How to unlink your Instagram accounts from Facebook or each other

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Unlinking Instagram accounts can help keep your personal data safe.

  • To unlink two Instagram accounts, you’ll need to remove one in the “Login Info” menu.
  • If you want to unlink your Instagram account from Facebook, you’ll instead use the “Accounts Center” menu.
  • You’ll need to be using the Instagram mobile app to unlink your accounts.
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The Facebook-Instagram-Messenger ecosystem is massive, and if you have an account on one platform, there’s a good chance you have an account on another. In Instagram’s case, you might even have multiple accounts – whether it’s public or a private “finsta.”

There are several ways to link all these accounts together, which can make it easier to log into and switch between them. But if you want to unlink these accounts, which can help keep your data and information more secure, it only takes a few taps.

Here’s how to unlink multiple Instagram accounts, or unlink your Instagram from Facebook.

How to unlink two Instagram accounts

Once you unlink Instagram accounts, you can’t link them again. Instagram doesn’t allow users to log into multiple accounts with a single login anymore.

1. Open the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android and head to your profile page.

2. Tap the three lines in the top-right corner, and then select Settings.

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Open your Instagram settings.

3. Tap Login Info.

4. Tap the three dots next to the account you want to unlink, and then tap Remove.

How to unlink Instagram from your Facebook

If you’ve set up your Instagram so it shares content to Facebook, you can unlink them.

1. Open the Instagram app on your phone and open your profile page.

2. Tap the three lines in the top-right corner and select Settings.

3. In the list that opens, tap Accounts Center.

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The Accounts Center is where you’ll manage your account connections.

4. Tap your connected accounts near the top of the page, and then select either your Instagram or Facebook account.

5. Select Remove From Accounts Center and confirm that you want to remove it.

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Remove your account and confirm the decision.

Your accounts will be unlinked.

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Facebook users struggling to reactivate hacked accounts are buying $300 Oculus VR headsets just so they can talk to a customer service rep

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

  • Facebook users bought $300 VR headsets just so they could unlock their hacked accounts, NPR reported.
  • The users bought the headset from Facebook-owned Oculus when they couldn’t reach customer service.
  • After Oculus unlocked their Facebook account, they returned the headsets, NPR reported.
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Facebook users struggling to get back into their hacked accounts are buying the company’s $300 VR headset and returning them unopened just so they can reactivate their profiles, according to an NPR report.

Users told NPR they struggled to contact Facebook after they were hacked, and so couldn’t unlock their accounts. After seeing a tip on Reddit, they bought a $300 headset from Oculus, a virtual-reality company owned by Facebook.

Users need an active Facebook account to use the headset. When the Facebook users contacted Oculus customer support, the company restored their Facebook accounts, NPR reported.

They then sent the unused, unopened gadget straight back to Oculus, they told NPR.

“I ultimately broke down and bought a $300 Oculus Quest 2,” Brandon Sherman told NPR. “The only way you can get any customer service is if you prove that you’ve actually purchased something from them.”

Another Facebook user from Canada told NPR they had used the same trick.

One Facebook user, Jessie Marsala, told NPR there was no email or phone number to alert Facebook about her hacked account. She then reported her account via Facebook’s website.

“I sent these forms in morning, noon and night, multiple times a day,” Marsala told the publication. “Nobody got back to me, not once.”

A company spokesperson told NPR in a statement that Facebook’s customer support center is open 24 hours a day to help users with problems.

“We also know that we need to keep improving in this area and plan to invest more in the future,” they added.

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How to create a Facebook business page, with 8 set-up tips to grow your brand

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It’s easy to create a Facebook page to market your business or brand.

  • You can create a Facebook business page to grow your brand and expand your reach.
  • It’s easy to customize your Facebook business page with photos, a call to action button, publishing tools, and more.
  • You can always update your Facebook business page as needed.
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Facebook business pages can help you reach a new audience, gain popularity, and grow your brand.

