Can You Recover a Deleted Facebook Account?

Yes! It’s possible to recover your Facebook account within 30 days of deletion. If you’ve only deactivated your account instead, you can access it again any time you want by simply logging in. Beyond that, you should also remember how to download your data and verify yourself as the user.

​​Hi, I’m Devansh. It’s no secret that Facebook can be a huge time sink. So, you might’ve made a split-second decision to get rid of your account for good. I’ve been there many times myself. Fortunately, if you change your mind, there are ways to access your account again.

In this article, I’ll first go over the differences between deletion and deactivation of an account and describe the steps to regain access. After that, I’ll also explain what you can do if you’re having trouble logging in to your account and answer some common questions.

If you deleted your Facebook account but are now anxious to get back to it, keep reading!

Deletion vs. Deactivation

Let me ask you this: did you delete or deactivate your Facebook account? For many, it’s easy to confuse the two, but there are major differences that can come into play here. You surely came across this option when you were getting rid of your Facebook account.

If you read the descriptions of both above, that just about sums it up. In a nutshell, deactivating is temporary, and deleting is permanent. For more details, visit this page. Now, let’s look at the steps to recover your Facebook account.

Recover Deactivated Facebook Account

The process of recovering a deactivated Facebook account is relatively straightforward. Visit Facebook on your web browser or download the app (Android and iOS) and try to log in with your credentials. Once you’re in, you’ll have the option to reactivate your account!

If you’re having trouble logging in, scroll down to the next section, where I discuss verifying your identity successfully to regain access.

Recover Deleted Facebook Account

If you opted to delete your Facebook account permanently, you might have seen this message pop up when you logged out for the last time.

Suppose it has been less than 30 days; simply log in to your account via the website or mobile app. Once logged in, you’ll see this message.

As you can see, Facebook lets you know when the deletion process will begin. You can click ‘Cancel Deletion’ to stop this process and access your account again!

What if You Can’t Log In?

While following the steps in the above section to recover your Facebook account, you might’ve gotten a message saying, ‘To log in to your Facebook account, you need to first confirm your identity.’ This is done to safeguard your account. Follow the on-screen instructions, like identifying your friends from their tagged photos and providing your date of birth.

You can also try to regain access to your account from a friend or family member’s device. Just visit the profile you want to recover and click the three dots below the cover photo. Under ‘Find support or report profile,’ choose ‘Something else’ and click ‘Next.’ Click ‘Recover this account’ and follow the steps.

If you can’t recall your password, you can reset it here. Search for the account you want to recover using either name, email, or phone number. Once the account has been identified, you can reset the password for it. To learn more about how to access your account, check this page.

How to Recover Your Facebook Photos

If you cannot log in or access your Facebook account but still have precious photos out there, you can ask a friend of yours (on Facebook) to use this Facebook Photo Downloader tool to save all your photos to their computer and send them to you later on.

Here is a video tutorial on how to use this free tool to batch download all your Facebook pictures:


Here are some common questions related to recovering your Facebook account.

Can You Download Facebook Account Data Before Deleting it?

Yes! When you delete your account, you’re given the option of downloading your data. 

To download your account data in general, head over to ‘Settings,’ ‘Your Facebook Information,’ and click on ‘Download your Information.’

What if Facebook Disabled your Account?

It’s also possible that Facebook disabled your account without your knowledge. Usually, this could happen if you violate their Community Standards. In this case, the best course of action is to submit an appeal. For more info on disabled accounts, visit this page.

Can you Recover Your Deleted Facebook Account After 30 Days?

Once the deletion process has begun, Facebook stores your data for around 90 days. But it’s inaccessible to you after the 30-day grace period. If you want to recover your posts, I recommend checking the emails and notifications received by your Facebook friends. You can also go through your own devices and see if you have copies or screenshots of the content.


