How to deactivate and permanently delete your Facebook account

How to delete your Facebook account

Facebook has a rather shaky reputation when it comes to abusing and using data from user accounts. Most recently, Facebook apparently ran psychological experiments using some of the data it collected from profiles and timelines without user consent. Whether its the way Facebook handles your data or you're just ready to be done with the drama that can sometimes come with it, we can help you either deactivate your profile temporarily or delete it forever.

How to deactivate your Facebook profile temporarily from your iPhone or iPad

Deactivating your Facebook account is easy to do and can be reversed by merely signing into an app or browser again. If you're wanting some time away but don't want to commit to deleting just yet, here's how:

  1. Launch the Facebook app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on More in the bottom navigation.
  3. Tap on Settings — it's all the way towards the bottom.
  4. Tap on General.
  5. Tap on Deactivate under the Account option. 6, You will be prompted to enter your password and confirm that you'd like to deactivate your account.

That's all there is to it. If you change your mind and decide you'd like to be on Facebook again, simply log in to any Facebook app or through the browser and your profile will be just as you left it.

How to permanently delete your Facebook account

  1. Sign into your Facebook account in any web browser.
  2. Go to https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account in any web browser.
  3. Click or tap on Delete My Account.

That's it. Your Facebook account will be scheduled for deletion. Before doing this we highly suggest downloading an archive of your Facebook data so you have it. Facebook also gives you 14 days to change your mind. Signing into your account from any app or other service within the 14 day grace period will automatically cancel the deletion. Keep that in mind since you'll need to sign out of an iPhone or iPad apps linked to your account in order for the deletion to process correctly.

Have any of you deleted a Facebook account? If so, what made you do it? Was it a personal reason or Facebook's lack of care when it comes to using your private information? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Allyson Kazmucha

Help and how to editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to delete your Facebook account

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Wow Richie, how ironic, I sign in to your site through Facebook, are you saying I should stop using your site then.?

Actually Allyson wrote the article. Unless you are actually suggesting that she only writes what Rene tells her to (and super shame on you if you are).

I'm not, I just know Rene better, either way, I think we could have gotten the info with a little less of the why, just tired of seeing all the anti-facebook movement like they are really damaging you by looking at what you're interested in..

I deactivated my account for now. This latest thing is just part of the privacy trampling that Facebook has been doing for a while now, and I just got sick of it. I never used it much, so it's not like I'm going to miss it. Maybe someday they'll realize that these kinds of things are not contributing to the user experience (like they say about any invasive changes they make) and are just plain creepy.

I deleted my FB account a few months ago. I didn't like the ads and privacy issues.

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Facebook's new tagline: You're not just our product, you're also our guinea pug.

Here they go again. Facebook never misses an opportunity to prove to everyone that it is a company that is run by a group of people who has no ability to distinguish right from wrong, or to feel guilt therefrom. In short, this is a company run by sociopaths.

Deleted mine years ago due to creepy stalkers and ex-girlfriends trying to keep tabs on me and weasel their way back into my life. Besides that, the app was SH!T and a memory/resource/bandwidth hog and I really couldn't give 2 SH!TS about what most other people are doing... Plus the adds and weird changes back then were annoying. So glad I've been Facebook free for about 4 years now!

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I deleted my account before. Being in IT, I joined up the first day I heard about it, which was actually the first day it was possible to sign up unless you were an employee. Despite how nefarious and "anti-consumer" Facebook is now, it was far, far worse when it first started. They actively screwed the users around and didn't even try to disguise the fact. I got frustrated after two weeks of battling with the UI and the completely deceptive settings and the constant trickery they used to try and get my personal information.

I ended up joining up again about a year and a half or maybe two years later, when the rest of the population sort of "discovered" Facebook all of a sudden. My family was all on it, so I pretty much had to join as well, since it quickly became the preferred method of communication. If not for that, I would never have rejoined. They aren't that much better now than they were at the start.

I deactivated mine for about a year but eventually came back with a compromise. I unfriended almost everyone except for the 10 people I really wanted to stay in regular contact with. I really like Facebook again this way. I highly recommend it. You know what else? NOONE ever brought up the fact that I unfriended them. They probably never noticed.

Man, it took 2+ years for one of "my closet" friends to notice I wasn't on Facebook anymore... Just validated why I got off it in the first place.

How about you also write a post on how to delet your google+ account.? Or how to delet your gmail account? Or how to delet yourself from anything google?

Hilarious, I had just deleted my account about an hour before I read this. I am just tired of never seeing anything useful, ads, endless app requests that would never go away despite blocking the apps, people sending the requests, etc. I guess I was also tired of all the drama associated with all of my "friends." My real friends know how to find me.

Just deactivated my account. Wondering what to do with Instagram. Also wondering how long it will take ppl to notice.

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Nice write up. I can't believe Facebook is as popular and profitable as it is. I deleted my account years ago and make fun of my missus all the time still using hers... :)

I deleted my Facebook account about a year ago and I have no regrets. I did the same with my Google account, not that I really used my Google account for much once I ditched Android for my iPhone 5. How and why people let these companies get away with invading their privacy is beyond me.

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Two nights ago I logged into my old account after "de-activating it" 2 years ago and it's still there. There is no such thing as erasing a Facebook account.

Deactivating and deleting your account are two different things. If you deleted your account you would not have been able to log back in.

I like that you post something here and also take the time to read and reply to whoever need more information. That's very nice of you.

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I have been thinking of deleting my FB account for some time. I was tired of seeing people jockey for attention by posting one-line quips. When FB went public, so much advertising appeared in my timeline and I didn't like that my information was being shared with their advertisers. The psychological experiment was the final straw and I deleted my account yesterday. This is my personal decision and may not be right for everyone.

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