L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles in magazines and online.
Did you Forget your Facebook Password and Username?
Here are step-by-step instructions to getting back into your profile:
- Go to the Facebook homepage.
- Under the login box, you will see a link that says, "Forgot Password?"
- Click this.
- A box will pop up. It will say, "Find your account."
- There are several methods for retrieving your Facebook login information—Facebook prompts you to enter either your email or your phone number. Your username also works and can be found on your profile URL, or you can enter your full name.
So if you have forgotten your user ID and/or password, you can retrieve your login details here:
- Type either your email address or phone number into the search box. If you have multiple email accounts associated with your Facebook profile, you can use any of them to reconnect to your account.
- Click "Search."
- Your profile will pop up, giving you the option to send a code via email or SMS.
- Facebook will email or text you a six-digit account recovery code.
- If you choose to receive the code via email, you can either enter the code into your browser or select "Change Password" directly from the email. If you receive the code via text, you simply receive an SMS with a security code.
- Both options prompt you to reset your password after entering the code, but you can choose to skip this option and go directly to your account.
- To ensure your account's security, if you log in via this route, you will receive a confirmation email containing the date, time, IP address, and location where you logged into your account.
How to Recover Your Facebook Profile
It's possible to recover your profile from a friend or family member's account by following these steps:
- From a computer, log in to your friend or family member's Facebook account and go to your profile page.
- Click the three dots below the cover photo.
- Select "Find Support or Report Profile."
- Choose "Something Else," then "Next."
- Click "Recover This Account" and follow Facebook's directions to recover your account.
What if My Facebook Account was Disabled or Hacked?
If your account was disabled, it's likely you were in violation of Facebook's terms and conditions. You'll need to contact Facebook directly to request a review of your account.
If you were hacked, you'll need to change your password, update your security information, and report your profile to Facebook as compromised.
How to Make Sure You Don't Get Locked Out of Your Facebook Account
There are a few steps you can take to ensure you don't get locked out of your Facebook account again.
Write Down Your Password
Write down your login information (email address and password) somewhere so you don't lose it.
Enable Saving Your Login Information
Here's how to ensure Facebook saves your login information on select browsers so that you don't need to remember your password every time you log in:
- Go to your account settings, then click on "Security and Login."
- Under "Login," double-check to make sure "Save your login info" is turned on or enable it if it's not turned on. When this setting is enabled, you will be prompted to save your login information whenever you log in to a new browser.
Popular Facebook Features
- Messenger: It is an easy way to send private emails to your friends and family on Facebook.
- Photos: All your photos can be uploaded to your Facebook page and sorted into albums.
- Comments: This feature allows all your friends and family to post a public comment on any of your posts or photos.
- Games: There are many games for all ages and interests that you can play for free on Facebook.
- Groups: You can join any Facebook Group you wish to and then participate in these discussions with like-minded people. You can also create a Group yourself and attract like-minded people to your favorite interest.
- Marketplace: You can buy and sell items on Facebook and find free stuff.
The Creation of Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg was a 20-year-old Harvard University student in 2004 when he created and launched Facebook as TheFacebook.com.
It was initially only for Harvard students to connect with one another. But due to its rapid popularity, he extended this to other colleges in Boston and then to colleges throughout America.
In 2006, Facebook.com was launched and available to anyone in the world who was 13 years old and over and had a valid email address. Mark Zuckerberg became one of the youngest billionaires in the world. His estimated worth was over $100 billion in 2021.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2010 L M Reid
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on January 06, 2020:
Hello Kelly Ann, I am sorry you are having so many problems with hackers on your Facebook account. Glad the article helped
Kelly Ann Christensen from Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas on December 29, 2019:
Cyberstalking thieves and hackers have hijacked our Facebook account repeatedly since 2012. We have currently not been able to log into it this time since April 2019, including my personal FB page in my legal name, Kelly Ann Christensen @kc3lady. This time they also changed the email address the account was registered to, as well as hijacking our email accounts. This is in addition to many other maneuvers, such as coming in in groups then hiding all posts, hacking off the like and share buttons, switching out photos, chasing down links, etc.
Thank you for this informative article.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on September 22, 2019:
Hello Agus, I am glad the article helped you with your Facebook Login
Agus Tri Widodo from Indonesia on September 17, 2019:
This information is in my opinion very important because no a few who have problems with facebook account. Say for example can not open a facebook page because of forgetting a password anda other. Thank you for this information, it really helped me
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on November 14, 2015:
Facebook is a part of most peoples lives now for better or worse John
Johnd671 on September 30, 2015:
Hello! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good ekageegafadk
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on September 29, 2015:
Try typing in Facebook on your search engine. This will give you options of several links. They should work
Ricky Siena Firmansyah from Indonesia on July 07, 2015:
Nice article and helpul to me thanks alot for shering..!
