Three Ways to Handle Facebook Account for The Deceased

Have you ever thought that what should happened to your Facebook account if you pass away? There are 3 possible things that could be done with your Facebook account after your death.

  1. Memorializing an Account
  2. Choosing a Legacy Contact
  3. Deleting Facebook Account After Death

We will be looking at what each path entails and help you decide which of the three options you can pick to not only safeguard your Facebook personal data and privacy, post-death, but also help safeguard your memory.

1. Memorializing an Account

This is done by one of your friends instead of by yourself. Anyone can inform Facebook (click here) about a Friend’s death and the account will be memorialized.

A memorialized account allows friends and family members to share memories after a person has passed away.

In an account that has been memorialized, the word “Remembering” will appear above the Facebook name like so.

remembering

A memorialized account will:

  • remain on Facebook and the content shared is visible to all it was shared with
  • be a place where Facebook friends can share memories according to the privacy settings of the account
  • remain safe and no one can log into it
  • cause removal of Facebook Pages, if the person was sole admin of said page

A memorialized account will not:

  • appear as suggestions for people to add, or as birthday reminders
  • give any option to choose a legacy contact

2. Choosing a Legacy Contact

You can also nominate a legacy contact which will have restricted access to your account. Once a valid request about the death of a person is sent in, the account will be memorialized and the person who is chosen as their legacy contact will be informed.

A legacy contact can:

  • respond to friend requests
  • pin a post on the timeline
  • update the cover photo and profile picture
  • download archive of posts, photos and profile information you shared on Facebook (if opted)

A legacy contact cannot:

  • see your private messages or login to the account to interact on your behalf
  • change settings of your Facebook account

How to Nominate a Legacy Contact

Here is how you can choose a legacy contact for your Facebook account.

(Step 1) Go to Settings > Security > Legacy Contact.

Security

(Step 2) Click on Edit and type in the name you want to select as the Legacy Contact, and click Add.

Adding Legacy Contact

(Step 3) You can send a message to inform that person of your nomination, or leave a message to be sent only when your account is memorialized.

Sending Message to Legacy Contact

(Step 4) Remember to set the Data Archive Permission which allows your legacy contact to download an archive of posts, photos and profile information you shared on Facebook.

My Legacy Contact

By default, you will get an annual reminder on who you want to nominate as your legacy contact. If you are sure you won’t need to change your legacy contact or you dont want to be reminded, untick the box.

3. Get Your Facebook Account Deleted After Death

If the two options above aren’t for you and you just want to delete your online presence from Facebook, here’s how you get it deleted after your passing.

Above the Legacy Contact Annual Reminder is the option for Account Deletion. Tick it.

Adding Legacy Contact

You will be served with a confirmation notice like so. Click Delete After Death and enter your password before you click Submit.

Delete Facebook Account after Death

Editor’s note: This is written for Hongkiat.com by Jacob Mills. Jacob is a writer for Hongkiat.com. He is a tech-savvy writer who loves to write about tools, services, apps, tips & tricks. Apart from tech, he loves to cook and bake.

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