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Social Media FAQ: What Happens When I Delete My Facebook Account?

Mark Walker Marketing FAQ, Social Media 17 Comments

Tired of seeing every little detail about old friends from high school? Maybe you’re simply sick of all the privacy changes that keep you wondering if your information is really safe. Whatever the reason is, you’re considering deleting your Facebook account and you want to know what happens with your information.



That’s a good question to ask because the answer isn’t so simple.

You have two options to choose from when you make the choice to walk away from Facebook. You can either delete your account entirely or deactivate your account temporarily. Here’s the difference between the two:

Deleting your Facebook account

If you’re 100% done with Facebook and you know you won’t be fiending for it in a week or so, this is the option for you. When you delete your account you will:

  • Not have access to your profile ever again.
  • Erase most personal information associated with your account from the Facebook database. Things like email and mailing addresses will be wiped clean. However, your name may still linger around in messages you have sent to others.
  • Some things like photos or notes may still exist on the Facebook servers for what they they refer to as “technical reasons,” but that material is not connected to you personally and will not be accessible to other Facebook users.

Deactivating your Facebook account

Not quite ready to make the commitment to say “goodbye?” Deactivating your account is the option for you. Here’s what happens when you do this:

  • Your timeline vanishes into thin air from the public side of Facebook.
  • Facebook users will no longer be able to search for you, but messages you’ve sent will still be visible to others.
  • Your timeline information like friends, photos, page likes, and interests are all saved in case you want to reactivate your account.

As you can see, you’re never going to completely get rid of your Facebook history even if you decide to delete your account. Your best bet is to think before you post and remind yourself that words and pictures live forever on the Internet.

Resources to help you get the job done:

How do I delete my Facebook account?
How do I deactivate my Facebook account?

 

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    When someone deletes their Facebook account permanently is all the info from that person including photos, posts, chat messages etc still stored on the computer’s hard drive or is it deleted completely from the computer? Thanks.

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    I requested to delete my account. And it said it is scheduled on October 24th, but are my contacts still able to find my facebook even if it’s not deleted? I guess I’m really asking if it’s still visible to ANYONE while it’s in the process of being deleted

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    I requested to delete my account. And it said it is scheduled on October 24th, but are my contacts still able to find my facebook even if it’s not deleted? I guess I’m really asking if it’s still visible to ANYONE while it’s in the process of being deleted

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    hi mark, what happens if you try to log-in to your acct after the 14 grace days? I put in a delete on my acct on Oct. 21, so it should be gone, but I don’t want to try to log-in again to be sure.

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    so the 14 days before the deletion of my account is over i tried opening the account and it said that the deletion of the account is scheduled , but the day hay already past
    Is my account already deleted ?

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    hi,
    would u guys please tell me that after deleting me fb account what and how it’s gonna show to my friends?will they get any messages or anything else which will make them understand that one of their friends is gone?

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    Hello brother
    I had deleted my old facebook account permanently.Maybe, it has been more than 4 month.And i want to khow this that what happens to all those messages which i had sent to my friends? Has those messages deleted permanently? Does those messages remain forever in other’s account?

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    Nope, I believe those are still kept. Facebook says deletion takes up to 90 days so it is a weird long process. 90 days are 3 months. That’s a long time. Curious to know what happens when you try to log in?…

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    Hii I wanted to know how Can I delete my Messages from someone else also. If I mark them abuse Or spam will They still have my Messages? And if I delete my facebook account are They still gonna have my Messages forever? Please I Really want answers for my question if someone Can help me. Thanks.

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    Hi, I have a question.
    When you delete your Facebook account, what happens to the apps and websites signed in with it? For example, what happens to my Instagram account that I “signed in with Facebook”?
    Thanks!

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    I would like if it’s possible for a deleted fb account to be traced by eg the police or anyone else?

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