Facebook provides a way for you to designate a legacy contact to manage your account should something happen to you. 

Facebook has grown into more than just a social gathering place online.  It has evolved into an online repository of memories, photos, and conversations.  It has become a place where many document their daily lives, much like a diary.  But what happens when someone passes away?  In an effort to help families preserve memories, they have introduced a new feature that allows you to designate a Legacy Contact – a person to manage your account once you pass away.  How does this work?

Once Facebook is notified of someone’s passing, they will release the account to the Legacy Contact.  At that time, the Legacy Contact will be able to  do the following:

  • Write a post to display at the top of the memorialized timeline.
  • Respond to friend requests
  • Update the profile picture and cover photo

If you’d like, you can also give your legacy contact permission to download an archive of photos, posts and profile information.

How To Designate A Legacy Contact:

From the Security menu, select Legacy Contact

  • Add your friend
  • Specify whether you would like to give them permission to download an archive of your profile, including photos and posts.
  • Specify whether you would like to delete your account after your passing
  • Click Close.

For more information on Legacy Contact, please refer to Facebook’s original announcement here.

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