How to Delete Your Facebook Account & Make a New One

By Andrew McClain

When you decide Facebook's no longer right for you or your business, you have two options -- you can deactivate your account or delete it. Deactivating your account hides it from the world, but it remains on Facebook's servers, along with all of your data. Deleting your account permanently removes your information from Facebook. Some information might remain on Facebook's servers, but no one will be able to access it, including you. You can download a backup copy of your information before you delete it. If you decide you want to return to Facebook after deleting your account, you can, but you will have to add your data and build your friend list from scratch.

Download a Backup

Log in to your Facebook account.

Click the gear icon and select "Account Settings."

Select the "General" option and select the "Download a Copy of Your Facebook Data."

Click the "Start My Archive" button.

Delete Your Facebook Account

Log in to your Facebook account.

Go to the Delete My Account page (see Resources).

Click the "Delete My Account" button.

Confirm that you want to delete your account.

Creating a New Facebook Account

Go to Facebook (see Resources).

Fill out the Sign Up form and click "Submit."

Check your email for a confirmation message from Facebook.

Click on the link provided in the email to finish creating your new account.