How to close Facebook account temporarily or permanently

How to close Facebook account temporarily or permanently – If you are tired of Facebook and you are confused on the decision to take: Closing it temporarily or permanently? You need to know the difference between the two. Mind you, closing it temporarily means DEACTIVATION and closing it permanently means DELETION. So, let’s take a look at the differences between the two:

How to close Facebook account temporarily or permanently

If you choose to deactivate your account:
  • You can reactivate whenever you want.
  • People can’t see your Timeline or search for you.
  • Some info may remain visible (example: messages you sent).
If you choose to delete your account:
  • You can’t regain access once it’s deleted.
  • Deletion may be delayed a few days after it’s requested. A deletion request is cancelled if you log back into your Facebook account during this time.
  • It may take up to 90 days to delete data stored in backup systems. Your info isn’t accessible on Facebook during this time.
  • Some things aren’t stored in your account. For example, a friend may have messages from you after deletion.
  • Copies of some material (example: log records) may remain in Facebook’s database but are disassociated from personal identifiers.

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So, if you choose to close your Facebook account temporarily or Deactivate your account, here’s how to go about it:

On Your Facebook Application

  • Click on the menu button at the top right hand of your Facebook page.
  • On the pop up screen, scroll down to “Account settings”
  • On the pop-up screen, click on “General”
  • On the pop-up screen, tap on  “Manage Account”
  •  On the pop-up screen, tap on “Deactivate” at the right hand corner.
  • Enter your password on the screen that pops up and tap on “Continue”.
  • On the next page, you will be asked if you are sure of the decision to deactivate and to give reasons why you want to deactivate.
  • After you have provided the necessary information, scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap on “Deactivate” to deactivate your account. 
  • You will once again be asked if you want to deactivate your Facebook account, tap on the “Deactivate” button to deactivate your Facebook account.

On Your Browser 

  • Log in your Facebook account details.
  • Click the account menu  at the top right of your Facebook page.
  • On the drop-down menu, select the “Settings” option.
  • The screen that pops up shows your General Account settings, click on “Manage Account”
  • On the screen that drops down under Manage Account, scroll down to “Deactivate your Account”
  • At the bottom of the page, click on the “Deactivate your account” link.
  • A new page will be open, where you need to enter your password.
  • After entering your password, click on the “Continue” button.
  • You’ll be directed to a new page, where you need to tell the reason behind your deactivation.
  • After you’ve provided the needed information, click on the ‘Deactivate’ button for deactivation.
  • Facebook will once again ask you to confirm your decision to deactivate Facebook account. Click on the “Deactivate Now button to immediately deactivate your Facebook account.

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    If you choose to delete your Facebook account permanently or Delete your account, here’s what to do:
    You are advised to download a copy of your Facebook data before you delete your account for future purposes. To download a copy of your Facebook data:

    • Click the downward arrow at the top right of any Facebook page
    • Select “Settings”
    • Click on the link at the bottom of the main menu that says “Download a copy of your Facebook data”.

    After you have downloaded your data, all you need to do is visit this link: https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account, click on “Delete my account”, then follow the steps to confirm.

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