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How to Change Your Password on Facebook

Posted by Arch on November 18, 2019
how to change your password on facebook

Changing your password on a website or app can either be easy or difficult. In some cases, believe it or not, you may not even be able to do it on your own. Some websites require you to contact customer support and prove your identity in a number of ways before you can make any changes to your account.

With Facebook, things are pretty straightforward. You just have to know where to look, depending on what device you’re using to access the platform. This and more will be explained to you in this article.

Changing Your Password While Logged into Your Account

Depending on what device you’re using to log onto your Facebook account, the steps required to change your current password will be slightly different. Here’s what you have to do for both desktop and mobile versions of the Facebook app.

For Desktop Facebook Users

  1. Click the down arrow in the upper right corner on your Facebook page.
  2. Click on the Settings option.
  3. Go to Security and Login.
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  4. Locate the Change Password field.
  5. Click on the Edit button next to it.
  6. Enter your current password.
  7. Enter a new password for your account.
  8. Click on the Save Changes button.

For Mobile Facebook Users

  1. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Swipe up on the screen to get to the Settings & Privacy option.
  3. Tap the Settings & Privacy option to expand the menu.
  4. Tap the Settings option.
  5. Swipe up until you see the Security section.
  6. Tap on the Security and login option.
  7. Tap on the Change Password option under the Login tab.
  8. Type your current password.
  9. Type a new password.
  10. Retype the new password to confirm.
  11. Tap on the Save Changes button.

Changing Your Password While Not Logged into Your Account

Say someone played a prank on you and changed your password, or you don’t remember it, or you think that your account’s security may have been compromised. Here’s how you can change your Facebook password without having to log into your account.

  1. Access the Find Your Account Page
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  2. Type in any of the following identification details: email, username, phone number, full name.
  3. Follow the instructions

Note that there are two options available. You can either log in with your Google account or reset your password. If you do log in with your Google account, you’ll be able to use the method explained previously to change your password.

If you opt for the reset code, then your password reset code will be sent via email to one or more email addresses, depending on how many you have linked to your Facebook account. For reference, all linked email addresses will be displayed on the Reset Your Password screen.

Select either option and click or tap the continue button. When you opt for the reset via email, you’ll notice that in the email sent from Facebook you’ll be given a code and an option to directly change your password.

If you press on the Change Password Directly option from your inbox, you’ll only have to type a new password and then confirm it. However, if you didn’t close the Reset Your Password tab, you’ll be able to input the code sent to your email, right there in the Enter Code box. After you do that, just follow the on-screen instructions and type in a new password.

Other Security Options

Follow this path to reach a number of login and authentication options that you may not know you can configure on Facebook:

  1. Click the down arrow in the upper right corner on your Facebook page.
  2. Click on the Settings option.
  3. Go to Security and Login.

Save Your Login Info

This option is located right under the Change password option. If you click the Edit button, you’ll be able to save your login on your current browser, to avoid having to write down your password. To login the next time you’ll simply have to click your profile picture and you’ll be good to go. You can also choose to remove an account if you want.

Check Recent Logins on Your Account

Before changing your password, you can use the Where You’re Logged In feature. But, in order to truly use this, you’ll have to first set up an extra security measure called Get Alerts About Unrecognized Logins.

The tab can be easily spotted on the Security and Login page. Enable the notifications, messenger notifications, and email login alerts in order to make sure you’re always up to date on where your account is being used from.

Set a List of Trusted Friends

You can also choose to bypass your password with the help of three to five friends. If you choose some of your closest friends as trusted friends, then the next time you’re locked out of your account you can ask them to send you an URL and a code that will help you log back in.

And there’s no need to worry. Your friends won’t get access to your account. They’ll just be used as trusted sources by Facebook, kind of like your secondary email, or phone number, or other forms of identification.

Use the Two-Factor Authentication

The Two-Factor Authentication security feature is not enabled by default. But, you can enable it from the Security and Login page if you follow the on-screen instructions.

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What’s cool about this feature is that you can use it and make hacking your account more difficult. Why? Because you can request Facebook to also give you an SMS with a login code that will be required along with your password to access your account.

Even better, this will only happen when someone’s logging in from an unknown device. You’ll still be able to use your phone and your computer, tablet, or laptop to access Facebook with just your password, if you have them listed as trusted devices.

Picking Passwords Is Hard

It’s understandable that you may often forget a password. Especially if you don’t use the same one for all your apps and emails, or if you rely on randomly generated passwords. But even so, we find that this is the best practice to avoid getting hacked without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on extra security measures.

Since it’s not cool to ask how you come up with your passwords, at least let us know how often did you forget your Facebook password when you needed it most? Or, are you the type of person that prefers using Cloud password storage options?

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