I forgot my Facebook password

Updated: 02/01/2021 by Computer Hope
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Whether it's for an old account or we forgot to write it down, everyone forgets passwords from time to time. The following sections show you how to reset your password on Facebook.

Note

Computer Hope is not affiliated in any way with Facebook. Therefore we cannot provide you with a temporary password for your Facebook account. We also cannot send you a code that allows you to reset your Facebook password.

Note

This page does not describe how to improperly access a Facebook account.

How to reset a Facebook password

Note

The following steps also apply to smartphones.

  1. Attempt to log into your Facebook account using your e-mail address or phone number.

Log into Facebook section

  1. With a failed password, you'll see a screen showing your account, with this message next to the password field:

Incorrect password prompt

  1. Click Forgot Password? in the message shown above.
  2. After you click Forgot Password, you'll see a prompt similar to the one below depending on whether or not you submitted your phone number to Facebook. Choose the means by which you'd like to receive a password reset code (A), and then click the Facebook continue button button (B).

Reset your Facebook password window.

  1. In this instance, we've opted to have the password information sent to an e-mail address. Enter the code sent to you via e-mail or smartphone (A), and then click the Facebook continue button button (B).

Enter security code window on Facebook

  1. Once you've entered your code, create a new password (A) and then click the Facebook continue button button (B).

Choose a new password on Facebook window.

  1. Choose your login preferences (A) then click the Facebook continue button button (B).

Facebook password changed window

  1. Your password has now been changed, and you may log into your Facebook account.

Additional information on Facebook password issues

Make sure you can access the e-mail account associated with your Facebook account

If you cannot access the e-mail address associated with your Facebook account, you'll need to create a new Facebook account. Facebook does not appear to have an option for contacting them directly to ask for assistance with changing the e-mail address connected to your account.

Make sure cookies are enabled in your browser

To log into Facebook, you must first enable cookies in your Internet browser. You may use the system information tool to determine whether cookies are on or off. If they're disabled, the following link helps you to enable them.

Reached maximum times to reset error

If you tried resetting your password or logging into your account multiple times without success, your account will be temporarily locked as a security measure. Wait a few hours and try logging in again.

I'm trying to access a deceased user's account

If you're trying to access a deceased person's Facebook page, head to the link below and follow the instructions on that page.

Trying to access a deleted Facebook account

If you've deleted your Facebook account you account, page, and password are all deleted and cannot be recovered. If you want to get back on Facebook a new account needs to be created.

My Facebook account was hacked

If you believe your account was hacked, or someone else changed your password without your permission, go through the Facebook Help Center to resolve the issue.

Tip

Often, when an account is hacked, you can still reset the password using the suggestions above.