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How to Delete or Deactivate Your Facebook Profile on Jan. 12, 2012

Please Note: We are in no way associated with Facebook and can not help you delete or deactivate your Facebook account, other than providing the tips listed below. For further details and help on how to delete your Facebook account, please visit the Facebook help section.

Are you fed up with Facebook, all the changes they’re forcing on you, things they’re not telling you about and just figured it was time to delete your profile? Well, they don’t make it easy if you do, so I’m here to guide you through the process.

The first thing you as a Facebook user need to know is if you want to permanently delete your profile or merely deactivate it. Permanently deleting a profile is exactly what it sounds like–permanent deletion. The account is closed forever and you’ll no longer have access to the information contained within your Facebook profile. Deactivating it, on the other hand, is kind of like cryogenically freezing your profile. It will stay stuck in one spot in time until you decide you want to thaw it out. When you deactivate your Facebook, it makes your profile inaccessible by your now former friends, but if you log back in, everything is just like it was.

Now that you’ve decided whether you want to terminate or freeze your profile, let’s get started. We’ll begin with Facebook Deactivation.

How to Deactivate Your Facebook Profile:

  1. Go to your profile’s Account Settings. When you arrive at the Account Settings page, select the Security page to the left of the screen.
  2. Once you are at the Security page, click the “Deactivate your account” link.
  3. At this stage of the game, you will have to fill out a brief form explaining why you want to deactivate your Facebook profile. After filling out the form, you will select the “Confirm” button, which will prompt you to enter your password, then you will have to fill out a captcha to make sure you’re a human being and not a robot.
  4. You are then automatically logged out and your Facebook is deactivated.
  5. To reactivate your profile, just log back in like you would any other time.

It’s literally that easy. Now, if you’re one of the people who want to permanently rid yourself of Facebook, follow the steps below.

How to Permanently Delete Your Facebook Profile:

  1. To access the Facebook Account Deletion page, go to the Facebook Help Center by clicking the “Help” link at the bottom of the screen.
  2. When you arrive at the Help Center, type “How do I permanently delete my account” into the search bar.
  3. That will bring you the “Account Settings and Deletion” help page, click “submit your request here” at the bottom of the third paragraph to access the Facebook Account Deletion page.
  4. When you are at the Facebook Account Deletion page, click “Submit.”
  5. After you click “Submit”, you will be prompted to enter your password and fill out a captcha (to verify that you’re a human).
  6. Once you fill out the necessary information, click “Okay.” You will then be sent an email from Facebook that says your Facebook will be permanently deleted in 14 days (two weeks).
  7. This may seem simpler than deactivating your account, but it comes with a caveat: You cannot log into your Facebook at all during that 14 day period or it’ll cancel the deletion and you’ll have to repeat the whole process over again. This includes using Facebook Connect, Liking or Sharing things on external sites (websites outside of Facebook).
  8. After 14 days, your Facebook profile will be no more and you’ll be living a Facebook-free life.

One important thing to remember is if in your two-week period before your account is officially deleted that you decide you don’t want it deleted after all, just log in. When you log back, in everything will appear as it was before you preemptively decided to delete it.

Do you have any questions or comments about deactivating or permanently deleting a Facebook account? Let me know in the comments or contact us!

98 Responses to How to Delete or Deactivate Your Facebook Profile

  • I’ve de-activated my account but I heard after a week or so, it will permanently delete it? I don’t want to delete mine just in case I wanna go back on. Do you know if that’s true? I chose the option ‘This is temporary. I’ll be back.’ so maybe that’ll make them not delete my account.

  • If you chose deactivate as opposed to full deletion, your account should be fine. I personally had my Facebook account deactivated for more than six months and when I logged back in, it was just the way it was. The only thing I had to re-do was reset my security preferences.

    When you deactivate a Facebook account, it sits dormant, but it’s still there. You can log in at any time. I hope that helps!

  • just want off facebook

  • That was brief and very helpful thank you

  • Roger,

    I’m glad you found the blog post informative! If you leave Facebook, do you plan on joining another social network in its place?

    -Michael

  • Hi, when I try to permanently delete my FB account, the date for deletion keeps getting pushed ahead by one day, I do realize I have to wait 14 days … I have seen other people asking about this on other sites, Any idea whats up with this?

