If you’ve decided that it’s time to say goodbye to Facebook and delete your account, here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it:
1. Backup your data (optional):
Before deleting your Facebook account, you might want to download a copy of your data. To do this, click on the downward arrow in the top right corner of Facebook and select “Settings & Privacy” from the dropdown menu. Then, click on “Settings” and navigate to the “Your Facebook Information” tab on the left-hand side. From there, you can click on “Download Your Information” and choose the data you want to download. Once you’ve made your selections, click on “Create File” to start the download.
2. Go to the Facebook account deletion page:
Open a web browser and visit the Facebook account deletion page at https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account. Make sure you are logged in to the Facebook account you want to delete.
3. Confirm your decision:
On the account deletion page, you will see a button that says “Delete Account.” Click on it to proceed. Facebook will then prompt you to confirm your decision. It’s important to note that once you delete your account, you cannot recover it.
4. Enter your password and complete the security check:
To ensure that you are the rightful owner of the account, Facebook will ask you to enter your password and complete a security check. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete this step.
5. Submit your account deletion request:
After completing the security check, click on the “Delete Account” button to submit your request. Facebook will inform you that your account will be permanently deleted after a 30-day grace period. During this time, if you log in or use Facebook in any way, your deletion request will be canceled.
6. Disconnect third-party apps and services (optional):
While your account is in the 30-day grace period, you can take the opportunity to disconnect any third-party apps or services that are linked to your Facebook account. This will ensure that your data is no longer shared with these apps.
7. Log out and avoid logging in:
After submitting your account deletion request, make sure to log out of Facebook on all devices and avoid logging in during the 30-day grace period. If you log in before the grace period ends, your deletion request will be canceled.
8. Delete the Facebook app (optional):
If you have the Facebook app installed on your mobile device, you might want to consider deleting it to avoid any temptation to log in during the grace period.
9. Clear your browser cache and history (optional):
To ensure that no Facebook-related data is stored on your device, you can clear your browser cache and history after deleting your account.
Deleting your Facebook account is a permanent decision, so make sure it’s what you truly want. Take the time to consider the impact it will have on your connections and access to certain services that may require a Facebook account.