What to do if you forget your Facebook log-in and password

Forgot your Facebook password? Discover how to change it and log in again.

Whether you document every moment of your life, use it as a platform for your views or just login every other day for a cursory glance at your friends, Facebook is part of life for 2.5 billion people around the world.

Facebook requires a password to login, and at some point many of us will struggle to get in. Fortunately it’s easy to reset your password and login again.

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If you fancy a break from Facebook check out our article, Fed up of Facebook, but want to keep Messenger? Here's how to do it...

I forgot my Facebook password

1: If you have forgotten your password you will need to click on the ‘Forgotten account?’ button on the right hand of the Facebook login home page.

Facebook password reset screen

2: This takes you through to the Find Your Account page, where you have the option of typing your username, phone number, email or full name into the box provided. Then simply click ‘Search.’

Facebook Find Your Account

3: You’ll see a list of accounts that match your search. Find yourself and click ‘This is my account.’

Facebook Identify your account

4: Choose the Reset Your Password method to get your password reset code sent via email. If you've set up a phone number, you can have the code sent by SMS, and if you have a Yahoo! account connected to your Facebook account, you can reset your passord using the Yahoo! Account Manager.

Facebook reset your password screenshot

5: Follow the instructions on the reset link and enter the code sent.

Facebook security code request

I can’t log in with my mobile number

You might just be entering it incorrectly. Drop any ‘0’ and ‘+’ digits and make sure you use your country code. It's 44 for the UK and 353 for Ireland.

How do I change or reset my Facebook password?

If you know what your current password is but want to change it, head to Settings. This can be found in the menu at the top right hand corner of any Facebook page by clicking the small black triangle pointing down ▼.

Facebook password

Once on this page, click Security and login - Change password and type in your current and new passwords before clicking ‘Save changes.’

For advice on picking a strong password we've got advice on keeping your personal accounts secure.

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