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How To Recover a Hacked Facebook Account Step by Step

A hacked Facebook account can cost you time, money, or even your reputation. Learn what to do if your Facebook was hacked (or you’ve lost access to it).

If you suspect a hack but can still sign in to your account, that may be the best-case scenario. That said, navigating the recovery process can be confusing.

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      Here’s How To Tell If Your Facebook Account Was Hacked

      • You’re unable to sign in to your Facebook account.
      • You receive a “password reset” email that you didn’t request.
      • Your friends and followers tell you that they’re getting suspicious direct messages (DMs) from your Facebook Messenger account that look like phishing scams.
      • You notice changes to your Facebook profile information (such as your name, birthday, address, etc.).
      • You're suddenly being targeted with more sophisticated Facebook scams.
      • There are posts or comments on your Facebook page that you never made.
      • People you don’t know receive friend requests from you.
      • You find Facebook login sessions you don’t recognize in your “Where You’re Logged In” settings.

      The unsettling truth is that it’s easier than ever for scammers to take control of your Facebook account.

      In April 2023, a Vietnamese threat actor exploited Facebook's Ads service, resulting in around half a million users being infected with information-stealing malware [*].

      Malware like this don’t just put your social media accounts at risk, but also your identity and finances.


      What To Do If You Still Have Access To Your Facebook Account

      If you suspect a hack but can still sign in to your account, consider yourself lucky.

      This is the best-case scenario when it comes to compromised accounts. That said, navigating the recovery process can be confusing.

      Step 1: Change your password

      Start by locking out hackers with a new password:

      • On an iOS or Android device: Tap on the Menu icon in the bottom right corner of your screen in the Facebook app (right next to Notifications). Then, select Settings & privacy, and then Password and security in the menu that follows. Under the header marked Login, select Change password and follow the directions to create a Facebook password.
      • From your web browser: Log in to your account at and then click on your profile photo in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Then, select Settings & Privacy, then Settings, then Security and Login. Scroll down to the Login section to change your password.


      Step 2: Check where you’re logged in

      Now, it’s time to see if hackers still have access to your account.

      In the same security features menu that you just used to change your password, you’ll be able to view all of the locations where your Facebook account is being accessed.

      Navigate back to Password and Security (or Security and Login on desktop). Just above the Change password option, you’ll see a section that says Where you’re logged in. This menu will show all the locations and devices that are logged in to your account.

      An iPhone 13 and Mac being shown as logged into a Facebook account
      Check your Facebook account’s active sessions for suspicious devices. Source: Aura Team

      If you’re using a mobile device, tap on any suspicious logins and select “Secure Account.” You’ll be prompted through a few more steps that will help you protect your account.

      If you see multiple unauthorized logins, it’s a cybersecurity best practice to log out of all sessions at once.

      Step 3: Report the incident to Facebook

      Finally, you’ll want to let Facebook know about the incident.

      Go back into your Settings & Privacy menu, and navigate to Password and security. Scroll all the way down to the Get help section, and select If you think your account was hacked. Follow the prompts to complete the reporting process.

      How To Recover a Hacked Facebook Account That You’ve Been Locked Out Of

      If you’re unable to get into your Facebook account, hackers may have already changed your account’s email or phone number.

      At this point, you’re essentially locked out and it will be much more cumbersome to recover your account.

      Even though Facebook’s official account recovery process is readily available online, many victims of aggressive Facebook account hackers have a hard time getting their accounts back.

      This is because account recovery protocols are exactly what hackers use to take over Facebook (and other online accounts) to begin with.

      As a result, companies like Meta (Facebook’s parent company) are forced to make the process long, arduous, and (sometimes) unsuccessful.

      If you’ve lost control of your Facebook account, these are the most effective steps you can take to get it back:

      Step 1: Open Facebook on all of your devices

      If you’re usually logged in to Facebook on multiple devices, open your Facebook app or webpage on all of your devices and see if any of them are still logged in.

      If the hacker forgot to log you out of each one, you might be in luck. See if any of your devices still open your Facebook page without logging you out first. If not, it’s time to get on with the account recovery process.

      Step 2: Find your account

      First, make sure to start the process on a computer or mobile device that you typically use to access your Facebook account.

      If you’re unable to log in to your account to change your password, visit The page will prompt you to enter the email address or phone number that you used to create your account.

      A field to enter email or phone number to recover a hacked Facebook account
      Facebook will ask you to submit the original email address or phone number that you used to sign up for your account. Source: Aura Team

      You can also enter your name or your Facebook profile URL into the search function if the search isn’t successful using your email address and phone number.

      Once you click on Search, the following page will show a list of Facebook accounts that match your search in some way. If you see your account, you can select it to begin the password reset process.

      Step 3: Change the email address connected to your Facebook account

      If the system is able to locate your account, it will ask to send a verification code to the address or phone number currently associated with the account. If the account or phone number listed do not belong to you, select No longer have access to these, and Cannot access my email.

      In most cases, Facebook will then start the process of changing the email address associated with your account.

