How to set your Trusted Contacts on Facebook

Have your friends help you recover your Facebook account by setting up your Trusted Contacts.

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Last week Facebook rolled out a new Trusted Contacts feature to help make your account more secure. Should you lose access to your account, either by forgetting your password or having your account "hacked," you can enlist the help of three to five friends to regain access.

Once you're locked out of your account, you'll need to reach out to those people you have added as Trusted Contacts and ask them to help you out. Here's what you'll need to do on your end to get it set up.

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  • Log in to your Facebook account and navigate to the Security section of your account settings. Or you can jump directly to the Trusted Contacts section by visiting this link. Click on the Choose Trusted Contacts link to begin.

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  • You'll be given the basic rundown of what Trusted Contacts can do to help you keep your account secure. Click on the Choose Trusted Contacts button when you're ready to move on.

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  • You'll need to add a minimum of three people, with a maximum of five, to the list. Start typing your friend's name and select his or her name from the list. Do this for all three to five of your friends. Once you're done adding names, click on Confirm and then enter your account password to save the list.

Keep in mind when adding more than three names to the list that you'll need a private code from each contact before you can gain access to your account. And each person can only get the code by accessing Facebook. Don't add someone who doesn't get on Facebook all that often, or someone who is likely to take a while to get back to you.

Should you ever need to have your Trusted Contacts help you get access to your account, you'll need to ask all of them to visit Facebook.com/recover. There they'll be asked to verify that it's really you asking for the code. Once they have it, they can pass the code along to you, which you'll then need to enter in order to regain access to your account. Again, you'll need all of your Trusted Contacts to go through this procedure before you can access your account. So if you have five people on the list, you'll need all five codes.

 

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