’s make it easier, click here to go to the Permanently Delete Account page and click on Delete My Account. If prompt, log into your account.
Congrats, you’ve now deleted your account forever.
Rest leave on Facebook, the system will automatically delete your profile within 2 weeks. Yes! Facebook completes the deletion process in 14 days and if under this period someone login to that account, it reinstates or cancels the account deletion.
Delete Facebook Account on the Mobile App
On the mobile app, the process is quite different as compared on the web. There are some new menus you will need to navigate through. Simply follow the below steps to remove the Facebook account permanently.
We are demonstrating the deletion process in the Facebook app, version 22.214.171.124.96 on our Xiaomi MI A1 smartphone, running Android 8 Oreo.
Let’s get started –
1. Launch the Facebook app, tap the three lines icon and go to the Setting & Privacy => Settings.
2. Scroll down up to 75% and under Your Facebook Information section, tap the Account Ownership and Control.
3. Tap on the second option – Deactivation and Deletion and select the Delete Account => tap the button – Continue to Account Deletion.
4. Here, on this Permanently Delete Account page you will see something like the above screenshot. Finally, tap on the Delete Account button and follow the further process to get rid of Facebook.
Note: After the account deletion, don’t log in to Facebook for the next 14 days or else your account will be revoked from the deletion process. If you change your mind to reuse your account, you just need to log in before 14 days. After the time frame, Facebook will automatically remove your account permanently and then no one can get your account back.
Further, it takes up to 90 days for all the information in your account to be completely removed from the Facebook servers.
How to recover Facebook account password in case you forgot it?
There could be a chance when you forgot your account password when you don’t use facebook for a very long time. It usually happens with many users, they lose the login details (username or/and password).
But to delete or disable your Facebook account, you’ll need the password for account confirmation.
And even also, if you consider to backup your data.
So, to recover your account password, check out our earlier post on 5 different ways to recover Facebook account whether that’s a disabled Facebook account or blocked account.
Using the methods, you can recover your account even it was hacked or compromised.
Delete Facebook Account Immediately Forever by Sending an Email to Facebook Support
If the above method fails to delete facebook account permanently or you want to delete facebook account immediately forever, then drop an email to facebook official email IDs.
Yes, it is possible to delete your account using the email method.
Send an email request to Facebook on the Following email address to delete facebook account permanently.
Due to heavy back-lock, Facebook may take a couple of days to permanent delete facebook account.
So please wait for an email response from Facebook confirming the deletion of your account.
If you didn’t get any response from Facebook within one or two weeks, simply forward earlier sent email to the following email IDs:
To ensure that your Facebook account deleted or not, try to login after 14 days.
If your account already deleted, then you would not be able to sign in anymore.
Note: It’s required to send an email from your registered email ID that you use to log in to delete the Facebook account permanently. It is mandatory to validate your account.
Also note that the messages you sent to your friends while chatting, that may still available in their Messenger. All conversations between you and your friends will remain on your friend’s account even after you delete your Facebook account.
To delete such conversation or messages you’ll need to ask your friend to delete the conversation you had with him/her.