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How to Deactivate Your Facebook Account

Facebook, while a great tool for staying connected, can sometimes feel overwhelming. Whether you’re looking for a digital detox or simply need a break from the constant newsfeed updates, deactivating your account can be a healthy option. Deactivating your account is different from deleting it.

Here, we’ll explore the key differences and guide you through the deactivation process on both desktop and mobile app.

Deactivation vs. Deletion: Understanding the Difference

Deactivation:¬†When you deactivate your account, your profile and all associated information (posts, photos, videos) are hidden from others. You can reactivate your account at any time using your login credentials. Your friends won’t be able to search for you or see your profile, but they might still see your name in past conversations. Messages you’ve sent or received will remain visible to the recipient(s).

Deletion:¬†Deleting your account permanently removes all your information from Facebook. This action is irreversible, so think carefully before proceeding. Once deleted, you won’t be able to retrieve your data or reactivate your account.

Deactivating Your Facebook Account: A Step-by-Step Guide

On Desktop:

Log in to Facebook: Open a web browser and navigate to Enter your login credentials (email address and password) and click “Log In.”

Access Settings: Click the downward arrow located on the top-right corner of the blue navigation bar. From the drop-down menu, select “Settings & Privacy,” followed by “Settings.”

Navigate to Your Account: Within the settings menu, locate the “Your Facebook Information” section on the left-hand side panel. Click on “Account Ownership and Control.”

Deactivate Your Account: Under “Account Ownership and Control,” you’ll see the option for “Deactivation and Deletion.” Click on “Deactivate Account.”

Reason for Deactivation (Optional): Facebook will prompt you to select a reason for deactivating your account. You can choose a reason from the provided list or skip this step by clicking “Skip” in the bottom right corner.

Confirm Deactivation: Finally, click on the “Deactivate” button to confirm your decision. Facebook will display a confirmation message reminding you that your profile will be hidden and messages might still be visible. Click “Continue” to proceed.

Success! Your Facebook account is now deactivated. You’ll be logged out, and your profile will be hidden from others.

On Mobile App:

Open the Facebook App: Launch the Facebook app on your iPhone or Android device.

Access the Menu: Tap the three horizontal lines located on the bottom right corner of the screen (iPhone) or top right corner (Android) to access the app menu.

Scroll Down to Settings & Privacy: Scroll down through the menu options and tap on “Settings & Privacy,” followed by “Settings.”

Your Account Settings: Locate “Your Account Information” within the settings menu and tap on “Account Ownership and Control.”

Deactivate Your Account: Under “Account Ownership and Control,” select “Deactivation and Deletion” and then “Deactivate Account.”

Reason for Deactivation (Optional): Similar to the desktop version, Facebook might prompt you to choose a reason for deactivation. You can choose a reason or skip this step.

Confirm Deactivation: Tap on “Deactivate” to confirm. Facebook will display a confirmation message. Tap “Continue” to proceed.

Account Deactivated: Your Facebook account is now deactivated on your mobile device.


Congrats, your Facebook account has been deactivated. Deactivating your account doesn’t remove information from Facebook apps you’ve used to log in elsewhere. Whenever you’re ready to return to Facebook, simply log in using your email address and password. Your profile and account information will be restored.

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