What Happens (to Your Facebook) After You Die?

Have you ever wondered, “what happens to my Facebook after I die?”  Does it just sit there for all my friends and family to visit when they miss me?  Does it disappear?  Does Facebook even know when you’re dead?  Now, Facebook has introduced a new feature to answer all those questions.


Facebook has created the “Legacy Contact.”  Introduced on Thursday, February 12, 2015, the Legacy Contact allows you to set up a friend of yours to take over your Facebook account once you pass away.  Once they gain access to your account, they can either memorialize you or they can delete your profile all together.

How do I Go About Setting up a Legacy Contact?

  • Log into your Facebook account
  • Click the drop-down arrow in the top right of the page
  • Choose “Security” and scroll down to “Legacy Contact”
  • Manage the level of permission you grant your selected contact
  • Send them a message if you choose to

Now selecting your contact is something very personal that should vary for everyone.  Your Legacy Contact will not be able to read your messages but they can pin posts, respond to friend requests, and change your profile and cover photo.  If you allow, they can also download your content from your page.  You can choose a significant other, a friend, or a parent as long as they are on Facebook.

If you ask your legacy contact to “memorialize” your profile for you, your account will still be there but instead of saying “John Smith” it will say “Remembering John Smith.”  Your legacy contact will have to contact Facebook in order to have your account memorialized or removed.

Read Mashable’s article about Facebook’s new feature for more information.


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