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What Happens To Your Facebook Account When You Die [Facebook Legacy Contact]

By Tracy Cummings | Digital Assets

Jan 01

Your digital “social” assets might be important to you and now Facebook has a way to help family and/or friends memorialize your account when you die. This process locks certain sections and activities on your account but continues to allow others to post on your profile. We’ve created a little tutorial below that will show you how to set this up by choosing a Facebook friend to be the contact for your account upon your death.

Here is how you identify your “Legacy Contact”:

Step 1

Click the down arrow on the far right side of the top blue bar, then click “Settings”.


Step 2

Click “General” then the “Edit” link in the bottom right-hand corner for “Manage Account”.












Step 3

Add a Facebook friend to the “Your Legacy Contact” section and then click “Add”. This should be someone you trust to manage your account when you’re gone.

“A legacy contact is someone who you choose to manage your account after you pass away. They’ll be able to do things like pin a post on your Timeline, respond to new friend requests and update your profile picture. They won’t post as you or see your messages.”


Step 4

You have the option to send that person a message to inform them of your decision. Click either “Send” or “Not Now” to proceed.

Optional Step

You can indicate whether you’d like your Legacy Contact to be able to download your posts, photos, videos and other information.

Don’t forget to click the “Close” button at the bottom when you’re finished.

Memorializing a loved ones account

If a family member passes on, you can request to memorialize their account simply by going to the following link and submitting the information.


If Facebook changes this link, just search for “Facebook memorialization request” and you should be able to find it easily enough.

You will need to have the date of passing along with proof of death (ie: death certificate).




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