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How to delete a Facebook business page

Follow these steps to erase your Facebook page if it's a duplicate, out of date, or inaccessible

Be it for its unrivalled user base or its strong advertising capabilities, Facebook has been the first choice for all businesses looking to embark on social media marketing. It’s the social media network with the most users and naturally makes sense for many organisations looking to connect with their existing and potential new audiences.

However, business strategy changes, and over time companies may realise Facebook isn’t the right fit for their brand, so understanding how to delete a Facebook page can be very useful information indeed.

Why you may want to delete a Facebook business page

There are many reasons why any given business may choose to delete its official Facebook page, despite the site’s massive reach of merely 3 billion. Ultimately, social media marketing can be hugely effective for some, but only when it’s done in a way that maximises its effectiveness - you can’t just have a presence and expect instant success.

Scrutinising the business’ target audience is crucial in determining whether it needs a Facebook presence. For example, it’s well known that Facebook is becoming less popular with younger generations which means brands looking to maintain and grow youthful audiences may find having to expend time and staff resources on running a Facebook page may not be economically optimal.

Facebook as a platform may not align with the business itself either. One of the main functions of Facebook is for family and friends to keep up with each other’s lives and as such, businesses in sectors that aren’t family-friendly, for example, may want to think twice about having a presence on the platform.

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While you may be able to reach business decision-makers through Facebook, they probably won’t be using the platform in a business context - whereas, with LinkedIn and Twitter, there’s a much greater likelihood that they are.

You may also have to delete a Facebook page if you’re consolidating duplicate pages into one - such as replacing pages for regional branches with a single umbrella page, for example. Equally, a merger may result in the dissolution of a brand, requiring its Facebook page to be removed.

Whatever your reasoning, deleting a Facebook business page is a quick and straightforward process, but you might want to consider merging pages - if there are multiple - before you completely delete it.

What's important to understand is that if you do decide to delete a Facebook page, you will lose all the content forever, as well as anyone's page likes, comments, and interactions. Only follow these steps if you're certain you no longer want the page to exist.

How to delete a Facebook business page on iOS or Android

From the Facebook app, head to your list of pages and select the one you wish to delete. Tap 'Edit page' for options and then select 'Settings'. Scroll down to find the 'Remove page' section and tap the option to permanently delete the page. You'll see a warning, but click to continue if you're 100% sure you want to remove it and your page will be gone.

You do have 14 days to reverse the deletion, so if you change your mind, you can restore it.

How to delete a Facebook page from your browser

The process if you're using your browser to manage your Facebook page is equally as simple. Just head to the page you'd like to delete, head to the settings option under 'Edit page' and scroll to the bottom to 'Remove page'. Hit delete and hey presto! Your page will be removed. As is the case on mobile, you can restore your page within 14 days of deleting it, but after that, it will be gone forever.

How to delete a Facebook page if you're not an admin

Obviously, both of the options above assume you're an administrator on the page, but what happens if you're not and it was set up by an ex-employee?

This is a little trickier and is a more involved process than simply deleting the page as an admin. First, you will have to report the page to Facebook for a breach of your intellectual property. To do this, go to the page you want to delete, click the three dots below the page's cover photo and select 'Report page'. You can explain why you want the page to be removed and it will be up to Facebook whether it removes the page or not.

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