You can recover a deleted Facebook account within 30 days of deleting by simply logging in and selecting “Cancel Deletion.” Next time you want to do a digital detox or take a temporary break from Facebook, I recommend you deactivate the account rather than delete it.

This way, other users won’t be able to view your profile. However, if or when you decide to come back, your account and posts will still be there. Anyway, I hope you were able to log back into your account with the steps in this article!

Were you able to successfully log in to your Facebook account? Please share with me in the comments!

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  • Dev

    My Facebook account has been deleted, please activate & recover it again, I don’t know who has permanently deleted my account.

  • Jess

    Please help me. My Facebook was hacked overnight after I took all the correct steps to secure it when emails alerted me of unusual activity. I woke up this morning to a nightmare. My account wasn’t only hacked; Facebook disabled it because the hacker attached it to their Instagram, and their Instagram is violating rules. I try to go to the appeal link, and it tells me my email address and phone number do not match the account name, which is completely false. My business account is still up and running and is proof of who I am. This account was sacred to me as my husband died nine years ago, and now this piece of him I had left is gone. I’m so devastated.

    • Krista

      I am so sorry! This same thing is happening to me! And all of my kids pics and family photos are on it. Were you able to find a resolution?

      • Admin

        Sorry to hear that Krista. We’ve just updated this article and added a section called “How to Recover Your Facebook Photos”, hope you find the solution helpful.

  • Washington Junior

    I’ve once thrown out an old pc and someone has probably used to go through my hard drive. Facebook notified me about my account being deactivated for some violation, or inappropriate comments, in which I appealed in within those 30 days period but had no answer. 10 years of my life moments in pictures gone because of it, and no answers or explanations ever received.

  • aaronhockley

    If it’s too late to get my accounts back answer me this, how do you get a deleted 2fa code if you’ve deleted the data?

  • Tracy

    I just had Facebook delete my profile, over 15 years of family friends and kids pics gone. I can’t find anywhere to appeal it..I have sent an email to Facebook support but I don’t have much hope for it… any help would be great, Thanks..

  • Bmthess B. Miranda

    Please help to bring back my fb account. I think it was hacked. I need it coz I have photo memories there which I treasured so much and also with my TikTok and Instagram posts linked to it.

    • Devansh Kamdar

      Hello, Bmthess. To regain access to your Facebook account, visit this page: and click the “My account is compromised” button. Facebook will assist you in logging back into your account and recovering your photos. I hope this helps!

  • Steve

    Hi. Good info, thanks. I remember Deleting my my account in a moment of haste and being told of th 30 day grace period. But when l log in – th above notice you mention from Facebook stating a future expirery date – does not appear. Do you think my account will remain active? 30 days is up in 03 days time. Do you think they will notify me? Thanks for listening, Steve

    • Devansh Kamdar

      Hi Steve, thanks for reaching out. Are you using the mobile app to log in? If yes, try the website and see if you get the message there. If you don’t receive any communication from Facebook within the next few days, consider contacting their support to clarify your account status. Best of luck, and I hope you can get your account back soon.

      • Saidul islam

        Hello sure who can I recover my Facebook account

      • Teresita Rosaga

        Hi I’m teresita I was permanently deleted my fb account in half year and unfortunately I also deleted my email account and my phone number was cut off and my memory card was also format after I delete my fb account so all the memories of my family in there were also delete so is there a way to recover it?

  • Nancy

    My Facebook account was hacked and the email changed. Is there anyway to get it back? I did go in and delete the page after a mad panic occurred!! I

  • Rebecca Wright

    I used to have a Facebook account & I had a business page. I deleted my personal account a couple of years ago but it kept the business page open. I expect this is because it still had admins on it. I can’t get to it all now. I would really like to just be able to control the business page as it is sat there with the wrong info on it. I have set up another personal account with the sole purpose of the admin named on the business page adding me as an admin too. But I think because she wasn’t the original creator of the business page she doesn’t have those controls. Is there any way around this, it’s v frustrating.

