When someone passes away, their digital legacy is an important part of the life they leave behind. Facebook allows friends and family to apply to have an account ‘memorialized’. This locks certain sections and activities on the account, but still allows friends to visit the profile and post messages, photos and memories. While you’re still here, you can prepare for your transition by nominating a ‘Legacy Contact’ for your own account.

This guide will show you how make someone a legacy contact if something were to happen to you, as well as how to memorialize a loved ones account.

How to prepare your own account 

Step 1

Click the arrow on the right side of the blue nav bar.


Step 2

Go to Settings


Step 3

Click Security on the leftfacebook3a

Step 4

Click the Edit button beside Legacy Contact


Step 5

Add a friend or family member here that is your most trusted contact

“A legacy contact is someone who you choose to manage your account after you pass away. They’ll be able to do things like pin a post on your Timeline, respond to new friend requests and update your profile picture. They won’t post as you or see your messages.”


Memorializing a loved ones account

If a loved one passes away, it’s actually quite easy to memorialize their account. All you have to do is go to this URL, and fill in the following information:

  • Your email address
  • Link to the profile of the person who passed away (or if you can’t get this, their full name, birthday, and the date they passed away)
  • Proof of death (Obituary or other proof of their death)