Have you decided to stop your Facebook experience permanently by deleting your profile from the famous social network, but you don’t know how to do it? Would you like to know if it is possible to unsubscribe from Facebook only temporarily and leave the door open for any second thoughts?
If that is the case, you will be happy to know that I am here to tell you just how to delete Facebook accounts . I assure you that this is a very simple operation and that you can complete it both from a smartphone or tablet, and from a computer, in a few steps.
All you have to do, in fact, is to follow the procedures that I am about to illustrate, including the initial ones, which will allow you to secure your data and save a copy in case you want to leave Facebook permanently. Courage: take five minutes of free time, roll up your sleeves and find out “how to move” to leave, permanently or temporarily, your profile on the famous social network founded by Mark Zuckerberg. Happy reading and good luck for everything!
What to do before deleting Facebook account
Before explaining how to delete your Facebook account , I need to talk to you about how to back up your data, so that you can save a copy of your activities on the social network before eventually leaving it permanently.
Once this is done, fill in the appropriate forms that are shown to you, typing the email address or telephone number with which you have chosen to register on the social network and the relative password . Once this is done, press the Login button .
Now, put the check mark next to all the data you want to backup (eg. Posts , Stories, etc.) and choose whether to download all your data or only those relating to a specific date range , using the appropriate menu curtain.
Other settings that can be adjusted using the appropriate drop-down menus are those relating to the file format in which to download the backup ( HTML or JSON ) and the quality of the multimedia content to be included in the backup. When you have set all your preferences, press the Create file button .
At this point, you have to wait for the system to prepare the ZIP package containing your photos, your posts, the conversations you have made in chat and all the other information you have chosen to archive in the backup.
When the archive is ready (it could take a few minutes, if not hours or even days; it all depends on the amount of data to be archived), you will be sent an email containing the link to download it to your computer .
If, on the other hand, you intend to proceed from a PC , open the browser you usually use to surf the Net, log in to Facebook , click on the (▾) button located at the top right and press on the Settings and privacy> Settings items in the opened menu; then click on the options Your information on Facebook (on the left) and Download your information (on the right).
At this point, you can follow the same steps I gave you in the previous lines, as the procedure is identical.
In addition to downloading a backup copy of your data on the social network, before deleting your Facebook account (if you intend to do so permanently) I also suggest you remove your personal information , as well as the photos and videos posted.
To delete your personal information on Facebook, go to your Profile section and click on the Edit Profile or Information button located under the cover image .
On the page that opens, select the change item relating to the details (from the app) or act on the items in the left sidebar from the desktop (eg Work and education , Places where you’ve lived , Contact and basic information ) and then presses on the Edit item , on the icon depicting a pencil or, again, on the button (…) (it depends on which information you are going to delete), which is next to the information of your interest.
Then proceed to delete the selected data, by clicking on the Delete or Remove item , through the opened menu.
To delete the photos and videos, go back to your profile page instead and click on the Photo item located under the cover image.
Then select the Albums tab , open the albums containing your photos one by one and first press the icon (…) located at the top right and then on the Edit album (from app) and Delete album items attached to the menu that appears, to delete everything.
To delete individual photos, however, in April, press the button (…) located at the top right and select the item relating to deletion from the menu that opens, from the app. From the desktop, instead, click on the pencil icon at the top right of each thumbnail and select the item Delete the photo from the menu that opens. Repeat for all uploaded photos. For videos, the procedure is practically the same.
For more advice on how to “clean up” your Facebook account, read my guide that I have dedicated to the subject.
How to delete Facebook account
After downloading the backup with all your data and, after removing personal information, photos and videos from the social network, you are ready to put into practice the actual procedure to delete the Facebook account.
Therefore, follow the instructions you find in the next chapters, to delete the Facebook account from a mobile phone , as well as from a PC .
Delete Facebook account from app
You can delete the Facebook account from apps on both Android and iOS / iPadOS . To proceed, after starting the application and logging into your account, press the button (≡) and go to the Settings and privacy section > Settings> Personal and account information> Properties and account control> Deactivation and elimination .
