Facebook is the world's largest social media platform, with over 2.8 billion monthly active users. Although Facebook has many attractive features like pages, groups, and Marketplace, there are always people who are dissatisfied and leave the platform.
Many want to stay away from social media and avoid the toxic culture that persists online. Others are worried about their privacy and providing confidential information to these platforms. Data breaches are prevalent for a platform like Facebook, and the sensitive information of millions of people is lost, causing old and new users to leave the platform.
It doesn't matter why you're choosing to delete your presence off of Facebook; we've got you covered. We’ll guide you through the process of how to delete your Facebook account, page, or group step-by-step.
The most fundamental difference between these two is that while deleting is permanent and can't be reversed, deactivating is a temporary action giving you the option to return to Facebook whenever you desire.
When you deactivate an account, all your posts, photos, videos, and account information are hidden from your friends and public view until you decide to reactivate.
Contrarily, if you delete your account, Facebook will permanently delete all of your user information and media, making it as if it never existed in the first place. Because of this, Facebook can set back the deletion for some time if you have a change of heart.
Before you go on to deactivate or delete your Facebook account, there might be some things you'd want to look into first.
Apps and websites like Spotify give you the option to log in to them using your Facebook profile. This gives them access to your information which they then use to build your new profile.
You might want to unlink these apps from your Facebook account beforehand.
To find a list of accounts linked to your Facebook:
Note: There is no guarantee that your data on these outside apps will remain intact after you unlink them, so think twice before you make your decision.
To deactivate your account, follow these simple steps:
Deleting your account means that you won't be able to access your information afterward in case you want to import it into a third-party application. So it's a good idea to download any information that you might want to use later on.
The types of data that you can download include; Posts, Pages, Messages, Events, Facebook Payments, Stories, Groups, profile Information, and many more.
To download, open Your Facebook Information page as outlined above and click on Download Your Information.
You'll be taken to a page where you can review all the information you can download. Select all the categories that you want.
Next, you'll have to choose the time range for your data, the quality of the media, and the format of your data.
Finally, click on Create File. You'll be notified when the file is ready so that you can download it from the same page.
If you're finally ready to permanently delete your account, follow these steps:
If you want to skip some of the steps above, click here to go directly to the Delete Account page. Facebook takes around 90 days to wipe all your data completely, and for the first thirty days, you can re-login to cancel the account deletion.
Deleting a page is different from deleting an account:
Here's how you delete a Facebook page:
If you want to reactivate your page within 14 days, go to the general tab from Step 4. You'll see a banner saying your page is set to be deleted. Click on the blue hyperlink, Cancel Deletion.
Deleting a group can only be done by an admin and is an irreversible process. This is the step-by-step guide on how to delete a group on Facebook:
Note: Only the original creator of the group can delete a group unless he has left it. In that case, admins also have the right to delete. Members aren't notified when a group is deleted.
For whatever reason you have decided to move on from Facebook, we hope you find your peace of mind. Let us know on Hackernoon Community what brought you to this decision and how easy you found this guide!