  • Hi Jane,

    I haven’t seen or heard of that situation happening before. It could be caused by you being logged-in on your smartphone. If you are logged-in, it might be perpetually pushing the deletion date back, but that is only a guess. If you figure out the cause of the problem, please let us know!

    Thanks,
    Michael

  • i do not want it anymore please help me.

  • Betty,

    Is there a specific part of the deactivation or deletion process that’s causing you trouble?

    -Michael

  • i am 70 years old i do not want. it anymore so please help me thankyou.

  • Betty,

    I’m sorry, I cannot delete or deactivate your Facebook profile for you. You can, however, follow the steps I have laid out in the post above. They take you through each individual step to either deactivate or permanently delete your profile. If you have any more questions about the deletion process, feel free to leave another comment and I’ll help you along.

    Thank you,
    -Michael

  • I just wanted to say this post helped me immensely in my efforts to defacebook myself. You were also quite kind to Betty there.

  • John,

    I’m glad you found the article helpful!

    -Michael

  • Hi. You said above:

    “Permanently deleting a profile is exactly what it sounds like–permanent deletion. The account is closed forever ..”

    So it is not exactly like deleting it, it’s exactly the opposite I.E. NOT deleting it, but just denying you access?

    and you’ll no longer have access to the information contained within your Facebook profile.”

    So it’s still contained with your profile. You basically are selling the rights to it all? And Facebook can use it and maybe still use your account, but you can’t? So is it safer to just stay on it?

    Thank you very much for any answer.

  • David,

    When you choose to permanently delete your Facebook, you are requesting that the social network delete all of your information and data. Once that deletion occurs, no one (including Facebook, itself) will have access to your account because it no longer exists.

    I hope this helps answer your question.

    -Michael

  • I just don’t like facebook one bit.

  • I don’t care for facebook at all, too public,

  • I don’t want my facebook

  • i thought facebook basically owned everything on your account, that they keep it. for what purpose I don’t know. I tried to deactivate my account but everytime I pushed the button to deactivate it kept sending me back to the previous screen to state reasons why I wanted to stop my account. I tried everything. It’s like I am being held captive by this Big Brother over rated monster. I despise Facebook and everything about it.

  • I really ‘like’ this post.

  • Hello,
    I found out if you delete Facebook any messages you have sent other people will still remain in their account. I’d like that content to be invisible in their inboxes. It makes wall posts invisible, but not messages which is a bit shit. I wish Facebook would remove ALL content if you delete your account. Would make people more keen to join, seems safer if they just do what you want

  • Once I have deleted my Facebook account but I decide I do not want to and I go to log in but I have forgotten my password can I reset it still and then get my Facebook back before the 14 days are up?

  • Kelly,

    That is sadly something we have no control over, those other users would have to delete the messages manually.

    -Mike

  • Rita,

    You should still be able to reset your password within the 14-day window. Just follow the prompts when you try to log in, it should walk you through the process.

    Thanks,
    Mike

  • It served my purpose for a while after I left my job, just to keep an eye on things, but now not necessary for that purpose. I do not trust any site one hundred per cent, let alone facebook.
    Thanks for the guidance on deactivation of my fb acct.
    Ta
    Geoff

  • Want to permantley terminate my facebook but forgot my password. What do I do

  • Danelle,

    What you’ll need to do is reset your password when you try to log in. Then follow the steps as laid out above and you should be able to delete it.

    -Michael

  • I had NO idea this could be done!!! :) I even searched on fb help a couple of weeks ago when I deactivated my account (that I knew would be for the last time) and I found nothing on this. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    ***I love the fact that I am going to be completely off of it in 2 weels now.
    It was very clear and extremly helpful the way you wrote it. I was kinda afraid I wouldn’t be able to do it because in most cases if you click the wrong thing it sets you back more, but I am so thrilled to report that I found it VERY easy (hey, even I did it with no problems hahahaha) and it was fast. I did back up everything (all of my photos, etc.) 2 weeks ago before I deactivated, so I was just ready to completely end fb then once and for all. I really didn’t think there was such a thing to do this at all. THANK YOU AGAIN
    ~CJ~

  • CJ,

    I’m so glad you found the blog post helpful! Thank you for the kind words.

