How To Properly Close Your Facebook Account

Angela Randall 30-11-2010

close facebook accountSo you’ve given up on Facebook and you want to delete that account properly? Well, we’ll show you how to do it.


There are a number of really good reasons a person may have to close their Facebook account. Maybe you have privacy concerns or maybe you just don’t like to think about who Facebook has given your information to. Whatever your reason for wanting to delete your account, you need to make sure you do it right – and there’s more than just one trick to it.

Back Up Your Data

Before you close your Facebook account, think about backing up your entire Facebook history How to Download Your Entire Facebook History Over the years Facebook has collected a lot of data about you. In this article, we explain how to download your Facebook history and what you're likely to find lurking within. Read More . You never know what you might need in the future.

Trial Deactivation

If you’re not sure about deleting your Facebook account, you can deactivate your account instead (Accounts > Settings > Deactivate Account).

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Deactivation leaves everything intact: friends, photos, information, etc. In fact, while deactivated, your friends can still invite you to events and you can still receive notifications. In essence, all deactivating does is hide your profile page for a while.

Deactivating is not deleting your Facebook account.

If You Are Ultra-Paranoid

Your reasons for deleting your account will determine how fastidious you want to be about the deletion process. If you’re really paranoid, begin by deleting all your data on Facebook bit by bit. This means you need to delete your account information, interests, photos, updates, messages, applications, notes, links, friend links, groups, fan pages… EVERYTHING.

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There is one very good reason for doing this: When Facebook deletes your account, the photos aren’t really deleted. They’re de-linked from your account. Which means they’re still there, but no-one can match them up to you. Deleting photos might do exactly the same thing, but you can still try.

If You’re An Admin

Facebook has ways to determine who takes charge of groups or fan pages after the creator deletes an account. However, you might like to make that decision for yourself. Head to your Group/Page and add a few more admins you trust.

Prepare For Deletion: Ensure You Won’t Log In For Two Weeks

To properly delete your account, you will need to make sure you don’t log in to Facebook for two weeks after the request is made. If you do, Facebook will take it as a sign that you don’t really want to delete your account and they will cancel your deletion request. So you’ll need to make sure there’s no way you can log in accidentally.

Make sure you:

  • Delete Facebook Connect applications: Logging in elsewhere with Facebook Connect is an easy way to slip up and accidentally use your Facebook account. So delete every application in Facebook to ensure all Facebook Connect authorisations are removed.
  • Don’t use Facebook login anywhere: Don’t accidentally start a new Facebook connect authorisation, eg. Digg, Spotify.
  • Remove Facebook from your chat client: Adium, Meebo, Digsby, Trillian, etc.
  • Remove Facebook from your Twitter client: Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Seesmic, etc.
  • Delete Facebook applications from your phone and other devices.
  • Disconnect linked accounts you might also use to log into Facebook: Google, Yahoo, OpenID, etc. To do this, go to Account > Settings > Linked Accounts and disable all of them.
  • Log out of Facebook.
  • Delete stored passwords in your browser on all computers you use.
  • Delete all your browser cookies on all computers you use.

How To Properly Close Your Facebook Account Linked Accounts

Schedule Your Account Deletion

Head to this page to ask for your account to be deleted. Look under “How do I permanently delete my account?” and scroll down past the advice to deactivate until you see the “Submit your request here” link. Then you’ll see the “Delete My Account” and you can follow your nose from there to properly close your account.

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Wait Two Weeks

Your request for deleting your account is scheduled for two weeks later, in case you change your mind. The account goes into a deactivated state for the two weeks. In that time, all you have to do to cancel your request is to log into Facebook.


Read More On Facebook Privacy

Facebook privacy has been a pretty big issue in the past few years. Mostly because it practically doesn’t exist. Facebook executives are pushing users towards being open with their updates and information, while simultaneously making privacy settings difficult to navigate. This has resulted in many privacy slip ups by users who didn’t really understand their settings.

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If you’ve considered deleting your Facebook account, let us know the reasons in the comments.   How easy or hard was it to close your Facebook account?

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  1. Janet Harrison
    July 17, 2017 at 7:24 am

    I am becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the entries and comments I read on facebook.

    America, the country into which I was born, used to value free speech; she also used to have a sense of humor.

    These days, Free Speech seems only to apply to those with whom you AGREE! It is now apparently accepted that those who hold an opposite point of view are ridiculed, shut down, and sometimes even physically attacked.!

    Unfortunately, I do not dare to express my versions of my opinions on your Facebook. I would no doubt be subjected to some pretty nasty replies which I have read that have been directed to those who have replied when refuting someone else's opposite opinion

    I no longer want to be a part of this group.

    In other words, GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!

    But, you make it extremely difficult to leave! So, I guess I will just have to delete Facebook every time it appears on my incoming mail list. And certainly NOT recommend that anyone join because it seems to be a one way street. Once your on, you have to practically stand on your head to get off!

    I am almost afraid to give you my name and my EMAIL address! But, since I am, I would appreciate an answer as to why you make it so difficult to exit your little KINGDOM!

    • G.
      June 19, 2018 at 7:29 am

      When trying to delete a FB account they actually fake it. The Captcha does not properly work leaving you unable to leave Facebook. Then there is no love chat or even a way to contact anyone about deleting your account. If your alive well look into deleting your account incase of death. That option seems to be an easier way out of FB.

  2. jim coons
    January 8, 2015 at 12:50 am

    I got my grandson on face book but I had to use my email addy and my cell number now its got me all mist up cause I can c what his friends say nd he can c mine.if u can show me a better wayof staying on facebook then I will stay

  3. Facebook Development
    January 18, 2011 at 7:03 am

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  4. seenu
    December 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    After requesting deletion of account waiting for 2 weeks in all the ways is better, What you say............

  5. seenu
    December 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    After requesting deletion of account waiting for 2 weeks in all the ways is better, What you say............

    • Donna H
      December 26, 2014 at 6:37 am

      How to delete and cancel on samsung android tsblet/how do you cancel on the Samsung Android tablet Facebook in its entirety I have never used it I have nothing there I don't want it open what was put on there was not put on there by me how do I find this outI have gotten nothing but the run around. Can't reach google.ha That is another lie.

  6. Fabiop
    December 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    They got you by the balls....bastards!