It’s easy to create a Facebook business page and customize it with photos, business hours, page roles, upcoming events, and more. Here’s how to create a Facebook business page.

How to create a Facebook business page

1. Go to the Facebook website and log in to your account.

2. From the homepage, click Pages in the sidebar menu on the left.

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Go to “Pages.”

3. Click the Create New Page button in the menu on the left.

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Click the “Create New Page” button.

4. On the left side of the next screen,enter a Page name, select a Category, and write a Description. The right side of the page shows you a preview of your page as you add information to it.

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Fill out your page information on the left.

5. Scroll down and click Create Page.

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Click “Create Page” at the bottom-left.

6. Next you can add images. Click Add Profile Picture or Add Cover Photo to upload photos from your device. Hit Save at the bottom.

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Add photos to your page and click “Save.”

7. A pop-up may appear asking if you want to connect your page to WhatsApp. If you want to, enter your phone number and click Send Code. If you don’t want to, click the “X” icon in the top-right corner of the pop-up.

8. Your new Facebook page is now created, and you can continue customizing it to your liking.

Additional set-up tips

Before you write your page’s first post, be sure to update your page with additional information for your business.

1. Make a call to action

Add a call-to-action button to your business page by clicking Add a Button at the top-right of your page. Choose an action from the available options. You can have visitors book appointments, contact you through Facebook Messenger, download your app, and more.

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Click “Add a Button” to add a call to action on your page.

2. Choose a page username

Choose a page username by clicking Create @username under your cover photo and page name. This username will become the web address for your business page (e.g. facebook.com/businessinsider).

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Click “Create @username” to make your page easier to find.

3. Enter upcoming events

To add upcoming public events, click the Events tab at the top of your page and select Create New Event in the top-right of the Upcoming Events section.

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Click “Create New Event” on the Events tab.

4. Update the About section

To get to the About section, click the More tab at the top of your page, beneath your page name. In the More drop-down, select About. Here you can add a location, business hours, price range, contact information, and more.

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You can add additional information about your business in the “About” section.

5. Add page roles

In the sidebar menu on the left, click Settings, then click Page roles to assign roles to other coworkers or brand managers.

In the Assign a new page role section, enter a name or email address into the textbox and in the drop-down menu on the right, select a role: admin, editor, moderator, advertiser, or analyst. Click Add when you’re done.

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You can add page roles in the “Assign a new Page role” section.

6. Explore publishing tools

Facebook has built-in scheduling tools that allow you to plan and publish your posts according to a schedule of your choosing. These tools help you automate the process of posting updates. You can save draft versions of your posts here as well.

7. Convert a personal profile to a business page

If you have been using a personal Facebook profile for your business, you can convert it to a business page using Facebook’s conversion wizard.

While the process is called a conversion, it actually copies your personal profile to a page. Your personal profile will remain intact and a new page based on that profile will be created. You can update the newly created page as you would a page created from scratch.

8. Select page visibility

Facebook pages are published as soon as they are created. This means an incomplete page would be visible to the public as soon as it’s created.

If you would prefer to work on your page in private before making it available to the public, you can update its visibility from the page settings menu – click Settings at the bottom of the sidebar menu on the left, and on the General tab, click Page visibility to unpublish your page.

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You can unpublish your page from the “Page visibility” section of Settings.

This will prevent the page from being available until you’re ready to publish it again. Remember to update the visibility setting when you are ready to publish it.

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How to change your Facebook password to protect your account security

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There are several ways to change your Facebook password and enhance your security.

  • You should change your Facebook password regularly to keep your account and data secure.
  • To change your Facebook password, go to the “Security and Login” menu.
  • If you haven’t already, you should also enable two-factor authentication for your Facebook account.
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Internet security isn’t something to be taken lightly, and social media sites are some of the most heavily targeted sites by hackers.

One of the ways you can keep your data safe – or at least drastically reduce the chance of being hacked – is by regularly changing your password, particularly on Facebook.

