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How To Unlock Temporarily Locked Facebook Account

Everybody knows that Facebook is a convenient channel for passing and sharing information, but security at Facebook is becoming critical nowadays.

Facebook has developed such a system that it can detect even the subtle case, where an account is taken over and has been used continuously to send spam. When this happens, Facebook shuts off access to the account immediately.

As a result of that, not only hackers or spammers are penalized, but Facebook strikes hard at ignorant people (like us!) whose sole purpose is social networking through Facebook. But the only reason Facebook does that is for security purposes

One of my friends recently suffered, in the same way, one morning with a popped-up message “Facebook Account Temporarily Locked”.

Reasons Why My Facebook Account got locked

I have spotted a possible list of reasons for any sudden disabled Facebook account.

  1. Maybe Facebook is making an improvement in the database and the account “Locked” are stored. During this time, you won’t be able to gain access to the account. It may not last more than an hour.
  2. Maybe somebody probably reported your account as a fake account or requested Facebook to block the account. Remember it never happens with a single-person view but of mass. Reporting may happen because you may be running a fake account with a fake name, annoying a person by posting content that doesn’t follow the Facebook terms, or by sending continuous friend requests.
  3. You may have got a warning from Facebook, but you still continued prohibited behavior after receiving multiple warnings.
  4. Maybe Facebook has detected suspicious activity and has temporarily suspended it due to security precautions.
  5. You may have been involved in randomly adding a large number of friends and sending continuous messages to your friend list. Due to this, an unknown friend has detected that as spam or reported abuse. Even if a large number of people report abuse or spam, it may lead to your Facebook account is temporarily locked.
  6. Maybe randomly using different devices to open a Facebook account.
  7. Maybe you are creating a fake Facebook account with some other identity (by using the name, profession, etc.)

Facebook Account Temporarily Locked Solution. How to recover?

When your Facebook account gets locked, you may get a message “For security reasons your account is temporarily locked”.

When you experience such a situation, you will be given a list of options on “how to unlock your Facebook account”.

Try the below options to verify and unlock your temporarily locked Facebook account :

  • Don’t Open your Facebook account for up to 96 hrs. Clear the cache and stuff like history etc. It may be back to normal.
  • If you still can’t, go through the automated security verification process. Maybe Facebook has detected some suspicious activity and your account got locked. In such cases,
    • You can verify by confirming your mobile number. Facebook will send you a code, you need to enter and verify your Facebook account. Once you have verified, you may be able to unlock your Facebook account.
    • Account authenticity: Facebook will give you an option to verify by identifying the photos of your friends. You need to identify at most five photos to unlock your Facebook account. You will be provided with two lifelines, in case you weren’t able to identify your tagged friend in one go.
      • Once you have succeeded in identifying the tagged photo of your friend, you will be welcomed with a message “Account verified congratulation!”
      • You have to click continue to proceed to the next step. You will be asked for your current email address or you can go with your new email address.
      • You will be asked to enter a new security question. Enter your preferred security question and at last, your Facebook account gets unlocked. Further, you can proceed with an unlocked Facebook account by logging in.
  • If you think, your Facebook account was locked or disabled by mistakes. No worries, you can submit an appeal to Facebook by clicking here. You have to identify your identity by submitting an ID card, which must include your name and date of birth.
    • Facebook will give you an option to identify yourself. Firstly, you can submit any government-issued ID that must contain your name and date of birth. Option 1 includes a Birth certificate, driver’s license, Passport, Marriage certificate, Voter ID card, and Green card for more options, you can click here.
    • If the above option doesn’t suit for any reason or you didn’t have the above-listed ID, you have to provide two different IDs. The name contained in your ID must match each other. Also, one of your ID proofs must contain a photo or date of birth. Option 2 includes a bank statement, bus card, credit card, Library card, school card, and utility card for more options you can click here. Remember, before submitting documentation such as credit card or social security number you should cover up personal information.

If you’re thinking, about what Facebook will do with your ID proof. Don’t worry, they just use it to verify your identity. Once done, they delete your ID information.

It may take a week for a response. So have patience, if you’re clean and mistakenly violated any policies, you will be given a chance to recover your locked Facebook account.

In some cases, you are never ever able to restore your Facebook account that was disabled or temporarily locked. These cases are severe where you’ve strongly violated the Facebook Community Standards.

Preventive Measure for your FB Account Temporarily Locked

Friends are too valuable and important to anybody, so nobody wants to lose them in the long run. Suppose one fine morning you wake up and you came to know that your Facebook account is temporarily locked or blocked, it would be very disastrous!

One thing is very clear, Facebook has become much smarter nowadays. So, never try any such activity that may land you up in trouble.

Below listed preventive measures would help you to run your Facebook account securely and safely.

  • You have to review and follow the Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities very strictly, so that in future your account would be safe and secure. When you try to commit any such activity, please try to look through Facebook guidelines and their policies.
  • Don’t use proxy servers – As we know, the proxy server uses anonymous IPs in order to access blocked sites. Doing so might create a negative impact on Facebook accounts. Actually, proxies are unknown to Facebook and they may affect the security network. So, it’s better not to use them.
  • Don’t use too many devices – Try to prevent using too many devices for your Facebook account. Previously it was not the case. It allowed sign-in to your account from different devices. But now, the security level of Facebook has increased, so avoid multiple devices.

Hope this would help any Facebook user to recover from “Temporarily Locked Facebook Account”.

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