How to Deactivate or Delete Facebook Account (2020)

In this post, we’ll see:

Deactivate Facebook Account

Delete Facebook Account Permanently

Important Things to Note

  • FB deactivation and deletion are different.
  • The latter is permanent, and you can’t access your account anymore.
  • The former disables your account. But you can reactivate it.

Let’s see what happens when you deactivate your Facebook account.

  • As mentioned earlier, your profile will be disabled.
  • No one can find you via Facebook search.
  • Some information such as messages you’ve sent may still be visible to others.
  • You can continue to use Facebook Messenger.

Deactivate Facebook Account on PC

  1. Sign into Facebook.
  2. Hit inverted triangle icon at the top, which you can find beside the Quick Help icon.
  3. In the menu, hit Settings, which you can find between News Feed preferences and Log Out.
  4. Hit Your Facebook information from the left sidebar.
  5. Click on View link beside Deactivation and deletion.
Deactivation and deletion option
  1. Select Deactivate account option and then hit Continue to Account Deactivation button.
Continue to Account Deactivation button
  1. Provide your Facebook account password and hit the Continue button.
  2. Now, select the reason for your deactivation, select the Email opt-out if you prefer, and then hit the Deactivate button.
Deactivate button
  1. In the pop-up, hit the Deactivate Now button.
Deactivate Now button

Your Facebook account is deactivated.

Message stating account is deactivated

Note: To reactivate your Facebook account, sign into your FB account.

Deactivate Facebook Account on Android and iPhone

Note: Here, I’m using the iPhone. But the steps are almost the same for Android.

  1. Open the Facebook app.
  2. Hit three vertical lines at the bottom.
  3. Hit Settings & Privacy at the bottom, which you can find between Help & Support and Log Out.
  4. Tap Settings.
  5. In Your Facebook information section, you can see Account ownership and control option. Hit it.
  6. Tap Deactivation and deletion option, which you can find between Memorialisation settings and Managing your information.
  7. Select Deactivate account option and then hit Continue to Account Deactivation button.
Continue to Account Deactivation button in Facebook for iPhone
  1. Provide your Facebook account password and then hit the Continue button.
  2. Now, select the reason for deactivation and then tap the Continue button.
Providing reason
  1. If you wish, read the message on the screen, and opt-out from receiving future notifications from Facebook by selecting the option on the screen. Hit the Continue button.
Continue button in Facebook for iPhone

Note: To reactivate, sign into your Facebook account.

Important Things to Note

  • FB deactivation and deletion are different.
  • The latter is permanent, and you can’t access your account anymore.
  • The former disables your account. But you can reactivate it.
  • Note that after you delete your Facebook account, some information such as the messages you’ve sent may still be visible to others.
  • If you wish, take a backup of the Facebook account before proceeding.

Delete Facebook Account Permanently on PC

  1. Sign into Facebook.
  2. Hit inverted triangle icon at the top, which you can find beside the Quick Help icon.
  3. In the menu, hit Settings, which you can find between News Feed preferences and Log Out.
  4. Hit Your Facebook information from the left sidebar.
  5. Click on View link beside Deactivation and deletion.
Deactivation and deletion option
  1. Select the Permanently Delete Account option and then hit Continue to Account Deactivation button.
Continue to Account Deletion button
  1. Now, hit the Delete Account button.
Delete Account button in Facebook web version
  1. In the pop-up, provide the password of your Facebook account and then hit the Continue button.
  2. In the pop-up, hit the Delete Account button.
Delete Account button in the pop-up
Message stating account is in deletion queue

Note:

Your account is in the deletion queue now, and you’ve 30 days to cancel the deletion.

If you’ve not done that, then your account will get deleted permanently. Remember that the full deletion may take up to 90 days (from the beginning of the deletion process).

How to cancel the deletion?

Log in to your Facebook account. Now, hit the Cancel Deletion button.

Cancel Deletion button

Delete Facebook Account Permanently on Android and iPhone

Note: here, I’m using the iPhone. But the steps are almost the same for Android.

  1. Open the Facebook app.
  2. Hit three vertical lines at the bottom.
  3. Tap Settings & Privacy at the bottom, which you can find between Help & Support and Log Out.
  4. Hit Settings.
  5. In Your Facebook information section, you can see Account ownership and control option. Hit it.
  6. Tap Deactivation and deletion option, which you can find between Memorialisation settings and Managing your information.
  7. Select the Delete account option and then hit Continue to account deletion button.
Continue to account deletion button in Facebook for iPhone
  1. Hit the Delete Account button at the bottom.
Delete Account button in Facebook for iPhone
  1. Provide your Facebook account password and then hit the Continue button.
  2. Hit the Delete Account button.
Delete Account button

Note:

Your account is in the deletion queue now, and you’ve 30 days to cancel the deletion.

If you’ve not done that, then your account will get deleted permanently. Remember that the full deletion may take up to 90 days (from the beginning of the deletion process).

How to cancel the deletion?

Log in to your Facebook account. Hit the Yes, Continue to Facebook button.

Yes, Continue to Facebook button