How to delete a facebook page

Fed up with Facebook’s ever-increasing stranglehold on the organic reach of brand pages, many page admins are washing their hands of Facebook altogether.

If you’re in that camp or you don’t use your business page any longer, you may want to delete it.

I advise using a desktop/laptop computer to delete your Facebook page. It’s much easier than attempting to do it via a tablet or smartphone.

Aside: I originally published this tutorial in 2011, and it is Blogging Bistro’s most-visited post. That’s why you’ll see a lot of comments from years gone by. I update this tutorial regularly to reflect Facebook’s changes. Most recent update: February 3, 2018.

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How to unpublish your page without deleting it

If you aren’t certain whether you want to permanently delete your page, you can “unpublish” it (make it private so only page admins can view it).

Here’s how:

Log in to the Facebook page you administer.

Click “Settings” in the upper righthand corner of your screen.

Find the “Page Visibility” setting (it’s the second one), and click the pencil icon to edit.

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Click the “Unpublish Page” radio button and then click “Save Changes.”

How to delete a Facebook brand/fan page

Log in to the Facebook page you administer.

Click “Settings” in the upper righthand corner of your screen.

Scroll to the bottom of the list of options, to “Remove Page.” Click the pencil icon to edit.

Tutorial: How to delete a Facebook fan page | BloggingBistro.comA pop-up notice will inform you that if you delete your page, you have a grace period of 14 days in which you can restore it. (Unsure whether that means 14 calendar days or 14 business days.)

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After the 14-day grace period, you’ll be asked to confirm that you want to permanently delete your page.

If you are certain you want to remove your page and begin the 14 day grace period, click the link that says “Delete [name of your page]” and then click “Save Changes.”

Free action plan to help you build your blogging and social media strategy | BloggingBistro.comCan I re-use my custom Facebook page address?

People often ask me:

“If I delete my page, will Facebook release my username (page URL/address) so I can re-use the same name on another page I create?”

I have not received a reliable answer to this question. People who’ve deleted pages have told me they’ve tried to use the same username (web address) and have been unable to. If anyone knows how long Facebook holds on to the usernames of deleted pages, please share that info.

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Deactivating vs Deleting Facebook – What You Need to Know

Before we get to the step-by-step walkthrough, it’s important to understand the two options Facebook gives you when you decide to close your account.

You can choose to either deactivate your profile, or fully remove it from existence. As you can probably guess, the former option keeps your data on the platform, while the latter erases it completely.

If you deactivate your Facebook account:

  • No one besides you will be able to see your profile.
  • Specific information, such as sent messages, will remain visible.
  • Your name will show up on friend lists, but only for your friends.
  • Your name, posts, and comments will be visible to the admins of groups you’re joined.
  • You will be able to keep using Messenger.

You can deactivate your account for as long as you’d like, but logging back in or using the account to log into a connected app/service will prompt the reactivation process.

If you choose to permanently delete your Facebook account:

  • You won’t be able to reactivate your account.
  • All the content you’ve added/uploaded on Facebook will be gone forever, without the possibility of retrieving it (unless you’ve downloaded an archive of your data beforehand).
  • Apps that use your Facebook account won’t be accessible via Facebook Login anymore.
  • Specific information, such as messages you’ve sent to friends, won’t be fully deleted and will remain visible to them.
  • You won’t be able to use Messenger.

Facebook gives you 30 days to think about your decision and cancel the deletion process if you change your mind. After that period expires, your account and all related data to it will disappear forever. Keep in mind that it may take up to 90 days for all your information to be permanently deleted – during that period, Facebook users won’t have access to it.

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How to Delete Connected Apps on Facebook

Removing the apps you’ve used your Facebook account to log into is a good idea if you’re on your way towards permanently deleting it. Here’s what you need to do:

1. In your Settings page, click on Apps and Websites.

2. You’ll be presented with lists of active, expired and removed apps. To delete an active app, tick the box next to it and click on Remove:

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3. Expired apps no longer request your private information, but you can still log into them with your account. You can edit the info they request, or you can remove them altogether.

TIP: Removing your connected apps isn’t a requirement if you want to delete your Facebook account permanently. However, accessing a connected app with your Facebook account may require you to cancel the deletion process if you’ve started it already.

How to Delete Photos, Videos, and Albums on Facebook

You can easily review and remove the photos, videos, and albums you’ve uploaded on Facebook via the Filters panel. Here’s how:

1. Access your Activity Log.

2. Navigate to Photos and Videos, right in the middle of the list.

3. A list of your uploaded media will appear in chronological order. To delete an item, click on the pencil-shaped icon on the right side:

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TIP: Your profile, cover, and featured photos can’t be deleted. You can only choose whether they are shown or hidden on your timeline.

If you’d rather delete entire albums, navigate to the Photos > Albums tab in your profile. There, you can view and quickly remove your collections.

How to Delete Facebook Comments and Posts

If you want to remove your comments and replies on Facebook without having to wait for up to 90 days, you need to do the following:

1. Access your Activity Log.

2. Go to Comments, right under Photos and Videos.

3. Follow the same procedure: click on the pencil-shaped icon on the right, then Delete:

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You can do the same for your Facebook posts. The only difference – you’ll need to click on Posts instead of Comments in the list. You can find the Posts button at the beginning of the list, under the Activity Log option.

Deleting Your Facebook Business Page:

  1.  Make sure you are using Facebook as the page you want to delete (by clicking the “Use Facebook As” in the upper right-hand section).
  2. Click “Settings” which is located in the navigation bar just above your Timeline cover.
  3. Under “General Settings”, you’ll find “Delete Facebook Page” all the way at the bottom of the options list (on the right-hand side of the page).
  4. Click “Edit”, “Delete”, then save your changes.

Once you click delete, you’ll have 14 days to restore it in case you change your mind. After that, you’ll be asked to confirm whether to delete it permanently or not.

If you do not want to permanently delete your page, but you want to unpublish the Page, making it “invisible” to everyone other than admins, then you are going to want to change the page visibility.

Unpublishing Your Facebook Business Page:

  1. Make sure you are using Facebook as the page you want to unpublish (by clicking the “Use Facebook As” in the upper right-hand section).
  2. Click “Settings” which is located in the navigation bar just above your Timeline cover.
  3. Edit the “Page Visibility” tab under “General Settings” on the right-hand side of the page.
  4. Check the box that reads “Unpublish Page” then save your changes.

Ta-da! Now your Page can only be seen by Page admins. Your Page will be unsearchable and invisible to the public – even using a direct URL. Make changes, updates, and more without every edit landing on your follower’s Newsfeed. And if you want to make your Page public again, just follow these steps, reversing the page visibility at Step 4.

Is there an unauthorized Facebook Page sitting out there confusing your customers? Or a duplicate Facebook Page for your business? Click here to read our post “How To Merge or Delete a Duplicate Facebook Business Page”.

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