How To Delete All Your Facebook Activity

Facebook: A Stalking Time-Machine

Only a few days ago, a friend of mine sent me an old photo which showed us partying (really hard) at the age of ±17 years. Where did he get it from? Correct, Facebook reminded him of it. I personally don’t really have a problem to share these kinds of photos with people – as long I know them quite good. However, I don’t like the fact that my entire past is recorded on a Facebook timeline, for anyone to access, review, download, and stalk. Let’s not even talk about the big data Facebook is gathering and the personal profile Facebook is constructing out of my activity.

Deleting Your Activity? Not That Easy

Today I sat down and thought: “Well, let me simply delete all of my past Facebook posts, likes, photos, and videos.” However, as it turned out this was easier said than done. It seems that Facebook doesn’t want you to delete all your past activities on the platform. In fact, it is impossible to delete all your activity with a single click. This “Delete Everything Button” does not exist. So, Facebook wants you to click manually on every single activity of you to review and then delete it. Considering that most of us are active users on Facebook for several years, this process apparently will take days. However, there is a fast-track to delete your Facebook history.

Using A Script to Eradicate Vacate Your Timeline

Nobody wants to sit hours and days in front of a PC clicking the same buttons all over again. Fortunately, there is a way how you can automate this process. This works by using a manual script in your browser. I just found a straightforward Chrome extension which will run a script on your Facebook activity log. The script will run for several hours depending on how active you were on Facebook in the past. Several hours are still faster than deleting all activities manually. If you too want to get rid of your Facebook past, follow the following steps.

How To Delete All Your Facebook Activity: Step By Step

1) Turn on your PC or Mac

The steps described below do only work on a PC or Mac. There is no shortcut which you can use on your mobile device or your Facebook app.

2) Use the Google Chrome Browser to Access Facebook

I tried several scripts to delete my Facebook activity. The easiest and most reliable procedure works with Google Chrome. So if you don’t use Google Chrome click here to get it.

3) Log-In to your Facebook Account Using Chrome

The next step – apparently – is to log in to your Facebook account.

4) Download the “Social Book Post Manager” Extension for Chrome

Social Book Post Manager Plugin Chrome Extension Google Chrome Store Delete Facebook Activity

Next, download the necessary extension for Google Chrome. The extension is called “Social Book Post Manager.” Click here to install it in Chrome or open the same link in the Chrome browser you want to use to delete your Facebook activity.

5) Navigate to Your “Activity Log”

Facebook View Activity Log Button

Now go to your own Facebook profile and click on the “View Activity Log” button.

6) Click on the Icon of the newly Installed Extension

First, select on the right-hand side of the Facebook activity log which activity you want to delete or hide. For example posts you have posted, posts you were tagged in, photos, videos, etc. You can delete your own posts but you can only hide posts or photos you were tagged in.

Now you select which time frame you would like to delete everything from your activity log. You can choose specific years and or months. If you want to remove everything, select “Select All.”
Check or uncheck the “Prescan on Page” selection however you desire. If you run the script in the background, you probably won’t need a prescan.

To start the script and to DELETE EVERYTHING from your Facebook activity log click on “Delete” or “Hide”.

For better results read the update below.

Facebook Does Not Want Us To Do This

The question which remains is the following: why does Facebook not merely offers a button to delete all of our Facebook activity? Why do they – on purpose – design this process like a pain in the ass?

I leave the question with you. Be aware what you post on Facebook and don’t allow Facebook to become too mighty in your life. Try to implement alternative services into your life. I switched nearly all of my communication to Telegram

I hope this post was helpful for you. If it was, feel free to leave a comment or share it with your loved ones.

Update for better results:

  • Don’t open any other Facebook window in another browser tab and don’t open any Facebook app on your phone or tablet while running the script.
  • Deactivate or delete any other Facebook-related Chrome plugins you might have already installed. Other plugins might interfere with “Social Book Post Manager”. To see all your installed plugins visit: chrome://extensions/
  • If the plugin does not delete everything, please reduce the speed in which the plugin runs. The standard speed is 4x. If the plugin skips too much of your activity, set it to 2x or 1x or even slower. In this case, think about running your PC for one night in the background.
  • If you have been a heavy Facebook user (myself included) the script might not be 100% accurate. For better results simply run the plugin multiple times.
  • After my entire activity log and timeline was eradicated (it was empty, not a single post on it), there were still appearing old posts on my Facebook timeline out of nothing (every now and then). I simply deleted these posts by hand.

