Wondering How to Recover Your Hacked Facebook Account? The Help is Here

| Updated on March 26, 2024

Facebook is a good store of users’ databases, be it personal or professional. And it sure can be tempting, especially for hackers. 


The popularity graph of Facebook is continuously rising, and FB is consistently improving its security features, but hackers know the breaching tricks that can break even z-black security. Therefore, every user must understand hacking and its related aspects to deal with hacked FB accounts and the counter-effects. 

Here we have made an attempt to make you aware of the possible causes, solutions, and precautions for defeating FB hacking and, most importantly, how to recover hacked Facebook account. 

Symptoms of a Hacked Facebook Account  

Are you wondering ‘My Facebook account was hacked, how to recover it?’ There are some symptoms that you have to pay attention to in order to find out and confirm whether your Facebook account is actually hacked. And they are as listed below:

  • Change in FB email or the Facebook password is changed.
  • The FB account is hacked and then locked.
  • The name or birthdate is changed.
  • The privacy policies are changed.
  • Some unknown people have become your FB friend without your knowledge.
  • Friend requests have been sent from your account.
  • If some random posts are posted from your account
  • Some unknown messages have been sent from your account, then Facebook Messenger is also hacked.

If you can notice any of these symptoms, your FB account is most likely hacked. Now let’s have a look at some possible reasons why one may hack a Facebook account. 

Why Do People Hack Facebook Accounts? 

Well, this could be a personal grudge or just hackers waiting for a loophole to steal your data. But for the majority, hacking is something not personal but pre-planned shenanigans to steal or misuse your data.

Personification can be another reason for hacking. So, the hacker may use your name or identity to perform unethical activities.

In a nutshell, whatever the reason, hacking is painful for the user as it is one kind of cybercrime. 

How to Recover a Hacked Facebook Account?

As soon as you realize that your Facebook account has got hacked, you have to act immediately to avoid damage, as much as possible. There are some steps that need to be taken to discover and recover a hacked Facebook account; let’s have a look: 

  1. Confirm by Checking Where You’re Logged In

    Sometimes, it may look like a hack, but in actuality, it is not. So the very first step is to confirm the hacking incident and not just start acting out of anxiety. Maybe you simply forgot to log out, or maybe someone in your family scrolled through your news feed. So that would not be considered a hack, and you can simply change the FB password or add a lock/password to your device. You can even go to Profile icon > Settings & privacy > Activity log and, under ‘Logged actions and other activity’, check the last devices that you logged in from in Active Sessions and see the time of your logins. This will give you a clear idea if you are in the safe zone or not.

  1. Change Your Password (if you can log in) 

    If the hacker has not yet changed your password, you are lucky because rescuing your account is much easier in this case. Just change your Facebook password, make some changes in security settings, and you are all good to go. So, to change the password on a hacked FB account, follow the steps given here below: 

    1. Sign in to your Facebook account.
    2. From the top right of the page, click on your Profile picture.
      click on your Profile picture.
    3. Then click on Settings and Privacy > “Settings”.
      click on Settings and Privacy
    4. Now, from the left tab, click Password and security.
       Password and security
    5. Now click on Password and Security from the left column.
      Tap on Password and Security.
    6. Then select Change Password.
      Tap on Change password.
    7. Now click on your Facebook profile.
      Tap on your profile.
    8. Lastly, enter the desired password and click on Change Password.
      Enter the detail and tap on Change Password.

3. Change Email Password

This is as important as changing Facebook’s password, the reason being that hackers will never want you to reset your FB profile’s password, and for that, they will even try to hack your email.

So even if the hacker has got your FB password, don’t let them weaken you; immediately secure your email’s password by changing it or whatever other means are available. The process of changing the email password may vary for each email service.

4. Reset Your Password (if you cannot log in)

If your password is no longer effective, you need to reset your Facebook password. Make sure you do it as soon as you get to know about hacking. For this:

  1. Firstly, click on the ‘Forgot your password’ or ‘Forgotten account’ option.
  1. Now, find your account, provide the phone number or email address associated with your account, and click ‘Search’.
    Find Your Account page on Facebook.
  1. After this, you need to choose one option below:

    “Use my Google account” 

    “Send code via email” 


    Send code via SMS 

    Select the option and click on Confirm.
  • Choose the suitable option. Verify your identity either by logging in to your Google account or providing the verification code.
  • Next, create a new password and retype it to confirm it.

