How to Delete a Facebook Page

A-Z social media tips from BloggingBistro.com - DBy Laura Christianson

Since this tutorial’s publication in early 2011, it has been the most-read post at Blogging Bistro, receiving an average of 25,000+ page views per month.

And since Facebook keeps changing its interface, I update this tutorial often. (Most recent update: November 26, 2013)

 

Before you make the final, irrevocable decision to delete your page, you have a couple of options:

1. Fix it.

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2. Unpublish it.

If you aren’t certain whether you want to permanently delete your page, but you want to “unpublish” it (make it private so only the page admins can view it), edit the “Page Visibility” tab on the “Edit Settings Page.” (It’s at the top of the page.)

Page Visibility

Click the “Unpublish Page” radio button and then click “Save Changes.”

How to delete a Facebook brand/fan page

1.  Log in to your Facebook account.

2.  Click the icon that’s located in the upper righthand area of your screen. Under “Use Facebook As,” click the name of the page you plan to delete.

Delete Facebook Page 1

3.  Your page’s Admin Panel will probably open automatically, but if it doesn’t, click “Show,” located in the upper righthand corner of your screen, directly above the cover photo.

Delete Facebook Page 2

4.  From the Admin Panel, click “Edit Page.”

5.  In the lefthand sidebar, click “Edit Settings.”

6.  Scroll down. The last tab says “Remove Page.” Click the “Edit” link next to that tab.

Facebook Page Edit Settings

7.  A pop-up notice will inform you that if you delete your page, you’ll be able to restore it within 14 days. (Unsure whether that means 14 calendar days or 14 business days.)

Remove Facebook Page

8.  After the 14-day grace period, you’ll be asked to confirm that you want to permanently delete your page.

People often ask me, “If I delete my page, will Facebook release my username (page URL/address) so I can re-use the same name on another page I create?”

I have not yet obtained the answer to this question. People who’ve deleted pages have told me they’ve tried to use the same username and have been unable to. If anyone knows how long Facebook holds on to the usernames of deleted pages, please share that info.

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  • Katerina Najdenova

    Dear Laura..Thank you from the heart, I’m just worried because my account is disabled and I can only hope that it will become active after permanent deletion site, and for that I got answer from fbook help centar that it needed to go 14 days waiting for permanently deleting page. Now I’m sure after your reply that after deleting my page my PROFIE ..suppose to be immediately active. With the greatest respect greetings from my heart I wish you all best.. un salute….yoy make my every day…

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Katerina – You are so sweet! Let me know how the Facebook thing turns out; I am anxious to know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/prince.a.spencer Prince Abendana Spencer

    Thank you.

  • sahil bedi

    how i can know who is the administrator of the page which is not mine??????

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Not quite sure what you’re asking here, Sahil. Why would you need to know who the admin is for someone else’s page? My suggestion would be to go to the page and leave them a comment asking the admin to contact you.

  • Justin

    Thanks

  • Katerina Najdenova

    Now that I finally deleted my Page, I tried to log on to my profile. But, I only get a panel that says “Create an ad” and nothing else. On the other hand, I am logged on. Can I please send you a print screen so you can maybe give me a solution?

  • Redziggy

    Fabulous thank you :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/iana.lopez Chummy Lopez

    I published my page , then what will i do to unpublished my page?

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    If you want to unpublish your page so only page admins can see the content, from your page’s Admin Panel, click Edit. In the left sidebar, click “Manage Permissions.” Click the “Unpublish Page” button next to “Page Visibility,” Click “Save Changes.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/megan.doyle Megan Doyle

    Can you please help me? I had a fan page that I deactivated about a year ago. I want to publish it again, but in looking at it, I cant find any of the posts from others that were on the page. Ive looked in activity log (spam, all, posts from others) and they are nowhere to be found. Can I get them back?

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Megan – By “deactivated” I’m guessing you mean “unpublished.” Here’s what FB says about this:

    While your Page is unpublished, you’ll see a dialog at the top of your Facebook Page indicating that your Page is not currently visible to non-admins. There is a link there to Publish Your Page. This will instantly set your Facebook Page to published and make it visible to the public. You can also publish your Page from the Edit Page section.

    You can unpublish your Page at any time. Setting your Facebook Page to unpublished will hide it from non-admins, including people who like your Page. Your Page won’t be visible until you set it back to published.

    If, on the other hand, you DELETED your page, altogether, it and all the content associated with it is gone.

  • http://www.nickcerda.org/ Nick Cerda

    Thanks!

  • mo

    I was going crazy trying to get rid of pages…you helped me out thanks so much

  • matome j matlou

    I opened a fbook page using the same emaill address and password i want to delete the latest one and keep the old one im scared if i delete the latest page the first one will be affected what must i do pls help

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Matome – You should contact Facebook’s Help Center about this issue. If you have two brand/fan pages, and they both use the same email address and you delete one, they might end up deleting the wrong one or both of them (this happened to one of my clients who had this same issue).

  • sheri

    I have a FB page for my company that a former employee put up and will not take down. How do I claim this page and take it down?

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Sheri, Are you or anyone else at your company an admin of the page? Do you have the password? If so, you can take it down. If not, you may be out of luck, unfortunately, unless you can convince the former employee to take it down. Just out of curiosity, why won’t the former employee delete the page or give you administrative access if you own the page?

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