    -Mike

  • Hi. The instructions were really helpful. But when you deactivate your account does it get deleted? or just really deactivated because in twitter i deactivated mine and it said that it will be deleted. So im just asking, when you deactivate your account in facebook does it also get deleted?

  • Hi Sol,

    The deactivation process for Twitter is much different than Facebook. When you “deactivate” your Twitter account, you are given 30 days to reactivate it before it is fully, 100 percent deleted. With Facebook, deactivation is more similar to a temporary suspension. You can deactivate your Facebook account and it will be available for you to reactivate indefinitely. If you go through the full deletion process, however, it will be forever gone.

    Hope this helps!
    -Mike

  • Thanks a lot for this information

    If I deleted the Facebook permanently.. Could I sign up and again with the same email ?
    Regards

  • Hi Fahad,

    I’m not sure if you can use the same email you used before. I would assume that after the 14-day period is over, you can. If not, you can always use a new email address.

    -Mike

  • A good post.
    Thanks alot (:

  • I deleted an account yesterday and now I want to use the username for my page. Do I have to wait 14 days? The username is coming up as unavailable.

  • if i permanently delete facebook, i heard the messages I’ve sent to other people will appear as “facebook user” instead of your name. the content will still be there. is this true?

  • I have a question about facebook poke. (for all words of this question “poke” is refering to the click of a button on Facebook) I have been poking some one for a while now and I got a poke from him last night but just let it go until I had time to repoke. Now it is gone. I have even went to his page and tried to repoke him and it says he has to respond to my poke first… I talked to him and it says the same thing on his end… Any clue how to reset the pokes OR fix it? THANKS!!

  • Hi
    I deactivated my Facebook account ages ago, when I signed in it didnt ask me to reactivate it just signed me in…and I had one notification about an event page but nothing else…can you tell me why or how this has happened please?

  • Sarah,

    I am sorry, I don’t have a definitive answer for you. The only thing I can think of is that you might have gone through the full deactivation process, therefore you were just logged out for a long time.

    Hope this helps.
    -Michael

  • Cathy,

    To be honest, I haven’t used the “Poke” button on Facebook in a very long time. I can only assume that there is a glitch within Facebook itself.

    -Michael

  • Hi Ashley,

    Yes, it is true that if you permanently delete your Facebook that any messages in your friends’ inboxes will appear as “Facebook User.” For some reason, Facebook does not delete messages associated with a permanently deleted account.

    Hope this helps!
    -Mike

  • Hi Bonnie,

    Yes, you will have to wait at least 14 days before a using a deleted username. And even then, I’m not sure if a username will become immediately available. Sometimes, Facebook and other social networks hold on to old usernames for an undetermined amount of time before releasing them back into the public.

    -Mike

  • Glad you liked the post, Gihan!

  • Thanks, very helpful post. Just got my account hacked. Did not like that at all. Better off without the intrusion.

  • Hi Rania,

    I’m glad you found the post helpful!

  • i want to DELETE my oldfacebook page but i dont remember my email or passwd..i just want it gone so i can make a new one so i dont know what to do…iv tried everything and it just doesnt work. PLEASE HELP.

  • Hi Caitlin,

    If you don’t have access to the email address you used to register for Facebook, you might be out of luck. You can, however, try to contact Facebook through its Help Center. https://www.facebook.com/help/220217228006012/

  • If I do a permanent delete, I see from above that inbox messges cannot be removed from the recipients page. Does this hold true with all comments left on other persons’ pages/photos/statuses?

  • Hi, how are you doing. Sorry, I was permanently blocked on my FB and I wanna know if I can delete the account out-rightly cos I wanna use the same mail to create another account and I people also complain that they see me in two places on FB which I don’t cherish.

    Please help me out. I wanna delete the account entirely on FB.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Regards
    Mr. Promise

  • Hi Brad,

    If you permanently delete your Facebook account, your comments on other people’s pages/photos/statuses will stay, but instead of your name and picture showing, it will show a blank profile photo and “Facebook User.”

    Hope this helps!
    -Michael

  • 14 days passed after I deleted my account, but I still see there my login and password with suggestion to log in. How should I know, that it had been deleted without possibillity to restore it??
    2. Will my friends see my personal massages with my pick after I have deleted my account?

