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How to Deactivate a Facebook Account?

How to Deactivate a Facebook Account?

One out of every five social media users has a Facebook account. The users of Facebook cut across all age groups.

Why some use Facebook to connect with friends and family, run businesses and make money, display adverts for events and businesses, express opinions in a public discussion, and send greetings to friends and colleagues, while others use the social media network to search for job vacancies, keep up with trends and news, experience new culture, make new friends, to seek attention and display their lifestyles.

Currently, it has about 2.93 billion global users. With these uses and benefits offered by Facebook, there are many reported cases of people wanting to deactivate their Facebook accounts, and why some may not be too familiar with the procedure on how to deactivate their accounts, they will still make sure they do everything possible to remove their identities from Facebook.

What possibly could be the reasons why people could decide to deactivate their Facebook accounts, what steps to deactivate the Facebook account, and how to recover their Facebook account just in case there is a change of decision to continue using the social media app?

Why People Deactivate Their Facebook Accounts

  1. Depression
  2. Sense of feeling addicted to it
  3. Keeping up with unwanted lifestyle trends
  4. Trying to avoid a friend, a group, or a family relation
  5. A discovered identity (this happens when you use Facebook with a fake identity)
  6. To have a change of identity
  7. To change a group of friends
  8. Conflicting with your work time
  9. Sensing it’s becoming a distraction
  10. Can’t keep up with many social media accounts, and decided to let Facebook go.
  11. Victim of cyberbullying
  12. Privacy concern
  13. Security concern

Medical advice to withdraw from Facebook after being diagnosed with Facebook Withdrawal Syndrome (FWS). This is a temporary condition and symptoms include becoming sweaty when using Facebook, increased anxiety about why a Facebook feature is not working, conscious of what people say about you, and eager to know what people you unfriend or break up with are up to.

If you have made up your mind and considered it right to let your Facebook account go, then you can deactivate your account. However, there are still some points to consider before you deactivate your account.

It’s not only your Facebook account that will be deactivated, you will not also be able to use your Facebook login details for other apps that you log in with your Facebook details, e. g Instagram, your pages on Facebook like your business page, and all the pages where you are the sole admin will also be suspended.

Steps To Deactivate Your Facebook Account:

Deactivating your Facebook account is different from deletion because in deactivating you can return to your account, but to permanently delete is to lose complete access to your account and permanent removal of your activities and contents on Facebook.

When you deactivate your account, your photos will no longer be publicly displayed including your profile, videos, and posts.

To deactivate your Facebook account:

  1. Log into your Facebook account
  2. Look for Settings and click on it
  3. Select Account Information
  4. Click on Account Ownership and Control
  5. Tap Deactivation and Deletion
  6. Select Deactivate Account

For more guides on how to delete an online account visit

Your account is to be deactivated. But Facebook gives the grace of 30 days before you no longer have permanent access to this account again. Within these 30 days if you still want to get back to your Facebook account you can have access to it.

Steps To Reactivate Your Facebook After Deactivating.

Perhaps you have a change of decision to come back to using your Facebook after you initially deactivated it, all you need is to log into your Facebook account. You can use the mobile app or the web browser.

Use the correct email and have access to the mobile number you used to register the account because a code will be sent to the mobile number to confirm your identity. Use the same password, but if you can’t remember the password, can request a new one. Your security question will be asked if you don’t have access to the email and the mobile phone number.

Reactivating your account will restore your friends’ list, timeline, and contents. For your pages on Facebook, you will need to republish them, they don’t automatically appear.

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