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How to Quickly Switch Between Facebook Accounts

James Hirtz Updated 01-05-2020

Whether you have multiple Facebook accounts or share a computer with friends and family, you’ll need to know how to switch Facebook accounts. Thankfully, the social network makes it easy to quickly switch between profiles using the same browser.


How to Switch Between Facebook Accounts (Classic Facebook)

classic facebook account switcher

  1. While logged into Facebook, you should see an Account Switcher button between Notifications and Quick Help.
  2. Press the button, then click Add Account.
  3. Enter your username and password and click Log in. If you previously checked Remember password, you won’t receive a prompt to enter your password when switching accounts. If you haven’t checked Remember password, you’ll receive a prompt to enter the password for your account.
  4. Now when you click on the Account Switcher button, you should see both accounts. You’ll know which of your Facebook accounts is currently active by the green mark.
  5. If you decide you would like to remove an account from your computer, click the little grey X in the corner of your profile photo.

How to Switch Between Facebook Accounts (New Facebook)

new facebook switch accounts

  1. While logged into Facebook, click on the Account button next to Notifications.
  2. Select Switch Accounts, then select Log Into Another Account.
  3. Enter your username and password and click Log in. If you previously checked Remember password, you won’t receive a prompt to enter your password when switching accounts. If you haven’t checked Remember password, you’ll receive a prompt to enter the password for your account.
  4. Now when you click on the Switch Accounts button, you should see both accounts. On New Facebook, there’s no visual marker for the account you’re on.
  5. If you decide you’d like to remove an account from your computer, go to Switch Accounts then click the X to the right of the account name.

Stay Secure When Switching Facebook Accounts

Because you have the option to always enter your password when switching profiles, this feature is useful for family members who share a computer. Facebook also allows you to add up to 10 accounts using the Account Switcher feature.

It will also come in handy if you have a separate Facebook login for work. That way you can keep all things work and personal completely separated. If you want to know more about Facebook security, check out the complete Facebook privacy guide The Complete Facebook Privacy Guide Privacy on Facebook is a complex beast. Many important settings are hidden out of sight. Here's a complete look at every Facebook privacy setting you need to know about. Read More .

You Can Now Switch Facebook Accounts Quickly

Once you’ve added multiple accounts, swapping between accounts on Facebook is quick and easy. It may just be a simple feature, but it’s one that can make your life a lot easier. As is using Facebook to plan an event, and here’s how to create events on Facebook How to Create Events on Facebook Facebook makes it easy to send out big blasts to let people know they're invited to your events. Read More .


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  1. László Tihanyi
    May 21, 2020 at 2:04 am

    are you kidding!? This is totally worthless "information", pure fantasy, we can use Parallel Space or similar apps but that's about it

  2. Maryjan
    November 21, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    I've been using Facebook for years and never saw the Facebook Account Switcher until about a month ago when I started using a different laptop and Google Chrome browser. Imagine my delight to see it. It is the fastest way to log-out-and-log-in in Facebook.

    Imagine my disappointment when today I logged in one account too many and the dang icon disappeared. I've tried everything and nothing seems to get it back. Facebook Help says you can log out and log back in to a different account and the icon will reappear. No it doesn't.

  3. James Alan
    September 10, 2019 at 2:38 am

    I think the 13 comments already here make one thing very clear: this piece is a waste of internet space (if there is such a thing). The piece assumes that the user has a required icon, and nobody who has written a comment, including me, has this.

    Noticeably, no response from the author.

  4. Doris Brock
    July 3, 2019 at 9:27 am

    My account switcher disappeared on fb... How do I get it back?

  5. John Beveridge
    June 2, 2019 at 7:43 am

    I do not have a switcher icon on mynew computer how do you get it

  6. Eddie
    May 2, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    I have 5 family members accounts . This feature made switching between accounts much easier when it came out.. After about a month the button disappeared from 2 of the accounts on one of our machines. a little later all disapeared from the other machine. A month later 2 more accounts lost the button. Last week the final accounts lost the button. It would be nice to have them back.

  7. Jeffrey Basque
    November 19, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    In addition to my original Facebook account, a few months ago, I opened “mistakenly on purpose” opened a new FB account to be associated with new Facebook Business Manager and Ads Manager accounts. Ever since ten there's been conflict between the two facebook accounts, with me having to change passwords as if Facebook expects the one password for both accounts. Now I am locked out of the Facebook account associated with my Business and Ads Manager accounts and don't have the Account Switcher button that i used to see from the FB account used with Business and Ads Manager. Can someone help me out.

  8. Terence
    February 17, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    The switch button is really helpful, since it helps me to easily switch between my private and work account. But the button disappeared just as suddenly as it appeared after clearing cookies from my browser (Chrome). Any idea how to get it back?

    • KJ
      March 14, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      Have the same issue. Using Firefox, switcher button disappeared. Would like to know how to get it back.

    • YL
      March 22, 2018 at 10:50 pm

      Hi Terence
      I've lost it too!! It was brilliant as I am admin on a group so have a separate account. FB won't let me log back into that account now since the switch button disappeared! It says I have mis-typed my email address for my personal account and I can't over-ride this! Sooo frustrating.
      Any teccies out there that can help please??

    • Jennifer
      April 24, 2018 at 6:56 pm

      I'm having exactly the same issue! Cleared cookies and the switcher went away. Such a sad day! There is nothing on the interwebs on how to get it back either!

    • Frank
      April 25, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Hallo All...
      I get the same issue. Suddenly it is gone but worst I dont know why. How to fix this?
      Thanks a lot.

    • Simon Blacksmith
      April 27, 2018 at 1:19 pm

      Same problem here. I've searched across the internet and no solution so far :'(

  9. D
    February 16, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Bad Idea this is WHAT IS THE POINT most people only have 1 facebook account I think it's a Security Hole for Cyber Criminals

  10. P.Vin
    February 8, 2018 at 11:23 am

    just tested a new easier way - With Firefox 57 upwards - with the containers tabs option active - you can have Two sessions of facebook open ( each container tab is has a new FF session ).

  11. Praveen Kumar S
    February 8, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Thanks, Nancy.
    But there is no such switch button on my profile :(