    Thank you for your help.

  • Thando Kuhle

    I deleted my account few months back because I couldn’t concentrate on my school work. I saw the message that said “deactivate rather then delete” and my mistake was to delete it because I was confused of deactivating and deleting. Can I please get it back because I’m avoiding of starting over the new account. Please help me, I’d be happy to get your response. Thank you

    • Devansh Kamdar

      I understand your situation, Thando, and it’s a common confusion. Unfortunately, based on what you’ve said, I don’t think it’s possible to recover your account because it’s been over thirty days since deletion. From now on, just be careful to deactivate your new account rather than delete it.

  • Janet Pritchard

    Good Afternoon, problems with my Facebook Account accidently removed from Control Panel, now I can’t find it again, my original password not accepted, email address always the same. Some people don’t understand how hard it is, I don’t own a MOBILE PHONE can’t afford one, that is the trouble now you have to own one to get results. My new computer was set up with the salesman’s Mobile phone and he left and I didn’t know how it worked thank goodnes he left a pin number to open my computer. I like to use my brain in searching for issues, not just spending my life in texting etc. Even my new home line Desktop phone drives me mad, thank goodness my old phone works as extra. I am waiting for help from my computer expert, but he hasn’t contacted me as yet.
    Janet Pritchard. I may just delete Facebook altogether I have heard you have to pay soon.

  • Jezzamine

    i deleted my account and i recover it before 30 days i can access my messenger account but my friends can’t message me what do i do?

    • Devansh Kamdar

      It’s great that you were able to recover your account, Jezzamine! If your friends can’t message you on Messenger, it could be due to privacy settings. Make sure your privacy settings are configured to allow messages from friends. If the issue persists, consider contacting Facebook support for specific guidance on resolving this issue.

  • Jeffrey Ketukai

    Please someone has removed my account without my knowledge and I’m really finding it hard to recover again. Can you please help??

    • Devansh Kamdar

      I’m sorry to hear about your situation, Jeffrey. If your Facebook account was removed without your knowledge, first try to determine if it was deleted or deactivated. With that knowledge, you can follow the appropriate steps outlined in this article to recover it. Beyond that, you can report the issue to Facebook support so that they can guide you through the account recovery process. Best of luck!

  • Michael

    Hi Devansh,
    Thanks for writing this article. I was hacked and my account delated. Facebook let me back in but when i logged in i didnt get this message and my profile, friends etc are all still wiped. Do you happen to have an email address i can contact at Facebook for help with this please? I have googled everything i can think of but its almost like this issue isnt stated anywhere.
    Many thanks

  • Jude V Jerome

    It seem that my account was deleted it does not show me of having an account.

    • Devansh Kamdar

      I’m sorry to hear about the issue you’re facing, Jude. If your Facebook account is not showing up, it may have been deactivated or deleted. To recover it, you can follow the account recovery process on the Facebook login page or contact Facebook support for further assistance. They can help you determine the status of your account and guide you through the appropriate steps to recover it if possible. Best of luck!

  • Suzanne Hudson

    Where do I find ‘undue” cancellattion

  • Max

    I deleted my account and it’s over 30 days ago. I only regret not having market place.
    It’s not even letting me set up a new account even with a new password. Am I now unable to use Facebook for the rest of my life?

    • Devansh Kamdar

      I understand your concern, Max. If your Facebook account was deleted over 30 days ago, it may not be recoverable. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you can never use Facebook again. You can still create a new Facebook account with a different email address. I hope this helped!

  • Dori

    This was NOT helpful i trued all this. NOTHING WORKED

    Please help.
    Everytime it told me to get cide via sns…i got nothing on my phone

  • Anna

    No! Whoever hacked my account deleted it and made a new one with my same number and email.

