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How to change your Facebook password

How to change your Facebook password
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Knowing how to change your Facebook password is incredibly important for users of the world’s largest social network. As your account serves as a repository of your interests, photos, contacts and all manner of other personally identifiable information, keeping it secure is incredibly important.

Ideally, you’ll want to use a strong, complex password for your Facebook though you should also be ready to update it in the event that your account, your email or the service itself is maliciously compromised.

In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you exactly how to change your password on Facebook, using either the desktop site or the mobile app.

How to change your Facebook password on PC and Mac

1. Click the “Account” icon in the top-right corner of Facebook. It’s a small downwards-pointing arrow.

How to change password on Facebook: Open account settings

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2. Click “Settings & privacy,” then “Settings.” This will take you to the General Account Settings page.

How to change password on Facebook: Open Settings and privacy

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3. Click “Security and login” in the left sidebar. Then, under “Login,” click “Change password.”

How to change password on Facebook: Click on Change password

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4. Type in your current password, then type the new password you want in the “New” and “Retype new” fields. Depending on your cookies and auto-save settings, your current password may already be filled in.

How to change password on Facebook: Enter current and new passwords

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5. Click “Save Changes” to save your new password, which you can use from now on.

How to change password on Facebook

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How to change your Facebook password on Android and iOS

1. In the Facebook app, open the main menu by tapping the icon on the far right of the toolbar.

How to change password on Facebook app: Open menu

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2. Scroll down and tap on “Settings & Privacy,” then tap “Settings.”

How to change password on Facebook app: Open settings

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3. In the Security section, tap “Security and login.” This will open up a new sub-menu. Under “Login,” tap “Change password.”

How to change password on Facebook app: Tap Login

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4. Enter your current password, type your new password, then retype your new password in the respective fields.

How to change password on Facebook app: Type current and new passwords

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5. Tap “Update Password” to save your new password. And with that you're done: you now know how to change password on Facebook on desktop and mobile.

What if I’ve forgotten my current Facebook password?

If you can’t remember your current Facebook password, and your computer doesn’t auto-fill it for you, an alternative way to change your password is to go through the password reset process. Here’s how:

1. On PC and Mac, follow steps 1 though 3 as they’re given above. On Android and iOS, again follow steps 1 through 3. You’ll need to be on the settings page on which you’d enter and retype a new password.

2. Click “Forgotten your password?” on PC/Mac, or “Forgotten password?” on Android/iOS. You’ll be prompted to send a code to reset your password to the email account associated with your account.

How to change password on Facebook: reset your password

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3. Click “Continue” or “Next” to send the code to your email address. Without closing Facebook, retrieve the code from your inbox. It may take a few minutes to arrive.

How to change password on Facebook: enter password reset code

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4. Back in Facebook, enter the code and hit “Continue” or “Next.” You can now enter your new password. Click or tap “Continue” or “Next” to finalize the reset and start using your new password.

How to change password on Facebook: Choose new password after reset

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Anthony Spadafora
Anthony Spadafora

Anthony Spadafora is the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to password managers and the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. Before joining the team, he wrote for ITProPortal while living in Korea and later for TechRadar Pro after moving back to the US. Based in Houston, Texas, when he’s not writing Anthony can be found tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.