Even after you deactivate your account, Facebook will keep it open for 30 days in the hopes that you may reconsider. However, once the deletion is complete, the only thing that should remain on your account 90 days later are certain activity logs that Facebook stores for its own purposes.
According to Facebook, the following occurs when you delete your account: People will not be able to view your account if you remove it. It might take up to 90 days from the start of the deletion process to erase anything you've uploaded, including images, status updates, and other material held in backup systems. Your friends can still reach out to you, and you can still find them on Facebook.
However, since your friends already have your email address they can contact you by email. They won't see your profile picture or name, but they can still connect with you via email using a different address as your "contact point".
So even though Facebook says you can remove your account and everything will be fine, without an active account you can't log in again so you can't access your information. Instead, you should destroy all information about yourself online so that no one can find you.
Here's how to delete your Facebook account: Go to facebook.com/help. Click on the link at the bottom of the page called 'How do I delete my Facebook account?' Click through the list of items explaining what information they store about you and your activities on the site, then click Delete Account.
You'll need to remember your username and password for next step.
Log in to any device that you used to login to Facebook (and remember its password).
You'll have a 30-day chance to alter your mind after deleting your Facebook account. After 30 days, all of your information will be completely destroyed and unavailable. Your contact information will still exist though - you can use this time to remove yourself from people lists.
Facebook does not remove any of your data after you deactivate your account, so everything is still there for you to revive it. To allow users to change their minds after deleting their Facebook accounts, Facebook allows you to restore access to your account and data for up to 30 days following the deletion request. During this time, you can log in using the email address or phone number associated with your account.
However, if you don't take action within that period, then your data will be permanently deleted.
3 You'll receive a message confirming that your information has been sent to the email address provided. 5 A message will appear on Facebook notifying you that your account has been restored.
(According to Facebook, you'll need to contact those sites to set up a new login.)
However, this doesn't mean that someone can't find your information somewhere. Once it's been removed from Facebook, it's out of their system and available for other people to see. This means that your information could show up in search results or be accessed by other people who find it through a different route.
For example, a user named Jim found my old Facebook account and was able to view my information using Google. Even though I had deleted my account, Google still showed me as having an active account because they had cached information about me previously.
Facebook retains accounts for 14 days before terminating them. According to the social network, there is no time restriction on how long a person may have her account inactive. However, if a Facebook user truly wishes to end the relationship, she might choose to erase the account entirely. In this case, Facebook will delete the account after another 14 days.
If you choose to permanently delete your account, you will have a 30-day window in which you can revive it. If your account has been nominated for deletion for more than 30 days, it will be deleted and you will not be able to retrieve it. Try up for a new Facebook account. That's what we recommend if you want to keep your information secure and not share it with anyone.
Deactivating your account does not completely remove it from the system. When you deactivate your account, Facebook keeps all of your preferences, images, and data in case you wish to revive it later. Your data isn't gone; it's simply concealed. Follow this link to the Delete My Account page to delete your Facebook account.