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Facebook identifies your account through your email address. Deleting one account won't delete the other.

I have two personal Facebook accounts under my name. To make a long story short, while I was on vacation two years ago, I could not access my original Facebook account, so I created a second one using an alternate email address. The problem that I am facing now is that people connect with me through both Facebook accounts while I would rather use just one. I did look into deleting one of them, but I'm afraid that both of my accounts will then be deleted as both are under the same name, but have their own email and password. How do I safely delete just one of my accounts?

In this excerpt from Answercast #16, I look at why and how Facebook tracks accounts through email addresses and how to disable a duplicate account.

Deleting a Facebook account

Facebook actually doesn't care about your name. What identifies an account completely is the email address.

So, I mean, there aren't many Leo Notenbooms out there, but think of all the John Smiths in the world who perhaps have Facebook accounts?

They are all "John Smith." If Facebook tracked it only by name, then the first John Smith to disable his account would disable all of the John Smiths and that's clearly not gonna happen.

Safe to delete one account

So go ahead and pick the account you want to use. Make sure your friends on the other account know that you're moving and then feel free to delete using the email address as the identifier of the account you no longer you want to use.

The other approach, by the way (since there's nothing really wrong with keeping it open either), is to go ahead and leave it open. But, I'll leave that up to you.

Certainly deleting your Facebook account should be a safe thing since it's identified completely by its email address and you're using different email address for your different accounts.

I do have an article on the subject, "How do I delete my Facebook account?"

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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antonio ruiz asumendi
July 30, 2012 4:43 AM

I have to facebook accounts and want to delete one of them. When I open the one I want to use with my photo and 105 friends and do a click, it changes into the other facebook account with no photo and olny five friends. this is the one I do want to eliminate but I do not know how.

July 30, 2012 1:31 PM

Your best best is to carefully read the article. You are going to need to know how to log into the one you want to delete. Also, are you sure it is a Facebook account, and not a page you inadvertently created some time. From your comment it sounds more like a page.

November 6, 2012 4:09 AM

i have two fb same email id and password, but i want to delete one fb.. how to delete?... pls help me to solve mp problem

November 6, 2012 8:45 AM

You just be mistaken. You can't have two Facebook accounts with the same login information. Maybe what you are seeing is the feed page (now called "Home") and your timeline page, and mistaking them as two different accounts.

They are actually two pages, showing your Facebook data in different ways. They are not two different accounts. And there is no way to get rid of either of them. Facebook decides how they want to display information for their users, and we don't have much say, except maybe in feedback.

April 13, 2013 2:14 PM

I made a misspelled on my Facebook email and now I have three emails. Every time, when I click on my Facebook email, there appear all three at the same time. How do I delete the one error emails.

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