So how does one lose access to one’s Facebook Account?
Our Facebook Account has become a ubiquitous part of our day to day life. So ubiquitous that when we lose access to it we start freaking out and digging the internet for solutions. Sometimes it is just that the Facebook server has decided something isn’t quite right. In this case it has decided to ask you to prove the account is yours by uploading some personal identification information, or by simply providing some code sent to you by e-mail. But sometimes it is much more serious than that.
Are you in this situation with your Facebook Account?
What if you lost your credentials? What if you can’t remember the password for the e-mail account you used to create your Facebook account and there is no other option available to re-gain access? Situations like this occur daily to thousands of people. Having the e-mail address as the only way to regain access to an account is always a bad idea. At least you should have both the e-mail account and a phone number so that, in case one becomes unreachable, you have the other one left.
How to regain access to your Facebook Account?
Let’s see what you can do to regain access to the account when you have just the e-mail account linked and you don’t have access to this either. Normally, you’re stuck. You forgot your Facebook password, you forgot the e-mail password and you have no phone number linked to either of the accounts. In this situation there is not much you can do, right? Yes and no…
Conditions to regain access to your Facebook Account
See, Facebook has a form for exactly this kind of awkward situations. Before we start, please keep in mind that:
- If your account doesn’t have a picture of yourself (or yourself with someone else) on the entire account (i.e there absolutely no photo with you in your albums or on the profile), it will be harder to get the account back – but not impossible.
- You will have to provide Facebook some personal identification data (usually a photo of your driver’s license or a government-issued ID card is okay). According to Facebook, they will remove the information once the verifications are done. They require this because it is the only way they can make sure the account is actually yours and you’re not trying to hack someone else’s Facebook account.
- You need an e-mail you can access that doesn’t have another Facebook profile linked to it. They will use this one to contact you back and they will add it as a method to get a code to reset your password and it will become an e-mail address you can use to sign in to Facebook.
If you are ok with all the things mentioned above, all you have to do is to access this Facebook help page for lost accounts and submit the data you’re asked to. You will receive an e-mail from Facebook in ~1 hour, but it can take more time depending on their workload.
Conclusion on recovering a Facebook Account
If you’ve lost the credentials for the e-mail address you used to create your Facebook account, you forgot the password for the Facebook account, and there is no phone number attached to the account, not all the hope is lost. It is possible to contact Facebook, provide some personal identification data and get the account back under a new e-mail. Please keep in mind that Facebook is able to change the way the linked help page works at any time so, in the future, this article might require modifications. If it is the case, please comment below and we’ll update it. Good luck!
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