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how to delete facebook accountFor whatever reason you may have, one day you might find yourself wanting to delete a Facebook account. Perhaps you had a few accounts and want to delete the extra ones. Maybe you want to start fresh and add as friends only the people who mean a lot to you these days. Or maybe your slightly-changed surname wasn’t enough to stop the people who you’re hiding from from finding you.

Despite your reasoning for wanting to do so, deleting a Facebook account can actually be a little tricky. This is because Facebook want to give you every possible opportunity to change your mind, so if you use your account in any way your deletion process will need to be restarted. Today we’ll take you through the steps to make deleting your Facebook account as simple as possible.

Has Your Account Been Hacked?

If the reason you’re considering deleting your Facebook Account is because your account got hacked, you should probably read these articles first. You may find you can solve your hacking problem and salvage your Facebook account.

Can You Still Log In To The Account You Want To Delete?

Even if you can no longer log in to your Facebook account, there are ways to gain access to it or to just delete it. For instance, it’s possible to get several trusted friends to help you prove to Facebook that the account is yours. Conversely, if you just want to delete it and you think someone else has hacked the account you can report it as being compromised and Facebook staff will delete it for you. More details can be found in this article:

Prepare Your Groups & Pages For Your Account Deletion

If the account you wish to delete is an admin of a Facebook page or group, ensure you add another account of yours or some good friends as administrators before you delete the account. If you’ve put a lot of work into your page, you will want to ensure it’s left in good hands. This is especially important if you administer a page for a business you work for as you will create a big headache for them if no-one else is made admin before you delete your Facebook account.

Remove All Apps From Facebook

When deleting your account, Facebook requires that you do not log in for two weeks after your request is made. This means that if you accidentally log in to another website using your Facebook credentials during that two week period you’ll have to re-start the deletion process. So, in order to ensure there are no accidents, you’ll need to delete all the applications associated with your account.

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To delete Facebook applications, head to your Facebook home page and click on “App Center” on the left, then choose “My Apps” from the menu on the left. Now, just keep clicking the crosses on the right-hand side to get rid of them all. When they are all deleted, you’ll still need to remember not to re-enter your Facebook details on any site or in any application during that two week period.

Note: It is also recommended that you remove linked accounts too. For instance, you have linked Google and Facebook if you have set up your account so that you’re logged into Facebook whenever you are logged into Google. However, the option to remove linked accounts is no longer in Account Settings > Linked Accounts (as Facebook still claim it to be), so I can only presume linked accounts are now controlled via your applications list or no longer exist.

Delete Your Facebook Account, Don’t Deactivate It

Don’t be confused between deactivating and deletion. If you deactivate your account via Account Settings > Security then Facebook will still keep all of your information from the account safe in case you ever want to reactivate the account. It’s not the same as deletion!

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To delete your Facebook account, first head to the help page and check out all the questions people normally have about account deletion. You can also back up your account data just in case you might need it. Then, when you’re really sure you want to go ahead with it, here is the big red button.

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It will give you a message reminding you to ensure you don’t log in for two weeks, but then it will helpfully log you out before you have a chance to read it properly. Note that if you change your mind at any point in the next two weeks all you need to do is log into Facebook and the deletion process will be cancelled.

More Reading

Here’s a few more articles you might like to read before trying to delete your account from Facebook:

Did you have any problems deleting your account? Tell us about it in the comments!

  1. mary
    March 14, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    i have deleted my facebook the 2weeks is almost up as of monday march 18 will sent msg b gone as well n everything that was on fb i would like it to be like i never had facebook

  2. @^^0Y^u|v|8u5
    March 14, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Thank You Ange for this well thought out post! Highly Appreciated! Did Leave FB following this method, BUT as an added safety, Deleted Each and Every Single Post, whatever was there in Friends List, Apps, Messages, Likes, etc, Before Doing so.

    Some Things to Note Though:
    1. Deleted Posts kept reappearing despite having taken the Oh So Long Damn Time to Delete Them Individually! Had to Redo the delete process of items multiple times and Hit Refresh to see if they were actually gone, until I hit Home and there were NO Posts, Think it's some sorta emotional blackmail or social engineering tactic because I was repeatedly seeing the birthday messages reappearing after already having deleted them. Still Deleted Them nonetheless! : |

    2. Checked each and every tab with it being Blank, Of course, name wasn't allowed to be blank! Furthermore, if you want to get rid of the friends list you have to hover over Each Box and remove one by one! Having more than 350+ (so called) friends on my list, my fingers were numb hitting the mouse button twice each time, one for the Unfriend option and one for the stupid ARE YOU SURE question! Grrr!

    I really pity those with a huge list! Wait till the day comes that they decide to delete their facebook account! Trust Me, I think They'll Defo Off themselves rather than go through the Real Sick and Time Consuming Process! Well I managed it in some long spent hours over two days and left with a backache, but it beats a freakin' regular migraine headache any day!