Then, select the Delete account option , press the Continue button to delete the account twice in a row, scroll the screen that has opened, press the Delete account button and type the password (if you don’t remember it, you can recover it easily) of your account in the appropriate text field. In conclusion, click on the Continue button and then on the Delete account button .
With this procedure you have ordered the definitive cancellation of your account, however there is a “window” of 30 days within which you can retrace your steps and reactivate your profile.
In case of second thoughts, in fact, all you have to do is connect to Facebook, log in with your account data. Then click first on the Undo Delete button and then on the one called Reactivate Account .
Delete Facebook account from PC
To delete your Facebook account from your PC , via the official website of the social network , the first thing to do is to log in to your account.
Once this is done, press on the icon (▾) located at the top right and, in the menu that is shown to you, press on the items Settings and privacy> Settings> Your information on Facebook .
Then press on the item Deactivation and deletion , put the check mark on the Delete account option and press, twice in a row, on the Continue button to delete the account
Once this is done, on the next screen, click on the Delete account button and type your account password in the appropriate text field (you can recover it in case of loss if necessary). To finish the operation, click on the Continue button and, finally, on the one named Delete account .
In case you want to delete the Facebook account via a link , you will be interested in knowing that, as well as as I have just explained to you, you can perform all the operations indicated also simply by connecting to the link of the social network that is used for the cancellation, acting through the web browser.
To take this step, click here to connect to the profile cancellation page on the social network and, after logging in to your account, click on the Delete account button .
In the box that appears, type your account password , click the Continue button , so as to confirm your desire to delete the profile. Finally, click on the Delete account button .
Again, you have up to 30 days to reconsider and retrace your steps simply by logging into your account, to cancel the deletion and consequently reactivate your profile.
Delete Facebook account without password
Do you want to delete your Facebook account, but have forgotten your password ? In this case, I am sorry to inform you that, for security reasons, it is not possible to cancel your account without entering the password for confirmation.
Therefore, to proceed, I invite you to carry out the recovery of the same. you may find it useful to read my guide in which I explain how to recover your Facebook password.
Delete Facebook account temporarily
Not sure you want to delete your Facebook account? In this case, you can alternatively temporarily suspend your profile .
In this way, in fact, you will be able to unplug a little from the social network without having to say goodbye definitively and, in the meantime, you can reflect more calmly about the actual deletion of your account on the social network.
Therefore, after starting it and, after logging in to your account, go to the section (≡)> Settings and privacy> Settings> Personal and account information> Ownership and account control> Deactivation and deletion .
Then presses the words Deactivate account , tap the Continue button to deactivate the account and enter the password for your account. Now, indicate the reason why you want to deactivate the Facebook account in your possession (eg. This is a temporary measure. I’ll be back ).
Finally, tap on the Continue button , scroll the displayed screen, set, if you wish, a deadline for the automatic reactivation of your account (for example 7 days ), press the Continue button again and, finally, press the Deactivate my account button , so as to complete the procedure.
To proceed from the PC , on the other hand, connected to the main page of the social network and, after logging in, click on the button (▾) at the top right and select the items Settings and privacy> Settings in the menu that opened. In the new page that is shown to you, then, click on the item Your information on Facebook on the left.
After that, press on the words Deactivating and deleting located on the right, affix a check mark on the option Disable account , press the button Continue to disable the account (bottom right) and, once you have provided the password of your account in the appropriate form, click the Continue button .
We’re almost there: now you have to specify the reason why you want to proceed with the deactivation of the account (eg. This is a temporary measure. I’ll be back. Automatically reactivate my account in [N days] ), click the Deactivate button and confirm your intentions, by pressing the Deactivate button now present in the box opened on the screen.
To reactivate your profile manually, however, all you have to do is log in to Facebook on your computer, smartphone or tablet, in order to log into your account normally. In doing so, in fact, most likely you will be asked if you want to reactivate your account: so answer in the affirmative and that’s it!
In case of doubts or problems, or for more information on deactivating your Facebook account, refer to my tutorial dedicated more specifically to the topic.