How to Deactivate Facebook Account

Deactivating your Facebook account is a straightforward process. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you deactivate your account on both desktop and mobile devices.

Deactivating Your Facebook Account on Desktop

  1. Log In to Facebook
  • Open your web browser and go to Facebook.
  • Log in with your username and password.
  1. Access Account Settings
  • Click on the Account icon (downward-facing triangle) in the top-right corner of the Facebook page.
  • Select Settings & privacy from the dropdown menu.
  • Click on Settings.
  1. Navigate to Your Facebook Information
  • In the left-hand menu, click on Your Facebook Information.
  1. Deactivate Your Account
  • Click on Deactivation and Deletion.
  • Select Deactivate Account and then click on Continue to Account Deactivation.
  1. Confirm Deactivation
  • Facebook will ask you to provide a reason for deactivating your account. Choose a reason from the list provided.
  • You may be given the option to opt-out of receiving emails from Facebook. If you do not wish to receive emails, check the box.
  • Click on Deactivate to confirm.

Deactivating Your Facebook Account on Mobile

Using the Facebook App

  1. Open the Facebook App
  • Launch the Facebook app on your smartphone or tablet.
  1. Access Menu
  • Tap on the Menu icon (three horizontal lines) located in the bottom-right corner (iOS) or top-right corner (Android).
  1. Go to Settings & Privacy
  • Scroll down and tap on Settings & Privacy.
  • Tap on Settings.
  1. Your Facebook Information
  • Scroll down to the Your Facebook Information section.
  • Tap on Account Ownership and Control.
  1. Deactivate Your Account
  • Tap on Deactivation and Deletion.
  • Select Deactivate Account and then tap on Continue to Account Deactivation.
  1. Confirm Deactivation
  • Provide a reason for deactivating your account when prompted.
  • You may choose to opt-out of receiving emails from Facebook by checking the appropriate box.
  • Tap on Deactivate to confirm.

Important Notes

  • Temporary Deactivation: Deactivating your account is temporary. Your profile will be hidden, and people won’t be able to search for you, but your information will not be deleted. You can reactivate your account at any time by logging back in.
  • Messenger: If you use Facebook Messenger, deactivating your account will not deactivate Messenger. You will need to deactivate Messenger separately if you do not want to use it.
  • Data Preservation: Deactivation does not delete your data. If you want to permanently delete your account and all its data, you will need to select the “Delete Account” option instead of “Deactivate Account.”

By following these steps, you can successfully deactivate your Facebook account, giving you a break from the social network while preserving your data for future use if you decide to return.


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.