  • THANKYOU VERY MUCH FOR YOURS BRIEF DESCRIPTION ABOUT FACEBOOK DELETION.ONCE AGAIN THANKYOU VERY VERY MUCH .

  • Today, I received loads of spam-tagging on my wall, where it said ‘see who can see your profile’ and it made it look like i tagged my friends when i hadn’t.

    So i tried to delete them and report them as spam but the posts kept coming up loads.

    So i reported again and then decided to change my password to for security but then it blocked me out.

    While my page was going crazy posting to others i managed to keep pressing along and i deactivated my account. Do you know if the spamming will continue? like will it stop tagging my friends as i’ve deactivated it and will i be able to get my account back after?

    Many thanks
    Mel

  • useful information…

  • i jst wnna lev fb ,,,
    tell me if there is any other good social networking site, which i can use……

  • Mr. Promise,

    If you have been permanently blocked out of your Facebook account, you may be out of luck. In order to delete your account, you need to have access to it. Resetting your password might be the best bet to regaining control of your account.

    Thanks,
    Michael

  • Yulia,

    You’re probably seeing your email and password in the Facebook login fields because your internet browser has saved that information. It does not mean your Facebook is still active. Clearing your browser’s cookies should fix the problem.

    Hope this help!
    -Michael

  • KHUSHBOO,

    I’m glad you found the blog post helpful!

    -Michael

  • Hi Mel,

    It sounds like your Facebook account has been hacked. What I would do is try to change your password again. If that doesn’t work, try deactivating the account temporarily and see if that fixed the problem.

    Hope this helps!
    -Michael

  • Hi Sam,

    There are many other social networks at your disposal, it all depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for something similar to Facebook, I recommend Google+. We’re a big fan of G+ here at TM. But some other networks you should consider include Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Reddit, and many more.

    Let us know what you decide to use!
    -Michael

  • Thanks for the info. I was recently hacked. I don’t even use facebook enough to make it worth it so I just deleted. Thanks a lot for the info. I feel so free now.

  • Sonja Iversen Hosel April 19, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I have deactived my account on Facebook why are they keep sending me a page to sign in, I want this to stop please.

  • Hello ! My fb account is randomly sending spam messages to all my friends and contacts… it all started when I clicked a message sent to me from one of my friends… from then onwards ny fbaccount has been sending spam messages to all my contacts and everyone are complaining abt this… I tried changing my password several times but it didnt work… I searched for any suspicious app that might have been installed but I couldnt find any… please could u suggest what do I do now ? I am really desperate ! :(

  • So if I was to try and log back into my Facebook account after the 14 days, I wouldn’t be able to?

  • gashdownload@gmail.com May 16, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I used to wait for 24 hours to reactivate my facebook account. But these days deactivating means like signing out. I can log in any time I want which is something I can not refrain from. I don’t want to delete facebook but I want to be out of it for quite some time like a week or so. Is there any way to do that?

  • Ashley,

    If you fully delete your account, yes.

    -Michael

  • Pranav,

    I would immediately change your password. That usually does the trick.

    -Michael

  • Hey I deactivated my facebook account more than a year ago, but I want to delete it permanently. Unfortunately I can’t remember the email, much less the password I used and I don’t use whatever email I used to use anymore. Is there anything I can do about it?

  • If I DELETE my account, will my facebook friends still be able to see my profile pic & messages I sent…?

  • Hi Mita,

    If you delete your Facebook permanently, your friends will not be able to see your profil picture, but your old messages (not wall posts) will still be visible in their individual inboxes. It is not public.

    Thanks for reading!
    -Mike

  • Hello there,

    If you don’t remember the email address to your Facebook, you will not be able to access the account. However, because you have already deactivated your account, it’s as if it’s already deleted to everyone else.

    Thanks for reading!
    -Mike

  • I want to delet my fb account…please help me…

  • Hi,
    When I permanently delete my facebook account,
    dueing the 14 days, will everyone still be able to see photos, sent by others?

    Thanks for reading
    EL

  • Namtratapandey,

    If you follow the steps above, you should be able to delete your Facebook account. Let me know if you have questions.

