Deleting your account on Facebook can be drawn from a lot of reasons, and the administration of the platform is but cognizant of that. Some reasons may be due to security reasons, ease of use or accessibility, list of features and capabilities, and even bugs and other technical issues from within the site itself. Facebook requires its users to be really specific with the reason why they’re opting out of the platform before they continue to filing the request form.
Just in case you really come up with your decision of removing your account on Facebook, few things must be taken up to consideration:
- Are you planning to come back to Facebook at a proximate period of time?
- Are you planning to transfer to a different networking site?
- Are you planning to create a new account instead?
- Are you happy with the social platform?
- Are you getting too much confusion as to the ways of using Facebook?
These are some of the questions you want to throw to yourself before actually going to the deletion page. As to this regard, most of the concerns as found above can actually be solved with proper assistance and methodology, such as simply updating the personal information, shifting to another e-mail address, or going to the Help Center for guides.
If you are still opting to deactivate your account but with the thought of possibly coming back:
- Go to the ‘cog’ icon found on the top right of the screen and click it. A drop-down menu will appear.
- Select Account Settings. It should lead you to another page.
- On the left panel, go to the ‘Security’ tab.
- On the lowest row of the appearing page, click ‘deactivate your account.’
- Again, a new page should appear with all the possible friends who would ‘miss’ you. You may want to leave them a note or two, and if the person you are looking for is not on the appearing area, you may want to search their names on the search bar at the top center of the page. Come back to this page when you’re done leaving notes or messages.
- Select from the options the reason for you leaving the network. Remember that this is required, and hence you must at least select the one that matches closest to your reason. After clicking a radio button, you are being shown a short message of any suggestion or resolution you might want to take.
- You can put some more notes on the ‘please explain further’ text area but this is optional.
- Check or leave the checkbox blank if you want to receive future e-mails from Facebook.
- Click ‘Confirm.’
The difference between simply deactivating your account and deleting your account is that, you can come back to Facebook at any time with deactivation, while the other deletes every of your information from the database. To ‘come back’ to the network, simply log yourself in using the same credentials you used before (your e-mail address or your Facebook ID and password), hence carefully keeping them noted while you’re away is vital or you have to click ‘forgot password.’
While deactivating your account still leaves ‘traces’ of you on the database as a back-up, doing so will make your timeline and your identity invisible from the public. Your name will still appear on your friends’ end, and they can still invite you on events or invite you for any online activities.
Just in case you really want to permanently delete your account, simply go to the deletion page (www.facebook.com/help/delete_account), and you will be asked of your password and a verification code. Note that, again, there will still be a 14-day delay for your account to be finally deleted just, still in case, you changed your mind. If you want to have a back-up record of your information, you can save an archive of your info by clicking on ‘Download a copy of your Facebook data’ on the General tab, right before you go to the deletion page.
Lastly, you can opt for the e-mail method to delete your account. To do so:
- For the addressee, enter ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’
- For the CC, enter ‘email@example.com’ and ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ (optional)
- For the title, enter ‘request.’
- For the body, enter ‘delete my Facebook account.’
- You’ll receive a notice sooner or later that your message has been received.
- After a few days, check if you can still log-in to your account, but again, it’s better to try it after the 14-day security period.