Thankfully, creating a new password is easy on both the Facebook website as well as in the Facebook mobile app. Here’s how to do it.

How to change your Facebook password on the website

1. Open Facebook in a web browser and log into your account, if you haven’t already.

2. Click the downward-pointing arrow at the top-right of the screen, then click Settings & Privacy and Settings.

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In the drop-down menu under the arrow, click “Settings & privacy” and then “Settings.”

3. In the menu on the left side of the screen, click Security and login.

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Select “Security & login.”

4. Scroll down to the Login section, and next to the Change password option, click Edit.

5. Type in your current password, then enter a new one and enter it again to confirm.

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Enter your old and new password in the text boxes.

6. Click Save Changes to confirm your new password.

How to change your Facebook password on the mobile app

1. Open the Facebook app on your iPhone or Android and tap the three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner of your screen to open a menu of options.

2. Scroll down and tap the Settings & Privacy section, and then again on Settings.

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Open the app’s settings menu.

3. On the next screen, under Security, tap Security and Login to be taken to a menu with your security options.

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Find “Change password” under the “Login” section of “Security and login.”

4. Under Login, tap Change password.

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You’ll want a longer and more complex password than what’s pictured above.

5. On the Change Password screen, enter your current password and your new password, and then re-write your new password to confirm it.

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Even if you have a strong password that you change regularly, it’s always worth adding two-factor authentication to your Facebook account.

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Two-factor authentication makes it so when someone tries to log into your Facebook account, they’ll also need to enter a code that’s texted to your phone. It’s one of the best ways to keep your account safe.

To turn on two-factor authentication, head to the same “Security and Login” menu as above, and use the “Two-Factor Authentication” options there.

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How to delete or unpublish a Facebook page

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Deleting or unpublishing a Facebook page can be done on the website, mobile app, or in Business Manager.

  • You can delete your Facebook page from the Facebook website, mobile app, or Business Manager.
  • When you delete a Facebook page, it’s still visible for 14 days, and you can reactivate it.
  • If you want your Facebook page to be invisible to other users, you’ll need to unpublish it.
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Ready to shutter your side gig, or eliminate your company’s Facebook page? It’s easy to delete your page on the Facebook website, Facebook mobile app, or Facebook Business Manager website.

You can also unpublish your page if you want to make it unviewable to other users until you’re ready to re-publish it.

Here’s everything you need to know about deleting or unpublishing a Facebook page.

How to delete a Facebook page

When you delete a Facebook page, it will remain visible to the public during the 14-day deletion period. If you want it to be invisible to the public, you will need to unpublish it before deleting it.

On the Facebook website:

1. Go to the Facebook website and log in to your account.

2. From the Facebook homepage, click Pages in the sidebar menu on the left.

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Click “Pages” on the left.

3. Under Pages you manage, click on the page you want to delete. If a pop-up asks you to connect your page to WhatsApp, just exit out of it.

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Click on your page.

4. In the sidebar menu on the left, scroll down and select Settings at the very bottom of the list.

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Click “Settings” on the left.

5. On the General tab of the Settings page, scroll all the way to the bottom and select Remove Page.

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Click “Remove page.”

6. Click the blue hyperlink Delete [your page name] and in the pop-up, click Delete Page.

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After clicking the hyperlink, click “Delete Page” in the pop-up.

7. Another pop-up will appear notifying you that your page has “entered deletion mode” and that you can cancel the deletion within 14 days. Click OK.

8. To reactivate your page within the 14-day window, click the General tab at the top of the Page settings menu. A banner will appear at the top of the General tab notifying you that your page is set to be deleted – click Cancel Deletion and hit Confirm in the pop-up.

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Click “Cancel Deletion” in the banner.

On the Facebook Business Manager website:

1. Go to the Facebook Business Manager website and log in to your account.

2. In the sidebar menu on the left, click Settings, toward the bottom of the list.

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Click “Settings” on the left.

