- Go to Facebook page.
- Click the Settings.
- Click Your Facebook Information.
- Click Deactivation.
- Choose Delete Account.
- Click the Continue to Account Deletion.
- Enter your password.
- Click Delete Account.
How to Delete Facebook Account Permanently (2021)
It’s a mystery why the world’s biggest social network doesn’t come with a “delete my account” option. Even if you deactivate it, your data is still stored and accessible to others. You need to be smart when choosing a place to work, live or study abroad: To help you make informed decisions in your life, we collected all useful information on this topic that is available online today and packed it into one article. Let us begin by exploring what happens to your Facebook profile after deactivation.
Can you really delete an account?
Facebook requires that users provide an authentic name so they know who they’re talking to — but they don’t have access to any other identifying information beyond that. If someone wants to know your private data, they need to get it from you directly.
Deactivating an account is just like temporarily taking a break from Facebook — anyone who has the e-mail address or phone number associated with that account can still see all of your info and send messages. Just because you’ve deactivated your account doesn’t mean people won’t be able to find information about you on social media anymore: If someone else takes over the profile, they’ll have access to everything within it. In other words, when you deactivate your account, followers don’t automatically know what’s happening unless you tell them explicitly. You may want to inform friends that some of your content will remain visible (and how long that will last).
How to delete, deactivate or temporarily lock your Facebook account:
1. There are three ways to do this: On a computer, open the drop-down menu in the top right corner of any Facebook page and click Delete Account. If you’re using an iPhone or Android device, go to Settings > General > Manage Account > Delete Your Account. Otherwise, log into Facebook and simply click on Delete My Account at the bottom of the page.
2. You’ll be prompted to enter your password for security reasons before submitting your request — but it will only become permanent after you have entered all required information (just like signing up) and confirmed it via e-mail. Be sure not to change your mind once you’ve done that and don’t try to log back in.
3. After deleting your account, all of your photos and posts will remain visible in the news feeds of people you’re friends with until they delete them. This is so all of their connections can still see what was shared within the group but anyone who isn’t a friend can no longer view them once you’ve permanently deleted your profile. Your name won’t be searchable on Facebook anymore, nor will the accounts automatically appear when someone searches for you via Facebook Search (unless some other users are friends with that person). However, there’s nothing preventing someone from going through old messages and commenting sections or even text messages if they have access to that info. Deleting an account does not make your profile data completely inaccessible, unfortunately.
4. If you are worried that someone might try to contact you through Facebook after your account is deleted, deactivate it instead: You can reactivate it at any time by logging back in with your username and password. In addition, everything that was previously posted on your wall will be deleted if you do so and anyone who has sent a direct message to the former account holder will receive a notification telling them that their message went unanswered. The same applies when you temporarily suspend an account (for example during vacation)
How To Permanently Delete Facebook Account 2020
Does Facebook permanently delete all of the previously posted content and data?
Yes, absolutely everything is deleted or at least put in a holding pattern for 60-90 days. The exact time period depends on how recently the user has logged into their account. If you have ever visited your profile from any computer/device during this period, then that access point will be noted and saved even though you haven’t actually logged into it yet (since more than one person connected to Facebook can use the same device). Once 90 days pass since that last login, they are completely purged from their server but only visible within Google’s cache for another year or two. What I mean by that is someone who knew what they were doing could probably view some of your older stuff even though Facebook says it’s gone “permanently”.
So…you need to remember to manually delete EVERYTHING you don’t want anyone to see if you have any concerns about privacy. Because deleting the account merely sets up a wiping process that is supposed to happen automatically after 90 days and can be paused by logging back in from time to time. They can also be interrupted by changing/resetting passwords, etc., so it’s really on you as an individual to do everything possible to make sure the private data stays private (including messages).
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Keeping in mind that Facebook is not something you do, it’s something people do through Facebook. Deleting your account only deletes the profile and any posts/photos shared with the public. (you can always delete those too after deactivating)
Any photos you tagged yourself in will remain visible to anyone who sees them on other users’ pages for 30 days in case YOU change YOUR mind about deleting your account after all, or someone else tries to log into it during this time period. Your friends can also still tag themselves in any future photos you took while your account was active; they’ll have that option for 30 days as well. Take a look at your albums (available through any computer, not just a logged-in account) — they’ll be marked as “No Photos” and you’ll see the date you deleted your account on each one.
New messages sent to the deactivated account will also go unanswered for 30 days. If someone tried to send you a message during this period, they’d get an error stating that the recipient’s account had been disabled or removed.
If you have trouble remembering specific dates mentioned here, there are several free online tools available that can help: Google Calendar/Google Docs (for saving dates with reminders & recurring events), LastPass (password management tool – passwords stored securely and auto-generate new ones when needed), Eoteq (finds the dates of upcoming events) and others.