5. Report Facebook Hacking

If you can’t log in to FB, it means the hacker has changed your password and this is something serious. You can talk to one of your FB friends about your recent activity on Facebook; if your profile picture or name has changed, if your friends got deleted, if your friends have been receiving private messages, or if the hackers have contacted any of your friends.

If hacking is the reason you are not able to access your FB account, report this to Facebook and get the recovery done:

  1. Simply go to https://www.facebook.com/hacked and select the option, then tap on Continue.
    Click on Continue.
  1. Then click on Get Started.
    Click on Get Started
  1. Wait for the bar to complete and tap on Continue.
    Tap on Get Started.
  1. Click ‘Continue’
    Click on Continue. 
  1. Now enter the current password and then create a new password and type it again. To confirm, press ‘Continue’.
    Enter new password and tap on Continue. 

6. Inform Your Friends

You need to inform your personal contacts regarding the hack, so that they can help you recover by reporting the account. In addition, the hackers are likely to post crazy stuff on your timeline, so alert your friends not to click anything as it can be spam. Also, refrain from sending private messages to avoid a breach of your personal information.

Hackers may pose as you and ask your friends and family for personal information such as bank PINs, passwords, cash, or other sensitive details. So make sure to warn all your close friends and family about this hacking incident and tell them to secure their accounts too. 

7. Remove Unknown Apps

Facebook lets you download different apps using your Facebook account. But it is important to remove the app that you do not use, or that you don’t recognize. Many of the apps access your personal information, so you must ensure not to allow access to your personal information. So, to remove the unwanted application, follow the steps given here:

  1. Click on the down arrow icon from the top right corner of your screen.
  2. Access Settings option.
  3. Now access the Apps and Websites option.
  4. Select the box next to the app that you want to delete and click Remove.
  5. Again, tap Remove in the confirmation option. You can also delete the data posted by the app for you.

If you don’t want to delete the app, but want to limit its access to your data, you can use the “View and edit” option. Here, you can track the personal information that the particular app uses.

The “Apps and Websites” option also includes a list of expired apps, past apps, and removed apps. Once the app is removed or expired, it will no longer be able to access your latest information, but the previously stored information remains in the database of the app. However, a data-removal request can be sent to apps that have your information stored.

8. Check Privacy Settings

You haven’t checked them for so long, so it is the right time to review them and make the necessary changes. Through the privacy settings, you can check who sees your posts, who can tag you, and similar other things. Moderating comment permissions and tagging permissions will surely do some good to you.

Steps to Recover A Hacked Account When You’re Logged Out

If unluckily, you have been logged out of your Facebook account due to hacking by the hacker, there are some ways that may help you out with this issue. 

Open Facebook  

The first and foremost method is to open Facebook on all the devices that have been used to log in to your hacked Facebook account. If you have multiple devices on which your hacked Facebook account is logged in, you can open them to check and see if any of them still has your account logged in. 

In case there is a device that still has your Facebook account logged in, you can try changing the password. However, if there isn’t, you have to go ahead with the recovery process of your hacked account. 

Look for Your Hacked Account 

For the recovery of your hacked Facebook account, you can start the steps on your device. As you are unable to log in to your Facebook account, follow the given points to find your account first: 

  • Go to facebook.com/login/identify.
  • Now you will be asked to enter your mobile number or email address
    Fill the bar and tap on Search.
  • If you have your Facebook profile’s URL, you can enter that as well and then hit Search

Change the Connected Email Address and Set Up a New One

Another way to try to get back the hacked Facebook account that you are logged out of is by changing the added email address to the hacked account. To do so, follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/hacked and select the option, then tap on Continue.
    Click on Continue
  1. Then click on Get Started.
    Click on Get Started. 
  1. Wait for the bar to complete and tap on Continue.
    Taps on Get Started. 
  1. Click ‘Continue’
    Clicks on Continue.
  1. Now enter the current password and then create a new password and type it again. To confirm, press ‘Continue’.
    Enter new pasword and tap on Continue. .webp

Make Changes in Your Account Settings

Lastly, once you have changed the password and restored your account, add a new email for recovery. The steps for it are as follows:

  • Open Facebook and tap on your profile icon from the top right.
    Tap on the Profile icon.
  • Then click on Settings and privacy > Settings.
    Tap on Settings  Settings and privacy..webp
  • From the column given on the left, tap on Personal details
    Click on Personal details
  • Now choose Personal details again from the left tab.
    Click on Personal details.
  • After that, click on Contact info.
    Select Contact info.
  • Lastly, click on Add new contact and enter the recovery email or mobile number
    Click on Add new contact.

