How to Close a Facebook Account After Someone Dies

December 16, 2020

If you do have your loved one’s account information, sign in and follow these steps to permanently delete the account:

  1. Click the arrow at the top right of the page. Select “Settings & privacy.”
  2. Then, select "Settings".
  3. Click “Your Facebook Information” in the left column. Select “Deactivation and Deletion.”

Note: Before permanently deleting the account, you have the option to download a copy of the account’s information (photos and posts) from Facebook. After 30 days of deleting the Facebook account, the account and its information will be permanently deleted. Afterwards, you won't be able to retrieve this information.

If you do not have the information of the deceased user, you must provide documentation that shows you are a family member or executor of the account holder. Therefore, you must submit the following documents:

One document to provide proof of authority:

  • Birth certificate
  • Last will and testament
  • Power of attorney
  • Estate letter

One document to provide proof that the person has passed away:

  • Obituary
  • Memorial card

The Information on the documentation MUST match the information on the deceased individual’s account. Remember to cover any unnecessary personal information to fulfill your request when you submit the documentation such as Social Security number.

Once you have gathered the documentation to confirm you are a family member or executor of the account holder, submit the forms here.  

4. You have the following two options — deactivate account or permanently delete account. To further proceed with closing your account, choose “Permanently Delete Account” and click “Continue to Account Deletion.”

5. Enter the password and click Continue. Afterwards, click "Delete Account".

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