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How to permanently delete a Facebook account

Deactivating a Facebook account keeps your account and data still stored on the Facebook servers, should you wish to come back to it. All you have to do is login. In this article, you will learn how to permanently delete your Facebook account and all of its data.

Since you can't undo this action, we will also show how to backup and download your Facebook data (photos, videos, timeline posts etc) before proceeding with the deletion.

If you have changed your mind and need to cancel the process of the permanent removal of your account, you simply need to login to said account within 14 days after the request of deletion.

 How to backup your Facebook data to your computer

  1. Login to the Facebook account you wish to delete. You should preferably do that on a computer instead of a mobile device.
  2. On the upper right corner next to the question mark icon, click the arrow icon to bring up the menu, and click on Settings.
  3. From the left side, click on Your Facebook information.
  4. From Download your information, click on View.
  5. Click Create File. This might take some time. You will be notified by email that the file is ready to be downloaded, and you can click the link on that email that will take you to the address to download the file. It could be quite large if you have lots of  uploaded photos and videos.

How to delete your Facebook account

  1. Again on the upper right corner, click on the arrow icon to bring up the menu and click on Settings.
  2. From the left side, click on Your Facebook information.
  3. From Delete your account and information, click on View.
  4. Click on Delete my account.
  5. Type your password and the Captcha code.
  6. You will receive an email that you have requested your account and data to be permanently deleted within 14 days. Remember that after 14 days, your account and data will cease to exist and can't undo this action. So if you have changed your mind, login within those 14 days.
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