Recovering a disabled Facebook account can lead to meeting new people. In some cases, this can also rekindle old friendships or even relationships you forgot about. But the circumstances that led the account to be disabled are what’s important. It could be you, a scorned family member, or a hacker that disabled it, temporarily or permanently. It’s also a possibility that Facebook itself deleted the account based on user reports or their internal algorithms. Whatever the case may be, the result is the same. Luckily, not all hope is lost. Here’s how to recover a disabled Facebook account. Or, at least give it your best shot.
I accidentally disabled my Facebook account
First, don’t panic. If you disabled your Facebook account and never specified a date or time period, it can stay in “hibernation” until you log back in.
- Visit Facebook.com on your computer or smart device.
- Enter your e-mail or phone number and a password.
- Click on the Log In button. If you forgot your password, reset it by following our guide on how to recover a Facebook account.
- You can continue using your account as usual.
What to do if I deleted my Facebook account?
This is a more severe situation, but not without a solution if you act fast. Even if you permanently delete your Facebook account, they won’t delete the data immediately. Instead, Facebook gives you a 14-day buffer period to change your mind. If that period hasn’t passed, do this.
- Open Facebook.com in your browser.
- Sign in with your phone number/e-mail address and password.
- Click (or tap) on Log In.
- You are met with a small window saying: Your account is scheduled for deletion. Are you sure you wish to permanently delete your account?
- Click on Cancel deletion.
- You might have to re-log into the account if Facebook doesn’t take you to the home page.
Facebook disabled my account
If this is the case, you will be notified when you log into Facebook. If you think you were treated unfairly, or your account was deleted by mistake, there’s something you can try.
- Visit the Confirm Your Identity page in your browser. We recommend using a computer for this.
- Read the F.A.Q.
- Take up to three (3) pictures of your ID, and make sure they’re in a JPEG format.
- Transfer the pictures to your computer using a USB cable or wirelessly through your home network.
- Click on Choose Files. Locate the pictures on your drive and click on Open in the pop-up window.
- In the empty text field below, enter an e-mail address or phone number that belongs to your Facebook account.
- Click on Send.
- Open the e-mail client that corresponds with the e-mail address you use for Facebook.
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and briefly explain the situation. Do not attach pictures of your ID, mention you submitted them through the system.
- Wait. Facebook is obligated to review your case, but not to restore your account or even send a reply.
There you have it, that’s how you restore your disabled Facebook account. Be more careful next time. Also, make sure to read their Terms of Service to prevent your account from being deleted by Facebook.