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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  • SHASHANK

    thanku very much

  • kev

    great help thx

  • http://www.facebook.com/freila1 Debbie Rossiter

    Thank you

  • Tueschild

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • TALOR

    i did that but the i still saw it why ?

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Taylor – It often takes a week or so for Facebook to completely delete the page. They have a “grace period” in case you change your mind and decide you want your page back. It should disappear entirely from your account in 7-10 days.

  • Jessica

    If I deleted my Facebook business page but want to get it back prior to the 14 days when they send you an “are you sure” message is there a way to do that? Thanks for your help!

  • http://twitter.com/Menace_musikk Menace

    Hi i created a fan page but didnt have a personal profile now i want to create a personal profile and it tells me that i already have an account to sing in, when i do it takes me to my page and cant create a personal with the same email. please help me thank you menacemusikk@gmail.com

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Facebook lets you have only one account per email address. So if you want to create a personal profile, you will need to set it up with a different email than the fan page.

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    If you log in to your account and you can still see the “Use Facebook as” (and you see your page there), you should be able to re-activate the page.

  • shiks

    very helpful..thanks

  • jeff pt

    My situation is a little different. I created a business page that is linked to my personal page. But on my personal page, where it lists my current occupation, there is a link to an empty “dummy” business page. I don’t know how it got created, but I would like to delete it and replace it with my active, full business page. So far no one has been able to give instructions on how to do this. Can you help, please? Thanks!
    ~Jeff

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Jeff – Check out this tutorial; I think it will help you. http://www.bloggingbistro.com/how-to-link-to-your-facebook-page-from-the-employers-area-of-your-profile/

    It is a bit outdated (before Timeline), but the same strategy should still work. I’ll work on updating the post and re-publishing it.

  • Janice McKenzie

    I converted my personal page to business page but should have kept business and personal separate, if i delete the page will i lose my personal profile?

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    If you already converted your personal profile to a business page, it seems as if it’d already be gone? If you’re asking whether you’d lose your Facebook ACCOUNT, assuming you log in to both the profile and page via the same login, your account should remain intact. I would check Facebooks rules on converting profiles to pages before doing anything, just to be on the safe side. Also, make sure you have added additional login email addresses to our account so you have backups for logging in.

  • Janice McKenzie

    Hi, Thankyou its been driving me crazy, i could see my personal profile was still there. I asked FB to convert it back to personal and they very kindly did

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    That’s great that they responded to your request! I don’t hear of that happening too often.

  • Janice McKenzie

    Yes i was surprised they done it, after all the things i’d read, it was done in a couple of hours too. So yay to Facebook.

  • escott

    Hi! My organization had an intern a few years ago who created a Facebook page for us without giving us the password to access it. He’s gone, but the page is still out there. How can I get control over it?

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    This is a common problem. I suggest contacting Facebook directly to see if they can help you, as generally speaking, unless you are an admin of the page (and can prove it) or you have the page’s login info, you’re out of luck.

  • beautypulselondon

    Thank you! FB tried to hide this away of course!!

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Of course they hide it. They don’t want you deleting pages!

  • Derrick

    It is a Facebook community page.

  • Derrick

    I recently started the page deletion process. BAD. Is there a way to immediately undelete the page before the 14 day deletion process? Please help.

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Here is some info from Facebook’s Help Center on how to remove the Community Page label. I hope this helps: https://www.facebook.com/help/151753258228443/?q=how%20to%20delete%20a%20community%20page&sid=0RkO74grDsZOowz32

  • http://www.facebook.com/mostafa.mirzaee0 Mostafa Mirzaee

    Tanks!:)

  • Mari

    Hi, I want to delete a page on facebook – I have tried to follow the above directions, but I don’t have access to the page itself only the ‘home page’. I had to re-create a page because I lost access to it and now I have two for the same business! Thanks

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Mari – Not sure what you mean by the “Home” page and am a bit unclear on exactly what you’re trying to do. If you don’t have access to a Facebook page as an admin, you will not be able to delete it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Danil.satti Daniyal Satti

    thankyou so much :)

  • ven

    Thanks!!!!! so helpful

  • Salvyguy

    Hello! i just recently had a business page/company page and want to convert it to a personal profile. Is that possible? because i deleted my company page and it says i have to wait 2 weeks. after the 14 days, if its permanently deleted, can i make a brand new profile page with the same email?

    Thanks for the response, i appreciate it

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    If you are opening an entirely new account and are using it for personal use, you will need to use a different email. But if you are merely setting up a new brand/fan page that uses your existing login information, you can set up that page and administer it via your personal profile’s login. You can set up an unlimited number of pages from within your Facebook login.

  • dean

    Great article, when I log onto my busienss account there are two pages. If I follow your process and delete page then i PRESUME my second page is safe and wont be deleted ?

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    I would presume that as well. Your pages are separate entities, so deleting one should not have any bearing on other pages you administer. For example, I administer pages for a bunch of clients. Some of my clients have deleted their pages, and it doesn’t affect any of the other pages I admin.

  • kkkk

    thanksXX

  • Sasha200

    Thanks! that helped!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dayasandy Dayanand Thakur

    thnxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • aasho

    finlay i delete my page from facebook thaks for your help

  • http://www.facebook.com/camille.malcolm Camille Malcolm

    Hi,
    I am the owner of a business who cannot access my admin panel because I did not make the page. Is there any way to add myself or delete the page? The admin panel does not show up and the person who did the page is no longer available.

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