Unlike deletion, deactivating a Facebook account does not delete the profile or data (photos, videos, pages, etc.) of the user. Its profile and its other elements become invisible until the reactivation of the account by its user.
What happens when you deactivate your Facebook account?
With the user's Facebook account disabled, their profile immediately becomes untraceable. His photos and videos are not deleted but disappear from most content shared on Facebook. His friends will still be able to see his name in their friends lists as well as the messages exchanged.
The pages he manages are also deactivated, that is to say, they become untraceable on Facebook. To avoid the interruption of the activities of the page, he can bequeath his management to another person before deactivating his account.
After deactivating the account, the user can still use Facebook Messenger to exchange messages with friends. In conversations, his profile picture will be visible. He will remain active on Messenger and other users will be able to send him messages.
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On web browser, login to facebook account you want to disable. At the top right corner of the page, click on the arrow ▼ then on Settings and Privacy → Settings.
On the column on the left, click on " Your information on Facebook then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “ Deletion and deactivation ».
Make sure you choose the deactivate option and not the delete account option.
To deactivate a Facebook account, choose the option " deactivate and continue by entering your mot de passe. Choose a deactivation reason (Optional) and proceed to account deactivation.
To deactivate a Facebook account on a smartphone, open one of your web browsers and log in to the Facebook account concerned. On the home page, once connected to Facebook, expand the menu (3 horizontal bars), scroll down.
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Press on " Settings and privacy "Then on" Parameters ". Continue by pressing Personal and Account Information.
Then press Account Ownership and Control → Deactivation and Deletion.
Choose the deactivation option and follow the instructions.
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Deactivate an account on Facebook Lite
To deactivate a Facebook account on the Lite mobile application, open the latter (with your account connected to it). In the app, tap the menu icon , scroll down to tap " Settings and privacy "Then on" Parameters ».
Press Personal and Account Information → Account Ownership and Control → Deactivation and Deletion.
Choose the deactivation option and follow the instructions to deactivate your Facebook account.
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Deactivate a Facebook account and keep Messenger
Disabling the Facebook account does not remove access to the Messenger app. On the other hand, if you permanently delete your Facebook account it will also be necessary to say goodbye to Messenger.
This means that your Facebook account will be deactivated but your Messenger account will remain active, unless you also deactivate it from the Messenger application. Using Messenger will not reactivate your Facebook account.
On Messenger, your profile picture will remain visible in your conversations and people will still be able to search for you by name to send you messages.
How to reactivate your Facebook account?
A simple connection to the deactivated Facebook account automatically reactivates it. The user's profile becomes findable again as well as their images, videos and publications. If you want to return to Facebook after deactivating your account, you can reactivate it at any time.
To do this, log in again using your phone number, E-mail adress or username as well as the mot de passe. Connect from a web browser (on mobile or computer), from the Facebook mobile application or Facebook Lite.