How to Delete Your Facebook Account

Know your options when closing your Facebook account

What to Know

  • Choose the triangle at the top of Facebook. Select Settings & Privacy > Settings. Choose Your Facebook Information in the left panel.
  • Select View next to Deactivation and Deletion. Select Delete My Account > Continue to Account Deletion.
  • Enter your Facebook password and choose Continue > Delete Account.

This article explains how to delete your Facebook account after downloading your account data and disconnecting your accounts from apps and websites that you log in to with Facebook. It includes information on deactivating your account rather than deleting it.

Deleting Your Facebook Account

If you are thinking about making a clean, permanent exit and delete Facebook from your life, here's a simple summary of how to do it and what to consider before pulling the plug. Before you kick Facebook to the curb for real, download all your data and disconnect any services that you use your Facebook credentials to log in to.

  1. Choose the triangle at the top right side of the Facebook screen and select Settings & Privacy > Settings.

  2. Choose Your Facebook Information in the left panel.

    Select the View button next to Deactivation and Deletion.

    View link next to Delete Your Account and Information on Facebook
  3. Select Delete My Account > Continue to Account Deletion.

    Delete Account button
  4. Enter your password and choose Continue > Delete Account.

How to Download Your Data

Facebook makes it easy to save all your stuff, including photos, videos, message transcripts, and friends lists. You'll need to drop into Facebook Settings, decide what you want to download, and then do so. You can read the full set of step-by-step instructions on how to back up your Facebook data here.

An illustration of a computer with facebook on the screen, snoozing.

Disconnect Apps and Websites

Once you delete your Facebook account, you obviously won't be able to log in to connected sites and apps with credentials that no longer exist.

Removing those connections before you delete your Facebook account can make it easier to change the method of logging in on those individual services later but if you're at all concerned, it would be smart to change how you sign in to those services before deleting your account.

  1. You can check which apps use your Facebook login by going into Settings & Privacy > Settings > Apps and Websites.

    Apps and Websites tab in Facebook Settings
  2. Be sure to click the Show All below the apps shown to make sure you see everything that's connected.

    Show All button on Facebook's Apps and Websites page
  3. Put a check mark next to each service and web app you want to stop using Facebook to log in to.

    Since your'e probably at this step because you're deleting Facebook altogether, be sure to check them all.

    Print this page of apps and websites or jot down the important ones. This will make it easy to know which services you'll need to change the login method from your Facebook account to something else.

  4. Click the Remove button when you're done.

    Remove button
  5. That's it! Again, make sure you head over to those previously connected accounts and switch to email sign-in or connect to another type of account.

Yikes! Change Your Mind?

If you change your mind within 30 days of deleting your Facebook account, you can cancel the deletion. After 30 days, all your information is permanently deleted. During either period, your information is not viewable online.

To cancel your account deletion, simply log in to your Facebook account and select Cancel Deletion.

Deactivate Facebook vs. Delete Facebook

You have the option to deactivate your Facebook account rather than delete it. Facebook isn't merely a collection of food photos or diatribes from your weird uncle, either. You've probably been using Facebook as an authentication service to sign in to a bunch of web and app services, too.

If you want to play it safe, start by deactivating your account and seeing what stops working. If you need to, you can reactivate your account, log in to any affected services (like Pinterest, Instagram, etc.), and then change your logins. You can switch to Google or just an email/password instead of Facebook for those connected accounts.

Once you're ready for a permanent solution, you can finally delete your Facebook account. When you do so, you won't be able to retrieve any of your account information, photos, or postings. Luckily, Facebook really wants you to think about your choice, so it gives you 30 days to change your mind. After that, however, you'll need to start a new account if you really want to return.

  1. To deactivate temporarily, first go to

  2. You'll need to login again for security. Click the Continue button after you've typed in your password.

    Continue button when logging into Facebook
  3. Facebook can seem desperate to keep you around, however. First, you'll see a message that shows a few friends who (obviously!) will miss you if you go.

    Then you have to tell Facebook why you want to temporarily deactivate your account. Facebook will try to help you stay active, giving you possible solutions to your chosen reason. (Spending too much time on Facebook? Try turning off Notifications!)

    I have a privacy concern reason on Facebook
  4. Once you've chosen a reason, however, simply hit the Deactivate button at the bottom.

    Deactivate button on Facebook

Reactivating your account is hilariously easy. Simply log back into Facebook and you are back.

Looking to delete a Facebook Page but keep your personal one? Check out our step-by-step instructions on doing just that.

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