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In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, many feel that it's time to finally delete their Facebook account. We'll show you how to deactivate your Facebook account in just a few minutes. We also cover the more permanent solution of deleting your Facebook account for good.

You actually have two options to get rid of Facebook: you can deactivate your account (meaning it can be reactivated anytime afterward by logging back in), or you can deploy the nuclear option of permanently deleting your account, as recently recommended by WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton.

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What to do before you delete Facebook

I'll assume you've thought long and hard about the impact deleting Facebook will have on those with which you primarily communicate through the social platform. In some circles you'll simply cease to exist, so you'll have to figure out all-new ways to know what's going on in your friends' lives and get yourself invited to events. If you're good with this there are just a few things you should do first.

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Be nice to your friends and let them know you're leaving. / © NextPit

Give your friends fair warning

Let people know you're planning on leaving. Don't just delete your Facebook account without warning anyone first. Give people time to absorb the impending loss of your digital presence in their lives and let them chase up an email address, phone number or alternative means of knowing what you ate for dinner before you pull the plug.

To download your Facebook archive, go to Settings > General to find the link. / © NextPit

Save what you can, forget the rest

Of course, if you're going to set up a fresh Facebook account then you probably only want to tell those people you actually want trying to friend your new account. Next, think about the massive store of data you'll be leaving behind: photos, chats, posts and location data. Try to grab as much of that content as you can before you kill Facebook entirely. Familiarize yourself with the other options: temporarily suspending your account, for example.

How to deactivate a Facebook account from your browser

If you're on desktop or sign into Facebook through your browser, here's how you can deactivate your account temporarily:

  1. Sign in to Facebook
  2. Click at the top right of any Facebook page
  3. Select Settings
  4. Click General in the left column
  5. Choose Manage your account and then scroll down to click Deactivate your account

Your deactivated profile won’t be visible to others on Facebook and people won’t be able to search for you. Some information, such as messages you sent to friends, may still be seen by others.

If you change your mind, you can simply log in with your email and password and reactivate your account. This also applies if you use your Facebook account to log into another website or service. Reactivating your account restores all your data such as your profile, friends, photos and posts, back to the visible section of the site. 

How to deactivate a Facebook account from the app

If you're committed, grab your phone and launch the Facebook app for the last time. Take a look around, breath in that virtual social air and hit the menu button in the top right-hand corner. It's the white one with three horizontal bars.

  1. Scroll down to Account Settings, then General.
  2. At the bottom of the Settings page you'll see Manage Account 
  3. This is what you're looking for tap Manage Account, then the small blue Deactivate option on the right
  4. You'll be prompted to re-enter your password. Do so.
  5. You'll then be taken to a departure survey asking you to explain why you want to delete your Facebook account. You have to pick something so do so. Facebook will throw some rather desperate attempts at you to convince you to stay (choose “I don't find Facebook useful” and it'll suggest you find more friends on the social network, for example).
  6. Make sure to check the box at the bottom so you don't get follow up emails from Facebook after you delete your Facebook account.
  7. Tap Deactivate and you'll be required to enter your password one final time. This is the very last step to deactivating your account. Once you tap Deactivate you'll be taken back to the app login screen and your Facebook account will be gone for good.
  8. Now, just uninstall the Facebook app from your Android and enjoy all the spare time you have to actually, you know, talk to your friends in person.

How to delete a Facebook account permanently

To permanently delete your Facebook account, meaning it can never be resurrected, you have to specifically request Facebook to do this. The process can take up to 90 days to be completed. Logging into your account during this 90 day period will cancel your deletion request.

Follow this link to start the process of deleting your account. For more details on the difference between deactivating and deleting your Facebook account, visit this link.

Hit Delete My Account and your Facebook life will be over. / © NextPit

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A cyberpunk and actual punk, Nicholas is the Androidpit team's hardcore gamer, writing with a focus on future tech, VR/AR, AI & robotics. Out of office, he can be found hanging around in goth clubs, eating too many chillies, or at home telling an unlucky nerd that their 8th level wizard died from a poisoned spike trap.

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  • 1
    Done Oct 18, 2019 Link to comment

    I just want out all together--- U can't u get out as easy as it was to get in -- with all doe respect in my opinionfacebook sucks and I just want it off of my phone all together- any tips. ??

  • Jon 2
    Jon Mar 28, 2018 Link to comment

    It's interesting that you use images of a Samsung phone in this article. I recently asked Samsung why I was unable to delete the Facebook application from my S8+ - the answer: 'it is a core application'.

    You can disable the Facebook and delete your account from the phone, however, the Facebook services continue to run and the phone and they communicate with the Internet.

    This is the time to call out mobile phone companies forcing their own customers to have data vampire applications running on their phones with no method to simply uninstall the applications.

    I've since deleted SamsungPay because frankly it's all I can do to lodge a protest.

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      itprolonden Mar 28, 2018 Link to comment



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    Sorin Mar 23, 2018 Link to comment

    I'm careful not to tell too much about FB, because I have absolutely no confidence in this network. I'm still using it to change my feelings with friends, and to be up to date with the latest technology news. But I do not recommend to keep an intimate diary or to tell the most secret information, other ways of communicating are preferable for such situations.

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    Deactivated Account Mar 23, 2018 Link to comment

    best article of the year!!!

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    itprolonden Mar 22, 2018 Link to comment

    I think that might be kinda severe.

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    Howtofacebook Oct 1, 2016 Link to comment

    Thank you admin for sharing a very helpful articale for us. I appreciate you.
    Hope next time will something new from you. For more facebook tricks people can visit my blog

  • Ralph R. 10
    Ralph R. May 26, 2016 Link to comment

    Thank you very much, I've been looking everywhere for this. I can now finally say once and for all, "the hell with Facebook" and everything else that is associated with it. And to all my enemies who check in on at my FB profile more than my actual friends, and myself, here's a big ☝to you. And to my buddies, adios amigos. I guess the next best thing that I should do, after deleting my Facebook account, and should probably be at the very top of my list after this, is taking a giant sledgehammer to my smartphone, and be done with the internet altogether once and for all.


  • 7
    Ihsan Ullah Aasim Nov 18, 2015 Link to comment

    well i dont have any issue with the topic but

    • 13
      Arjun Paliath Nov 22, 2015 Link to comment

      The phone is slightly wider, so I am guessing that it is the Note 5.

      Apologies in advance in case I am wrong.

  • 13
    Arjun Paliath Nov 18, 2015 Link to comment

    These instructions are bang on but they are to deactivate the account.
    In order to delete your account permanently you will have to request to facebook support.

    AishScott Adam GordonKris Carlon

    • Kris Carlon 35
      Kris Carlon Nov 18, 2015 Link to comment

      Many thanks for pointing this out Arjun. I've added a new section at the bottom and explained the difference in the article. Cheers!

      SorinArjun Paliath

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