How do I delete my Facebook account? Mark Zuckerberg's social network has, in more than fifteen years of existence, gone from being a mu...
Want to get off Facebook? The social network is in turmoil, especially since the 2016 American elections that have highlighted the platform's perverse effects. The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica affair. The hacking of Facebook in 2018. The theft of hundreds of millions of phone numbers. The problem of Fake News on the Internet. Not to mention the billions of fake accounts that the company has been forced to delete (54 billion in 2019). All these cases prove how complicated it is to trust the social network. To make matters worse, the average age on the social network is rising and young people are increasingly deserting the platform in favour of alternative social networks (Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok). So, isn't it high time to close your account and join them?
How to delete or deactivate a Facebook account from a Windows, Linux or Mac PC
To delete or deactivate a Facebook account :
First of all we advise you to backup your data and delete your activity on Facebook.
Go to Settings and click on Your Facebook Information.
Click on View in the line Deactivation and deletion
Click on Permanently Delete my account then on Continue to account deletion and confirm with your password.
The complete and final deletion of your Facebook account will take effect after 30 days.
Your personal data will be kept for 90 days. This process can still be cancelled at any time during this period. Your diary will no longer be available and your profile will no longer appear in search results. After this time, all your data will be lost forever provided you have correctly deleted all your interactions.
Tip: If you are really sure of your choice, we advise you to log out manually, delete your cookies and Facebook password in your managers, to avoid any accidental connection which would then immediately reactivate your account.
How to delete or deactivate a Facebook account from an Android smartphone
The approach on Android smartphone or iOS is similar. In addition, it is also possible to delete your interactions one by one via your Personal History, but this is even more time consuming and laborious, and there is no way on smartphone to automate this task.
Go to ≡ > Settings and Privacy > Settings> Account Ownership and Control > Deactivation and Deletion
From there you can simply deactivate your account or if you are sure you want to delete it:
Touch Delete account and validate by touching Continue account deletion
Touch Delete Account and confirm with your password.
Uninstall Facebook on your smartphone and on all devices where the application is installed.
How to download your Facebook account data before deleting it
You want to disappear from Facebook, so be it. Having said that, are you sure you don't want to find a photo or publication that made you laugh in the past in a few months? Another argument is that you might need to find something that was posted a long time ago on your wall. So, it's best to play it safe by preserving all the information accumulated during your presence on Facebook, before you lose all access to it. You will be able to do this manually if you are not really interested in a lot of information (texts, photos).
If you have a lot of memories to collect, there is a more practical option: Upload a copy of your data to Facebook :
Go to the arrow in the top right corner of the home page
Click Settings > Your Facebook Information(in the menu on the left)
Click on Download your information
Select the content you are interested in and then click on Create Archive.
Your password will be requested, and you will receive all the data in your mailbox within a few hours.
How to delete your activity on Facebook
Even if you close your account, your actions, posts, comments, etc., will remain on the social network. So it takes an extra step to delete your activity on Facebook. This is a step too often neglected by those who wish to leave the social network.
Go to your Activity Log under the Arrow menu
From there, you can delete all your interactions... but one by one!
You've read correctly: Facebook doesn't allow you to delete everything at once. Deleting your posts manually will take about 20-30 minutes per month of activity. This can keep you busy for a long time if you've been on Facebook for several years. Fortunately, there are Chrome or Firefox extensions available to automate this grotesquely laborious task!
To do this:
Go to the arrow in the top right corner and then to Activity Log.
This is where all your posts are. You can view a reduced list of posts for deletion using the filters provided by Facebook.
Click on the Social Book Post Manager icon in the extensions at the top right of the Chrome window.
Choose All in Year and Month
If you are sure you want to delete everything, uncheck the Prescan on page speed box
Click on Delete
Wait (the process can take several hours).
How to undo the deletion or deactivation of a Facebook account
We told you, you have 30 days to go back and cancel the deletion or deactivation of a Facebook account. To do this, nothing could be simpler:
Login to Facebook
A message will then appear asking you to confirm or cancel the deletion. If you click on the blue button without reading too much of what is displayed, the whole procedure will be automatically cancelled without any further action on your part. Some people will say that this makes it more difficult to delete the account, as it is possible that someone could log in and cancel the whole procedure without your knowledge. Therefore, as mentioned above, remember to delete your cookies and your Facebook password from your manager if you want to avoid at all costs that everything is canceled without your knowledge ...
We hope you found this tutorial useful! Feel free to let us know what difficulties you encountered - we will update this tutorial based on your feedback.