Deleting your Facebook account on the Android appSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

Facebook is one of the world's largest social networking platforms around, and while it can be a great place for connecting with loved ones, it's also been faced with a heap of security and privacy issues as of late. If you no longer feel safe having so much data on Facebook and want out for good, here's a quick step-by-step guide on how to delete your account using an Android device.

Step 1 — Download a copy of your information

Before you up and delete your account, you'll want to first make sure you download a copy of your data. This will allow you to keep an offline record of as much (or as little) of your Facebook information as you want. This info is gone once your account is deleted, so even if you don't think you need to keep it right now, it's still a good idea to save a copy anyway just in case.

Best online learning tools for kids: ABCmouse, Reading IQ, & more

  1. Open the Facebook app.
  2. Tap the three lines towards the right of the top navigation bar.
  3. Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy.

    Facebook home screenFacebook menuFacebook menuSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

  4. Tap Settings from the expanded menu.
  5. Scroll down and tap Download Your Information.

    Facebook menu settingsFacebook settingsFacebook settingsSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

  6. Deselect any info you don't want saved (everything is checked by default).
  7. Tap the Create File button at the bottom of the page.

    Facebook information download pageFacebook information download pageFacebook information download pageSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

Once your copy is ready, Facebook will send you an email letting you know. From there, head back to this section of the app and you'll be able to download it and then use it however you see fit.

Step 2 — Delete your account

With your account info downloaded, it's now time to permanently delete your Facebook account. Let's do this.

  1. Open the Facebook app.
  2. Tap the three lines towards the right of the top navigation bar.
  3. Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy.

    Facebook home screenFacebook menuFacebook menuSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

  4. Tap Settings from the expanded menu.
  5. Scroll down and tap Account Ownership and Control.

    Facebook menu settingsFacebook settingsFacebook settingsSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

  6. Tap Deactivation and Deletion.
  7. Select Delete Account and tap Continue to Account Deletion.
  8. Tap Delete Account.

    Facebook deactivation pageFacebook deactivation pageFacebook deactivation pageSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

There you have it. Your Facebook account is now deleted 🙌.

Step 3 — Delete or disable the app from your phone

And, finally, the moment we've all been waiting for — getting the Facebook app off of your phone!

If you installed Facebook on your phone, you can just delete it and be on your way. However, if it came pre-installed, you'll need to go into your phone's settings and disable the app.

How to delete the Facebook app

If you're able to delete the Facebook app, here's what the process looks like.

  1. Find the Facebook app in your app drawer.
  2. Hold down on it and drag it up to the Uninstall icon.
  3. Let go of the app.
  4. Tap OK.

    Android 10 app drawerUninstalling the Facebook appUninstalling the Facebook appSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

How to disable the Facebook app

A lot of Android phones come with the Facebook app pre-installed right out of the box, and when this is the case, it means you usually can't completely delete it from your phone. However, you can disable the app to erase any personal data that's been stored on it and remove the icon from your app drawer.

Disabling Facebook requires a few more steps, but it's still fairly simple.

  1. Open the Settings on your phone.
  2. Tap on Apps.
  3. Scroll down and tap Facebook.

    Disabling the Facebook appDisabling the Facebook appDisabling the Facebook appSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

  4. Tap Disable.
  5. Tap Disable on the pop-up.
  6. Tap OK.

    Disabling the Facebook appDisabling the Facebook appDisabling the Facebook appSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

With all of that done, you've officially severed ties with Facebook. Here's to resting a little easier at night knowing your privacy is now that much safer.