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 15, 2015:
When you are on your iPad go to your Facebook account and sign in using your old Username and Password. You can still use it on any iPad or computer you just have to sign in as normal
M ferraro on February 07, 2015:
Can anyone help me please. I had an old computer, it's finally died, I am allowed to put Facebook on my work iPad but the email address is different to my old Facebook account what can I do to get my old account on my new ipad
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 14, 2014:
Gail did you check that the conformation email is going straight to your spam folder?
Elizabeth I have never come across this problem before sorry
elizabeth on June 04, 2014:
I go into my facebook page.and it logs me out.
Gail routledge on May 25, 2014:
Im having trouble retrieving my face book account , have forgotten password and i am not receiving confirmation code via email is their any other way to get the code ie like text message..
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 24, 2014:
Hello Patel you will have to use another password if you need to reset it. But if you want it to be near enough the same as your old one you can add the number 1 to the end of it. Or you can add the last letter twice. That way your new password will be very similar to the old one.
Patel on March 23, 2014:
i know password for my email which is my username on Facebook..and i have forgotten my password on Facebook.
How can i log in without resetting the new password n if i want to continue with old password.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on May 25, 2013:
Glad to be of help samina
samina on May 18, 2013:
u hv maade us very easy n thanks for it..................
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on May 07, 2013:
Hello Ina Keen, follow the instructions above and when you come to the part where it asks you to select either your Email, Phone number, Username or Full name. Then try each one in turn and see if that gets you to your account. But it will always tell you to reset your password.
ina keen on May 05, 2013:
it wont let me get on my facebook with my account name and number,it keeps trying to give me a new account name and number,how do i get my old account,
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on May 03, 2013:
It is great that your Facebook login problem has been solved Insuranzelady. When you sign in you land on the main Facebook Wall.
In order to see any Pages you created you need to click on YOUR OWN Facebook profile page which is to the far top left. Then you will see an option to click on your pages on the top taskbar. Good luck
Insuranzelady on April 25, 2013:
For some reason, it opened yesterday, after trying and trying. The weird thing is, now my business FB page has vanished. Is that possible? the only reason I set up a personal FB page was so I could set up one for my agency and now it is gone. I think FB is more trouble than it is worth.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 25, 2013:
Hello insuranzelady, If you do not have your email address do you know the phone number you gave? If not then when you get to the stage 'I can not identify my account' then type in your full name.
You will see a few Facebook accounts and one of them will be yours. Then you click on it and they give you the option of changing your password.
The instructions on how to do this are at the beginning of this article.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 25, 2013:
Hello Rohit raj. I have copied part of your comment here because I did not want to allow your password and username on this open forum.
Your comment is:
My account is not opening because somebody has done problem. After opening it ask some information & when entered the relevant information then it is not open the page. Please help me otherwise close the account.
The only thing I can suggest Rohit raj is that you enter your real name when Facebook asks you to. Then follow the instructions as outlined above. If you can still not open your account then your hacker may have blocked you. There is a help button on the Facebook sign up page. Email them and explain the situation, they may be able to help you regain your account back.
insuranzelady on April 24, 2013:
I'm having trouble logging in to FB. It wants my email address and I swore I changed it, but my old one doesn't work and neither does my new one. I can't get emails at the old one as that was an old work address. How do I get a new user name and password? Thanks.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 19, 2013:
If you have forgotten your password and user ID Etibanta sahoo then go to the place where it tells you to sign in. Below that there is a link which asks you this question. Click on this link and type in your email address you gave when you signed up. Facebook will send you the information. Good luck.
Vacinore There could be a number of reasons why you can not get into the Facebook games. It is more than likely just a temporary glitch and may be back to normal now. If not then there is a help button that should direct you to the answer on the Facebook home page. Good luck
Vacinore on April 18, 2013:
All of a sudden I cannot get into my games on facebook. What can I do to bring them back? Thank you.
Etibanta sahoo on April 16, 2013:
forget my password and user id
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 07, 2013:
Linda type in Facebook to your search engine and click on the site.
You will be asked to either sign in or Join up. Click on the join button and follow the instructions.
It is easy to do so and free
linda froman on March 27, 2013:
l dont knows about how tosign up for facebook l liketo knowstodothis
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 03, 2013:
Hello Rock, I do not know the reason that you can not stay logged in to your facebook page. There is a help button you can click on the site that might be able to give you the reason.
Rock on January 28, 2013:
Please I cant get on Facebook it let's me on for like a min but after 1min it kicks me off
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on January 19, 2013:
You need to CREATE a facebook account Brooklyn Mc if it is your first time on Facebook. The button will be next to the Sign In button. Just fill in the boxes. Good luck.
Carmen you can only use the email that you gave when you created your account. You can change it once you have signed in to your Facebook account to your new email address.
