The fact that you have two Facebook accounts does not prevent you from deleting one of them. Even if you use the same name on both accounts.

It is worth knowing that Facebook does not identify user accounts by name but by email addresses and/or phone numbers.
As long as you have access to both email addresses or numbers, deleting an unnecessary Facebook account will not be a problem.

The problem will start when you lose access to the email and phone number for which you have registered the currently unwanted account.

Why can’t you have 2 Facebook accounts with the same email address and phone number?

2 Facebook accounts with the same email and phone number - is it possbile?For Facebook, the reliable identifiers for user accounts are email address and phone number. Each account must be registered with a separate email and a separate number.

Facebook will not allow you to set up two accounts with the same email address or phone number. According to the Community Standards, using more than one personal account on Facebook is prohibited. It is therefore not possible to link multiple accounts.

The first and last name is not an identifier for Facebook at all, as lots of people have the same name. Therefore, this would be very problematic, especially in the case of popular names such as John Smith.

If Facebook would identify accounts by name, only one John Smith could register, and the rest of the people with the same name would not be able to use the service. Alternatively, they would have to create accounts with false names, which would defeat the purpose.

I have 2 Facebook accounts, how do I delete one? Instructions

You can delete an additional Facebook account if you have access to the associated email address or phone number. You don’t even need to remember the password, as with the recovery function, you will be able to reset it and set a new one. To delete a duplicate Facebook account, you must first log in to it.

So if you have 2 Facebook accounts and want to delete one, follow the steps in the instructions below:

Deleting one of two Facebook accounts – instruction for computer users

  1. Log in to your Facebook account using the correct email address or phone number. If you can’t remember your password, click Forgot Password and follow Facebook’s directions. Remember to only use the address or number associated with the account you wish to delete,
  2. click on your profile picture/avatar in the top right corner of the screen,
  3. go to Settings & Privacy and then select Settings,I have 2 Facebook accounts, how do I delete one - step 1. for computer users
  4. from the list on the left, select Your Facebook information >> Deactivation and deletion,I have 2 Facebook accounts, how do I delete one - step 2. for computer users
  5. select Delete Account, then click the blue button Continue to account deletion,I have 2 Facebook accounts, how do I delete one - step 3. for computer users
  6. select Delete account, enter your password and finally click Continue.I have 2 Facebook accounts, how do I delete one - step 4. for computer users

Deleting one of two Facebook accounts – instruction for phone users

  1. Log in to your Facebook account on the mobile app on your phone. If you have forgotten your password, select I don’t remember my password and follow Facebook’s instructions. Remember to use the correct email address or phone number – the one associated with the account you want to delete,
  2. click the three horizontal dash (menu) icon in the top right corner of the screen,
  3. scroll down, choose Settings and Privacy, and select Settings,I have 2 Facebook accounts, how do I delete one - step 1. for phone users
  4. in Account section, click Personal and account information,I have 2 Facebook accounts, how do I delete one - step 2. for phone users
  5. click Account ownership and control and then Deactivation and deletion,I have 2 Facebook accounts, how do I delete one - step 3. for phone users
  6. select Deleting account >> Go to delete account >> Delete account.I have 2 Facebook accounts, how do I delete one - step 4. for phone users
  7. Enter your password and click Continue.

How do I delete one of my two Facebook accounts when I don’t have access to an email address or phone number?

To delete your Facebook account, it is necessary to log in to the service first. To log in, you need to have access to the email address or phone number associated with the account. So if you have lost access to your email and do not have the associated number, you are unlikely to recover your account and will not be able to delete it yourself.

Nonetheless, it is worth trying to enter the various e-mails and numbers that we had and that come to mind. It may be that there was an alternative email or number associated with the account and that this will enable the account to be recovered and therefore deleted.

However, if attempts to regain access to your account are unsuccessful, there is another option you can try. Try reporting your account (the one you want to delete) as an impersonator account and ask your friends to do the same. If there are more reports, chances are that Facebook will do something about it and remove it. Reporting impersonating accounts is possible for both users who are logged in and those who do not have a Facebook account.

To report an impersonating account from within Facebook, follow the steps below:

Reporting an impersonating account from your computer

  1. Log into Facebook via your computer browser, locate your other profile in the search engine and go to it,
  2. click on the icon of the three horizontal dots located under your profile picture (on the right)Reporting an impersonating account from your computer - step 1.
  3. select Find support or report,Reporting an impersonating account from your computer - step 2.
  4. select “Pretending to be someone” from the list of issues and follow the further on-screen instructions.Reporting an impersonating account from your computer - step 3,

Reporting an impersonator account from your phone

  1. Log in to Facebook in the app, find your other profile in the search engine (magnifying glass icon at the top) and go to it,
  2. click the three horizontal dot icon under your profile picture (next to the blue Message button),
  3. select Report profile,Reporting an impersonating account from your phone
  4. follow step 4 of the previous instructions.

The impersonating account can also be reported via the form on this page: Link (option for non-logged-in users)

2 Facebook accounts with the same email or number – a few words of clarification at the end

Some users confuse accounts with Facebook pages. If you think you have two Facebook accounts linked to the same email address or number, you probably just have a page set up on your account. As I mentioned earlier, setting up two personal accounts with the same email or number is impossible.

Pages can look the same as accounts, making it seem as if you have two personal accounts.

You may have set up a page unintentionally before without being aware of it. Or you may have had someone else set up a page on your account, impersonating your account – it’s worth checking and reporting this following the instructions I’ve given above (pages are reported in the same way as accounts).

To check if you have a Facebook page set up on your account, log into Facebook via your browser on your computer and in the column on the left find and select Pages. If you are using the app, click on the three-dash icon (menu) on the top right and also click on Pages. There you will find all the pages you manage.

In summary, if you have two Facebook accounts and want to delete one, you should be able to do so without any problems, as long as you have access to the email or phone number associated with the account. Deleting an account requires you to log in first.

If you cannot log in, try reporting the unwanted account as an impersonator. If you think you have two Facebook accounts linked to the same email or phone number, you probably just have a Facebook page set up. For Facebook, the email address or phone number is the only identifier of the user.

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