Facebook: how to recover an old account?

Facebook is an addictive platform, and many users can’t spend more than 1 hour without checking for new notifications or friend requests. This can lead many people to try to step away from it a bit, disabling, blocking or simply temporarily abandoning their profile.

The social network allows recovering access to profiles even from accounts that have been deleted. However, for this, the reactivation request must be made within 30 days after the deletion request. After this period, the social network deletes the data from the system and it is no longer possible to recover the deleted profile.

If, after a while, the user decides to return to Facebook (and has not deleted his profile) to get back in touch with his friends, it is possible to regain access to an old account — even if he no longer remembers his password and his login or phone number or email address. See how to do this.

How to recover an old Facebook account?

Reactivate your profile to get back in touch with your Facebook friends. (Source: Freepik/rawpixel.com/Reproduction)Source:  Freepik/rawpixel.com/Reproduction

If the user still remembers their credentials, simply accessing the platform will reactivate the profile. Otherwise, there are different ways to recover an old Facebook account, depending on the user’s difficulty.

I don’t know my password anymore

Forgot your Facebook password? This is no cause for concern. (Source: Pexels/Mikhail Nilov/Reproduction)Forgot your Facebook password? This is no cause for concern. (Source: Pexels/Mikhail Nilov/Reproduction)Source:  Pexels/Mikhail Nilov/Reproduction

If you no longer know your password, it is not possible to recover it, but Facebook allows the user to set a new password. Just perform the following steps:

1. access the Facebook page on your computer or the app on your mobile phone;

2. enter a phone number, email address, name or username;

3. select “Confirm by email” or “Confirm by SMS” depending on your settings;

4. check your email or cell message;

5. choose “Keep me connected” or “Disconnect me from other devices”;

6. enter the password reset code;

7. Select “Continue” and that’s it, you’re already in your account.

I no longer have my phone number or e-mail address

Even without the registered email or phone number, it is possible to regain access to the Facebook account with the help of friends. (Source: Pexels/Austin Distel/Reproduction)Even without the registered email or phone number, it is possible to regain access to the Facebook account with the help of friends. (Source: Pexels/Austin Distel/Reproduction)Source:  Pexels/Austin Distel/Reproduction

If the user does not know or no longer has access to the registration phone number or email, it is still possible to regain access to a deactivated Facebook account. To do so, it is necessary to follow these steps:

1.On the Facebook login screen, select the “Forgot password” option;

2. select “Forgot password?”;

3. select the option “Forgot account”;

4. enter your name;

5. select your profile;

6. select “No longer have access?”;

7. enter a new email or phone number;

8. select 3 friends to help with account recovery;

9. put the codes received by friends on Facebook or email;

10. that’s it, you’re back on Facebook!

I didn’t find my profile

An account can be reactivated even if its user doesn't even remember what their profile is exactly. (Source: Freepik/tirachard/Reproduction)An account can be reactivated even if its user doesn’t even remember what their profile is exactly. (Source: Freepik/tirachard/Reproduction)Source:  Freepik/tirachard/Reproduction

If, in addition to the telephone number or e-mail, the user also cannot find his profile when entering his name, as per step number 5 of the previous topic, he must continue with the following steps:

1. enter a friend’s name — important that it’s not a very common name;

2. select your friend;

3. if Facebook is able to locate your profile, a screen will appear for you to send a code by email or SMS;

4. check your email or cell message;

5. choose “Keep me connected” or “Disconnect me from other devices”;

6. enter the password reset code;

7. Select “Continue” and that’s it, you’re already in your account.

My account has not been deactivated by me

Your account has not been deactivated by you? Know how to appeal. (Source: Pexels/Thought Catalog/Reproduction)Your account has not been deactivated by you? Know how to appeal. (Source: Pexels/Thought Catalog/Reproduction)Source:  Pexels/Thought Catalog/Reproduction

Facebook may have deactivated the user’s account for violating the terms of the platform. If this happens, when trying to login, a message will be displayed informing you. If the user thinks it has been deactivated by mistake, it can try to recover the deactivated account, according to these instructions:

1. Scan your identity document, such as RG or CNH;

2. access the Facebook Help Center through a browser, preferably from a computer;

3. enter the email address or phone number connected to your account;

4. write your full name — the information must match exactly the name of the blocked account;

5. click on “Choose files” and select your identity file;

6. Click the “Submit” button.

Facebook will analyze your decision and, if you accept the appeal, will send an email with instructions for reactivating the account.

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