How to Deactivate Facebook on iPhone? Delete, Reactivate & More

For a year, I used to scroll through Facebook reels/posts on my iPhone daily. But one day, I realized that social media was dominating my life. Whenever a notification comes from Facebook, I can’t resist to see it.

So I decided that I have to take a break from social media now, but where to start? Facebook, I spend the whole day on this.

So yesterday, I was confused. Should I delete Facebook or deactivate it? Then I researched and found the difference between these two and finally deactivated Facebook, whose step by step process I am going to share with you.

So, let’s get rid of social media for some time!

What’s the difference between deactivating and deleting a Facebook account?

First of all, you need to know whether it would be right to deactivate Facebook or delete it:

If you deactivate Facebook:

Your account will be temporarily deactivated and none of your information or data will be deleted.

Your profile, photos, videos, posts and messages will still remain on your account. And other people will not be able to see your profile.

If you delete Facebook account: 

All your data associated with Facebook will be permanently deleted. Be it a photo, post, message or profile.

Once your account is deleted, it cannot be retrieved and other users will not be able to find your content and profile.

How to download your Facebook account information in iPhone?

Before you deactivate or delete your Facebook account, you should not skip this steps: Downloading your Facebook data. So that all your data and memories remain safe.

Downloading your data from Facebook on iPhone is very easy, here is the step by step process:

Step 1: Open Facebook and Tap on Menu Icon.
Step 2: Click on Settings and privacy and then Tap Settings.
Step 3: Scroll down to “Your Facebook Information”
Step 4: Tap Download Profile Information.
Step 5: Click on Request a download.
Step 6: Choose the profile whose data you want to download.
Step 7: Select the data you want to download.
Step 8: Choose your file options:
1. Date range
2. Notification email
3. Format of your download request
4. Quality of photos, videos and other media
Final Step: Tap Submit request.

After the download request is completed, your data will be ready in some time and then you can download it going from the “Available downloads” section.

How to Deactivate Facebook Account on iPhone?

Here is the exact method I used to deactivate my facebook account:

  1. Open Facebook app and click on Menu icon in the bottom right.
    2. Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy.
    3. Click on See more in Accounts Center.
    4. Tap Personal details.
    5. Tap Account ownership and control.
    6. Tap Deactivation or deletion.
    7. Choose the account you want to deactivate.
    8. Tap Deactivate account.
    9. Click on Continue and follow the on-screen instructions.

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How to Delete Facebook Account on iPhone?

To permanently delete your Facebook profile, you have to do the following:

  1. Open Facebook app in your iPhone
  2. Tap menu icon in the bottom right
  3. Scroll down and click on Settings & Privacy
  4. Then tap on Settings
  5. Tap on Profile access and Control
  6. Tap on Deactivation and Deletion
  7. Click on Delete account
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Can you reactivate Facebook later?

Yes, you can reactivate your Facebook account even after deactivating it, even if it has been passed years. All your data will be safe in your account.

But, How to reactivate it?

You just have to login into Facebook by entering your username and password, and your Facebook account will be reactivated.

Can you deactivate Facebook and keep Messenger?

Yes, you can chat with your friends using Messenger even after deactivating your Facebook profile.

And if you are afraid that if you use Messenger, your account will be reactivated, then it is not so. It will still remain deactivated.

And personally, I liked this very much.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I cancel my Facebook account deletion?

Yes, if it’s been less than 30 days since you deleted your account, you can cancel the account deletion process. But if more than 30 days have passed, your profile will not be retrieved.

What happens to my Messenger conversations when I deactivate my Facebook account?

Deactivating your Facebook account will not affect your Messenger conversations. You will still be able to chat using the Messenger app.

Will deactivating Facebook delete my messages, photos, or contacts?

As I have mentioned above in the article, If you deactivate your account on Facebook, any of your messages, photos, contacts, or other account data will not be deleted.

If I deactivate my Facebook account, will people still see my Facebook page or profile?

No, after account deactivation, other users will not be able to see your posted media items and your profile will disappear from search.


My decision take a break from Facebook was absolutely right, ever since I deactivated my Facebook account, I have started concentrating on studies, sports etc without any interruption.

And I chose the option of deactivate Facebook account instead of delete so that I can take a break from social media without losing my account permanently.

The process to deactivate and delete Facebook Account on iPhone is quick and easy, which I have explained step by step above in the article.

For more information, go to Facebook help page

Komal Nawaz, your go-to tech enthusiast, loves simplifying the complexities of technology. Her blog's a treasure trove of easy explanations, showing how tech is accessible to all. Join her to make your tech journey exciting and understandable!

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