Looking to deactivate your Facebook account? Facebook is one of the dominant social media platforms, with billions of users worldwide. For all the good it has enabled by bringing people together, it is also frequently criticized for its addictiveness, psychological impact, stress, privacy issues, trolling, and fake news.
If you think you need a break from the social media platform, you can deactivate your Facebook account. Deactivating is like putting your account in cold storage with all the data and connections intact. You can reactivate your account when ready and continue where you left off.
You can also delete your Facebook account and not deactivate it, but that is permanent, and you won’t be able to recover it.
Steps to deactivate your Facebook Account
Follow the steps below to deactivate your Facebook Account
Total Time: 4 minutes
Go to General Account Settings
You can find the deactivate setting by clicking on the Facebook menu down arrow and then going to Settings > General > Manage your Account
Proceed to Deactivate
Click on “Deactivate your account” (Quick access, click here).
You must enter your Facebook password and complete the steps to confirm deactivation.
Before the final confirmation, Facebook will request your feedback as well as highlight any Facebook Pages or Apps for which you are the only administrator. You will need to ensure that any Facebook pages or Apps are not impacted by your decision to deactivate. Please ensure that you have addressed this before giving your confirmation to deactivate.
And that’s it. Your Facebook Account has been deactivated. At least until you choose to reactivate it again.
Please note that Facebook Messenger will still work and needs to be deactivated separately in the Messenger App if you choose to do so.
To reactivate your Facebook account, log in to your account when you are ready, and it will be live again.