There are a variety of reasons why you might want to delete your Facebook profile entirely.
Let’s pretend you’ve decided to go “Kerouac on everyone” and need to get rid of your digital identity as soon as possible.
Although Facebook strongly advises against permanently deleting your account, it does offer the option, although in a buried location.
Step 1: Make a complete backup of your data.
First and foremost, all blogs, videos, and images should be backed up.
In the upper right-hand corner, click the “down arrow.”
Go to the ‘Settings menu.
Click ‘get a copy of all your Facebook data in General Account Settings, then download the archive.
Step 2: Log out of your account.
Click the “down arrow” in the top right-hand corner, then account settings, security, and finally deactivate your account.
You will also be requested to provide a reason for your departure.
All of your Facebook data has now been de-indexed, but it can be readily reinstated.
Step 3: Deactivate your Facebook profile.
In the upper right-hand corner, click the “lock” icon, then the “magnifying glass” icon, and then “delete.”
Click on the “How can I permanently delete my account” result near the bottom of the page. Now scroll down to the “Let us know” link. Select Delete My Account from the drop-down menu. Enter your password and complete the captcha. Select OK.
When deactivating your account, keep the following in mind:
- Do you use your Facebook account to log in and authenticate on other websites and apps?
- Do employers, landlords, or colleges assess you based on your social media profiles?
- Have other websites scraped information from your Facebook page and spread it around the internet?
- Do you find yourself becoming a social outcast? In this day and age, is it strange not to have a Facebook account?