What to do if you forgot your Facebook password?

Have you ever forgotten your Facebook password? Many people never log into Facebook these days but use Facebook to log into other apps and services.

Developers use Facebook to provide users with quick and convenient authentication. For example, most dating apps, including Tinder and Bumble, allow users to log in using Facebook.

So, if you forget your Facebook password, you could find yourself locked out of several other apps and services! 

This article will explain what to do if you have forgotten your Facebook password, plus how you can manage your passwords better!

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How to Reset Your Facebook Password

There are a few ways to recover your Facebook password, so we'll cover a few options.

Have You Checked Your Browser?

These days, most people save passwords in the browser. If you're logging in using another device (or browser), try checking your browser's password manager, where you'll likely find your Facebook credentials!

Saving passwords in a browser like Google Chrome is risky because these password managers are unencrypted. We have another article about the risks of saving passwords in Chrome and our recommendations for a better password manager solution.

If you have no luck with the browser, there are a couple of Facebook options for resetting your password.

   

Facebook Password Reset

It's important to note that Facebook makes regular changes to its user interfaces. Some steps might differ slightly.

You'll need access to either the email address or mobile number connected to your Facebook account to complete this password reset process.

If you have forgotten or no longer have access to your Facebook email or mobile number, you cannot log into your account!

   

1. Go to facebook.com/login—you should see a login page with two inputs, a blue Log In button, a Forgotten Account? link, and a Create New Account button.

  

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2. Click the Forgotten Account link below the Log In button. 

  

3. Enter your email or mobile number—it must be connected to your Facebook account!

  

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4. Next, Facebook gives you a couple of options. If you use Gmail for Facebook, you can sign in to your Facebook account using Google. Alternatively, you can choose to Send a code via email.

     

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5. If you choose to send a code to email, Facebook will email you a six-digit code.

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6. Copy/paste the security code into the input that says Enter code and click Continue.

    

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7. Next, you will need to create a new password. We recommend using a secure password generator to create a strong password.

   

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8. Enter your new password and click Continue—make sure you keep a record of your new password!

   

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9. Next, you have the option to Log out of other devices or Stay logged in. It's always best practice to log out of all devices, but this is entirely up to you. Make your choice and click Continue.

   

10. Facebook will log you in, and you should arrive on the familiar Feed page.

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How to NEVER Get Locked Out of Facebook Again

Facebook has an excellent feature where you can assign trusted friends or family to help you log in to your Facebook account—even if you have forgotten your email address or mobile number!

You can choose 3 to 5 friends to contact if you are ever locked out of your Facebook account. These trusted contacts can send you a code and URL to access your account.

Here's how to set it up: 

   

1. Go to Security and login under Facebook settings.

  

2. Scroll down to Choose 3 to 5 friends to contact if you are locked out under the Setting up extra security section.

   

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3. Click Edit and then Choose Friends.

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4. A popup will appear. Click Choose Trusted Contacts.

   

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5. In the next window, add three to five friends, and click Confirm. We recommend choosing family members rather than friends!

   

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6. These people will receive a notification that you have chosen them. So make sure you inform your trusted contacts beforehand to avoid confusion.

  

7. Depending on how many people you chose, your recovery friends will appear below Your trusted contacts:

   

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Setting up Recovery Codes

Another way to prevent being locked out of Facebook is by setting up your recovery codes—handy if you no longer have access to your email or mobile number!

Here's how to set up your recovery codes in Facebook:

  1. Go to Security and login under Facebook settings.
  2. Scroll down to Use two-factor authentication under the Two-factor authentication section.
  3. Click Edit next to Use two-factor authentication.
  4. Scroll down to Recovery codes under Add a backup method.
  5. Click Set Up.
  6. A popup will appear. Click Get Codes.
  7. Facebook will generate ten codes. You can either Download these or create new ones with the Get New Codes button.
  8. When you click download, a recovery_codes.txt file will save to your Downloads Folder. 
  9. You can use these codes to recover your Facebook account in the future.

We recommend printing these recovery codes and filing them unmarked in a physical filing system. If you save these codes on your PC or in the cloud, make sure the file is unidentifiable so hackers don't find them!

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Making Your Facebook Account More Secure

Your Facebook account holds a lot of personal information and provides access to other apps and accounts. We recommend taking the following steps to secure your Facebook account.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

MFA is an excellent way to add an extra layer of security to your Facebook account. Facebook offers several MFA options, including Google Authenticator, text (SMS), security key, and recovery codes.

The easiest method is sticking to two-factor authentication using Google Authenticator (GA). To log in to Facebook, you will need your password and a six-digit code from GA. Without the GA code, you can't log into your Facebook account.

Text message (SMS) verification works similar to GA, but Facebook sends you an SMS with the six-digit code instead. 

2FA is important because it prevents attackers from logging in, even if they steal your password.

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How to Improve Your Password Management

With any password reset, prevention is better than cure! Using a password manager is the best way to manage your login credentials securely and not have to worry about remembering passwords!

TeamPassword is a password manager designed to make sharing credentials easy and secure! You never have to remember or enter passwords when logging in because TeamPassword does it all for you.

Here's a quick look at some of TeamPassword's key features that make it the best password manager for small businesses.

Multiple Browser Extensions

TeamPassword works like a master key for all of your accounts. Instead of using your credentials, you log in using a TeamPassword browser extension. 

TeamPassword currently supports the three most popular browsers, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. So, whether your team works on Mac or PC, TeamPassword has them covered.

All you have to do is log into your TeamPassword browser extension, and the password manager enters the relevant credentials when logging in to one of your accounts.

Sharing Credentials With Groups

TeamPassword's most robust feature is its ability to share credentials securely. If your team still shares passwords via email, Slack, or spreadsheets, you are exposing your company and customers to many cybersecurity risks.

In some countries or US States, sharing credentials this way might be illegal—opening your company to prosecution in the event of a data breach!

With TeamPassword, you create groups to share credentials with team members. For example, you might have a marketing group, legal group, or accounts group. Each of these has access to relevant accounts and applications.

You can also create groups for your clients,, so they have separate access and permissions.

TeamPassword's groups are also great for hiring contractors or freelancers. Set these temporary team members up on TeamPassword and remove them when they complete the job. No need to share raw login credentials or change passwords when a coworker leaves the team!

Built-In Secure Password Generator

If you need to change credentials, TeamPassword's built-in password generator lets you create 12-32 character passwords using uppercase, lowercase, symbols, and numbers.

Create a new password and update the credentials for all team members with a couple of clicks. Teams continue working as usual—no need to jump on email or Slack to find out "who changed the password" or "please send me the new credentials!"

Stay Notified With TeamPassword's Activity Logs

TeamPassword's activity logs allow managers to monitor coworker access and investigate where they suspect unauthorized access or credential sharing.

You can also set up email notifications to get instant alerts to your most sensitive data and accounts.

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

TeamPassword is a password manager with 2FA. So, like Facebook, you can add an extra layer of security to your TeamPassword account—preventing a full breach if someone steals a coworker's password!

TeamPassword uses Google Authenticator, which is available on all Android and iOS devices.

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