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How to Deactivate your FACEBOOK page

Updated on March 24, 2014

Sometimes Facebook can get to be a little too distracting and consumes a great deal of your time. Find yourself viewing the newsfeed or pictures when you really should be working or cleaning? Facebook serves as a great distraction at times but then also can be quite frustrating when you need to accomplish other things in life. Don't let it suck you in!! If it's time for you to step away from Facebook, read here.

I am finding that I am less and less attracted to visiting Facebook as time goes on. Initially, Facebook was intriguing to find friends/classmates/and co-workers that I had lost touch with. It was equally intriguing to share and view vacation photos of friends and family. But now, it's quite the opposite. I am actually quite annoyed by individuals that continue to post pictures of their "amazing" vacations and "amazing" family. Am I jealous? Maybe! Or am I just annoyed? Not sure!

The representation of pictures and comments posted are biased towards the image of a "perfect" life and "happy" life without any ups and downs. It may just be me, but I'm tired of viewing my friends' skewed postings of their lives. In general, most postings appear fake and a guise to cover their imperfect lives.

To me, it's the fakeness that is repelling. At times, I wish to deactivate my account to place myself far away from the "fakeness". And then at times I wish to reengage in Facebook. Thankfully, there is an option to temporarily deactivate your account without losing any past postings or past pictures. But keep in mind, there is NO way to permanently delete your account.


Instructions for deactivating your Facebook page temporarily are below.

How To Deactivate your Facebook Account:

  1. Go to the Account Menu (top right corner)

  2. Choose Account Settings

  3. Select Security from the Left-Hand Menu

  4. Click on "Deactivate your account"

Reactivation of Facebook Account:

You may reactivate your account at any time by logging in again with your password. Any activity (including any games you play associated with facebook) will automatically reactivate your account. For example, if you play Candy Crush and your Candy Crush account is linked to your Facebook page, then the act of opening the Candy Crush app will reactivate your Facebook page automatically.

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Can I Permanently Delete My Account?

No, unfortunately, once you've created a presence on Facebook, you are a permanent fixture. Any pictures and or comments you have posted will always remain and become a property of Facebook.

I doubt you read the privacy settings when you signed up but Facebook does "own" you property (meaning pictures/tags/comments/images/etc.) So please keep this in mind when you decide to post something that you will later regret!


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    • neverforgetlana profile image

      neverforgetlana 3 months ago from Santa Cruz, California

      don't see any Cogwheel in the Top Right Corner ? lost again!

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      harmony155 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Jswansom: Once you send in your affidavit via regular mail, will they remove all pictures and posts permanently?

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      jswansom 4 years ago

      You can delete a Facebook account entirely. You must follow the steps indicated by FB. This includes filling out a form and going through an affidavit authentication process via regular mail.

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      harmony155 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      CraftytotheCore: It's funny how we get sucked into the Internet world and neglect our real reality!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      I created a Facebook account a couple of years ago. I connected with relatives I never knew I had. It was amazing at first. Then I found myself doing nothing but Farmville! I thought, how silly of me, an avid gardener, sitting inside planting fake vegetables! My brain had been re-wired to auto-pilot FB every time I sat down to a computer. First thing I would do is log in to FB. I ultimately had to stop visiting FB because life happened and things came up that I had to attend to. I have never gone back to it. It's still there, I know, because I get messages every day telling me who posted and what they said to me. :)

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      harmony155 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      teaches12345: Yes! Reading a book, writing, or even viewing pages on HubPages is much better time spent!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      If I ever have to deactivate my account, I now know how to do it. Thanks. I am not nearly as active on Facebook these days. It can be addicting, better to read a book, better yet -- write.

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      harmony155 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Catgypsy: Facebook and other social media have really influenced our lives and how we interact with one another. I have to agree with you at times.... wish Facebook wasn't so important to people!

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      I have never liked Facebook! I have an account and wish I didn't. I think social media, as a whole, is getting way too much importance and attention...I wish it had never been invented! Thanks for the tip!

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      harmony155 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      /jabelufiroz: I glad this post was useful to you. There are times when we just need to get away from our Facebook page for a while!

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Useful hub on How to Deactivate your FACEBOOK page. Voted up.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      harmony......Just as I imagined......This goes way beyond CRAZY...INCREDIBLE...directly into hysterically funny!! There seems to be nothing left to do, but laugh.

      ATTN: If you believe everything in life is tentative....all things come to an one lives forever....blah blah.....Be advised: Facebook accounts are ETERNAL. Isn't this comforting? Arghhhhhhhh!

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      harmony155 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Fpherj48: I feel your frustration!! Unfortunately, once you've opened a FB account, you have sold over your soul to them! You can only deactivate an account but never permanently delete an account. Your account will get sucked into the Facebook black hole and still be accessible no matter how long the account is blocked or deactivated. Sorry for the bad news :(

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      harmony 155......Oh, let me tell you MY dilemma! I never had a FB account. About 4 or 5 years ago, a good friend of mine, whom I hadn't seen in quite a while, moved from one apt to another and at the same time, changed her cell phone service and number (she was erasing all connection from a "bad/sad relationship.")......Finding myself with no way to contact her, I remembered she was active on, silly me, who really knew little about FB, thought I could just jump on there and communicate with her......and then just jump off., was I wrong. Although I immediately CLOSED THIS ACCOUNT (or so I THOUGHT)....I found out that once you walk over the mystical thresh hold of FB......That's it. YOU are there.....for ALL eternity. No getting out completely. No way, no how.

      This has annoyed and upset me for so long......there I am, with a shadow as my name....and nothing more. BUT I AM THERE! Every once in a while I will get a message that someone left me whatever...on face book! I have even had friends, knowledgeable in FB, try to take me OFF the pages of FB.......telling me, "OK, you are gone now.".....only to be told by someone that they "saw my name on FB!!" ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! This is nearly like Sci-Fi ....Twilight Zone crap to me.

      Tell me, PLEASE, this a true fact? Am I destined to hang in suspended animation on FB forever more??

      I was so happy to read your Title!! I thought, "At last, someone who can help me??"...........UP U&I ++