  • Jesus Vieyra

    I had my Facebook since 2011. Never posted since 2015 but always would be on my Facebook it’s been three weeks since I’ve been logged out of my Facebook. I’ve tried to look up my name on other accounts my account doesn’t exist no more so much memories and old post I had since I was a kid. I’ve tried to get my account back my email has been changed also says I’m logged in another device never logged in my Facebook with another device. What can I do to get it back ???

  • S Laurent

    Hi, desperately need help with Facebook. I deactivated my account in 2009 and then this morning I got an email saying it had been reactivated. I did not do this! I went to log in so that I could deactivate or delete it once more but I can’t access my page. I changed the password but it’s asking me to log on from a computer i have used Facebook on before… but of course the only listed is the one someone else (hacker?) has used. I haven’t logged on in over 23 years so I’m stuck. Nothing I do seems to circumvent this stage of proving who I am by logging on through this unknown computer. I went through thé ‘I’ve been hacked’ bit also but it tells me I’ve gone too fast and I’ve been blocked from using that function. I’ve emailed but am so stuck. My page is live as I’ve asked my brother to look for me in his friends list. Please help!!

  • Sarah

    Facebook has deleted my account and I have tried to appeal it but it says it can’t be reversed,I can’t believe this all my photos gone

    • Devansh Kamdar

      I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your Facebook account, Sarah. Since Facebook has stated that the deletion can’t be reversed, it’s an unfortunate situation. To safeguard your digital memories from now onwards, consider regularly backing up your data to a cloud platform like Google Drive or an external storage device.

  • Anja Murray

    My FB was hacked and is now disabled. I have sent many emails, but FB has not replied to one. I am not able to recover my account. Could you please assist me? It is a lifetime of memories. I get blocked everywhere. I just want to recover my account, all my photos and memories. Ease help!

  • Kathleen Wankel

    Hi, my husband and I just got new Galaxy 22s. The technician transferred the info from our old phones to new ones. My transfer went fine. Unfortunately, my husband had a few “dummy” facebook accounts. My husband and the technician chose the wrong one. We have tried several ways to recover account but cannot. I can see the correct account when I log in and search for him. He has lost all of his friends. Do you have any suggestions?

  • Sherry Davis

    My fb acct was compromised. Hacker deleted my fb. I called the number listed. Thot I was talking to fb and they transferred me to “security”. Still thinking it was fb security I fell for the gift card! How can I get my fb back?

  • Sykara

    Yes, I was able to login to my account via fb app after requesting deletion. However, it didn’t give me the options to confirm or cancel like I’ve seen it give people who logged in via web. It just asked if I wanted to continue using fb (cancel deletion or retrieve info) or logout. I’m assuming it’s the same thing but not exactly sure.

  • Charlene Williams

    My friend either deactivated or deleted his FB account (he isn’t sure which one he did). How can he log into his account if he has no access to it. I’m trying to help him but both of us are computer challenged (we’re in our 70s). He really doesn’t want to lose the information he has on FB or on Messenger. Can you guide us. He has temporarily set up one but if he can get his old acct. back, the new temp one will be deleted. Thank you. Charlene

  • David Stroman

    Recently my Facebook page was hacked. I am able to login to Facebook. The only problem is most of page has been deleted. This includes friends list, photos, posts, and profile information. So I am wondering how was most of it deleted? Is the page I logged into my actual account? There’s a lot I am trying to figure out. If this is something you can help me with, please let me know. If not, please refer to someone who can. Your assistance with this matter, will be very much appreciated.

  • Derek Petersen

    My wife’s account of 15 years was hacked into. The person immediately added their email address, changed the password and picture. We were able to eventually get it back. We installed two party authentication, and then they still managed to get in and change everything again, in the middle of the night. This time, everything has vanished, the entire account. She has lost everything, pictures, family information, her cancer journey, everything gone. As I’m sure you are well aware, Facebook customer service is impossible to get help from, and we are at a loss. I have filed over 20 reports through different menu options, and even included her drivers license. Any help would be appreciated!