3. On the Settings page, click More business settings.

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Click “More business settings” on the left.

4. Under Accounts, click Pages.

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Click “Pages” on the left.

5. Click on the Page you want to delete, and select “Remove” in the top-right corner.

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Click “Remove” in the top-right.

6. Facebook will tell you that you’ve got 14 days to cancel the deletion process. If you want to continue with deleting your page, click Delete Page.

7. After 14 days you’ll be asked to confirm that you want to delete your Facebook page. During this time, you can go back to Page Options > Delete Page and select Confirm to stop your page from being deleted. If you want your Facebook page to be invisible during the 14 days, then follow the instructions below to unpublish it.

On the Facebook mobile app:

1. Open the Facebook app on your Android or iOS device.

2. Tap the icon of three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner and select Pages from the menu.

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Tap “Pages” in the settings menu.

3. Under Pages You Manage, click the page you want to delete.

4. Tap the gear-shaped Settings icon in the top-right corner.

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Tap the settings icon.

5. Tap General at the top of the Settings page and scroll down to the Remove Page section.

6. Tap the blue hyperlink Delete [your page name] and in the pop-up, select Delete Page.

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Tap on the delete page hyperlink.

7. The next screen will notify you that your page has “entered deletion mode” and that you can cancel the deletion within 14 days. Tap OK.

8. To reactivate your page within the 14-day window, go back to the General tab of the Settings menu. Scroll down until you see a banner notifying you that your page is set to be deleted – tap Cancel Deletion and hit Confirm on the next screen.

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Click “Cancel Deletion.”

How to unpublish a Facebook page

Instead of deleting your page entirely, you can make it invisible to other Facebook users until you’re ready to publish it.

On the Facebook website:

1. Go to the Facebook website and log in to your account.

2. From the Facebook homepage, click Pages in the sidebar menu on the left.

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Click “Pages” on the left.

3. Under Pages you manage, click on the page you want to delete. If a pop-up asks you to connect your page to WhatsApp, just exit out of it.

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Click on your page.

4. In the sidebar menu on the left, scroll down and select Settings at the very bottom of the list.

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Click “Settings” on the left.

5. On the General tab of the Settings page, click Page visibility at the very top.

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Click “Page visibility” at the top.

6. Click the circle button next to Page unpublished and hit Save Changes.

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Click “Page unpublished” and hit “Save Changes.”

7. In the Unpublish Page? pop-up, select a reason for unpublishing and hit Next.

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Select a reason and click “Next.”

8. Then, click an option under What do you need to finish your Page? and click Unpublish.

On the Facebook Business Manager website:

1. Go to the Facebook Business Manager website and log in to your account.

2. In the sidebar menu on the left, click Settings, toward the bottom of the list.

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Click “Settings” on the left.

3. On the Settings page, click More business settings.

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Click “More business settings” on the left.

4. Under Accounts, click Pages.

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Click “Pages” on the left.

5. Click on the page you want to delete and click View Page in the top-right corner.

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Go to “View Page.”

6. On your page, click Settings on the right side of the menu bar at the top of the page, in between Edit Page Info and Help. Don’t click the gear-shaped settings icon in the very top-right corner as that will take you back to business settings.

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Click “Settings” at the top.

7. On the General tab, click Page visibility, located toward the top of the list.

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Click “Page visibility” at the top.

8. Click the circle button next to Page unpublished and hit Save Changes.

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Click “Page unpublished” and then “Save Changes.”

9. In the Unpublish Page? pop-up, select a reason for unpublishing and hit Next.

10. Then, click an option under What do you need to finish your Page? and click Unpublish.

On the Facebook mobile app:

1. Open the Facebook app on your Android or iOS device.

2. Tap the icon of three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner and select Pages from the menu.

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Tap “Pages” in the settings menu.

