How to Deactivate or Delete a Facebook Account

I will put you through how to deactivate or delete your Facebook account. but before we start I’m going to differentiate between deactivating and deleting of account. The difference between deactivating and deleting a Facebook account is that deactivating your Facebook account gives you the opportunity to return whenever you wish while deleting your account is a permanent action.

When your account is deactivated Nobody can look you up or see your timeline. Certain details might continue to be accessible to others such as messages you sent but If you delete your account you can’t regain access once it’s deleted.

How to deactivate your Facebook account

You have the option to temporarily deactivate your account and decide when to activate it again.

  1. Go to the Facebook website at
  2. On Facebook, click in the top right corner.
  3. Click Settings under Settings & Privacy.
  4. In the left column, click Your Facebook Details.
  5. Click Deactivation and deletion.
  6. Click Proceed to Account Deactivation after selecting Deactivate Account, then follow the on-screen direction to confirm.

To reactivate your account, simply check-in online or use your Facebook account to log in to a third-party app. You must have access to the email address or mobile number you use to log in

How to delete your Facebook account

Before deleting your account, Facebook advises downloading a copy of your information so you keep it and don’t lose any posts you’ve made. This is crucial if you want to preserve any photographs or posts that your friends have shared.

  • logo for your Facebook account
  • On Facebook, click in the top right corner.
  • Click settings under settings & privacy.
  • In the left column, click your Facebook Details.
  • Click deactivation and deletion.
  • Click Delete Account, enter your password, and then click Continue.

How to Stop Facebook from Deleting Your Account

To stop the deletion of your account:

  1. After deleting your Facebook account, log in to your account.
  2. Choose Undo Deletion.

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