You can now decide what will happen to your Facebook profile when you die

Can you decide what happens to your Profile Page after your Death? Facebook can!

While rolling out its latest update on Thursday, Facebook announced that it has now decided about what to do with your Facebook profile page after you die. You will be remembered!

The process is simple. You need to choose a “legacy contact” who will manage your account when you pass away or alternately will inform Facebook to delete your account permanently.


However, your legacy contact won’t be allowed to login and view your private conversations but they will be able to perform the following tasks:

  • Post something at the top of your remembered Timeline (for sharing a special message or to announce a memorial service)
  • Respond to friend requests
  • Change your profile picture and/or the cover picture
  • Download the photos, profile information and posts archive, which you shared on Facebook (this will require special permission)

In its blogpost, Facebook explains:

“Until now, when someone passed away, we offered a basic memorialized account which was viewable, but could not be managed by anyone. By talking to people who have experienced loss, we realized there is more we can do to support those who are grieving and those who want a say in what happens to their account after death.”

How to choose your “Legacy Contact”?

Open “Settings” and then select “Security” option. At the bottom of the page there will be a “Legacy Contact” button. Click on it to choose the contact.

The memorialized profiles on Facebook have also been redesigned and “Remembering” will now appear above the names.

These changes will be rolled out in the US first and afterwards, Facebook plans to expand this new service to other regions.

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