What happens when you deactivate FB?

Answered by Willie Powers

When you choose to deactivate your Facebook account, it essentially goes into a state of temporary hibernation. This means that your account, along with all of your settings, photos, and information, is hidden and no longer visible to others on the platform. However, Facebook doesn’t actually delete any of your data when you deactivate your account. Instead, they save it in case you decide to reactivate your account in the future.

So, what exactly happens when you deactivate your Facebook account?

1. Your profile becomes invisible: When you deactivate your account, your profile, including your timeline, photos, and posts, becomes hidden from other Facebook users. Your friends won’t be able to find you, and your name won’t appear in their friend lists or search results.

2. Messages and tags: Any messages you’ve sent to others on Facebook will still be visible to them, even after you deactivate your account. Similarly, if you were tagged in any posts or photos by your friends, those tags will still be accessible to them.

3. No notifications: While your account is deactivated, you won’t receive any notifications from Facebook. This includes notifications about friend requests, messages, or any other activity related to your account.

4. Apps and websites: If you’ve used your Facebook account to log in to other apps or websites, those connections will be temporarily disabled. However, if you reactivate your account, these connections will be restored.

5. Your information is saved: Facebook retains all of your data, including your photos, friends list, and personal information, even when your account is deactivated. This means that if you decide to reactivate your account, everything will be as you left it.

It’s important to note that deactivating your account is not the same as deleting it permanently. If you’re certain that you no longer want to use Facebook and want to completely remove your data from the platform, you have the option to delete your account permanently. This process is irreversible and ensures that all your information is permanently deleted from Facebook’s servers.

In my personal experience, I have deactivated my Facebook account temporarily on a few occasions when I needed a break from social media. It provided me with a sense of privacy and relief from constant notifications and updates. It was comforting to know that my information was still there if I decided to come back, but it was also freeing to have a break from the platform. However, I eventually reactivated my account as I realized the value of staying connected with friends and family through Facebook.

Remember, the decision to deactivate or delete your Facebook account is personal and depends on your own preferences and circumstances.