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Delete Facebook, but save your data with a phone or computer


Learn how to delete or deactivate your Facebook account and the steps to protect yourself before you do.

There are numerous reasons to delete your Facebook account. You might be concerned about how the social networking site compromised and exposed the private data from millions of its users. Or you might be upset with the inadvertent role Facebook played spreading false information from foreign governments about US candidates in the 2016 presidential election. Or you could simply just want to stop yourself from mindlessly scrolling through your feed whenever you have spare time.

Whatever your reason, if you want to walk away from Facebook, we're here to help. As part of CNET's new How To Do It All YouTube channel, we show you how to delete your account and walk you through other options in case you can't bring yourself to completely part ways. We even show you how 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 below: