How to Put Your Facebook Account on Hold

by Gabriele Sturmer
Temporarily deactivate your Facebook account without permanently losing your data.

Temporarily deactivate your Facebook account without permanently losing your data.

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If you want to temporarily put your Facebook account on hold, you can use the site's deactivation option, which removes you from the site's people search and makes your Timeline information not visible. Unlike with account deletion, your Timeline data is not permanently deleted from Facebook's servers, so your friends, interests and pictures can be restored when you reactivate your account at a later time. You can choose to keep receiving friend notifications and invitations from Facebook or opt out of receiving them during your absence.

Step 1

Sign in to your Facebook account. Click the down arrow button on the top menu and select "Account Settings."

Step 2

Click the "Security" option in the list of settings and then click the "Deactivate Your Account" link.

Step 3

Select the reason you've decided to leave Facebook. Some examples include privacy concerns, safety issues, hacking problems and receiving too many requests from the site. Use the "Please Explain Further" box if you have any comments you want Facebook to hear.

Step 4

Click the "Opt Out of Receiving Future Emails from Facebook" check box if you no longer want to receive any notifications or invitations from friends after deactivation.

Step 5

Click "Confirm" and type your password when prompted. Click "Deactivate Now" to put your account on hold.

Tip

  • To take your account off hold, log in to Facebook again.

Warning

  • Private messages may remain visible to your friends after deactivation.

About the Author

Gabriele Sturmer has written product reviews, career education articles, short stories, poetry and technology articles since 2001. She published a Macintosh case study and a web usability report for Liberty University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science and business. Sturmer also earned a Master of Business Administration.

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