Unsubscribing from a business Facebook page and deactivating your Facebook account aren’t directly related actions. Each task is separate from the other although unsubscribing or deactivation brings a Facebook relationship to a temporary or permanent end.
When You Need to Unsubscribe
Although you may have subscribed, Become a Fan, Become a Supporter, or Liked a page, there may come a point when the postings from one or more of those sources clutters your news feed. The good news is – you have options.
Option 1 is to unsubscribe:
- Log into your Facebook page and find the page you want to unsubscribe (also called “Unlike”). You can locate it by typing its name in the Facebook search bar. Or, you can locate the page in the Likes section of your Timeline.
- There is a downward arrow on the cog icon located at the right side of the page. Click “Unlike” and the page will be unsubscribed. When you reload the page, the unsubscribed page will no longer appear.
Option 2 is to hide the unwanted page:
- You may “unsubscribe” a page without unliking it. Locate one of the pages from your own Facebook homepage. Click the downward arrow located in the upper right corner of the post; select “Hide all by” and the page’s name. The page will not be truly unsubscribed, but it also will not appear on your Facebook page!
The good news is that you can always “un-unsubscribe” if you wish to resume receiving updates by going to that page and “Liking” it again.
Deactivating Your Account
When you deactivate your account your profile is no longer accessible. However, any comments, Likes, or tags you placed on other Facebook profiles may leave visible “remnants” of your Facebook profile. Facebook will retain your data just in case you choose to reactivate it.
To deactivate your Facebook account:
- Log into your Facebook account and select the “Settings” menu in the upper right corner (look for the downward arrow icon).
- Select “Security” from the Settings menu.
- In the “Security” section, click “Deactivate Your Account” located near the bottom of the page.
- Finish the deactivation process by pressing the “Confirm” button and entering your password one final time. Facebook will deactivate your account.
Let’s say that you really want to permanently part ways with Facebook. You will be unable to access your Facebook account 14 days after completing the final deletion steps. You won’t be able to log in, retrieve, or view anything you posted to Facebook.
Still committed to deleting your account? Here are the steps:
- Log into your account and download a copy of the data you published to the site (recommended by Facebook).
- Clear your Facebook history by accessing the “Activity Log” and clicking the “Privacy” button. Select “See More Settings.”
- Click on “Use Activity Log” and delete much of your Facebook history: click the pencil icon next to each activity item and select “Delete.”
- Select “Delete My Account” and you will be redirected to the “Delete Account” page. You will be asked to enter your password and complete the CAPTCHA (to prove you’re human). Click “OK” and your account will be scheduled for permanent deletion.
The account delete process takes 14 days; however your account is immediately deactivated. Your Timeline is gone, and users can no longer search for you. If you change your mind at any time during the 14-day cooling period, you may log in to your account and restore it. After 14 days, it really is gone forever and you may only return as a Facebook user by creating a new account.
Feeling confident that your Facebook slate is completely wiped clean? Don’t. Your personal messages sent to others can’t be deleted. Facebook also has the right to keep some information even after your account is deleted.
Deactivate or delete. You have choices either temporary or permanent, but Facebook will be unhappy to see you leave under almost any circumstances.