Learn how to delete or deactivate your Facebook account and the steps to protect yourself before you do.
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Whatever your reason for deleting, if you want to walk away from Facebook, we're here to help with all of the settings. As part of CNET's new How To Do It All YouTube channel, we show you how to permanently delete your account and walk you through other options like deactivation in case you can't bring yourself to permanently part ways. We even show you how to find settings to save everything you've ever posted (photos, videos, comments) and find all the ad data Facebook has on you.
Take a look at our How To Delete Facebook video at the top of the story.