Facebook has been through many scandals in the past, all of which have always impacted the privacy and security of its users. You might have been tempted to delete Facebook because of this #DeleteFacebook campaign.
There is an alternative. Instead of deleting your Facebook account, deactivate it. What happens if you deactivate Facebook? Can you use Messenger even if you have deactivated Facebook?
What is the difference between deactivating and deleting Facebook?
There is a distinction between deactivating and deleting your Facebook account. They are not interchangeable terms.
If you aren’t sure if you want to stay on Facebook forever, deactivation is the best option. Deactivation is an option if you want to be away from social media for a while. It’s possible to ignore Facebook and not deactivate it. However, that all depends on how tempting you are to return.
Facebook deletion is more permanent. This is a difficult decision to make. You can’t go back to your account and expect your data to be there if you delete it. We’ll get back to that later.
Is it possible for people to search for me if I deactivate Facebook?
You can still be searched for by others, but your profile should not show up. The theory is true.
Along with your “likes” list, your timeline will be gone. This should occur immediately. However, you will need to go through some hoops in order to reach that stage. All will be visible.
Your account will also disappear if you delete Facebook. However, your account will not be completely deleted for some time because Facebook gives you 30 days to delete it before there is no return.
Logging in after you have deactivated your account will automatically activate it.
Facebook takes up to 90 days to delete information from a deleted account. While some details will remain, any personal identifiers that are associated with the account will be deleted. You will be a statistic.
If I deactivate Facebook, does my profile disappear completely?
Your profile should be made invisible by deactivation. Some users who have been deactivated report that they still have pending friend requests after logging in. This means that the names of deactivated users can still be searched and links are active. Full details may not be made public depending on your privacy settings.
How can you ensure that your Facebook account is deleted? You can search through the profile of a friend or Google. The first is better, as it will take you a lot longer to search for people with your name. This will tell you if other people can still find your account, even after you have deactivated it.
You can log back in to Facebook and then try deactivating again. If that fails, you can report it to Facebook. Or go ahead and delete your account. Read on to learn what you should do before you delete Facebook completely.
Are my comments lost if I deactivate Facebook?
If you have deactivated your account, the posts that you made on your timeline will not be visible publicly. Your friends won’t also be able see them. Your entire profile will be deleted. However, comments that you have made to other users will not be lost.
Facebook is obsessed by memories. Facebook loves to remind you how long you have used social media. It is to help build brand loyalty.
Your comments will not disappear because of this. Since Facebook removed the link to you account, your name will be displayed as plain text. Facebook will replace your profile picture with a default icon.
All of your posts will be restored to normal if you reactivate Facebook.
What happens if Facebook is permanently deleted? Facebook will delete your data in three months. However, there is no guarantee that all of your data will be deleted.
How to tell if someone blocked you on Facebook or deactivated your account
How does a Facebook account that has been deactivated look? Links will revert back to plain text so you won’t have access to their profile. You won’t be able click on the name of someone they have posted to your timeline.
There are three possible explanations for why someone is unusually quiet on Facebook. The first possibility is that they are busy. You can message them to inquire if they are okay.
Take a look at your friends list. If they are still listed, it is likely that they are preoccupied. If they aren’t, it’s possible they have blocked you. Before you do anything, make sure to verify that they haven’t deleted your account entirely.
How can you tell if someone has blocked or deactivated your account on Facebook?
Check the profile of a mutual friend to see if it contains the person you are looking for. If the name of the person is searchable, then the profile may still exist. Unfortunately, this could mean they blocked your request.
You might need to check Messenger. It is impossible to send a message or a reply to someone who has blocked your account. Their profile picture and any comments they have made on your timeline will be removed.
Can I still use Messenger without Facebook?
You may be concerned that deactivating Facebook will mean you can’t use the separate, but still connected Messenger app. Both are owned by the same company, and both mine the same contacts list. Messenger seems to have lost its parent company, which used to be true.
Messenger can be used even if your Facebook account is not active.
Facebook will ask you if you would like to deactivate Messenger as well when you deactivate an account. If you say no, the app will keep your information. You can disable Messenger separately if you prefer not to use instant messaging.
You may need to reinstall Messenger in some cases after you have deactivated it. You will need to sign in again if you delete Facebook. However, this may be done using a slightly different method. You can do this by clicking Not on Facebook? and entering your name and number. You can also allow it access to your address book so that you can stay in touch with your friends.
Are my Messages visible to others if I deactivate Facebook?
Messenger can still be used, so your messages will continue to appear even after you have deactivated your account. Basically, if you have internet access, you can press “Send” to send the message directly to the recipient’s email.
If you delete Facebook, all your messages will be deleted. The recipient will not be able respond. This is what happens when you block someone.
Can you Reactivate a Facebook account?
Logging back in is all that’s required to deactivate your Facebook account. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it. Your profile and personal information are still available. Most messages and comments from the past will reappear.
Facebook makes it easy to reactivate. This is especially true if your phone number has been given to Facebook. Some users reported receiving texts from Facebook tempting them to return the favour. Your profile will be reactivated by clicking on the link, even if you do it accidentally. It’s risky to click on SMS links so be cautious!
Can you reactivate a deleted Facebook account? It is possible, but it can be more difficult. Before you can reactivate your account, you will need to take steps.
A copy of all the information Facebook has about you can be downloaded. This allows you to get your account back online, but it is more difficult than if you have just deactivated it.
What happens to tagged photos after Facebook is deactivated?
Facebook will save your data to ensure that you can return your data. This means tags in photos will not be deleted. The tags will be converted to plain text. These images cannot be linked to a profile. This applies to any other posts that you tag.
The tags will appear as though nothing has happened if you reactivate the account.
The same thing happens when tags are deleted; they will return to their original form. If you create a new account, the original tags will not link with your name. Think about how many people have the same name you do.
Let’s suppose you deleted your profile and then regret it. Ask your contacts to delete any tags from your profile and to update them on your new profile.
Are you worried about embarrassing photos? Do you not want others to identify you after your account has been deleted or deactivated? You can still manually remove tags, but you must do this before proceeding with any further steps.
Facebook: Should you deactivate or delete it?
If you are reading this because you don’t know if you should delete Facebook or deactivate it, you can choose to keep Facebook. Why? Because you are unsure of the decision. It is better to begin with the non-nuclear option, which will allow for you to return one of these days.