Facebook dominated the news in 2018 but for all the wrong reasons.
The infamous Cambridge-Analytica scandal rocked the social media website. It exposed the callousness of Facebook when it comes to user privacy.
To make matters worse, Facebook was also guilty of ignoring genocidal propaganda that resulted in several deaths in Myanmar.
Putting all that aside, the social media behemoth is long past its glory days.
More and more people are realizing the drastic impact Facebook addiction is having on their social lives.
So if one of your New Year resolutions is to ditch the once-loved social media platform. Or even take a break from the site. No one would blame you.
In fact, I am here to help you through.
Below, you will learn how to delete or deactivate your Facebook account. But first, you should learn the different between both these actions.
Delete or Deactivate your Account: What’s the Difference?
When you delete your Facebook account, that’s it. No more pictures of your High School buddy’s newborn or embarrassing comments from your Grandmom.
However, deactivating is more of a temporary solution. You can go back to those worn-out memes whenever you wish.
Here are the main differences between:
|It takes few days for your account to be deleted. If you log in during the period, the account is reactivated. Otherwise, the deletion becomes permanent.||The account can be reactivated whenever you please.|
|Your Facebook information becomes inaccessible to the public. However, it takes 90 days for Facebook to delete your data from their backup system.||Users will not be able to see your timeline or look up your profile.|
|Messages you have sent will remain as they are not stored in your account.||Message you have sent will remain visible.|
|Facebook may log some of your information but it will be disassociated from your personal identity.||Your account information, such as friends and interests are saved in case you decide to reactive.|
|You will not be able to use the messenger.||Messenger will work as usual.|
To sum up, deactivate if you need time off from all the Facebook drama. Delete if you want call it quits on the social network.
4 Simple Steps to Deactivate Your Facebook Account
Deactivating your Facebook account is extremely simple. Just follow these four steps:
- On your account, click the down arrow on the top right. Proceed to click “Settings”.
- In Settings, click the edit options in the ‘Manage Account’ option.
- Click “Deactivate your account”
- Finally, insert your password and deactivate the account.
Simple Steps to Delete Your Account
Deleting your account has become much easier than it previously was. Here is what you need to do.
- Click on the downward key that signifies menu. Hit the Settings option.
- Next, you need to click “Your Facebook Information” on the left corner of the screen. Click view option on “Delete Your Account and Information.
- Proceed to click the blue “Delete Account” button.
- In the end, insert your Password and press Continue.
Or simply follow these steps:
- Sign into your Facebook account.
- Enter https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account
- Click “Delete My Account”
Remember, it takes around 30 days for your deletion to be processed. You can log into your account anytime during this period and click “Cancel Deletion”. This will undo the entire process.
Otherwise, your existence on Facebook will be completely erased.
Download your Archived Information on Facebook
In this day and age, some of our most memorable moment can occur through Facebook. It may be a conversation that you cherish or pictures that are irreplaceable.
Fortunately, you can save this information before quitting the website. Facebook lets you create an archive and download it in your device.
Here’s how you can do that:
- In settings, click “Your Facebook information” and then proceed to “Download Your Information”.
- The archive page will allow you to download a wide variety of information. You can set the date range, select archive format and the media quality.
- Information here is divided into; your personal information and the one that concerns you.
- Once you’ve selected the information you want archived, hit the blue “Create File” button and the archiving will begin.
- Facebook will notify you once the archive file is complete. You can download it straightaway.
You can download a slew of content through this feature. It could just few photos or a comprehensive backup. Facebook lets you customize it a great deal.
Delete Your Facebook Information
If you feel like speeding up the account deletion process, remove specific bits of data manually. Similarly, if you plan on continuing your relationship with Facebook, you can delete some data on the site that you wish to keep personal.
Facebook lets you sort out your personal history and customize the apps connected with the site.
To delete and manage your information on Facebook, you will need to head toward the activity log.
It is present on the “Your Facebook Information” page in Settings.
You will land on a page with a Filters panel on the right side. It lets you delete comments, posts, remove search and unlike your likes. One can perform a plethora of functions including managing data and apps connected.
Of course, managing and deleting the clutter of data on Facebook is a laborious task. Scroll below to learn how you can delete different forms of content on the site.
Delete Facebook Posts and Comments
To simply delete your posts and comments on Facebook without doing away with the entire account, follow these steps.
Go to Activity log and click the comments option.
The pencil icon on the right of individual comments lets you delete them. It is the same process for posts but with a small change. You need to select posts in the Activity Log instead of comments.
Delete Search History
Erasing a part of your search history on Facebook is a matter of second.
Simply click on the search and hit the “Edit” option. It will next to the “recent searches”.
Here, you can delete all of previously searched keywords.
Delete the Connected Apps
If you are saying goodbye to Facebook, it is a good idea to remove the apps you have connected with the site. This is how its done:
Go to “Apps and Websites” section on your Settings page.
On this section, you can tick the app and click the blue “remove”.
Removing the connected apps is not a necessity while deleting your Facebook account. But you may run into trouble while accessing the apps again.
Delete Videos, Photos and Albums
To maintain some semblance of privacy on the web, it is advisable not to share your life on Facebook. Regardless, if you have already did this, there’s a simple way of getting rid of those extremely personal pictures and videos.
Follow these steps:
- Go to Activity Log
- Scroll to Photos and Videos
- All of your visual content will be on display in a sequential manner. Click the Pencil Icon on the right to delete an item.
Note: You cannot delete your profile and cover photos on Facebook. Instead, you can only choose to hide them from others.
Managing Facebook’s Privacy Settings
Despite all its problems, Facebook does give us a way to connect and reconnect with different people. Hence, many users including me are not yet ready to give up on this wonderful platform.
Doing this requires some changes in our privacy settings.
To access the privacy settings on Facebook, one needs to navigate to the Privacy tab on the Settings page. It is filled with vital information.
Here, we can configure who will see our posts. It could be limited to Facebook friends, just the user or to public. There’s even an option to block specific individuals.
Here are some things you can change from this section.
- Privacy settings on posts you have made previously (Remember that these do not include the ones you are tagged in).
- Who can send you friend requests, find you profile via email or see your friend list.
- Whether or not search engines will link your Facebook profile.
Privacy tab lets you manage which future content will be visible to which audience. However, your new settings do not automatically apply to your old post. You will need to go through your old content and configure the new settings individually.
This will take some time and effort.
Is it Time to #DeleteFacebook?
Facebook has been swimming in controversies as of late. One after another, the privacy scandals have followed the social media giant.
At first, it was revealed that Facebook shared personal data of millions of users with Cambridge Analytica.
Later, the world learned that the company was using a VPN, Onavo Protect to spy on its users. In fact, the information stolen through this app helped Facebook make their final decision about purchasing WhatsApp.
All this prompted the #DeleteFacebook movement across different forums.
Even Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp joined in after resigning from Facebook.
Meanwhile, Facebook has undertaken tremendous reforms after gaining all this bad press.
The deletion process has been made simple and the privacy settings have been updated. Still, there’s plenty to be done.
Mark Zuckerberg, in his latest message has highlighted all the ‘progress’ Facebook has made in 2018.
But mere words will not satisfy the privacy conscious users. Facebook needs to bring more transparency. Perhaps a third-party audit is needed.
Till then, the #DeleteFacebook movement will rage on.
Deleting Accounts from Other Apps
All said and done, the final decision lies with you.
Do feel betrayed by Facebook selling your personal information for dirty money? Are you willing to give it a second chance?
Whatever the case may be, it is important to know what you can do to protect your personal privacy. Be it an extreme measure like leaving Facebook for good or a moderate one like customizing your privacy settings.