With the Facebook data breach news, you may want a social media break, here’s how to delete Facebook.
Facebook gives you two options: deactivate or delete
The first couldn’t be easier. On the desktop, click the drop-down menu at the top-right of your screen and select Settings. Click General on the top left and Edit next to “Manage Account.” Scroll down and you’ll see a “Deactivate your account” link at the bottom.
If you’re on mobile, navigate to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Account Settings > Personal Information > Manage Account > Deactivate on iOS or Android.
Facebook doesn’t take this lightly—it’ll do whatever it can to keep you around, including emotional blackmail about how much your friends will miss you.
Just in case that expected re-activation isn’t in your future, you should download a copy of all your data on Facebook—posts, photos, videos, chats, etc.—from the settings menu (under “General”). What you find might surprise you.
To fully delete your Facebook account forever and ever, go to facebook.com/help/delete_account. Just be aware that, per the Facebook data use policy, “after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users.”
Translation: if you wrote a comment on a friend’s status update or photo, it will remain even after you delete your own profile. Some of your posts and pictures may hang around for as long as 90 days after deletion, as well, though just on Facebook servers, not live on the site.
There is a deletion grace period of 30 days now (up from 14). That means there is a month before Facebook gets rid of your account, just in case you change your mind. It’s just one more way Facebook cares.