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How to Delete Your Facebook Account Permanently

by on January 26, 2021
in Tips & How-Tos, Computers and Software, Facebook, Privacy, Tech 101, Social Networking :: 58 comments

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Ever think about deleting your Facebook account? Perhaps you don't want to worry about the privacy threat you and your spouse pose when posting. Or maybe you’d like some time back in your life and simply want to spend less time online.

Whatever your reason for ditching Facebook, you should know that deleting your account is a relatively easy thing to do. There are two ways to quit—one that’s reversible in case you change your mind, and the other permanent, for those who are certain they want out.

Deleting Your Facebook Account

Facebook screenshot the Deactivating or Deleting Your Facebook Account page showing the option to Deactivate Account or Delete Account with the Delete Account radio button selected

Deleting your Facebook account is only an option only for people who are absolutely sure they’re never coming back to Facebook and don’t mind the idea of starting from scratch in the event they do change their minds.

When you delete your account, Facebook permanently removes it. Facebook says the deletion process typically takes about one month although “some information may remain in backup copies and logs for up to 90 days.”

To delete your account, visit https://www.facebook.com/deactivate_delete_account on your computer and select "Delete Account." 

On your phone, go to the Facebook app and then

  1. Tap the triple bars in the lower right corner.
    Facebook app home screen with arrow pointing to the triple bars in the bottom right
  2. Scroll down to "Settings & Privacy" and tap the downward caret.
  3. Select "Settings."
    Facebook app menu screenshots with Settings & Privacy pointed out on the left screenshot and Settings pointed out on the right screenshot
  4. Scroll down to the "Your Facebook Information" section and select "Account Ownership and Control."
    Facebook Settings screenshot with Your Facebook Information pointed out and Account Ownership and Control pointed out
  5. Select "Deactivation and Deletion."
    Facebook Account Ownership and Control screenshot pointing out Deactivation and Deletion option
  6. Tap the radio button next to "Delete Account."
  7. Tap on "Continue to Account Deletion."
    Facebook Deactivation and Deletion settings screenshot pointing out Delete Account and Continue to Account Deletion

Keep in mind that messages you’ve sent to other people or posts you’ve shared with groups remain on Facebook even after you delete your account.

How to Download Your Facebook Data

Before permanently deleting your account, Facebook recommends that you download a copy of all the data Facebook has on you. On your computer:

  1. Select the down arrow
  2. Select "Settings & Privacy" > "Settings" > "Your Facebook Information"
  3. Select "Download Your Information." 

Facebook Settings page screenshot showing the Your Facebook Information option and pointing out Download Your Information

On your phone, go to the Facebook app and then

  1. Tap the triple bars in the lower right corner.
    Facebook app home screen with arrow pointing to the triple bars in the bottom right
  2. Scroll down to "Settings & Privacy" and tap the downward caret.
  3. Select "Settings."
    Facebook app menu screenshots with Settings & Privacy pointed out on the left screenshot and Settings pointed out on the right screenshot
  4. Scroll down to the "Your Facebook Information" section and select "Download Your Information"
    Facebook Settings screenshot with Your Facebook Information pointed out and Download Your Information pointed out

Even if you’re staying on Facebook it’s a good idea—you might be surprised at how much there is. 

Why do you want all your data? For one thing, it’s pretty enlightening to see the vast amount of information you’ve shared on Facebook. Even casual users may find that they've shared an incredible amount of information about myself. To get a sense of what's in your Facebook data file, select "Activity Log."

If you do decide to download your personal archive, make sure to store it somewhere safe. It will likely be a huge repository of personal information you likely don’t want to share with others.

Deactivating Your Facebook Account

Facebook screenshot the Deactivating or Deleting Your Facebook Account page showing the options to Deactivate Account or Delete Account with the Deactivate Account radio button selected

Deactivating your account is an alternative to deleting: it puts your account on hold and hides your timeline on the site. Facebook doesn’t delete any of your information just in case you want to come back into the fold. I’ve actually used this option in the past and it’s an easy way to take a break from Facebook and then later switch the lights back on. Once you do, everything comes back—your friends, your likes, previous posts and anything else you did at the site.

You should know, however, deactivating your account does not remove your name from your friends’ lists of friends. If it bothers you that your friends might wonder why they’re not seeing your posts, but can still see you as a friend, it might make sense to let them know you’re leaving the network for a while.

If you want to give deactivation a shot, go to https://www.facebook.com/deactivate_delete_account on your computer and select "Deactivate Account."

On your phone, go to the Facebook app and then

  1. Tap the triple bars in the lower right corner.
    Facebook app home screen with arrow pointing to the triple bars in the bottom right
  2. Scroll down to "Settings & Privacy" and tap the downward caret.
  3. Select "Settings."
    Facebook app menu screenshots with Settings & Privacy pointed out on the left screenshot and Settings pointed out on the right screenshot
  4. Scroll down to the "Your Facebook Information" section and select "Account Ownership and Control."
    Facebook Settings screenshot with Your Facebook Information pointed out and Account Ownership and Control pointed out
  5. Select "Deactivation and Deletion."
    Facebook Account Ownership and Control screenshot pointing out Deactivation and Deletion option
  6. Tap the radio button next to "Delete Account."
  7. Tap on "Continue to Account Deletion."
    Facebook Deactivation and Deletion settings screenshot pointing out Deactivate Account and Continue to Account Deactivation

[EDITOR'S NOTE: If you can no longer access your Facebook account because you don't remember the login, read our article on How to Delete an Old Facebook Account When You Can't Log In]

Updated on 5/11/2021

[Image credit: Facebook on laptop via BigStockPhoto]



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Delete your account, then after a while create a NEW account using the same phone number, email addr

From Eric Wright on September 25, 2021 :: 9:53 am

What sorcery is this?
How can all the “DELETED” posts and pictures suddenly show up?  The answer, Facebook makes backups, and backups are NEVER deleted because Facebook is an advertising and human metadata company first, and social media second.

Facbook NEVER really destroys THEIR data about YOU.

It’s in the terms of use quite clearly that abything you type or upload becomes THEIR property.

Deleting your data only deletes the live instance, not the archived instances, which is why signing up for a new account with the same name, phone number, and email address will restore the supposedly “deleted” files from your “deleted” account.

I have done this more than once.

All that deletion does is removes your data from the live instance so that your posts and media isn’t visible to anyone else, butit is never truly deleted while you are a live human thst they can sell metadata of to interested parties, such as advertisers.

  Anyone who believes this article is talking about truly delting irrevocably your account and data, try what I have said.  They will restore your data from backups as soon as you create a “new” account with the same credentials…

Delete = Hide well…  but it’s fully recoverable because your data has monetary value to them as long as you are alive.

Try it and you will see that I, and the terms of service, are both correct.

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