      If this still doesn’t happen, there are a few more steps you can take:

      • Visit and select My account is compromised. The page will ask you to enter your account’s current password, or a previous one that you used in the past. Once you enter your password, select Secure my account, and then, I cannot access these.
      • If the above steps don’t allow you to change your account’s email address, try using your mobile device. Log in using the Facebook app, select Forgot password, and choose the prompts indicating that you can’t access the account’s current phone number and email address.
      Field to enter your current or old Facebook password to recover account
      Facebook will ask for a current or previous password in order to start securing your account. Source: ExpertReviews

      If you get far enough, you’ll fill out a form requesting a change to your account’s primary address, and submit a photo of your ID to Facebook support.

      From there, you’ll get an email to your account’s new address with a link to reset your password.

      Step 4: Set up a recovery email address

      Once you finally gain access to your account, go straight into your Settings & Privacy menu. Choose Settings, then General.

      From there, you can edit and delete any contact information associated with your account and remove any details that you don’t recognize as your own.

      Button to edit the primary email address on Facebook
      Update your contact information to a secure email or phone number. Source: Trusted Reviews

      Step 5: Clean up Facebook security settings

      Your next stop is the Security and Login menu. Download an authenticator app on your mobile device and use it to set up two-factor authentication (2FA) for your Facebook account.

      Next, visit General and remove the hacker’s phone number, email address, and any other unfamiliar contact information.

      Review the devices and locations listed under Where you’re logged in, and make sure everything looks accurate.

      Finally, visit the Setting up extra security section and sign up for alerts that notify you whenever Facebook detects a sign-in on an unusual web browser or unrecognized device.

      How To Report Someone Impersonating You on Facebook

      It’s well-known that scammers use fake accounts, fake websites, and fake stories to trick people into falling for their scams. But their ploys are even more effective if they use a real person’s profile or identity instead of fabricating one from scratch.

      If you discover that a hacker has created a new account using your name, profile picture, and photos, you’re dealing with an impersonation account set up by scammers.

      They can use it to run various types of scams, including contacting people on your friends list who will think that they’re communicating with you.

      To get rid of the scam account, report the fake account to Facebook. Click on the three dots on the cover photo of the account’s profile, and select Report on the menu that pops up. From there, you’ll be able to flag it as an impersonation account.

      To speed up the process, you can ask friends and family members to report the fake account on your behalf.

      📚 Related: The Worst Social Media Scams of 2023

      How To Protect Your Facebook Account From Hackers

      Recovering a hacked Facebook account is a long and frustrating process. It’s always easier to proactively protect your account against hackers and scammers.

      Here’s how to secure your Facebook account before it gets hacked:

      • Use strong, unique passwords for all of your online accounts. Set up a password manager to generate strong passwords. Aura’s password manager will warn you if your account is vulnerable or has been compromised in a recent data breach.
      • Enable 2FA on all sensitive accounts. 2FA adds an extra layer of security to your Facebook, banking, and email accounts. Don’t rely on SMS for receiving 2FA codes as they can be intercepted or hacked. Instead, use an authenticator app such as Google authenticator or Microsoft authenticator.
      • Disable third-party apps that are connected to your Facebook account. This way, if hackers muscle into your account, they won’t have immediate access to other personal accounts and apps. Visit Settings & Privacy, continue to Settings, and then click on Apps and Websites on the menu to the left.
      • Set up alerts for unrecognized login attempts. Under Setting up extra security in your Settings & Privacy menu, you can turn on alerts that will notify you whenever someone signs in to your account using a new device or browser.
      • Remove any payment methods that are linked to your account. While these features are convenient, they present a security risk if your account gets hacked.
      • Add a backup email address to your account. If you ever need to recover your account, having an extra email address linked will help you find your account more easily. You’ll also get security notifications sent to more than one place, which increases the chances that you’ll get those alerts in time to take action.
      • Be careful what you post. Limit the amount of personal information that you share on Facebook, especially when it comes to private details including your phone number, home address, hometown, and family members.
      • Tighten up the privacy settings on your Facebook account. Choose the strictest security options wherever possible, and take advantage of Facebook’s Privacy checkup feature to get a full picture of your account’s overall security status.
      • Install antivirus software and a virtual private network (VPN) to protect your device at all times from malware, spyware, and hackers.
      • Use Aura’s free Dark Web scanner to see if your account logins have been compromised. Aura scans recent data breaches and Dark Web sites and forums for your personal information.
      Take action: If scammers have access to your Facebook account, your online bank and other sensitive accounts could be at risk. Aura monitors your passwords and sensitive personal information, and alerts you in near real-time to any signs of fraud. Try Aura’s top-rated identity theft protection service free for 14 days.

      Keep Your Social Media Accounts Safe From Scammers

      When Kelly was notified that someone in Germany had signed in to her Facebook account, she knew something was seriously wrong.

      The Texas-based content creator doesn’t just use Facebook for keeping up with friends; she runs her business on social media — and the international hackers had put her livelihood in jeopardy [*].

      Despite using security precautions like 2FA, Kelly got completely locked out of her Facebook account — losing tens of thousands of dollars in potential earnings almost instantly.

      If your account has been hacked, act quickly to recover it. Then, protect yourself from future scams (or even identity theft) by using Aura.

      Aura monitors your most sensitive information — including all of your passwords — and alerts you in near real-time if any of your data has been compromised.

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