How to Deactivate Facebook on Android

Temporarily disable your Facebook account

When you need a break from Facebook, you can deactivate your account for any length of time. When you’re ready to return all, you have to do it sign into your account. Deactivating is different from deleting your account. Deleting Facebook is permanent; disabling it is temporary. Here’s how to temporarily disable Facebook from the Android app and any mobile browser.

Done with Facebook? You can also delete your account on Android.

Deactivate Facebook in the Android App

It takes only a few steps to deactivate your account, and you can reactivate it even faster. You can also have Facebook automatically reactivate your profile after one to seven days. To reactivate Facebook, all you have to do is log into the app, so make sure you remember your credentials.

  1. Open the Facebook app.

  2. Tap the menu symbol on the top right (represented by three horizontal lines).

  3. Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy.

    Deactivating Facebook on Android.
  4. Select Settings.

  5. Scroll down to the Your Facebook Information section and tap Account Ownership and Control.

    Deactivating Facebook on Android.
  6. Tap Deactivation and Deletion.

  7. Tap Continue to Account Deactivation.

  8. Select a reason from the list on the next screen.

    Deactivating Facebook on Android.
  9. Tap Continue.

  10. Facebook will offer alternatives to deactivating your account and the opportunity to save posts in your archive. The company can also automatically reactivate your account after a set number of days.

  11. Select a number (1 to 7) or Don't reactivate automatically. Then scroll down and tap Continue.

    Deactivating Facebook on Android.
  12. You'll then have the option to keep using Messenger and turn off notifications while your account is deactivated.

  13. Make your selections, then tap Deactivate My Account.

  14. You'll land on the login page, which will display a confirmation message.

    Deactivating Facebook on Android.

Deactivate Facebook Account in a Mobile Browser

You can also disable your account in any mobile browser. The process is slightly different from doing so in the app.

  1. Go to Facebook.com in any mobile browser.

  2. Tap the menu symbol on the top right (represented by three horizontal lines).

  3. Scroll down and tap Settings.

    Deactivating a Facebook Account in a mobile browser on Android.
  4. Scroll down to the Your Facebook Information section and tap Account Ownership and Control.

  5. Tap Deactivation and Deletion.

  6. Select Deactivate Account then tap Continue to Account Deactivation.

    Deactivating a Facebook Account in a mobile browser on Android.
  7. Select a deactivation reason from the list on the next screen and tap Continue.

  8. Facebook will offer alternatives to deactivating your account and the opportunity to save posts in your archive. The company can also automatically reactivate your account after a set number of days.

  9. When you're ready, tap Continue.

    Deactivating a Facebook Account in a mobile browser on Android.
  10. Next, there are options to keep using Messenger and opt-out of Facebook notifications while your account is deactivated.

  11. Make your selections, then tap Deactivate My Account.

  12. You'll end up on the login page with a confirmation message.

    Deactivating a Facebook Account in a mobile browser on Android.

What Happens When You Deactivate Facebook?

Deactivating your account disables your profile and removes your name and profile image from most of the things you’ve posted on Facebook. Your friends will still see you on their friend list and on messages you’ve sent them. Reactivating the account restores everything to how it was.

When you deactivate your Facebook account, you can still use Messenger (see above instructions). Friends can also invite you to events, ask you to join groups, and tag you in photos. Facebook will continue sending you notifications unless you disable them.