How to Reset Password on Facebook?

2020-04-30 - 3 min read

Forgetting your Facebook password is frustrating on its own. But it gets even scarier when you realize that you may also need your Facebook account to log into other services. But fear not, as there are a few different ways you can reset your forgotten password. If you have the same email or phone number that you registered with, it won’t take long. However, some of them will only work if you prepared for this beforehand.

How to reset your password on Facebook?

There are a few methods you can try. The most straightforward one is to use a recovery code, but you must have access to the email account you used when you signed up for Facebook:

  1. First, go to Facebook’s login page.

  2. Try to log in with the last password you remember using.

  3. If it’s incorrect, Google will send a recovery code to the email address associated with your account. Use it to log into your account.

What to do if you no longer have access to the email address you signed up with? You can still recover your Facebook account through a backup email address or phone number. It will also work if you’ve linked Facebook with your Google account. Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to Facebook’s login page.

  2. Click on Forgot account?

  3. Select a method for resetting your password: Google account, backup email address, or phone number. Click Continue and follow the instructions to reset your password.

If you can’t access any of those either, you can use your trusted contacts to recover your account. However, it only works if you have selected your trusted contacts beforehand:

  1. Go to Facebook’s login page.

  2. Click on Forgot account?

  3. In the next window, select No longer have access to these?

  4. Enter a new email address or phone number you want to use.

  5. Ask your trusted contacts to visit https://www.facebook.com/recover and give you the recovery codes.

  6. Enter the codes, click Continue, and follow the instructions to reset your account.

If you can neither access the email account that you used when signing up for Facebook nor have set up a backup email, phone number, and emergency contacts, then, unfortunately, you won’t be able to log into your Facebook account. There is no way to verify that it’s really you trying to regain access to your Facebook.

How to set recovery email, phone number, and emergency contacts?

If you managed to remember your password and log in, it’s best to add additional verification and recovery methods, like a phone number and trusted contacts. You never know when you might forget your password, or someone might try to hack your account – it’s best to have a few different verification methods.

  1. Log into your Facebook account, click on the little arrow on the right, and select Settings.

  2. In the General tab, select Contact and add a backup email address and your current phone number.

  3. Then, select the Security and login tab on the left and scroll down to Setting up extra security. There, you can choose 3 to 5 friends that will help you recover your account if you forget your password in the future.

While you’re at it, you can tweak other security and privacy settings. Set up alerts for unrecognized logins and two-factor authentication if you haven’t already. You can also change the password to something long and complex (you can consult our password strength checker to see if it’s strong enough) and add it to your password manager. This way, you won’t run the risk of losing it in the future.

Monica Webster
Monica Webster
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Monica is the spirit of our content team. Her bubbliness and creativity sparkle her articles. She loves to investigate various security related problems and bring useful tips to readers. When she is not writing about technology, she explores art.
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