It seems like Facebook have been listening. Some of us really do want to permanently delete our facebook account. No, we really don’t want to reactivate it. Back in the old days (read only a few years ago) we had to go through and delete all of our posts, comments, likes, photos, apps, etc and then deactivate our accounts. Now, Facebook has made it easier for us – just a one-click button and all is done. Now, whether or not you feel safe and trust this giant with your data is another story. If you still want to remove your facebook account the old skool way, then hit up this link. Not much time, then read on….
- Go to this URL: https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account
- If you are not yet logged in you will be prompted to do so. Make sure you login to the Facebook account you wish to permanently delete – some of us have multiple accounts and you should be mindful not to delete the wrong one. If you are already logged in, be sure it is for the correct account.
- Click on the button that says ‘Delete My Account’.
- Once you click on it you will see a pop up that asks you to re-enter your account password and enter a ‘I am not a robot’ string. Do that and click on ‘Okay’.
- Now you’ll see an info box letting you know that your Facebook account is not yet deleted but will be in 2 weeks. That’s right, you have 14 days to change your mind. Click on ‘Okay’.
That’s it! So what happens if you log back in? The great thing about how this works now is that your account is not reactivated as soon as you log back in. Instead, you get a prompt as shown below:
You have two choices:
1. Click on ‘Confirm Deletion’ gets you to this:
When you click on ‘Logout’ and then say you log back in again the cycle starts again with the ‘Confirm Deletion’ button.
2. Click on ‘Cancel Deletion’ gets you to this:
Choosing door number 1, ‘Reactivate Account’ allows you to access your account as if nothing has happened and the deletion request is permanently removed. Choosing door number 2, ‘Remain Deactivated’, keeps your account deactivated but not deleted.