3. Tap the page you want to unpublish.

4. Hit the gear-shaped Settings icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

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Tap the settings icon.

5. Tap the General tab and scroll down to the Page Visibility section.

6. Select Unpublish under Page Visibility. A blue check mark will appear and your page should now be invisible to the public.

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Tap “Unpublish” under “Page Visibility.”

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How to block or unblock someone on Facebook and control who can contact you

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It only takes a few taps to block or unblock someone on Facebook.

  • You can block or unblock someone on Facebook using the desktop website or the mobile app.
  • When you block someone on Facebook, their posts won’t appear in your feed and they can’t send you direct messages.
  • If you don’t want to cut off all contact, you can also unfriend or mute someone instead of blocking.
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Maybe you’re tired of your uncle’s constant political posts. Maybe you’ve seen enough videos of your high school classmate’s cat.

Is it time to unfriend them? While that’s always an option, if you want a more permanent solution, you can block them. When you block someone, it’ll mute all their posts and prevent them from direct messaging you.

And if you ever want to unblock them, you can do so easily without alerting them. Unblocking someone will even re-add them to your Friends list if you were friends before the block.

Here’s how to block or unblock someone on Facebook.

How to block someone on Facebook

This can be done on either the Facebook website or mobile app.

1. Log into your Facebook account and locate the person you want to block, either by searching for their name or by clicking their name on your timeline.

2. Near the top right of their profile page, click the three horizontal dots.

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Click the three-dot icon.

3. In the drop-down menu that appears, click “Block.”

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Select “Block” from the list of options.

5. In the window that pops up, click “Confirm,” and then click “Okay.”

You’re done – they’re blocked. They won’t see what you post, you won’t see what they post, they’re no longer listed as a friend on your page, and they can’t send you messages.

But what if blocking them was a mistake made in the heat of the moment? If so, you can easily unblock them.

How to unblock someone on Facebook

Unlike blocking, these instructions will differ depending on whether you’re using the website or mobile app.

Unblocking via the Facebook website

1. From anywhere on Facebook, find and click the downward pointing arrow in the top-right corner of the page.

2. In the drop-down menu, click “Settings & privacy” and then click “Settings.”

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After clicking “Settings & privacy” in the dropdown menu under the arrow icon, click “Settings.”

3. In the column on the left side of the screen, click “Blocking.”

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Go to the “Blocking” page.

4. On the next page, see which users you have blocked and, if you want to bring one back into the fold, click “Unblock” beside their name.

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In the “Block users” section, click “Unblock” beside the relevant person.

5. Click “Confirm” in the pop-up window that appears.

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Click “Confirm” to finish unblocking them.

Unblocking via the Facebook mobile app

1. Open the app and tap the three stacked lines in the bottom-right corner.

2. In the Menu page that appears, scroll down to tap “Settings & Privacy,” and then “Settings.”

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Open your Facebook settings.

3. On the Settings page, scroll down and tap “Blocking.”

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Open your account’s “Blocking” menu.

4. You’ll be shown a full list of everyone you have blocked. Tap “Unblock” next to anyone’s name, and then confirm by tapping “Unblock” again.

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You can unblock anyone on this list with two quick taps.

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How to turn off active status on Facebook and Messenger to appear offline everywhere you’re logged in

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If you want to appear offline on Facebook, you need to change your active status settings everywhere you’re logged into Facebook.

  • You can turn off your active status on the Facebook website, Facebook mobile app, and Messenger mobile app.
  • When your active status is turned off, you will appear offline even when you’re online.
  • You can also choose to appear offline only for certain people that you select.
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Facebook may be responsible for putting the word “social” in social media, but there are times when you don’t want – or don’t have time – to engage with friends.

If you want to log into Facebook without your friends knowing you’re online, you can easily turn off your “active status” so you appear offline.

There are three different places where you can control your active status: on Facebook in a web browser, in the Facebook mobile app, and in the Facebook Messenger mobile app.

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