Please note: The content you created on Facebook – photos, status updates, posts to groups – it’s still being indexed by search engines even if your account is deactivated or deleted. So people will still be able to find those items via basic google searches for your name, current city/state, etc. The only way to completely remove all traces of a profile from the internet is to delete the original account AND delete any backups that might exist elsewhere online (for example message threads on forums where you had been previously signed in). Deleting an inactive profile DOES NOT do this automatically; it just starts a process that may take several weeks to complete. Please feel free to ask a question if you have any additional concerns. Thanks 🙂
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Dr_Wizard Wrote: You obviously don’t know enough about the internet and privacy issues to even begin answering someone’s question on this forum, and yet you were given permission from the site owner (and others before him/her) to post here anyway so I’m going to answer for them.
Deleting a Facebook account does not delete any data that you posted to it. We know this because they purposely do not give users a way to remove anything from their servers (even if the user’s profile is deleted). They already have your information and aren’t about to let go of it, even when you’re demanding them via every means available to do so.
The only thing “deleting” an account does is delete certain parts of YOUR access to the site (namely logins), plus make your public information unavailable for anyone else who might want it afterward. It doesn’t stop others from taking what they can from your posts or photos prior to that time, either – especially if you provided them with a link to them. Deleting doesn’t even stop someone from going to the site and clicking “like” on any of your past status updates; that continues as well.
So if you want to truly remove everything off the website, then they have to do it for you (and only once upon request). At that time, all of your profile information, personal settings, and photos will be permanently removed and cannot be restored; no one can log into your account either in the future aside from Facebook staff/admins. Your timeline will be preserved but with nothing attached to it except a note at the top saying that this profile was deleted by its owner. This entire process is known as ‘account deletion’ or ‘profile removal’. It has been completely free of charge ever since Facebook became a business and an ad company (a period lasting several years).
I suggest that you look into another website for all your social networking needs because clearly, Facebook is not the place for anyone who cares about their privacy. It’s unlikely that they’ll change this policy in any significant way anytime soon, if at all.
Oh, noes! We’re being told to use other websites and not something Facebook owns like Instagram? That can’t be good. Oh, noes! We’re being told to use other websites and not something Facebook owns like Instagram? That can’t be good. 11-15-2013, 04:45 AM Find Reply Dr_Wizard
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xerosis Wrote: Oh noes! We’re being told to use other websites and not something Facebook owns like Instagram? That can’t be good. It’s not ‘other website’ we should all go to so much as it is not using any of the sites that Facebook provides. If you have an account on any social network used by more than 10 people in a given month (like Pinterest), then you already have a profile somewhere that
By Declan Butler, Nature magazine | February 19, 2012
At the end of a relationship, many people would like to be able to erase all evidence of their time together. Could that really happen on social network sites such as Facebook?
Not fully: removing an account is supposed to remove all traces of it — except for postings you have made public. But some accounts don’t actually disappear: they are hidden from view and can be reactivated anytime by clicking on an “I’m Deactivating My Account” link at deactivate.facebook.com/delete_account?next=1. You can even change your mind during the deactivation period and unlock your account again before its data is deleted after 30 days if you have backed up your data.
At the end of 2012, Facebook announced that it would reactivate any accounts deactivated in 2012 after 31 December, asking users to choose one or more friends to receive a digital gift before deleting their account for good. We checked this offer and found that some accounts can indeed be reactivated: we were able to confirm that two previously inactive Facebook accounts belonging to fictional characters from our 2011 story had been restored (see image, above).
But then we started wondering whether anyone else could do it — so we set out to hack the system. The solution turned out not to be very difficult; here is what you need to know.
We won’t attempt to describe every step of the process because it would involve describing methods of social-engineering attacks that other people could use to hack Facebook. Our aim is to demonstrate why the system needs to be protected better and we hope Facebook will address these issues soon.
We first noticed this issue in late 2012 when a few technical friends had their accounts reactivated after deactivation, and then again in January 2013; we finally decided to look more closely into it after an incident involving one of our Nature colleagues. A co-worker with a pseudonym was deactivated as part of the enforcement of a policy that requires users to choose their real name if they want access beyond using the site’s basic features. He appealed successfully against the decision on 21 January, but by 30 January his account had been reactivated.
1. Go to Facebook page.
2. Click the Settings.
3. Click Your Facebook Information.
4. Click Deactivation.
5. Choose Delete Account.
6. Click the Continue to Account Deletion.
7. Enter your password.
8. Click Delete Account.
Login to your Facebook account and find the Facebook profile you want to delete. Click on Report in the menu drop-down, then select the name of the profile from a list. Inform them that their account is being reported.
Open the Facebook app on your phone. Tap the three lines in the top navigation bar to access Settings and Privacy. Scroll down and tap Account ownership settings, then scroll down again to Account deletion settings; select Delete account at this point if prompted for a password or other information.
If you want your information to be permanently deleted from Facebook, make sure to deactivate your account instead of just disabling it.
If you deactivate your account, all personal information will be hidden from public view. Messages that have not yet been sent will still be visible, and comments made on other profiles will stay intact.
It can take anywhere from 10 to 24 hours, depending on which report was filed.