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How to delete your Facebook account

If you are looking to deactivate or delete Facebook, here's what you need to know before you flip the switch.
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May 19, 2022

Facebook can be a useful tool for staying in touch with friends and family. But for many, the actual experience has come down to distractions, constant advertisements, questionable ad practices, and numerous quizzes about which Game of Thrones character you are. If you aren’t finding the social media app particularly useful or interesting anymore, here’s how to delete or deactivate your Facebook account.

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QUICK ANSWER

To permanently delete your Facebook account, log in to your account and click the arrow icon at the top right corner. Go to Settings and privacy-->Settings-->Your Facebook information-->Deactivation and deletion. Select Permanently delete account and click Continue to accounts deletion.


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How to deactivate your Facebook account

Delete Facebook or deactivate account

If you don’t want to delete Facebook because you’re afraid of regretting the decision later, you may want to deactivate it instead. Deactivating your Facebook account will make it appear as though it has been deleted, with all content disappearing from the public site.

  • Log in to your Facebook account and the arrow icon at the top right corner.
  • Click Settings and privacy and go to Settings.
  • Select Your Facebook Information from the left menu and click Deactivation and Deletion.
  • Select Deactivate Account, then Continue to Account Deactivation.
  • Follow the instructions to confirm deactivation.

How to download a backup of your Facebook data

Download data before you delete Facebook

Once you delete your Facebook account, all of your pictures, notes, status updates, and more will be gone. If you’re not sure how much information you have on Facebook, you can check the complete list on the Your Information page. If you want to save any of it, you must download your Facebook data.

  • Click on the arrow at the top right corner and click Settings and privacy.
  • Go to Settings–>Your Facebook information and click Download your information.
  • Choose the dates, type of data, and format, and click Create file.
  • You will receive a notification when the file is ready to download.

How long the process takes depends on how much data you have on Facebook, and which types of data you are trying to extract. It can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours, but you can download the finished file on any number of devices. Note that the file expires a few days after you request it, so be sure to download it before you forget.


How to permanently delete a Facebook account

Facebook deletion

If you’ve absolutely had enough of the platform and want to delete Facebook from your life entirely, the process isn’t much different.

  • Click the arrow at the top right corner.
  • Go to Settings and privacy–>Settings–>Your Facebook information–>Deactivation and deletion.
  • Select Permanently delete account and click Continue to accounts deletion.

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FAQs

What is the difference between deleting and deactivating your Facebook account?

The key difference between deleting your Facebook account and deactivating it is reversibility. If you deactivate your account, you can reactivate it at any time. This will restore your friend list, posts, and pictures. Another big difference is that your Messenger account will remain active and will need to be deactivated separately.

How long does it take to delete your Facebook account permanently?

It can take up to 90 days for your information to be deleted from Facebook’s servers. But others won’t be able to find your profile during that time.

Can I get my Facebook account back if I delete it?

Should you change your mind, you can cancel the deletion process by logging into your account within 30 days and clicking Cancel Deletion. Otherwise, your information will be removed from Facebook within 90 days. However, some information may remain in backup servers, and Facebook may retain some information for legal purposes.