    3. Also In the list part of things and the items in the side columns, there's NO Damn Option of a Delete most of the time, just archive or edit or even more stupid Add to Favorites! some will show remove or hide. Things seem to be willfully set in such a way to either cripple the deletion process or irritate a person no end by making the process one helluva delayed issue!

    Worse still is the fact that despite having done so much and wasting time, You Are NOT 100% sure that all Data will be deleted/retained thanks to the so called SuperCookies, Pixels, Clouds(lol) or whatever else they can think of! People think once they're logged out of facebook they're safe! Yeah Right! Think Again!

    4. I think that the next action by the EFF and Privacy Concerned Organizations should be to Make it Compulsory for Facebook to Delete ALL Data of a User WITHOUT Retention in One or Two Steps, and IMMEDIATELY! And not in the BS time frame mentioned now of 14 days or even more claiming data retention of nearly 3 months.

    It already makes users download their so called data and extended data archive before deleting account, then what's the reason for delay?! One would have to be absolutely paranoid hoping that there's no sort of hidden malware/spyware in the archive that pings back stuff after the account is deleted! Going btw things are these days, Not Highly Impossible given the history of its roots! Call Me Paranoid, or Tinfoil Hat, But One Day, I'll See Who Has the Last Laugh and Says, I Told You So! :P

    REALLY SORRY for the Long Post my impatient friends! I know how the Diminished Attention Span Disease has hit people on facebook, so my sincere apologies, But if you had the patience to read thus far, God Bless your Patient Little Soul and I think there's a Chance You Just Might Be Saved in Time! ;) All the Best and May Your Will Be Strong! Power to the People! Peace Out!

  3. Angela
    February 21, 2013 at 6:01 am

    So I presume you are saying as long as someone else is the administrator of the page I have linked to my account, the page will not delete when my account is deleted?

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      That's right. But make sure that person knows what they're doing first! It's probably wise to add a few sensible people as admins.

  4. Getachew Ganifur
    January 31, 2013 at 9:32 am

    i donit get the exact way to delete facebook account

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      The short of it is that once you ask them to delete it permanently you must avoid logging in to Facebook for at least two weeks otherwise they will presume you've changed your mind.

  5. Douglas Mutay
    November 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    But is fb REALLY deleting all your information after you delete your account???

  6. Douglas Mutay
    November 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for this article. I have deactivate my fb account and getting ready for the next step!

  7. Caroline West
    November 2, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I'm really glad that you cleared up the difference between 'deactivation and deleting' and the 2 week waiting period along with the linked services. Facebook sure doesn't make it easy for us! Thanks very much :-)

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Hey, that's my job. :) You're welcome.

  8. Rob Parce
    October 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Here's the video version of how to delete your fb account: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMNP9M0wuMY

  9. Arun Singh
    October 16, 2012 at 3:23 am

    nice article.

  10. Maulya Agustini
    October 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I want to delete my previous account but IDK my password...

  11. Anonymous
    October 14, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Thanks guys once again one step ahead of me. I was just wandering what the proper steps would be and you have provided the answers so I feel secure about what I am doing. Good on you

  12. Rumpa Chatterjee
    October 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    How can I fake Facebook account delete Permanently,However I don't have any password ?

  13. druv vb
    October 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Good article there. This happened to my friends last week. They asked me to delete their account because they could not find the option to delete it. Well, they were busy chatting, viewing pictures, clicking on the Like and Comment buttons. That was the main reason for cancelling their account. Wasting too much time on facebook.
    Bye bye facebook.

  14. Yash Desai
    October 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    its funny that this is a facebook tip.

  15. TorchingIgloosdotcom
    October 11, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Just a heads up, Facebook still stores your information for months after deleting your account. A good practice (and what I did) is to overwrite all of your information with bogus information before you wipe it, so whatever is stored is not the real thing.

  16. HLJonnalagadda
    October 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Finally! Thanks a lot.

  17. Arron Walker
    October 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

    That's interesting - I might do this. I've been debating it for a while. I use my facebook account for this website though - is there a way to transfer my account here to a different set of credentials, like twitter? Or even a new facebook if I decide to make one.

    • Tina Sieber
      October 11, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Arron,

      You can go to your profile while logged in and edit your social connections. This way you can connect another account to your MakeUseOf profile and use it to log in.

  18. Saiwal Krishna
    October 10, 2012 at 9:08 am

    The two weeks are the toughest !
    Glad i got through..

  19. Rashelle Puno
    October 10, 2012 at 6:18 am

    very helpful.. i should try this..

  20. Philip Nelson
    October 9, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    during the two weeks, can people see your profile?

    • Jack Cola
      October 10, 2012 at 3:53 am

      No, no one can see your profile. Private messages do not get deleted though

    • Jack Cola
      October 10, 2012 at 3:55 am

      Or, if you just want to start Facebook again from scratch, here's how. It allows you to delete your Facebook account and start one up again straight away, without having to wait for the two weeks. http://www.jackcola.org/blog/123-how-to-delete-and-start-your-facebook-from-scratch

  21. Carlo Vincente
    October 9, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    One of the best articles around here. Now, go and close your FB account.

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