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How to deactivate your Facebook Account in 5 steps

Updated on June 5, 2012

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Deactivating your facebook account
Deactivating your facebook account | Source

Facebook is an amazing social networking tool. It brings people from the past back into your life. It also brings a number of new people into your life. Unfortunately it can also bring along with it a number of problems.

You can get an obsessive stalker, or you may start getting hate mail, or you may just end up spending way too much time on the site making it difficult for you to maintain your productivity in other areas of your life.

In this case it may be a good idea to step away from the site for a while. This hubs teaches you how to deactivate your facebook account in order to do just that.

Click Account settings
Click Account settings | Source

Steps to Deactivating Your Facebook Account

Step One -

Log into your account on Facebook as you usually do using your user id and password.

Step Two -

On the right hand top part of the screen you will see a small down arrow, this is located in the line with the "find friends" and "Home" buttons. Click on the arrow to get the drop down menu.

Step Three -

Click on the "Account Settings" option in the drop down menu. On the left hand side you will fine a list of options. Here click on the second one which says "Security Settings". This will bring you to the screen below.

In Security Settings look at the last line
In Security Settings look at the last line | Source

Step Four -

On the Security Settings page you need to look for the last line which is a very small font based hyperlink that says "Deactivate your account". I've highlighted it with my rudimentary effort of placing a large arrow next to it. You now click on this link and it will bring you to the next screen shot.

Almost deactivated your facebook account
Almost deactivated your facebook account | Source

Step Five -

You now select any of the multiple choice reasons why you want to leave facebook and then press the confirm button. This in turn will take you to a capcha page. You enter the right capcha and viola you are free of facebook.

Congratulations you have successfully deactivated your Facebook Account!

Not Yet Ready to Leave Facebook? - Protect Your Privacy!

In case you feel that you still want to use Facebook, but not sacrifice your privacy to it, check out this hub I wrote about limiting the emails that you get from Facebook.

The hub also has a section on how to protect your private data from everyone on Facebook. A few simple steps can limit access of your private data to other members on the site.


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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      You can write to the customer care email id on facebook and give them the situation.

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      logan 5 years ago

      my mother opened an account in my name and will not let me know the password instead she uses the account herself . what can I do as without anyway of getting the password I cannot even sign in to get my own password or close the account.