How to recover your Facebook account? Step by step guide

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Key Takeaways
  • Options to recover Facebook account : Using Instagram, Uploading ID, Using Recovery App, Using Trusted Contact
  • Regularly update recovery information and enable security features like two-factor authentication.
  • Recovery failure occurs if you violated Facebook terms and conditions, suspicious activities, and technical glitches

Let’s explore various methods to recover Facebook account, focusing on using your name, email, Instagram, phone number, and other recovery options. 

How to recover a Facebook account without a phone number and email?

You can recover Facebook account with your phone number and email.

Follow the easy steps listed below to reclaim your Facebook account-

·     From your laptop, or smartphone, visit Facebook.

·     Once there, hit the tab “Forgot Account”. 

·     From there, you can pick either a telephone number or email address as a recovery option.

·     Click on the “no longer have access to these.”

·     From the next tab, you can provide the phone number or email address of a trusted friend or a family member.

·     Type in the phone number or an email address.

·     Now hit the move to “reveal my trusted contact.”

·     Now type in the full legal name of your trusted contact. As mentioned above, it can either be a trusted family member or a close friend.

·     In the next step, a secret six-digit code will be sent to the number/email address you provided.

·     Now, enter the recovery confirmation code into the Facebook Recovery page.

·     If you did everything right, you will be redirected to a new page titled “Password Reset.”

·     Create a stronger password for your Facebook account.

Once you have recovered your Facebook Account, we advise that you set up the Security Questions to avoid similar situations in the future.

How to find my old Facebook account?

·     Launch the Facebook Page, or visit the Facebook Website from your web browser. (Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla)

·     Now open the Facebook account that you want to recover.

·     Under the Cover Photo of the compromised account, you will see a Settings button. (Look for the horizontal three dots)

·     Select Find support or report profile.

·     Choose Something Else, then click Next.

·     Click Recover this account and follow the steps.

How to recover a Facebook account using ID?

You can visit Help Center Page to confirm your identity.

You need to upload a JPEG file of your ID and provide an email address or a phone number associated with the Facebook account you want to recover.

After you submit this information, hit the blue “Send” button.

Write an email explaining that you are the owner of the Facebook Account, mention a valid email or phone number you currently have access to and send that email to

Do not include the JPEG file of your ID with this email.

If you do, Facebook support center will not even open your email as email is not considered a secure form of communication.

Here is a quick note, if you have not used your real name on the Facebook account that you want to recover, your chance of being successful in your endeavors is very slim.

How to recover hacked Facebook account?

If you sense that your Facebook account has been hacked, or someone has already gotten access to your Facebook account and been using it without your knowledge, you should visit this page as soon as possible.

Here are a few Security Features and Tips for keeping your Facebook account secure.

Unique password : Don’t use your Facebook password anywhere else online, and never share it with other people, especially your login credentials.”

Stay aware of phishing sites: Such sites look like the Facebook login page but are an imposter set up by a hacker.

Whenever in doubt, type in the URL –

Use 2FA: To add an extra layer of protection, you should always have the Two Factor Authentication feature toggled on. 

Also, change your current password after recovering your account. And do not share your Facebook data with anyone.

Related How to tell if someone deleted their Facebook account?

How to recover my Facebook account through my friend’s account?

You can seek a friend to recover your lost Facebook Account.

But for this to work, you must have them listed as your “Trusted Contacts.

When you set up “Trusted Contacts”, they can help you claim back your compromised FB account.

When you choose to use this option to recover your account, your friend will be sent a recovery verification code and a unique URL to help you recover your account.

Here is how this works:

·     Visit the URL your friend gives you to access a unique security code.

·     Give your friend the code, either over the phone or in person.

If you have not set up this feature yet, you should do it as soon as you can. Here is how you can select friends as your Trusted Contact.

·     Go to your Security and Login Settings.

·     Scroll down to Choose 3 to 5 friends to contact if you get locked out and click Edit.

·     Click Choose friends and follow the on-screen instructions.


How to confirm your identity with Facebook?

You can confirm your identity with Facebook using several types of IDs, For example, photo IDs issued by the government, IDs from non-government organizations, official certificates, or driving licenses that include your name and date of birth.

Here is a comprehensive list of all the legal documents that Facebook will consider as an ID B

How to recover facebook account

Recover Facebook account using Instagram account

1.Open the Instagram app and go to your profile.·     

2.Click on the menu icon, which appears as three horizontal lines in the upper right section of your screen.·   

3. Go into “Settings”.·     

4.Continue scrolling until you find and select “Account Center”.·     

5.Find the section labeled “Facebook” and select “Remove”.·     

6. When prompted, you’ll need to input your Facebook account’s password.·     

7. Confirm your choice by selecting “Yes Remove”     

8. After these steps, you can sign into your Facebook account using your Instagram credentials.

How to use the Facebook recovery app?

Along with recovering your Facebook account from the Facebook website, you can also recover your account using the Facebook app.

From your Facebook App, follow the below steps to recover your Facebook account.

·     In the top right of Facebook, tap Menu. (Three Dots)

·     Scroll to the bottom and tap Settings & Privacy, then tap Settings.

·     Tap Security and Login, then tap Use two-factor authentication.

·     Enter your password and tap Continue.

·     In the Final Step, tap Recovery Codes, then tap Get New Codes.

Why can’t I recover my Facebook account?

Incorrect Contact Information

Two-Factor Authentication Issues: If you have two-factor authentication enabled and lose access to your authentication method (like your mobile app or text messages), you might find it difficult to log in. If you’ve set up trusted contacts, they can help you regain access.

Forgotten Login Details: Simply forgetting your account details, like your old password or even your Facebook username, is a common issue. Using the ‘forgot password’ feature on the Facebook login page can help, but only if you have access to your recovery email or phone number.

Hacked or Compromised Account

Disabled Accounts: Facebook may disable accounts that violate its terms of use.

Technical Issues: Sometimes, issues with your internet connection, browser profile, or even the Facebook server can prevent account recovery. 



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Parven founded Kids N Clicks after obtaining her MSc in Corporate Governance from the London School of Economics. She worked as a business studies and digital marketing lecturer. Internet Matters recognizes her profound knowledge of online safety, dubbing her an Internet safety expert. At Kids N Clicks, Parven keeps abreast of the newest apps. Drawing from her teaching background, she fervently promotes screen-free activities for students and encourages introspective thinking through journaling, games and writing prompts.

3 thoughts on “How to recover your Facebook account? Step by step guide”

  1. I thought I was the only victim of this same issue on my account but mine is back and working here’s what I did I complained to a webpage and a user recommended chloe_consultant on Instagram luckily she fixed mine. She’s a registered Meta recovery agent


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