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How to Change Your Facebook Password: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Learn how to change your Facebook password on your phone or computer with this guide.

Weak passwords leave you vulnerable to hacking, scams, and data theft. While many employers have strong password policies for data security, do you take the same level of care with your personal social media accounts?

Facebook accounts often hold a large volume of personal data, especially if you access other sites using your Facebook profile. This guide will show you how to change your Facebook password to keep your data safe.

How to change your Facebook password on a computer

  1. On your laptop or desktop, click the down caret in the top right corner. This opens a menu of options specific to your Facebook account.
  2. to change your facebook password click on the down caret in the upper left of the screen

    Click the down caret in the top right corner

  3. Select “Settings & Privacy” next to the gear icon. In the resulting menu, click on “Settings.”
  4. in the resulting menu click settings and privacy to continue changing your facebook password

    Select “Settings and Privacy”

  5. This takes you to your account settings page, featuring a menu on the left side of the screen. Find and click “Security and Login.”
  6. on the new screen select security and login from the left menu

    Click on “Security and Login” in the left menu

  7. Scroll to find the “Login” section, and navigate to “Change password” within that section. Click on the “Edit” button.
  8. find the change password option within the login section and press the edit button on the right

    Click on the “Edit” button next to “Change password”

  9. Enter your current password in the “Current” field, followed by your new password in the “New” box. Reenter your new password in the “Re-type new” box and click the “Save changes” button.
  10. (It’s worth noting that Facebook will indicate the strength of your new password as you enter it.)

    on the pop-up menu enter your current password then your new password twice to confirm and select save changes

    Enter your new password twice; click “Save changes” to complete the process

How to change your Facebook password on a mobile device

  1. Open the Facebook app on your smartphone or tablet. Locate and tap the hamburger menu, which appears as three stacked horizontal lines (indicated by the red arrow in the below image). The placement of this menu varies based on device and app version.
  2. in the iOS Facebook app the hamburger account menu is in the bottom right of your screen

    Tap the three horizontal lines to open your account menu (location varies by device and app version)

  3. Scroll down and select “Settings & Privacy” within your account menu.
  4. within the account menu scroll until you find the "Settings & Privacy" option next to a gear icon

    Scroll until you find “Settings & Privacy” next to a gear icon

  5. Tap the down caret to expand the “Settings & Privacy” menu, then tap “Settings.”
  6. after you open the settings & privacy menu tap settings

    Tap on “Settings” under the Settings & Privacy menu

  7. Next, tap “Password and Security” under account options.
  8. under the account menu tap on password and security

    Tap “Password and Security”

  9. Locate and tap “Change password.”
  10. locate and tap change password next to the key icon

    Tap “Change password” next to a key icon

  11. Enter your current password, followed by your new password twice to confirm. Then tap “Update Password.”
  12. enter your current password, new password, then reenter your new password a second time before tapping update password to confirm

    Enter your current password and then correctly type your new password twice before tapping “Update Password” to complete

How to reset your Facebook password

You can only change your Facebook password if you are logged in to your account, but what happens if you aren’t logged in and forgot your password?

Don’t worry—you can reset your password with the following steps:

  1. Go to Facebook’s Find Your Account page.
  2. Enter the email address or mobile number associated with your Facebook account and click search.
  3. on facebook's find your account page you enter your email address or mobile phone number to search for your account

    Search for your account using your email or phone number

  4. Choose which option you want to use to receive a password reset code. You can use your Google account, receive the code via email, or have the code texted to your mobile number. Click the blue “Continue” button.
  5. There are several options to receive the code to reset your password

  6. Follow the instructions provided after you receive your reset code.

How to enhance your digital security

Changing your Facebook password helps keep your online presence secure.

When it comes to increasing overall security, many companies look to password management software to safely store login credentials and auto-generate strong passwords.

To learn more about your options when it comes to protecting IT networks, computer systems, mobile apps, and software platforms, check out our cybersecurity software buyers guide.


Disclaimer:

The steps to change a Facebook password were researched in October 2021, and screenshots reflect the app layout on a desktop computer as well as an iOS mobile device. Applications and layouts are liable to change; see Facebook’s Help Center for additional information.


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