How to Deactivate Your Facebook Account (ANDROID & PC)

How to Deactivate Facebook Account

Many and many people are walking with eyes pointing at their phone, scrolling to an infinite page of Facebook, hoping to get some funny video or viral photos that would share.

According to the recent study, the average people in the world spent over two hours a day on social media, and this number is growing every year.

For me, I personally use Facebook for almost every day and spent a few hours on it. And then I realized the social media is designed to be addictive. The longer you use Facebook, the more ads you view, and more money the company receives.

After figuring out several benefits leaving social media, I decided to deactivate my Facebook account.

When I’m writing this article, I almost five months leaving Facebook and other social media, such as Instagram and Twitter. You might wonder, does I’m happy? Without funny videos, no memes, less information I got, I completely happier than when using social media. But how can it’s possible?

As it turns out, much scientific research agrees that quitting social media will make you less depressed. A recent study named The Burden of Online Friends suggests that people who take off from Facebook have a lower stress level. Another research also says that quitting Facebook leads to higher levels of well-being.

If you are looking tips to increasing productivity, deactivating the Facebook account for a while could be an excellent idea. It’s also recommended for people that have a serious duty and expecting free-distraction environment for work.

Here’s a guide to deactivate your Facebook account from app and desktop PC.

#1 How to Deactivate Facebook Account on App

Short guide:

  1. Launch Facebook on Android or iOS device
  2. Log in to your account
  3. Tap the three horizontal lines icon
  4. Select Settings & Privacy
  5. Tap Account Settings
  6. Tap General option
  7. Select Manage Account
  8. Enter your Facebook password and Continue
  9. Select the reason why leaving Facebook
  10. Tap Deactivate when done

Complete guide:

1. Run the Facebook application on Android phone or iOS, log in to your account. Then, tap the three horizontal lines icon to open a menu.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account

2. Scroll down the menu and select Settings & Privacy. It will expand the new menu.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account

3. Tap Account Settings.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account

4. Select the General option.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account

5. Select Manage Account.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account

6. Now, tap Deactivate.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account

7. Facebook will ask you to fill the password for security reason. After you enter the account password, tap Continue.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account

8. Select a reason or motivation why you want to deactivate the Facebook account. You can also explain other reason if not listed.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account

9. When done, tap Deactivate to proceed deactivating account.

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How to Deactivate Facebook Account

10. You will be automatically logged out. It’s mean the account has been disabled and no longer appear on Facebook.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account on Desktop

Short guide:

  1. Open Facebook web page
  2. Log in to your account
  3. Click the upside-down triangle icon on the upper bar
  4. Select Settings
  5. Select Manage Account
  6. Click Deactivate your account
  7. Fill the password then Continue
  8. Select the reason why leaving Facebook
  9. Click Deactivate
  10. Click Deactivate Now to confirm

Complete guide:

1. Log in to your Facebook account. Click the upside-down triangle icon on the top bar and select Settings.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account

2. On General Account Settings, select Manage Account.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account

3. Scroll down and click Deactivate your account.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account

4. Facebook will ask the password to ensure that it was you. Then, click Continue.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account

5. Choose the reason why you want to leave Facebook. Then, click Deactivate.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account

6. Click Deactivate Now to temporarily deactivate your Facebook account.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account

7. You will be automatically logged out, and the Facebook profile will disappear soon.

You may be wondering; what happens with my Facebook account after deactivated?

What happens after deactivating my Facebook account?

Here’s the breakdown of what happened to your Facebook account after deactivated:

  • People can’t find you on Facebook
  • Your profile or posts that indexed by the search engine will disappear
  • Your posts, likes, comments, videos, and shared content will be hidden
  • None of your friends will be notified if you are deactivating your account
  • Your friends liked pages, groups, and followers will remain
  • Your names will remain visible on their friend list but can’t see your profile
  • You will be still able to access Messenger and chat your Facebook friends
  • But they can’t see your profile through Messenger app
  • Your profile picture still be visible on Messenger
  • The page that you manage will be hidden
  • Group admins may be still able to see your posts and comments
  • Ad balances will remains
  • You probably still receive an email from Facebook

All your information that stored on Facebook will remain hidden until you reactivate the account when logging in back. Once you logged in, the account will be restored normally.

Your friends on Messenger still able to find you and send a message. In case you really want to avoid distraction from Facebook and Messenger, consider to turn off online status on Messenger, so people think that you’re not available at the moment. Or learn how to deactivate Messenger account.

How many times can I deactivate my Facebook account?

Unlike Instagram that only allowing people to deactivate account once per week, Facebook allows to turn off and turn on your account multiple times a day!

Sometimes if you have a necessary data stored on Facebook, you can log in back, pick the desired data, and deactivate it after. Instead of completely deleting the account, temporarily deactivate account seems to be a great option in case you have an important data that stored on it.


I’ve been leaving Facebook and other social media for almost five months now. I admit that I less exposed to the new information that regularly spread over Facebook. But the good news is, I got additional time to enhance productivity and more focused on my project.

At the early phase, it’s hard to not scrolling something on the phone screen. But as time goes by, trust me, you will okay not having social media.

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