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Back Up Your Facebook Data Before Deleting Account

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Social Networking

Gypsy writes:

How do you get off Facebook. I only wanted to visit my friend’s pages and wound up on it myself.

Gypsy, you’ll need to close your account.  If you want to view Facebook pages, you will need to be a member of Facebook. You set up an account when you wanted to view your friends’ pages and now you’ll have to delete it.  But first, I’m going to show you a step that everyone with a Facebook should consider even if they don’t want to delete the account.

Did you know you can back up all of your Facebook data? If you didn’t post anything, Gypsy, you may want to skip this part. But anyone else deleting an account or if you just want a back up should first, go to your Facebook page and click the drop-down arrow in the upper right. Choose Settings.


Under General Account Settings, choose Download a copy of your Facebook data.


You can then download copies of posts, videos and chat conversations to your PC. If you want to close your FB account, you retain that data and also should your account ever be compromised, you have it all.


Once that data is backed up, you can then delete your Facebook account by following this link

Once you delete your account, you will no longer be able to view your friends’ posts. You can keep a FB profile just for looking around on the service, there’s no rule that you have to interact or play games if you don’t feel like it.

~ Cynthia

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2 Responses to “Back Up Your Facebook Data Before Deleting Account”

  1. […] On your tip dated 12/11/14, you showed how to archive Facebook. Question is; how do you open your download ? with what program can you use to view the archive?Thank you […]

  2. George (Bud) Blakemore says:

    From my experience;Facebook is like the old Eagles song, “Hotel California”…”you can check out anytime you want; BUT YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE”
    Several years ago I found that I was posting a msg. to contacts on my friends list for some spam outfit “News 8 reports…” I contacted everyone and explained that this was not from me. So I went to my ‘likes’ folder and found a collection of ‘likes’ which I didn’t click on…tried to delete them and they wouldn’t delete…went to FB help and they sent me to another site where there were others with the same issue, but no resolution.

    So, I deleted everything including friends and tried to delete my account and that didn’t work so I changed my email password to a non-existent one…I haven’t nor ever plan to return. But I still get notifications from facebook which are auto-spammed on my old yahoo account. I’m finished with social networking for good!

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