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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  • jenna

    thanks so much, i was getting so frustrated with the page and this helped alot… :)

  • http://emprendebits.com/ Carlos Oporto

    Good post Laura, I want to change my fan page site name and Facebook doesn’t allow it since it have more than 200 likes. I am hoping that I can delete it and get the same url or is there a way to change the site name of a fan page?

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Carlos, I wouldn’t count on being able to get your same URL back after deleting your page. I have heard from others who have done this that they are unable to obtain their same username/URL after deleting a page. You can change the username of your page ONCE. Here are instructions from Facebook’s Help Desk https://www.facebook.com/help/203523569682738

  • patrcja

    How do u delete a pag on a samsung glaxy s 2 and if u try and do it on the app x

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    I do not recommend trying to delete a page via a smartphone. Log in via your desktop computer; it’s much easier that way.

  • becca mctygue

    How do I delete a page that I created?!!! Not my personal page but a page for likes but it is connected to my personal. PLEASE HELP!!

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Um… did you read the article? It is specifically about how to delete a page (not a profile).

  • Reuben Wall

    Hey! Can you help me?
    I created a page with an account that got eventually suspended and now I can’t stand to see the page in Google search results.
    I need to get rid of the page but Facebook’s customer support is totally useless!

    I don’t use FB any more and even if I did it wouldn’t really help as I can’t log into my old account.

    Thanks.

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Reuben, I’m afraid that unless you can log into that old account and delete the page, you may be out of luck.

  • Ahmed Rafique

    oh Great :/

    A.J

  • Robin King

    Hi, I made a charity business page and added it to my account. I want the page to still exist but I no longer want to be a part of notifications. I.e. remove the link between the two accounts. How do I do this?

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Robin, Try this: Go to Edit Page > Edit Settings and turn off Notifications.

  • A Free Woman Afraid

    How many Managers are recommended for a Page? It seems to me the conservative best choice is to have one (likely the creator), so that the page can never be deleted. Is there any reference to cite this since I have put my admins as content creators with one quitting because she thought she had been demoted. And if the Manager dies, the page just continues with its content creators, right?

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    That’s a really good question! Most Facebook pages have only one admin, which is the person who originally created the page. But if a business has employees who need to add content to the page, or the business outsources their page’s management, those people will need to be added as admins, too.

    Many people aren’t aware that admin “role” can be assigned. Here is an article I wrote that explains the different levels of admin access on a Facebook page: http://www.bloggingbistro.com/how-to-assign-admin-roles-to-facebook-fan-brand-pages/

    I recommend that business pages have two admins and/or two people who have the account’s login details, because people contact me daily who are trying to delete a page that a former employee created (using said former employee’s login), and the business owner has absolutely no access to the page and no way to delete it. If only one person has the login to the account itself, and that person dies, leaves, or otherwise disappears, you’re stuck.

  • Mel

    I would like to delete an account on Facebook but can’t find the edit page so I can delete it myself

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Mel, Click the gear icon in the upper righthand corner of the top blue Facebook stripe. Use Facebook as… and select your page. Once you’re at the page, click the “Edit Page” tab at the top. of the Admin Panel.

  • Sven

    Hi Laura just found your fantastic site. I am trying to move a business page I set up on my account, to the owners of the business (who are now confident administering it). Can this be done? Thanks sven

  • Jonathan Anderson

    Laura,

    I deleted mine since it was for my old business, same name etc. Then I saw an aoption to combine or merge pages? I would like to recover this page I just deleted and then merge it with my other since it will carry over the likes etc. Is this possible, where do I go to recover the page, since it no longer exists I can’t really go into any settings? Do they still send an email out in 14 days?

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Sven, Not sure whether you can “move” a page from one owner to another, but you can add them as page admins.

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Jonathan, I believe you can only merge a page with fewer likes into an existing page that has more likes. And, in order to merge, both pages must exist. If you’ve already deleted your page, you may be out of luck. You can always try logging in and seeing if you can re-instate the page that you deleted. But no guarantees that will be a possibility. That’s why Facebook gives you those prompts in all caps that say things like YOU ARE ABOUT TO DELETE YOUR PAGE PERMANENTLY. THIS ACTION CANNOT BE UNDONE. ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO DO THIS?”

  • Colleen

    none of that comes up on the two pages I need to delete when i click the wheel i dont get any of the options you list

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Colleen – I just went through the instructions to double check them and everything should work exactly as I’ve outlined it. I can think of only three reasons these options aren’t displaying for you: 1) You are attempting to delete using a tablet or smartphone, which do not include the same functionality as on a desktop computer; 2) You don’t have pages to begin with, but are trying to delete a personal profile (unlikely) or 3) Facebook is in the middle of rolling out a new page design (as of mid-March 2014), and perhaps your pages are undergoing that changeover right now. However, the redesign shouldn’t affect your ability to delete a page, so option #1 is my best guess.

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  • MaxR

    There is a brand page on Facebook for our business that was set up by an account that has since been deleted. The page is now floating about without any admin access. We need to delete this page as we have set up a new one, but can see no option to do so. Have tried contacting Facebook to report the page but to no avail- do you have any suggestions?

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Sorry I can’t help. Facebook requires you to have admin access in order to delete a page. And their so-called customer service is non-existent, as far as I can tell (unless you spend $$ on ads — they DO respond to you then).

  • Natalie M

    Thanks so much for your helpful information!

  • Kay

    Suggest Edits
    Close
    CategoryAdd a categoryEdit
    YesNo
    Company

    Remove

    Select the most specific category that describes Choir Director at Messiah Luth.
    Official PageAdd an official Page

    The above is the ONLY thing that appears when I click on “edit page” in my attempts to delete a company page that I did not intend to create. Can anyone help me here???

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Kay, Are you using a PC or Mac to do the page deletion process? The instructions won’t work on a tablet or smartphone, but they should work fine on a PC.

  • Fardin FL

    thank you so much it works really great

  • mahboobe

    I had deleted my account, in last year but I want to use it again. what I should to do?
    please help me

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    If you deleted your Facebook account, you will need to create a new one. I suggest using a different email address than the one you used for your previous account.

  • Junaidy Tan

    i want to ask
    i convert my facebook profile into fans page , if I delete my fans page ,then my account was deleted or return into my previous facebook profile?
    please help me

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    If you converted your profile into a page, that would mean the profile was deleted. Then, if you deleted your page, that would mean both your page and profile are gone. If that’s what you did, you will likely have to start a new profile, as the old profile was already converted to a page and there’s nothing to revert back to.

  • Réda Bahlas

    thanks My brother

  • Nina S. Kettunen

    thanks :DD