How to delete your Facebook account? Mark Zuckerberg’s social network has, in fifteen years of existence, passed the status of must have, that of a kind of digital drug with difficult withdrawal. The impact of the social network on our lives is simply essential and the need for disconnection is more and more pressing. We explain how to perform this operation from the PC or the smartphone, but also how to save your data and delete your activity to really disappear from the social network.
Want to get out of Facebook? The social network is in turmoil, especially since the 2016 American elections which highlighted the perverse effects of the platform. The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica affair also goes through there, since the recent hacking of Facebook has nothing arranged again proves us how much more and more complicated it is to trust the social network. To make matters worse, the average age on the social network is increasing and young people are increasingly deserting the platform in favor of alternative social networks. It's high time to close your account and join them, right?
To delete or deactivate a Facebook account:
- First of all we advise you to save your data and delete your activity on Facebook
- Go tosettings then click onYour Facebook information
- Click onSee lineDelete your account and information
- Click onDelete my accountand confirm with your password
The total and final deletion of your account Facebook will take effect after 30 days. Your personal data is kept for 90 days. This process can still be canceled at any time during this time.Your journal will no longer be available and your profile will no longer appear in the search results. After this time, all your data will never be lost provided that you have correctly deleted all your interactions.
A word of advice: if you are really sure of your choice, we advise you to log out manually, delete your cookies and the Facebook password in your managers, in order to avoid any accidental connection which would then reactivate your account immediately.
How to delete or deactivate a Facebook account from an Android smartphone
The process on an Android or iOS smartphone is similar. In addition, it is also possible to delete one of your interactions via your Personal history, but it’s even longer and more time consuming, and there’s no way on a smartphone to automate this task.
- Go to the menu >Settings and Privacy> Settings> Properties and account control> Deactivation and deletion
From there you can simply deactivate your account. If you are sure you want to delete it:
- touch Delete account and confirm by touching Continue account deletion
- touchDelete accountand confirm with your password
- Uninstall Facebook on your smartphone and on all devices where the application is installed
You want to disappear from Facebook, either. That said, are you sure you won't want to find a photo or publication in a few months that made you laugh in the past? Another argument, you may need to find information published on your wall a long time ago. Thus, it is better to play it safe by preserving all the information accumulated during your presence on Facebook, before losing all access. You can do this manually if little information really interests you (texts, photos).
If you have lots of memories to collect, there is an option Download a copy of your data on Facebook :
- Go to the arrow at the top right on the home page
- Click on Settings> Your Facebook information (in the left menu)
- Click on Download your information
- Select the contents which interest you then click onCreate an archive
Your password will be requested, and you will receive all data within a period of up to a few hours in your mailbox.
Ms. if you close your account,your actions, publications, comments, etc., will remain on the social network. So you have to go through an extra step to delete your activity on Facebook. It is a step too often overlooked by those who wish to leave the social network.
- See you in your Personal history
- From there, you can delete all your interactions … but one by one!
You read correctly : Facebook doesn't allow you to delete everything all at once. the hand, deleting your posts will take approximately 20-30 minutes per month of activity. Which can keep you busy for a long time if you have been on Facebook for several years. Fortunately, there are Chrome or Firefox extensions to automate this grotesquely laborious task!
For it :
This is where all your posts are. You can view a reduced list of deleted posts using the filters provided by Facebook.
- Click on the icon of Social Book Post Managerin the extensions at the top right of the window Chromium
- ChooseAll inyearandmonth
- If you are sure you want to delete everything, uncheck the boxPrescan on page speed
- Click on Delete
- Wait (the process may take several hours)
We told you, you have 30 days to go back and cancel the deletion or deactivation of a Facebook account. It could not be easier :
A message then appears asking you to confirm or cancel the deletion. If you click on the blue button without reading too much of what is displayed, the entire procedure will be automatically canceled without further action on your part. Some would say that this complicates the deletion of the account, because it is possible that a person connects to it and cancels the whole procedure without you knowing it. So think about deleting your cookies and your Facebook password from your manager if you want to avoid any cost if everything is canceled without your knowledge…
We hope you found this tutorial useful! Don't hesitate to tell us about the difficulties you encountered – we will update this tutorial based on your feedback.