You could have occasionally encountered this situation. You check into Facebook and see one of your pals hasn’t posted anything in a while. You look for their profile, but it’s no longer there. They seem to have completely disappeared from Facebook!
There are a few potential causes when this occurs. First, it’s possible that the person’s account was removed. Second, it’s possible that they blocked you. Third, their Facebook account might have been momentarily disabled.
This post will mostly address the first circumstance and explain how to locate the deleted profile. However, we also need to briefly discuss the second and third possibilities. You’ll know everything there is to know about erased Facebook profiles by the time we’re done. Let’s get going!
How to Tell if Someone Has Blocked You on Facebook
Before attempting to locate a friend’s deleted Facebook profile, you must first determine if that person has blocked you. Even if their account has been destroyed, you won’t be able to view it if someone has blocked you.
Use the Facebook search bar to look up your buddy to learn more. They may have unfriended you, but if they appear, they haven’t blocked you.
Another choice is to directly enter the URL of the person’s Facebook profile in your address bar. “https://www.facebook.com/first.last.#” will be the profile’s URL. Your friend’s first name is represented by “first,” and their last name is represented by “last.” # is a symbol for a numeric code. Each John Doe on the platform will have their own unique numerical code if there are 10,000 of them. As a result, unless your friend has a highly unusual name, this isn’t really practicable.
The account has been deactivated if your friend’s profile page displays “Sorry, This Page Is Not Available.” Either that, or your access has been BLOCKED .
How can you tell which is which, then? Then, log out of Facebook and copy the person’s profile URL from your browser window. Re-paste the URL in your browser, then press Enter. The account has been terminated if the page still displays “Sorry, This Page Is Not Available.” If, however, you can see the person’s profile while signed out, you have been unblocked.
Having your account disabled on Facebook has several repercussions. You won’t be able to view anyone’s profile or any of their posts if they have blocked you. You cannot send the person friend requests because they won’t be listed in any search results. Even if you had had a Messenger chat with them, you cannot send them messages.
How to Find a Facebook Profile that Has Been Deleted
You’ve tried the aforementioned methods, and your friend’s profile has unquestionably been deleted. Is there any way to still watch it? The answer is occasionally, despite numerous internet claims to the contrary. You might be able to view a deleted account in one of three ways. Let’s discuss each technique.
Check it out on Facebook
It’s simple to delete a Facebook profile. To delete the account, navigate to your account settings and scroll down. The profile immediately vanishes from Facebook at that point. However, in accordance with Facebook’s own regulations, backup copies are only kept for a brief time. Every backup is preserved for at least a month, and some can last up to 90 days.
The URL can still be entered to visit the page during that time. This isn’t always feasible, as we already explained. But you can still visit the removed page if you know the URL. Please note that this method is only effective if the backup profile is still present on the server.
Find a Cached Page
You might still be able to locate a cached copy of the profile even after Facebook deletes it. Each page that they index is captured in a single snapshot by search engines like Google. If it hasn’t been too long, a cached version might still be available on one of the top search engines.
Enter “Site:Facebook.com user” into Google’s search bar, where “user” stands for the name of the person you’re looking for. Click the three vertical dots next to the link if any results appear. There will be a pop-up. Find the “Cached” button in the bottom right corner and click it. The profile’s most recent Google snapshot will be displayed.
Don’t give up if nothing comes up on Google. You can try your luck with another search engine since different search engines cache pages at various times. Other search engines like Bing and DuckDuckGo offer comparable functions.
Looking for an older version
If all else fails, you might check archive.org to see if your friend’s profile is there. This website stores copies of web pages so that they can still be accessible even after being erased. There are a few drawbacks to this approach, though. First off, only pages that have been requested by a user are backed up by archive.org. Most likely, no one has saved your deleted profile to an archive.
Second, there have been rumours that Facebook has forbidden archive.org from saving its pages. However, we were able to locate some Facebook content when we went to archive.org. Your results may differ.
How to Get Back Your Own Profile’s Deleted Posts
Even if you erase posts from your profile, they still exist. No other Facebook users can see them since they are hidden from view. When you scroll down your page, not even you can see them. What happens, though, if you change your mind about something you deleted? There is a way, however it is specific to your individual profile. A post that has been deleted by another user cannot be recovered.
In the upper right corner, click your profile image, then choose “Settings and Privacy.” Click “Activity Log” after that. You’ll be taken to a site where you may search through practically all of your Facebook activity as a result. You will be able to see everything you’ve done, including deleted and added posts.
How to Get a Facebook Account Back
For cancelled accounts on Facebook, there is a grace period of 30 days. During this window, you can undo the deletion if you change your mind. Go to Facebook and log in first. Your information should typically be accepted. Facebook may, however, request further forms of identification verification. You could be prompted to enter more personal information or name a particular buddy who appears in a photo.
You’ll receive a popup with the choices “Confirm Deletion” and “Cancel Deletion” after your credentials have been approved. Your grace period will continue to run out if you choose to “Confirm Deletion,” which will log you back out. Your account will be reinstated if you choose to “Cancel Deletion”. All of your posts, pictures, and videos will once more be viewable, along with your profile. Even your relationships with friends will endure.
Facebook Accounts: Disabled vs. Deleted
You don’t have to delete your Facebook account if you’re considering doing so to pressure yourself to take a vacation. Instead, Facebook lets you temporarily deactivate your account. Let’s discuss how they differ from one another.
Your Facebook account is permanently deleted if you do so. There is no way to get it back after 30 days. Your pictures, videos, and other posts are all lost as a result. Your friendships are also. You’ll need to start over with a new account if you want to access Facebook again. The possibility of losing access to other apps is perhaps the most significant. Your Facebook account’s app connections will no longer work.
Eventually, deleted Facebook profiles vanish forever. However, if you have the user ID, you can still view them within 30 days. A cached copy of the profile might also be accessible. If you act within 30 days, you can even retrieve your own deleted profile.