How to Delete Your Facebook Data

To delete all your Facebook Data, you’ll need to permanently delete your account. In this article, you’ll learn how to do just that. We’ll also answer some questions that people have about the subject.

Here are the most prominent effects of deleting all your Facebook data:

  • No more reactivating

Since you’re permanently deleting your account, there’s no way you can reactivate your account anymore. The data is wiped clean, except for some things we’ll mention later. If you still want to come back, you can temporarily deactivate and come back whenever you want.

  • All data will be gone for the most part

Your posts, pictures, videos, and practically all content will be gone. This also includes your ‘’About Me’’ information, since your account is all but gone. There’s no way to retrieve any of it after permanent account deactivation.

  • No more Facebook Messenger

Temporary deactivation will still allow you to use Facebook Messenger, but permanent deactivation doesn’t let you do this. The Facebook account associated with Messenger is now gone, and that’s why Messenger will also be deactivated. Note that this normally doesn’t affect other Facebook-owned apps with separate accounts.

  • No more Facebook Login

Facebook Login won’t be an option for you anymore, now that your data is all gone. You might have to modify your accounts for other sites and services in some way. If you need help, you should contact customer support for assistance in maintaining your profiles.

  • Oculus data will be wiped as well

Without an account modification, your Oculus data will also be deleted. Your app history, purchases, and achievements will be irretrievable. You also can’t return apps and will lose all remaining store credits.

Make sure you take steps to ensure your Oculus data is safe from deletion. Customer support might be able to help you.

  • Some data remains

The most common example is the messages you sent to other Facebook users. These might be stored in their inboxes, even though you won’t be able to reach each other. Beyond this, little else would remain on Facebook.

These are important things to consider before deleting all your Facebook data. Make sure you’re okay with proceeding before following the steps below.

How to Delete All Your Facebook Data

Here’s how you’ll delete your Facebook presence forever. You’re always free to create a new Facebook account, but your old account will be gone.

Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account

Facebook offers to back up your information in the form of an HTML file or another format. That way, you can still access it offline without a Facebook account. The process can take a long time, but if you want to retain your information, this is the only way.

Let’s see how backing up your information is done:

  1. Log into your Facebook account.
  2. Locate your Settings.
  3. Go to “Your Facebook Information.”
  4. In this section, select “View” which is beside “Download Your Information.”
  5. Make sure all boxes under the “Select information to download” section are checked or uncheck as desired.
  6. Keep the date range at “All time” or change it.
  7. Keep the format at HTML or switch to another format.
  8. To save high-resolution photos and videos, make sure the video quality is set to High.
  9. To download all the data, select “Request a download.”
  10. Wait for the process to complete.

It can take at least 30 minutes for everything to download. Of course, the less information you choose to download, the sooner this is done. Everything depends on how much information you have on your account.

If you choose to download an HTML file, any modern browser can open it, such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. This is how you’ll be accessing your old Facebook information.

We also recommend you store it in a hard drive or USB drive as it can be a very large file.

Manually Delete Information

If you want to keep your account intact but don’t want to deactivate it, there’s the option of manually deleting information. This way, you can choose what posts to keep online and which ones will be deleted forever.

To manually delete your posts on Facebook, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Facebook account.
  2. Go to your profile.
  3. Click on the triple dots on the right side.
  4. From the drop-down menu, select “Activity Log.”
  5. Select “Your Posts” and click  “All” check box at the top.
  6. Select “Trash” from the menu.
  7. Do this for as many posts as you need.

This method can be very tedious, but fortunately, there’s another method that allows you to delete in bulk. It does take up some time but you have control over the entire process. Make sure you only delete the posts you don’t want hanging around.

This is how to delete posts in bulk:

  1. Log into your Facebook account.
  2. Go to your profile.
  3. Select “Manage Posts.”
  4. If needed, select the year and month of the posts you want to delete.
  5. Click on them until you reach 50 posts.
  6. Select “Next.”
  7. Select “Delete Posts.”
  8. Repeat as necessary.
  9. To finish this, select “Done.”

Doing this might seem slow, but it’s the fastest method Facebook offers at the moment. If you want to wipe your profile of all photos, there’s a way to do this. You can delete albums, as they all contain your photos. This way, you’ll have a squeaky clean profile once more.

The steps for deleting photos are:

  1. Log into Facebook.
  2. Go to your profile by clicking your profile picture on the top bar.
  3. Locate your photos.
  4. Select “See All Photos.”
  5. Go to the “Albums” tab.
  6. Select the album you want to delete.
  7. Click on the triple dots on the right side.
  8. Select “Delete album.”
  9. Repeat until you delete all albums except Profile Pictures and Cover Pictures.

For these two, you’ll have to manually delete them individually. This is done by going into the albums and then locating the option to delete each photo. It’ll be found within the pen icon.

Additional FAQs

How can I save my Facebook data first?

To save your Facebook data, you need to go to the settings and then find the option to download your information. The process can take a long time, but eventually, you’ll be able to access it all from your PC. The steps can be found above.

What data does Facebook collect?

Here’s a list of some of the information Facebook collects about you.

· IP addresses

Yes, Facebook collects your IP addresses, from your home address to the free Wi-Fi you used during your vacation in Japan. All of it is as clear as day to anyone who can find it, though normal users can’t. However, the staff and malicious hackers can always access your IP addresses.

· The advertisements that caught your eye

If you clicked on an advertisement that stood out, Facebook will take note of it and recommend similar ones. This is done to “improve” the app experience, but can also be used to build a profile of you if someone had the information.

· Political preferences

If you click on political advertisements often enough, the app will also recommend content based on your political views. In addition, placing that on your ‘’About Me’’ section is another way Facebook tracks you.

· Your actions

Facebook tracks every move you make, including your likes, search history, and changes to your profile. All of that is part of the history you can find on your profile too.

· Financial data

If you use Facebook to buy and sell, the company will obviously have your credit card information in the records. Even donations aren’t immune, and you might talk about your finances on Facebook too. All that goes into the digital docket about you.

· Your device data

This includes the browser, phone type, operating system, and so much more. While this information can help Facebook improve the platform, people with malicious intentions can always steal the data and harm you with it.

How can I just stop Facebook from collecting data?

One easy way is to turn off tracking your Off-Facebook activity. Here’s how:

1. Log into Facebook.

2. Go to the settings menu.

3. Select “Your Facebook Information.”

4. Choose “Off-Facebook Activity.”

5. Select “Manage Off-Facebook Activity.”

6. Clear your history.

7. Select “Manage Future Activity” and toggle the option off.

This isn’t a complete fix, but it can prevent targeted advertisements better.

What Does Facebook Do With Your Data?

Facebook has been known to use your data to:

• Recommend events around you by tracking

• Target advertisements according to your interests

• Recommend friends

• Share it with other companies.

• Build a digital profile based on your provided information

And there are many other ways Facebook uses the data it collected. These are just the most obvious ways that you should be aware of.

Time to Leave Facebook

Now that you know how to delete all your Facebook data, you can either leave the platform entirely or just delete select parts. There are some issues with how the company handles all that information, but if that doesn’t bother you, you can still stay on the platform but disable tracking.

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