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If you want to take a break from the social network or do without Facebook for a longer period of time, you can deactivate your Facebook account at any time. How this works, what Facebook actually means by “deactivate” and how you can get your profile back, we explain here on GIGA. Content

  • Deactivate or delete Facebook account: What’s the difference?
  • How to deactivate your Facebook account
    • Deactivate Facebook account via the PC browser
    • Deactivate FB account via the app (smartphone & tablet)
  • Reactivate Facebook account

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Deactivate or delete Facebook account: What’s the difference?

Deactivating your Facebook account does not mean that you remove your account with all its data from the network forever. For this reason, Facebook makes a clear distinction between Deactivate and Delete of the profile. If you deactivate your Facebook account, other Facebook users can no longer view your profile. can no longer view your profile and will not be able to find you find you via search. Some data such as comments and conversations with friends may still be visible to those people. Your uploaded photos, data and more are no longer visible with a deactivated account. no longer visible – but will not deleted from the Facebook servers. You can reactivate a deactivated account at any time. Deactivating the account is useful in various situations. For example, you can temporarily deactivate your account in the case of cyber-bullying or, in a hot application phase, you can prevent the recruiter or employer from possibly finding out details that you would not want to be asked about in the job interview. Of course, you can also simply take a break from the social network and the constant “networking”. If you’d rather delete your profile for good and thus all photos and other data on Facebook (irrevocably!), you should read the following article: Delete Facebook Account & Backup Data.

How to deactivate your Facebook account

Deactivating your Facebook profile is not difficult, however, as with all settings of the famous social network, you have to maneuver through the convoluted menu jungle. To help you navigate, we’ve summarized how to deactivate your Facebook account on the PC and in the app. Tip: If there could be problems with your account due to deactivation, Facebook will alert you during the deactivation process. For example, if you are the only admin of a group.

Deactivate Facebook account via PC browser

  1. Open Facebook in a new tab and log in.
  2. In the upper right corner click on the “Down arrow” icon.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select the item “Settings and privacy from.
  4. Click also here on “Settings”.
  5. Once you are in the settings, select from the menu (left) the item “Your Facebook information on.
  6. Now click on “Deactivation and deletion”..
  7. By default the option “Account deactivated” is already selected. So all you have to do is click on the button “Continue and deactivate account button.
  8. Facebook will now ask you for your password. Enter it and then click on the “Next” button.
  9. You can select a reason for deactivation and set whether you want to continue receiving emails from Facebook and using Messenger.
  10. Click on the Deactivate” button and finally click again on “Deactivate now”to close your Facebook profile.

Deactivate Facebook account via the app (smartphone & tablet)

  1. Open the Facebook app and tap on the Menu icon (≡) at the top right.
  2. Swipe down and open “Settings and Privacy”.
  3. Now tap again on “Settings”.
  4. At “Account settings” you will directly find the first menu item “Personal Information”tap on it.
  5. Now select the last item “Manage account on.
  6. Now tap on the somewhat inconspicuous looking link “Deactivate (bottom right).
  7. Select a reason for the deactivationswipe down and tap on the “Next” button.
  8. Swipe to the menu item “Reactivate your account” and selects from the dropdown menu the option “Do not reactivate automatically” and and tap on the “Next button”.
  9. Now you can set whether you want to continue receiving emails from Facebook and using Messenger.
  10. Finally, tap on the Deactivate my account” buttonbutton to close your Facebook profile.

Reactivate Facebook account

As explained above, deactivating your Facebook profile does not mean that your profile has been deleted, you can reactivate it at any time. To do so, simply log back into Facebook with your login details. The Facebook account will then be reactivated automatically. All you need is access to the email address you use to log in to Facebook. If you have forgotten your password in the meantime, you can easily request it again. How to do this is explained in the following article: Forgotten Facebook password: How to get in.

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