Carmen arias on January 14, 2013:
Why can't I use my current email to reset my password on fb. It's so frustrating!
Brooklyn Mckee on January 10, 2013:
I don' know how to singn in to facebook at and it's my first time in it
can you help me plesse I really need help ??????? ..........!!!!!!!!!
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on December 31, 2012:
Ruby there is a Help button on the right of facebook homepage. Click on the drop down menu and you can contact them there, good luck.
Jeffri thank you for your comment and the link to the helpful free videos
Jeffri Abdullah on December 29, 2012:
Great info from The Viking. When FB first began it was only about staying in contact with friends and family - now it has become a very sophisticated marketing platform with so much more to know. I love it and find it endlessly fascinating. Jeffri. http://completeguidetofacebook.com for 23 free videos to help you.
Ruby on December 14, 2012:
I always have trouble with facebook. I have to get a new password almost everytime I try to get there. How do I get hold of them? thank you.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 22, 2012:
Hello I am sorry to hear that your Facebook account has been hacked. You should report the matter to Facebook and they will deal with it.
You say you can not access the hacked account so use your new one or open another one for this purpose.
Then go to the right of your account on top and you will see Home. Press the arrow on the right. This will show a drop down menu. Go to Help. Then go to Visit the help center. Click on Report abuse or policy violations. Then you will see other options. Click on Hacked accounts. Then click on Report abuse and policy violations.
Facebook will deal with the issue then. Good luck with this.
JPK on June 21, 2012:
How do I close an old facebook account I no longer have access to? It was hacked and they changed the password and email and I can't get it gone.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 02, 2012:
Hello Jo. To get back access to your Facebook Account go to the top right hand corner where it says Home. There is an arrow there with a drop down menu. Click this and find the Sign Out button.
When you sign out and then login again the fault should disappear.
If you are unable to access the Home button on your Facebook wall then close it down. Do an internet search by writing 'Facebook Login'. When you click this you can login from here. I hope this solves your problem. Let me know how you get on, good luck.
Jo Hand on April 02, 2012:
I have a photo on my news feed wall that I can't remove and access the rest of FB.
What do I need to do , the return arrow does not respond, like doesn't respond, nothing!! Can you help ?
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 23, 2012:
Donna you should still be able to access your old account. Use the old email and old password to login. Facebook has just allowed you to open a new account and they would not have closed down your original one/ Good luck.
Donna Peterson on March 21, 2012:
I recently changed e-mail address and ended up creating another account and now cant access my old account with all my friends. changed email from firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 15, 2012:
You should be able to get back to your original Facebook account by logging out and then Log back in again with your password and ID. Good luck
Mary Anne on March 15, 2012:
I clicked the 'welcome to facebook' message in my inbox by mistake and I am being treated like a new-comer and cannot access my account.Please help.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 28, 2012:
Lynda go to the Facebook Login box. Just under that there is a link that says 'Forgot Password.' Click on it and you will be able to retrieve your password or get another one. Good luck.
lynda swann on February 27, 2012:
Iam having problems with email eddresses and passwords
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 11, 2012:
douglas ridey that sounds like a virus to me. Do a virus scan on your computer if you have this installed.
Also have you got the BLOCK POP UPS button turned on! This is installed in most computer systems. You can find that on the Toolbar at the top when you connect to the internet
douglas ridey on February 11, 2012:
My high school has a group. "once a parker always a parker" Popups occur frequently stating my browser is slow and I must stop using facebook or my hard drive will freeze up and the computer will need repair. Is this a scam or is it real. and if it is real how do I fix it....firstname.lastname@example.org
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on September 13, 2011:
Thanks Gregory and Corne for reading and your comments.
Corne: when you forget your password they usually ask you to supply your email that u gave them. I am not sure why they would ask for an alternative email address.
If this is what Facebook is still asking you then you could create another email account. I find Gmail the best, easiest and quickest. I have written an article about Gmail with the link to create your own.
I hope you can get it sorted soon, let me know how you get on
Corne on September 12, 2011:
Hi There, I have a different problem. When I try and login (I forgot my password) I tried providing an alternative email but it refuses stating that another facebook page is associated with it and I could change it there. This doesn’t work. What do I do in this case?
Gregory Williams on February 21, 2011:
Gday very nice web log very userful thank you for the better.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 13, 2010:
You're welcome Drbj. Time is a precious thing, especially for us writers on Hubpages lol
drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 13, 2010:
Thanks for the time-saving tip, viking - appreciate your taking the time to help me save my time.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 13, 2010:
You are welcome Jaypyramid. Glad to be of help with your Facebook login lol
Jaypyramid on June 13, 2010:
Here's one who is always forgetting her username and password. I did not realise you could do that. I knew you could add to favorites but did not realise you could do it while your account was open. That is going to make my life so much easier. Thanks Viking.