On the advice of your friends, you too have signed up to Facebook , one of the most famous social networks in the world. You have thus registered for the service but, during the creation of your account, you have realized that in reality you had already used your email address to create a profile.
Yes, in the past you had already signed up to Facebook but you had just forgotten you had an old account. Fortunately, you have managed to regain possession of the latter and what you would like to do now is to delete it, as you want to create a new one and find it useless to have two perfectly identical profiles.
Well, if this is indeed the case and you want to know how to delete a double profile on Facebook , know that you have landed on the right guide. In fact, you must know that carrying out this procedure is really simple and that below you will find explained how to do it both from a smartphone and tablet, and from a PC. Happy reading and good luck for everything!
Before proceeding with deleting a profile on Facebook, it is advisable to carry out some preliminary procedures : these are very important operations, since they will prevent you from permanently losing all the data contained in the account you want to delete and that your information personal data can be found after closing the profile.
The first thing I advise you to do, before proceeding with the deletion of your Facebook profile, is to download a backup copy of the data and information contained in it.
From smartphones and tablets
If you want to backup from smartphones and tablets , log in to Facebook with the account to be deleted by starting the official app of the social network on your Android or iOS / iPadOS device , log in to the account to be saved, press the button ( ☰) and select the items Settings and privacy> Settings> Download your information from the menu that opens.
Then decide which information you want to save by deselecting or selecting the items you see on the screen (eg Messages , Posts , Pages , etc.) and, using the appropriate drop-down menus, select the date range to be included in the backup, the format ( HTML or JSON , with the former offering easier consultation of the downloaded information) and the quality of the multimedia content to be downloaded.
Finally, click on the Create file button . As soon as the archive containing the backup of your data on Facebook is ready (which could take up to a few days), you will get the link for its download to the email address associated with your Facebook account. Convenient, right?
To back up your Facebook profile from your computer , access Facebook from its Web version , click on the (▾) button ( top right) and, in the opened menu, click on the Settings and privacy> Settings items , to access the social network settings menu.
At this point, select the item Your information on Facebook from the left sidebar; then locate the wording Download your information and click on it. Then put the check mark next to all the data you want to download (eg. Posts , Photos , Videos, etc.), use the drop-down menus located at the top to choose the date range to be included in the backup, the format in which to download it (I recommend the HTML ) and the quality of the multimedia content to be included in it, presses the Create file button and wait for the archive with all your data to be prepared by Facebook.
When the archive is ready, you will receive a Facebook email to the email address you used to log into your account. The email will contain the link to download your archive.
Delete personal information from the account
Another thing I recommend you do, before deleting your Facebook account, is to delete all personal data contained within it. In this way, even after the cancellation, you will be sure that there will no longer be a trace of the personal information you had entered on your profile.
From smartphones and tablets
If you want to act as a smartphone and tablet , log in to Facebook from the official app of the service for Android or iOS / iPadOS , tap on your profile photo located under the item What are you thinking about? and press the Edit profile button .
Subsequently, tap on the wording Edit in correspondence with one of the sections containing the data to be removed, press on the pencil icon attached to the data to be deleted and tap on the corresponding (x) or Remove button , then remembering to save the changes by pressing the dedicated button .
With regard to multimedia content, such as photos, after going to your profile, scroll down the screen, press on the item Photos , select the item Album , open the album to be deleted (taking into account that the one relating to the photos of cover and profile cannot be deleted), tap on the three dots symbol (top right) and select Delete for two times in a row.
To delete a single photo, on the other hand, after opening it, always press the three dots symbol (top right) and then select the Delete photo item in the opened menu, confirming the operation by pressing the word Delete in the box that appeared on the screen .
If you want more information on how to “clean up” Facebook, take a look at my article on the subject.
To delete the data on your Facebook profile from your computer , access Facebook from its Web version , click on your name (top right), so as to go to your profile page, and click on the Information tab that you find below the cover photo.
