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How to create a new Facebook account
Facebook has around 3 billion users and enjoys more than 75% of the global social media market share. That still leaves plenty of people who might not have a Facebook account yet. And, of course, there are other reasons why you might need to create a new account if you lose access to your older one (if it’s been hacked, for example). Here’s how to create a new Facebook account.
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To create a new Facebook account, go to facebook.com and click the green Create new account button. Set up your account with your name, phone number, or email address, create a password, select your birthday, add your gender, and click on Sign up to complete the process.
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How to create a Facebook account on desktop
Go to the Facebook website and click on the large green Create new account button.
Add your name and mobile number or email address, create a password, select your birthday, add your gender (click on Custom to add your pronouns), and click on Sign up. You can change your name and email address later if you want to. Facebook will send a verification code to the mobile number or email address you’ve entered. Enter the code to complete your sign-up.
You will be greeted with essentially a blank page. Check out our guide on using Facebook to set up your profile with a bio and profile picture, add friends, and make your first Facebook post.
How to create an account using the Facebook app
If you don’t have the Facebook app, download it from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Open the app and tap on Create new Facebook account. Follow the steps to set up your account. Facebook will ask you to accept device permissions like access to your contact list and camera roll. The app will use this information to make it easier to find friends and add photos, but you can deny these permissions.
Enter your name, add your birthday, choose a gender, and add a mobile number. You can also set up your account with an email address by tapping on Sign in with email address at the bottom of the page. Facebook will send a verification code to the phone number or email address. Enter the code to complete the setup process.
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You can have as many Facebook accounts as you want, but you need a unique phone number or email address to set up each one. Facebook also says it’s against its Community Standards to maintain more than one personal account.
Ideally, yes. It’s against Facebook’s guidelines to use a fake name and profile information to set up an account. You cannot use special characters when you enter your name. Also, if Facebook suspects fraud, it might ask you to upload your ID for verification.
No, you will not be able to merge two accounts. If you want to create a new account to change your email address, name, or phone number, you can do so without creating a new account. You can download all your data from the older account and delete it.