How to Deactivate Your Facebook Account

by Himanshu Yadav on February 4, 2011

Don’t want to spend time on Facebook? You can deactivate your Facebook account temporarily. After deactivation, none of your Facebook friend can able to see your profile, pictures, videos, or status updates. Also no one can send you a message or write on your wall.

You can activate your account anytime you want. Remember deactivation doesn’t mean deletion of your account. All your Facebook data will remain saved and you can get it back anytime you want. Here’s a step by step guide to deactivate and then reactivate your Facebook account.

1. Click on Account. Go to Account Settings.

facebook account settings How to Deactivate Your Facebook Account

2. Under settings tab, you’ll find a “Deactivate account” option. Click the “deactivate” link given next to it.

deactivate facebook How to Deactivate Your Facebook Account

Facebook will ask you reason to deactivating your Facebook account. Select any of the appropriate reason. You can explain further by typing the exact reason in the given box. Click on the “Confirm” button to confirm the deactivation.

deactivate facebook form How to Deactivate Your Facebook Account

It will ask you to enter your password. Enter a password in the given box and click the “Confirm” button.

password confirmation How to Deactivate Your Facebook Account

Now enter the words in the text box and click “Submit” button.

security check facebook How to Deactivate Your Facebook Account

That’s it. Your account is deactivated.

How to reactivate your Facebook account

It’s easy. All you need to do is login to Facebook with your login credentials. Your account will be activated. However, it will take some time to restore your groups, events, notes and other content.

facebook account reactivation How to Deactivate Your Facebook Account

That’s how you can deactivate and reactivate your Facebook account. Wait for our next tutorial to know about how to permanently delete your Facebook account.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Harsh Agrawal February 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm

This one is handy feature from Facebook. Deactivating account will help us to get out of addiction of Facebook for some time.. I use this feature once in a while..When ever I realize that I’m wasting too much time on Facebook…


sainath402 June 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Deactivating the facebook account is very simple. It is just performing few steps after looging in to your facebook account. The above given decription is pretty good. I got a very simple way to deactivate the account. Do you know what happens when you deactivate your account its just like not showing your profile to anyone. You can actually recover that once you login to your facebook again.
Check this out


Jack May 15, 2011 at 4:05 am

Of course, now Facebook has implemented a new policy: After you’ve deactivated your account, you’ll have to wait 24 hours from the NEXT TIME you attempt to log in before it will let you log in. The helpful twerps at Facebook will send you an email when your 24 hours are up. Dumbasses. If I didn’t dislike facebook enough before…


latrena May 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm

i dont like facebook anymore and its does nothing for me


juhi June 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm

please delete my account permanently due to password hack


carine belano June 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm

my facebook account just disable i dont know how to open my facebook account disable,


Brandon July 30, 2011 at 12:05 am

My account settings page doesn’t look like that. It might be because of an update, but the deactivate account option seems to be absent from my Account Settings page. Does anyone know where it is?


sue August 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Thats what I want to know,did you find out?


kiran August 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm

thaxxxxxxxxxxxx …… 4 helping to delete my account


usha October 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm

thanks for helping to delete my account


Louf September 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I wanna deactive my facebook account but that option is not there anymore. I think we are free to join or leave at our convenience. Please put back that link.


lauren paugh October 12, 2011 at 7:15 pm

why does facebook make you wait 24 hours to reactivate your account?


amy December 22, 2011 at 6:00 am

I don’t know but is the dumbest rule ever


rob November 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

hi im having problems getting into my old facebook has i want to close it down for good but it keeps saying on the screen .( sorry something went wrong where working on on getting this fixed has soon has possible its said this for a whole fucking week i want to access it so i can close it for good its got personal family pics up that i need to remove does anyone know an offical email address so that i can contact them lazy bums at facebook


amy December 22, 2011 at 5:55 am

I recently activated my facebook account of course i had to wait 24 hours with the new rule and wat not ugh. But my question is if you change your mind with in the 24 hours period and you don’t log in , does your account automatically activate


Trina February 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Deactivate account option is not there, if you have facebook timeline.


Trina February 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Okay, I have it figured out, people who have Facebook timeline, wouldn’t have the options that is shown on the screenshot above, you need to go to Account settings>Security> scroll down and you will find the option to deactivate the account.
Hope that was helpful. :)
Rock on.


Stephie August 17, 2012 at 6:24 am

I temporarily deactivated through my mobile and said id be back..I try to log in on my mobile and it says that fb sent me an email and to type in my confirmation code from the link. I have received no email whatsoever and it has been a week. It will not let me log on. I tell it to resend email …it dose not do it..I put in another email..please help I just want to reactivate it on my phone. Is there a number I can call,? thx, sjl


Carmen November 22, 2012 at 2:18 am

I deactivated my facebook account for a while and activated it back after a week, but my news feed have old updates and I tried logging out and logging back in again but it wouldn’t work

how long does it usually take to make everything back to normal again?

Please reply! thank you very much

Carmen xoxox


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