On the page that opens, select each of the items in the left sidebar (eg Work and education , Places where you lived , etc.) and click on the Edit item , on the pencil symbol or on the symbol (…) (in based on the type of data to be deleted) and select the Delete or Remove item in the menu that opens.
As for the photos, however, after having gone to your profile, click on the Photo item located under the cover image, select the Albums tab , open one by one the albums containing the contents to be deleted and first click on the ‘icon (…) located at the top right and on the word Delete album in the opened menu, so as to delete everything.
To delete individual photos, instead, click on the pencil icon located in the upper right corner of their thumbnails and click on the item Delete the photo in the opened menu.
For more details on how to “clean up” Facebook, see my article on the subject because it could be very useful.
How to permanently delete a double profile on Facebook
If you are sure you want to delete a double profile on Facebook permanently , here is how you need to proceed. Please note that your profile data will continue to remain online for 30 days after cancellation and within this period you will be able to cancel the procedure simply by logging into your account again. The actual cancellation may take up to 90 days .
From smartphones and tablets
If you want to act as a smartphone and tablet , open the Facebook app on your Android or iOS / iPadOS device , log in to your account, press the (☰) button and select Settings and Privacy> Settings> Personal and account information > Account Ownership and Control> Deactivation and Deletion .
Then check the Delete account box , press the Continue buttons to delete the account , Continue to delete the account and Delete the account . Now, enter your profile password in the appropriate text field (if you don’t remember it, you can easily retrieve it), press the Continue and Delete the account buttons and you’re done.
More information on how to unsubscribe from Facebook permanently can be found in my guide on the subject.
If you prefer to act as a computer , log in to Facebook from its Web version , click on the button (▾) located at the top right and click on Settings and privacy> Settings from the opened menu.
Then, click on the item Your Facebook information located on the left and on the Deactivation and deletion option available on the right. Then check the Delete account box and click on the Continue button to delete the account .
Alternatively, more quickly, you can go to the section dedicated to the permanent deactivation of your Facebook account by clicking on this link . To conclude, press the Delete account button , write the profile password in the appropriate text field (if you do not remember it, you can retrieve it) and click on the Continue and Delete the account buttons to complete the operation.
If you need some more clarification on how to unsubscribe from Facebook permanently, read my guide on the subject.
How to delete a double profile on Facebook temporarily
How do you say? Still not 100% convinced that you want to cancel your account? In this case, you can temporarily deactivate the profile . This is a reversible solution, as you just need to log in to your account again to make it available again at any time and return to use it without losing any data.
From smartphones and tablets
If you want to act as a smartphone and tablet , all you have to do is open the Facebook app on your Android or iOS / iPadOS device , access your account, press the button (☰) and select the Settings and Privacy> Settings> Personal and Account Information> Account Ownership and Control from the menu that opens.
Press, then, on the wording Deactivation and deletion , check the Deactivate account box , press the Continue button to deactivate the account , provide the profile password in the appropriate text field (if you do not remember it, you can recover it), press the button Continue , indicate the reason why you want to deactivate the profile temporarily (eg. This is a temporary measure. I’ll be back ) and press the Continue button (twice) and then tap the Deactivate my account button .
By accessing the account again, as I told you, you will cancel the deactivation of the account you have just performed. If you need further clarification on the temporary deactivation of Facebook, read the guide I have just linked to you.
To deactivate your Facebook profile temporarily from a computer , access Facebook from its Web version , click on the (▾) button at the top right and click on the Settings and privacy> Settings items in the menu that opens .
Then click on the wording Your Facebook information located on the left, then on the item Deactivation and elimination on the right; check the Deactivate account box , click on the Continue button to deactivate the account and, in the new page that opens, provide the password with which you protect your profile (if you do not remember it, you can recover it) and click the Continue button to proceed with the deactivation .
Finally, fill out the form that appeared on the screen specifying the reason why you intend to deactivate the account, click on the Deactivate button and confirm the operation by clicking on the Deactivate now button .
The deactivation of the profile is immediate and will be revoked only if you log in to your account again. For more information on how to disable Facebook temporarily, read my guide on the subject.