Every now and then I receive a message from folks who are planning to buy a new computer, phone or tablet asking if they’ll need to open a new Facebook account to go with the new device.
The answer is no, you don’t!
Your Facebook account isn’t tied to any specific device. The account (and all the info contained within it) actually reside on Facebook’s server, not your device.
As long as you know your Facebook username (or email address) and password you’ll be able to log into your account and use Facebook from any computer via a web browser or any mobile device via either a mobile web browser or the Facebook app.
If you buy a new phone or tablet and you plan to use the Facebook app you might need to install the app from the appropriate app store if it didn’t come pre-installed on the device, but you WILL NOT have to open a new Facebook account!
Now all of the above being said, you will definitely need to know your Facebook username (or email address) and password to log into Facebook on the new device, so make sure you have those pieces of information handy before you deactivate your old device.
If you allow your browser to store your Facebook password (which is a very bad idea) there’s a good chance you might have forgotten what it is. If you can’t remember your password be sure to reset it (and remember the new one) BEFORE you deactivate your old device!
If you have Two-Factor Authentication enabled on your account you won’t need to do anything extra as long as you’re going to be using your existing phone number on your new phone.
If you’re planning to get a new phone number along with a new phone, make sure you disable Two-Factor Authentication on your Facebook account BEFORE your old phone is disconnected.
If you don’t disable Two-Factor Authentication before your old phone is disconnected Facebook will keep texting your authentication codes to your old phone even after it’s been disconnected.
That means you won’t be able to log in to your account with the new phone even if you know the username and password!
Bottom line: Just because you’re going to soon be using a new computer or mobile device that doesn’t mean you’ll need to open a new Facebook account. Simply log into Facebook with the new device using your existing login info.
Bonus tip #1: If you end up disabling Two-Factor Authentication on your account because you’re going to be getting a new phone number, be sure to re-enable it as soon as you receive your new phone.
If you haven’t yet enabled Two-Factor Authentication on your account, I strongly recommend that you do so ASAP to prevent hackers from breaking into your account. This post explains how.
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