With the growing privacy concerns relating to Facebook accounts – many people are now looking at deleting their Facebook accounts.

In fact – if you type into Google “How Do I” – the automatic suggestions show “How Do I Delete My Facebook Account” at position number 4 in the most searched for terms!

And the demand is growing as you can see from Google Trends:

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So, now you know you’re not alone – how do you go about removing your Facebook presence?

Well there are 2 ways – Deactivation, and Deletion.



Facebook Account Deactivation

When you deactivate your Facebook account, your Facebook page is effectively archived and made inaccessible.    This however is a reversible process as you can later re-activate your account if you change your mind.

To Deactivate your account, go to your account page and select “Deactivate account”



Facebook Account Deletion

Deletion is the only sure way to completely remove your Facebook profile.   This cannot be un-done so make sure you want to do this before proceeding.

Click Here To Delete Your Facebook Account.

Be sure not to try and use your account either directly or via a Facebook connect login over the next 14 days or the deletion may not complete.




Make sure that if you delete or deactivate your account that you’re not relying on Facebook Connect as your login for any websites.



For further reading – here is an interesting article from the BBC entitled “Cold Turkey for a Facebook addict