How to Deactivate (or Delete) Your Facebook Account
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By deactivating your account, you can not only disappear from Facebook, it also stops your friends and followers from being able to comment on your posts or share any links or messages on your wall.

How to Deactivate Your Account

To temporarily deactivate your Facebook account, in a browser, go to SettingsSecurity > Deactivate Your Account. You can also deactivate your account through the Facebook mobile app. Go to Settings > Account Settings > Security >  Account Deactivate. You will be prompted to enter your password in order to deactivate your account.


As Facebook points out, deactivating your account will “disable your profile and remove your name and photo from most things you shared on Facebook.” So if you’ve posted something on a public page, for example, it will simply read Facebook user. Things that will still be visible are messages you sent to your friends. Once you deactivate your account, you will be automatically logged out.

To reactivate your Facebook account, all you have to do is log back in.

How to Delete Your Account

If you want to completely delete your Facebook account, you’re going to have to reach out to Facebook. They don’t offer users an easy way to delete accounts themselves and once deleted, some of your data may remain on Facebook servers. Facebook says that it may take up to 90 days to delete any data stored in their backup systems, but that data will not be accessible on Facebook.

Facebook says that copies of “some material” may remain in their database but will bear no personal identifiers. They give only one example of what that data might be — log records — without going into any further detail. When deleting your account, if you log in during the time that it takes for your account to be deleted, it will cancel the deletion.

You can also download a copy of your Facebook data before deleting the account by going to Settings > General > Download a copy of your Facebook dataStart My Archive.

Have you thought about deactivating your Facebook account? Let us know why in the comments.

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  1. sbailey
    November 17, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    I don't want to be on this account.

  2. Michele
    November 8, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I cannot leave comments or reply to comments! PLEASE HELP!

  3. Nancy Giffard
    October 21, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Have 3 facebook accounts with the name Nancy Giffard and want to deactvate them all.

  4. Tracie Via
    October 1, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Someone unknown to me opened that account without my knowledge or consent. I want it permanently deleted. I do not have a computer and had to use my friends computer whose email account is listed. I am Tracie Via/

  5. LeAnna Herbel
    September 24, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I have at least 5 Facebook accounts I only need one how do I cancel the old ones

    • Nancy Messieh
      October 27, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Hi LeAnna - If you still have the login information for the other accounts, you can just use the instructions listed in this article.

  6. Kenneth Herring
    September 22, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    While this sounds all fine and good, just keep in mind that just because you deactivate your account, every thing you posted to included pictures and associations are still out there and it will never go away.

    • Nancy Messieh
      October 27, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      That's true. As mentioned in the article, posts on public pages will still exist out there in the wild, but they will no longer have your name/profile pic attached to them.

  7. Lisa Jan Walls Griffith
    September 22, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I have two Facebook accounts. The one with the name Lisa Walls Griffith needs to be deleted. It was only created temporarily because I could not log on to my original page which is under the name Lisa Jan Walls Griffith. Could somebody please please please help me with this. This is my second request.

  8. Lisa Jan Walls Griffith
    September 22, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I have two Facebook accounts and would like to delete one of them. The one I want to delete is the 2ND Facebook I opened. I would like to keep the original page I created which is under the name Lisa Jan Walls Griffith. Could someone please help me get rid/delete the 2ND Facebook page which is under the name Lisa walls Griffith.

    • Nancy Messieh
      October 27, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Lisa - do you still have the login information for both accounts?

  9. Pam
    September 22, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    somehow got 2 xtra f/b accounts that I don't use. I need 2 delete the 2 that r resently been put on in the past 6 months. PleASE Help me I'm getting very Frustrated. Thank u
    Pam Seip

  10. MAW
    September 22, 2016 at 7:26 am

    It sucks.

    Sometimes that's just the most convenient way to keep in contact wth people.
    Be bored, or be depressed. At least you feel something being depressed lol