Note from August 2021:

I see some comments who claim that this method does not work anymore. I can neither confirm nor deny it, as I deleted my Facebook account entirely. If it worked for you, please let others know in the comment section.

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42 replies on “How To Delete All Your Facebook Activity”

Thank you. Safety is paramount these days and as a grandma my little safety comes first ie too many pictures of them on fb. Not only that i dont want everything i like and see the business of people i dont know. Thank you 🙂

This thing does not work. I have been running multiple over the past few days and I am now starting to remove things manually. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME

I use it in Chrome browser and it all works fine! Have deleted all posts since 2007, when I got hooked on FB. What a relief! It took a while to have it all deleted – one year at a time (ca. 15 minutes per year with my FB activity). Now it’s time to delete all my likes. Perhaps even more important… Happy New Year.

It DOESN’T get the job 100% done. Probably not even 50%.
It highlights the activity according to your criteria (i.e. comments on photos.), but when you confirm deleting everything, it just deletes some of the most recent ones.

No. Not in chrome browser. Remember to uncheck to box regarding confirmations – then it just deletes it all 🙂

Unfortunately this extensions doesn’t actually work. From the varied reviews it seems it may briefly have worked for a few users. For the majority it does not. There is hopefully a replacement out there somewhere.

Works 100% for me. Perhaps you should re-read the instructions. I’ve deleted over 8,000 posts since 2008 using this tool. So it doesn’t work ‘briefly’ either. You have to run it multiple times.

Seems not working. Using CHROME and confirmation box unchecked as you said.
Any feedbac??? Please.

Depends on what you’re doing or not doing. Did you follow every step? Did you go to your activity log? When you ran the extension, did you select a specific year or select all? Did you select all for the months?
Here’s the important part: Did you slow down the speed when it didn’t work the first time? For me, the default 4X speed was too fast and it missed a lot of posts. 1x or .5x worked for me. Hope that helps.

Works brilliantly! What a timesaver! Saved me days of agony deleting. Did not work at the default rate of x4 but, as instructed, changed it to x2 and worked wonderfully!

Hi? tahnks for such great stuff but my problem is still pending. Actually I want to clear removes friends from activity log. There is option to delete every activity for example delete post, remove comment, remove reaction , clear searches except clear unfriend list. So, please give me a solution to clear removes friends log in Facebook.

app does not work with the new facebook page, just sits for awhile with no visible activity, and then says no results found, it apparently doesn’t mesh with the new activity log layout

Not working for me at all, have they done something to block it? Just get “no entry found” even if I just select one month from a year?

I’m sorry to be dumb, but I can’t get this to work and I see that you say it definitely does. I go to my activity log, and select a filter for 2010 on FB. Then I click the script and select the 2010 year, and —-all—- for the month, and put nothing in the “text contains” and “text not contains” fields, I choose 1x speed and press delete. After a couple of minutes it says “no entries found”.

That´s really bad news. I’ve beeing searching for so many different alternatives to clean past fb posts. All of them doesn’t work, and it seems to be some sort of Facebook counterstrike.

Does not work – I can do this as we run a number of different scripts to achieve it – as you started by saying facebook doesn`t want you to do this – so to my mind thats a good reason to do it.

I see some comments who claim that this method does not work anymore. I can neither confirm nor deny it, as I deleted my Facebook account entirely. If it worked for you, please let others know in the comment section.

as of 10.2012, it works only for deleting 1 day at a time.
Too bad, this was a great thing !
FB implemented a button to delete all but at this moment is does not work.
Deleting one day at a time is still way better than 1 post at a time.
Still, having to select every time the year and month then hit delete and hit OK are too many clicks. Id wish at least the ‘select all’ would have been already preselected in year and month. Got 12 years to delete …daily …thats crazy 🙁

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