How to Recover a Hacked Facebook Account
Losing access to your Facebook account can be a traumatic experience. That’s why we’ve compiled this comprehensive guide on how to recover your hacked Facebook account.
If you are unsure whether or not your Facebook account has been hacked, check this article.
Table of Contents
- Act Immediately
- Change your Facebook password
- Not able to log in to your hacked Facebook account?
- Password Recovery
- Report Your Hacked Account to Facebook
- Bypassing 2FA – Two-Factor Authentication
- Facebook Recovery Links
- Not able to find your hacked Facebook profile?
- Still Unable to recover your Facebook account?
- If Everything Fails, Delete Your Hacked Facebook Account
What should you do if someone hacks your Facebook account? Below are the steps you can take to recover your hacked Facebook account.
1. Act Immediately
If you receive an email from Facebook about suspicious behavior, you must take action immediately. The longer a person has access to your account, the more likely they’ll be able to change key information, making it harder for you to regain control.
Go through all of your Facebook security emails and follow the instructions immediately. Click “Change Password, ” “Secure your account,” and any other links that might help you regain access to your hacked Facebook account.
And do not create a duplicate Facebook account. This will make it much harder, and sometimes impossible, to recover your original Facebook account.
2. Change your Facebook password
If you can still access your account, the first step should be changing your password. Watch our video tutorial or read our instructions below:
Log into your Facebook account, click the dropdown arrow at the top of the screen, then select ‘Settings.’
Now click ‘Settings.’
In your account settings, click ‘Security and login’ on the left side of the screen.
Please enter your current password and your new password twice to confirm it. We recommend using a password generator and password manager for security.
We also advise enabling Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) that enhances your account security by adding a two-step verification system. This makes your account almost unhackable.
3. Not able to log in to your hacked Facebook account?
If the hacker has changed your password and the email associated with your Facebook account, there are still ways to recover your Facebook. It’s even possible to recover a Facebook profile if the hacker has added a Two-Factor Authenticator of if your Facebook account has been disabled.
The best solution to recover any Facebook account is to read all the different security email notifications received from Facebook and follow their instructions. Click on the email links from the sender “Facebook” or “facebookmail.com.” If none of the links like “Secure your account” or “Change your password” help, try to follow our Facebook recovery tutorial below.
4. Password Recovery
If your password is no longer working and you suspect someone has changed it, your next step is to use Facebook’s account recovery options. You can view our video instructions of it below:
Go to the Facebook login page and click ‘Forgotten password?’
Enter your account’s email address or phone number and click ‘Search.’
Log in via your email, Google account, or telephone number, then click ‘Continue.’
Enter the code you received via text or email and click ‘Continue.’
Enter your new password and click ‘Continue’ to confirm.
5. Report Your Hacked Account to Facebook
If none of the other methods work, you should report the hacked account directly to Facebook.
Go to the hacked account report page, and click ‘My Account Is Compromised.’
Enter your email address or phone number, then click ‘Search.’
Enter your most recent password and click ‘continue’ to report your account. Facebook may provide you with further instructions to aid in account recovery.
As section two explains, Facebook may request that you upload a photograph of your ID to prove your identity.
6. Bypassing 2FA – Two-Factor Authentication
If the hacker has added a Two-Factor Authentication, it is still possible to bypass it. When you try logging in and are prompted with the screen below, please click “Need another way to authenticate.” Then the following pop-up should appear:
Click on either “Submit a request to Facebook,” “Try another way,” or “Other Options” and “Get More Help.” It will then ask you to add a new email which you may have to confirm, and then you have to upload a governmental-approved ID. Once you have submitted this form, you should receive a response within 48 hours to one week.
7. Facebook Recovery Links
Here are the best Facebook recovery links to try to gain access to your hacked Facebook account:
If you’ve recovered your Facebook account, you should follow our account security guide to keep it safe.
8. Not able to find your hacked Facebook profile?
If you are not able to locate your Facebook account since the hacker has changed your email and phone number, you can try these instructions:
Go to https://www.facebook.com/login/identify or https://www.facebook.com/hacked so you can see the following screen on a computer:
Now, try to find your hacked Facebook account by searching for the following:
- Your email that was connected to your Facebook account
- Your phone number that was connected to your Facebook account
If neither of these options works, then you must do the following:
Ask a friend to go to your profile and click on the “About me” section and “Contact information.” Tell your friend to check if he/she can see any email or phone number under this section. If so, use this new email or phone number to search for your account.
If no email or phone number is listed under your hacked Facebook account’s about me section, ask your friend to go to your profile again on a computer and copy your URL. Here is an example of what a Facebook profile URL is:
Then, add this full URL to the search bar to find your account. If that doesn’t work, try to copy the last section of your profile URL, like “jonasborchgrevink,” from the image above, and search for that.
9. Still Unable to recover your Facebook account?
If you cannot recover your Facebook account by following the instructions in this article, you may want to consider getting help from us. You’re probably experiencing Facebook’s cycle of death as described below:
Don’t worry; we know what to do! Schedule a call with one of our security experts here.
You can learn more from this article if you wonder why your Facebook account was hacked.
10. If Everything Fails, Delete Your Hacked Facebook Account
If everything has failed and you are tired of a hacker controlling your Facebook account, you can consider having it deleted. There are two ways of doing that, which can be explained in our recovery session.
If you have been able to recover your hacked Facebook and want to delete it, please follow the following instructions in this article.
Read this tutorial to remove profiles, images, and videos from Facebook.
What To Do if Your Facebook Account Is Compromised.
Received Facebook Password Change?
Someone May Have Accessed Your Account.
Facebook image by pixinoo from Shutterstock.com. William Worrall and Jonas Borchgrevink for Hacked.com created this tutorial.