How to Delete Facebook on iPhone

Step away from social media by permanently canceling Facebook

What to Know

  • Go to Settings & Privacy Settings Personal and Account Information Account Ownership and Control.
  • Next, tap Deactivation and deletion > Delete Account > Continue to account deletion. Tap Continue to account deletion again to confirm.
  • Finally, tap Delete Account. Note that you should disconnect apps and save your data before deleting your account.

This article explains how to delete your Facebook account on an iPhone as well as what you should do before deleting. It also outlines the key differences between deleting and deactivating.

How to Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account in the iPhone App

Once you've disconnected your apps and downloaded any data you want to save, you can then permanently delete your Facebook account using the Facebook app for iPhone. (Scroll down for more information about this.)

  1. Start the Facebook app on your iPhone and tap Menu (three lines) in the lower-right corner of the screen.

  2. Tap Settings & Privacy, then tap Settings.

    Facebook app with Menu, Settings & Privacy, and Settings highlighted
  3. Under Account, tap Personal and Account Information.

  4. Tap Account Ownership and Control.

  5. Tap Deactivation and deletion.

    Facebook app settings with "Personal and Account Information," "Account Ownership and Control," and Deactivation and deletion" highlighted
  6. To permanently delete your Facebook account, select Delete Account, and then select Continue to account deletion.

    When you delete your Facebook account, you won't be able to retrieve its contents or any information shared on Facebook or Messenger. Your Messenger account and all your messages will also be deleted. Consider opting for Deactivate account for a less permanent solution.

  7. Facebook presents common issues that may boost your satisfaction with Facebook. If you want to explore ways to enjoy Facebook more, select an issue. If not, tap Continue to account deletion.

  8. Facebook offers more information on the ramifications of deleting your account and presents ways to download your information and save posts in your Archive. Explore these options if you like. When you're ready, tap Delete Account.

    Facebook account settings with Delete Account, Continue to Account Deletions, and Delete account highlighted

How to Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account Using Safari on an iPhone 

You don't have to use the Facebook app on your iPhone to delete your Facebook account. You can also do it from Safari.

  1. Open Facebook in Safari and then tap Menu (three lines).

  2. Scroll down and tap Settings.

  3. Under Account, tap Personal and Account Information.

    Facebook in Safari iPhone browser with Menu, Settings, and Personal and Account Information highlighted
  4. Tap Account Ownership and Control.

  5. Tap Deactivation and deletion.

  6. Tap Delete Account, and then tap Continue to Account Deletion.

    Facebook on iPhone in Safari with Account Ownership and Control, Deactivation and Deletion, Delete Account, and Continue to Account Deletion highlighted
  7. Facebook presents common issues that may boost your satisfaction with Facebook. If you want to explore ways to enjoy Facebook more, select an issue. If not, tap Continue to account deletion.

  8. Facebook offers more information on the ramifications of deleting your account and presents ways to download your information and save posts in your Archive. Explore these options if you like. When you're ready, tap Delete Account.

    Facebook in Safari on iPhone with Continue to Account Deletion and Delete Account highlighted

What to Do Before You Delete Your Facebook Account

If you are intent on deleting your Facebook account, there are a couple of things you might want to do before you pull the plug once and for all. Specifically, you might want to save a copy of your personal data, which includes posts and photos. Perhaps more importantly, you should disconnect any other apps, websites, and services that use your Facebook credentials to log in.

Making a copy of your personal data is easy; you'll see the option to do this as a part of deleting your account.

You can disconnect Facebook from other sites and services using the Facebook mobile app or using Facebook in the Safari browser.

Disconnect Your Apps Using the Facebook App

Before you delete your Facebook account on an iPhone, make sure that any apps you've used Facebook to log in to have their usernames and passwords reset.

  1. Launch the Facebook app on your iPhone and tap Menu in the lower-right corner.  

  2. Tap Settings & Privacy, then tap Settings.

    Facebook app with Menu, Settings & Privacy, and Settings highlighted
  3. Scroll down to Permissions and tap Apps and Websites. You'll see a list of apps and websites you connected to your Facebook account.

  4. To remove all your Facebook logins on outside apps and websites, scroll down to Apps, Websites, and Games and tap Turn Off. Facebook warns you of the ramifications of your action. Tap Turn Off to confirm.

    Facebook app settings with Apps and Websites and Turn Off highlighted

    To remove a Facebook login for an individual app or website, tap the app, and then tap Remove.

Disconnect Your Apps Using the Safari Browser on the iPhone

If you've already deleted the Facebook app from your iPhone, you can still disconnect any Facebook-connected apps using the Safari web browser.

  1. Open Facebook in Safari and then tap Menu (three lines).

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Under Permissions, tap Apps and Websites.

    Facebook app on iPhone in Safari with Menu, Settings, and Apps and Websites highlighted
  4. Scroll down to Preferences > Apps, websites, and games, and tap Turn Off. Facebook warns you of the ramifications of your action. Tap Turn Off to confirm.

    Facebook permissions on iPhone in Safari with Apps, websites and games, and Turn Off highlighted

The Difference Between Deleting and Deactivating Facebook

While it's not difficult to delete your Facebook account, it's not your only choice. Facebook gives you the option of deleting or deactivating your account. Here's the difference:

  • Deactivating Facebook: If you want to take a break from Facebook, you can deactivate your Facebook account. All your posts and photos go offline and aren't available to other people (though messages remain visible). If you reactivate your account, all this information reappears. 
  • Deleting Facebook: More than simply deleting the app from your phone (which has no effect on your Facebook account, and you can still use Facebook on your computer, in a browser, and elsewhere), deleting your account permanently and irrevocably erases everything about your account, including posts, photos, and messages. Because this is permanent, Facebook waits 30 days in case you change your mind, but after that, you'll need to create a new account if you want to return to Facebook.

If you prefer, you can also delete your Facebook account in a browser on your computer.

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