With the help of above-given methods, you will hopefully be able to get your hacked Facebook account back if you were logged out of it.

Measures to Secure Your Account From Hacking 

It is a good thing if your account hasn’t been compromised (yet), which is why you shouldn’t wait and sit around for something to happen. Start taking notes to at least suffer less if something like this happens to you. We have compiled a basic list of all the can-dos that every user should follow. 

  1. Enable Two-Factor Authentication

    The higher you maintain the security of your Facebook, the better you can combat hacking attempts. Some basic security measures are; keeping your recovery information updated and using a strong password but for advanced security, it is important to do a little extra, such as enabling two-factor authentication.

    The two-factor authentication is tough to hack, unlike your password. It adds an extra shell of security to your FB account. No access can be made to your account until you authenticate the access by providing the code you receive on your mobile device. So, even if someone has your password, he/she cannot get into your account as the second means of authentication is only provided to the real owner of the account.

  • First login to your FB account and then tap on your profile icon from the top-right corner. 
    Tap on the Profiles icon..webp
  • Then go to Settings & privacy > Activity log by using the down arrow from the top-right corner.
    Tap on the Activity log.
  • Now, click on Logged actions and other activity from the left menu.
    Tap on Logged actions and other activity.
  • Click Edit for Use-Two factor authentication.
    Tap on Active sessions.
  • Now select from the list of the sessions that you can’t recall and tap on the three-horizontal dots next to it as shown below.
    Click on the three horizontal dots.
  • Once you do that, the option to Log out will appear, click on it, and you will be successfully logged out of that device. 
    Click on Log out.
  1. Removal of All Connected Websites and Applications

    Make sure that you have removed your account from all sorts of third-party applications and platforms. It may seem like a lot of work when you are not able to log in to such accounts automatically, but it is for the best if you want to be more safe and secure with your Facebook account.

    Ensure that a couple of people exercise admin rights to your page, in case you have one. If your account gets compromised, and you are the sole sailor, it will be next to impossible for you to recover your account. Also, tell the second admin to turn on two-factor authentication. 

  1. Setting Up Additional Login Security for Your Facebook Account

    It is pretty normal to feel a bit confused with the choices that are in the store on Facebook. But if one has to choose, we’d recommend opting for two-step verification with the use of an authentication application such as Google Authenticator.

    This process uses the mobile device as part of the login process. As soon as you have entered your username and password, you will be asked to enter a six-digit passcode that is generated by the application every time you try to access your account. This makes having your mobile device with you a necessity whenever you want to access your account. The sad part is that only a few people actually consider this.

  1. Keep Tabs on the Email Contacts of Your Account

    Having an alternative email address is a must in cases where Facebook has to send you notifications or other information about your account getting hacked. Also, make sure to have different passwords for both email accounts.

    This seems like a lot of work, and the links offered may not be of use in the near future since Facebook likes to make changes in the settings.

    If not for any of these measures, one can also make good use of third-party applications to make their account safer for both Android and iOS devices.

  1. Check if Any Payment Methods Have been Configured with Facebook 

    Users think of safety, but at the same time link their Apple Pay or other payment accounts with Facebook. Business accounts usually entertain this idea, and one can simply check whether they have done the same or not by clicking here. If any payment methods have been configured, visit here to get rid of all the payment methods. Keep in mind that stopping all ad campaigns is a must before you move forward with this idea. 

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Words of Wisdom 

Do not randomly click on any message on the basis of assumption. If the link that pops up states that your account has been compromised, do not open it, and do not follow up by calling on any given number. You can check directly from the website or with the app if you want to be on the safe side of things.

Try to be more aware of everything that is going on. Keep tabs on posts that you didn’t make, messages that were never sent by you, or purchases that weren’t made by you, for that matter. This can help you know whether someone has access to your password or if your account has been hacked. 

Using social media sites like FB is fun and beneficial for personal and professional growth, but it can be bothersome if the security measures are neglected. So, if your FB account is also hacked, learn a lesson for the future and keep the greatest security on. Moreover, you are also recommended to report your hacked FB account at the Facebook help center. 

Khushboo Chhibber

Senior Web Writer and Video Creator

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