    -Michael

  • E. Francis,

    During the 14-day period before permanent deletion takes effect, no one will be able to see your photos. The only thing that will remain visible are private messages you sent to your friends.

    Hope this helps! Thanks for reading!
    -Michael

  • Hi Michael,

    Will my “likes” and “comments” be deleted so no one can see I “liked” a photo anymore or commented….I don’t feel like going from 2004 to present and delete all of the comments and likes. Thanks for the help.

  • Hi John,

    All of your likes and comments should disappear when you delete your profile. If for some reason a comment does stick around, it will say it’s written by “Facebook User” with a blank profile image, so no one will know it was you.

    Hope this helps! Thanks for reading!

    -Michael

  • Darla Talkington June 14, 2013 at 8:39 am

    want my face book account delited for a few months, not permentlry, how do I do this?

  • Daria,

    If you follow the deactivation steps laid out above, you will be able to temporarily deactivate your account.

    Hope this helps!
    -Michael

  • Thanks for the post, very helpful.

  • Chucky,

    I’m glad you found the post helpful.

    Thanks for reading,
    Michael

  • i deactivated my account a month or two ago and
    recently sent the request to deleted it. during the 14-day period
    before permanent deletion well my account be visible to others?
    or in other words will it be activated during this waiting time?

    thanks for your help!

  • Hi,
    After deactivating my profile for a few months, I’d like to reactivate it but want to delete many of my present Facebook ‘friends’. Will Facebook make a big hooha about my reemergence or will I be able to subtly slip back into cyberspace and delete people in a way that isn’t too obvious?
    Thanks!

  • Hi Meg,

    During the 14-day waiting period, your account will be visible to no one. It will be as if it’s already deleted.

    Thanks!
    Michael

  • Hi Heather,

    If you want to reactivate your old Facebook account and delete all your friends, you can. Facebook does not notify users when someone has removed them as a friend.

    Thanks for reading!
    Michael

  • after 14 days, i try to log in, and facebook message is incorrect email. Does it mean my account is permanent deleted. Another, when i try to sign up again for the said account, it says my email is disabled. My question is, after i deleted my account permanently after 14 days, can i still use the email address that i am using for the said facebook account?

  • If i delete my account permanently then will my friends be able to see my name on facebook? Or will it appear as Facebook User? Plz let me know

  • If you delete your Facebook permanently, your name will be completely removed from the social network with the exception of private messages in which it would appear as Facebook User.

    Thanks for reading!
    -Michael

  • Hi Romeo,

    Based on what you’ve told me, yes, it would appear your Facebook has been deleted. I am not 100% sure if you can reuse the same email address for a new account, but you can always try and find out!

    Thanks for reading!
    Michael

  • Thank you so much.

  • Hey Michael,

    This article was very informative (I didn’t think deleting an account was possible)! I have a question that I hope you can answer. I’d like to take a break from Facebook by deactivating it, however, I usually change my passwords in general every few months as a security measure. Will I have to reactivate my account to change the password?

    Thanks!

  • My husband asked me to permanently delete his accouny to make a new one of both of us so i did and it said in 2 weeks it will be deletec but the page is still visible is that the ways its suppose to be?, shouldnt the page dissapear rite away?

  • A friend deactivated her account and had a shadow for a profile photo. I was looking for someone on my friend list and noticed a photo appeared on my list, when I clicked on her a pop up came up saying that her account is deactivated. Why would her photo appear?

  • Not sure if anyone is still commenting here but if you delete your Facebook account and pass through the 14 day window, will facebook typically still send you emails after the fact?

  • I want to delete my facebook account but stupidly i forgot my login email and password. So can u help me to erase my fb account?

  • I have done to delete my facebook account. This is really good tricks. thanks.
    Pc Help

  • When deactivating (not deleting) a FB account, what is visible to anyone who looks at my FB page during the deactivation? Do they see everything that was written before such as my posts on my timeline as well as my replies to their posts?

  • NDatta,

    Once you have deactivated your Facebook account, your timeline will disappear and people on Facebook will not be able to search for you or look at your profile. Essentially, it will be as if your account never existed. However, messages that you’ve sent to friends or people will still be visible.

    Hope this helps!

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