Facebook, what happens when I deactivate my account?

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Facebook, what happens when I deactivate my account?

It is one thing to deactivate, another to cancel. Here are the effects

Let's say you are fed up with Facebook. Privacy problems, fake news, controversies, waste of time ... enough, you want to stop your business in the most sensational way: cancelingvi. However, there is another option, that of deactivate the account. What are the concrete effects that this action produces? Here they are.

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What is the difference between deleting a Facebook account and deactivating it?

Basically, the disabling it's for those who aren't sure they want to leave Facebook forever. If you want to take a "sabbatical" from social media, deactivation is a good choice, although not the only one. You could just ignore Facebook without deactivating it, but it depends on how tempting you would be to return later.

La cancellation from Facebook, on the other hand, it is permanent. This is not a decision to be made lightly. If you cancel your account, you will never be able to go back and expect your data to still be there, intact. There is a way to start over, but more on that later.

If I deactivate my account can they still find me?

FB users can still find you, but your profile shouldn't appear. In theory.

The timeline will disappear, as well as the list of “likes”. It is something that should happen immediately, everything will be invisible.

Obviously, if you unsubscribe from Facebook your account will disappear, but the complete cancellation will not be noticed for a few days because the social network gives some room to reconsider.

If you log in again shortly after deactivating your account, you will be automatically reactivated. If not, they are needed 90 days to ensure that the information of a deleted account can be removed from the Facebook servers.

Some details will remain the same, but the personally identifiable information will disappear. All that will remain of you is a statistic.

Does my profile completely disappear if I deactivate Facebook?

Deactivation should make the profile invisible. Despite this, some deactivated users complained that after logging in again they found numerous friend requests pending. This indicated that their names were still available and the links still active. Depending on how you have configured the privacy (which you should have an eye on anyway) the complete data should not be available.

How to make sure the deactivated Facebook profile disappears for real then? Try a simple search, either through a friend's profile or from Google. Better with the first one, otherwise it may take a lot of time to analyze the results that others show with your same name. The research should tell you whether, despite account deactivation, you are still contactable.

If so, try logging in again and then deactivating again. If the effort proves in vain, you can do one signal to Facebook or go to the next step: the cancellation. Before doing so, read on to know what you need to do before irreversibly unsubscribing from Facebook.

Do my comments disappear if I deactivate my account?

If the deactivation worked, your posts on your own timeline won't be publicly visible, and your friends shouldn't be able to see them either. The whole profile should be gone. This does not mean, however, that the comments you have made will also disappear in the same way.

Facebook is obsessed with memories. The social network likes to make you nostalgic, and remind you how long you have used its platform. It is a method of building brand loyalty.

This is why your comments won't go away. Your name will appear as plain text, as the link to your account will be deleted. Your profile picture will also be replaced by a default icon.

And of course, if you choose to reactivate your account, all posts will be as they were before.

What happens if you permanently unsubscribe from Facebook? Your data will be deleted within 3 months, but there is no guarantee that all comments, reactions and posts posted on the timelines of others will be removed.

How to tell if someone has deactivated their account

What does a deactivated Facebook account look like? First of all, it is not possible to check their profile because the links go back to being plain text. The posts that others have written on your timeline will still exist but you will not be able to click on the names of the authors.

If you're worried that someone hasn't been speaking on Facebook lately, there are three options to consider. The first is that he may be too busy to post, try texting him to see if he replies.

Check your friends list: if they are still there, they are probably very busy. If not, the second possibility is that they have blocked you. Before investigating why, find out if they have completely deleted their account.

So how do you know if someone has blocked you on Facebook or deactivated their account?

Go to a mutual friend's profile and check if the person in question is still present there. If his name is searchable, the profile still exists. Unfortunately, this also means, in all likelihood, that you have been blocked.

Check on Messenger: there may be a technical problem. You cannot post messages if they have blocked you, and the profile picture will be replaced on all comments they had previously posted on your timeline.

Can I still use Messenger without Facebook?

One thought that may come to your mind is that by deactivating Facebook you will no longer be able to use Messenger, the app that is closely connected to it. After all, they both are owned by the same company and share the same contact list. It seems that Messenger cannot exist without its "parent".

Don't worry, though: you can still use Messenger even if you don't have a Facebook account.

When you deactivate your account, Facebook will ask you if you want to deactivate Messenger as well. If you say no, your app information will be saved.

Can others see my messages if I deactivate Facebook?

Yes, you can still use Messenger: it follows that your messages will appear even after you deactivate your account. However, if you unsubscribe from Facebook, your previous messages will carry the header "Facebook User", and will not be able to have replies. This is what happens, by the way, if you block someone.

Can a Facebook account be reactivated?

If you have deactivated your Facebook account, all you have to do is log in again. You can change your password if a considerable amount of time has passed and you have forgotten it. Your profile will still exist, as will your personal information. Previous messages and comments will also reappear (as a rule).

In fact, Facebook makes reactivation a lot easier. This is especially true if you have communicated your mobile number to the social network. Someone reported having received messages from Facebook, "begging" him to come back. By clicking on the link attached to the messages, even accidentally, the profile is reactivated (obviously make sure, if the SMS really comes from Facebook, clicking on links from suspicious sources is generally quite dangerous!).

You can reactivate a deleted Facebook account?

Yes, but it is more difficult, you have to do several operations to prepare for a possible reactivation after a cancellation. The social network allows you to download a copy of all the data it has stored about you (open the version for desktop browser, click on the arrow at the top right of the screen, then on Your information on Facebook, Then Show in the section Download your information; from here you can create a customized copy of the file containing all, or only some, of the data concerning you). This means that you can restore your account, although the process is a little more complicated than simply deactivating.

What happens to tagged photos after deactivation?

Since Facebook has saved all your data in case you want to return to the “fold”, the tags in the images still exist. However, these tags will be converted to plain text. No one can link those images to a profile (just to repeat, your profile is no longer visible to anyone). This also applies to any other posts you've been tagged in.

If you reactivate your account, the tags will reappear as if nothing had happened. It's pretty much the same thing that happens after deletion: the tags go back to being plain text. If you open a new account, those original tags will not be automatically linked to your name. Just think of everyone who has the same name as you.

Let's say you deleted your profile, then regretted it, and decided to come back. You will need to ask your contacts to delete the previous tags and update them with your new profile.

Are you worried about an embarrassing photo? Do you want no one to identify you, even after deactivation or cancellation? Don't forget that you can, however, delete the tags by hand. Do this, however, before making any decisions about your account.

Is it better to deactivate the account or permanently unsubscribe from Facebook?

If you have read this article because you were undecided on what to do, we suggest you choose the first option. Reason? Obviously because you're not sure what to do, so opt for a reversible decision. Much better. 

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