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How to Unlock Temporarily Locked Facebook Account

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Here is a guide on how to unlock and solve Facebook account problem showing that for security reasons your account is temporarily lockedUnlock your temporarily locked Facebook account with the help of this guide. Upon logging in my Facebook account, I have been greeted by this message stating that “your account is temporarily locked” and here is the Facebook guide on how I have verified my Facebook account and unlocked the temporarily locked account.

Seems like this feature is one of Facebook’s moves to remove and get rid of fake Facebook profiles and accounts.

To keep your account safe and secure, Facebook has come up with an additional security feature that happens when an unrecognized device happens to login in your account. This problem happens as Facebook wants to ensure your identity by asking some security questions.  Below are some of the reasons why your account has been temporarily been locked.

Facebook “Your Account is Temporarily Locked” Reasons:

  • Facebook is making an improvement in some of their database and accounts got locked if that database includes your account.
  • Facebook detected suspicious activity and has temporarily suspended your account due to security precaution.
  • Facebook has detected your account as a spam or been reported for abuse.
  • Facebook detected randomly different devices used in opening your Facebook account.
  • Facebook detected that someone recently tried to log into your account from an unrecognized device or location.

Steps to Unlock Temporarily Locked Facebook Account

For security reasons your account is temporarily locked and below are the steps on how to unlock it. When I experience this problem Facebook provided me with two options on how to unlock my Facebook account. Below are the options that you can use to verify and unlocked your temporarily locked account.

Confirm through your mobile phone.

This option is easy provided that you have with you, your mobile phone you have used to verify your Facebook account when you signed up. You just have to type in your mobile phone number and Facebook will send you a code that you need to enter to verify and unlock your account.

Verify that you are the owner of this account, by identifying the people tagged in the following photos.

This is the option that I choose as I did not have with me the mobile that I used in verifying my Facebook account. To unlock your Facebook account, you have to identify the photos of your friends. To confirm your identity and verify that you are the owner of the account, you need to identify the people tagged in on the following photos that Facebook will be showing. You need to determine five photos correctly to verify and unlocked your Facebook account. Facebook did provided 2 skips (lifelines) you can use in case you do not know who is tagged on the photo.

1. Confirm your identity by answering correctly all the tagged photos. Facebook provided a multiple type answer selection where you can choose your answer.

Your account is temporarily locked

2. After answering correctly all the tagged photos you need to create a new password.

Create a new password

3. You will then be greeted by an “Account Verified – Congratulations!” notice. Click on the Continue button.

account verified

4. Facebook will let you add a new email or use your current email account as your login email.

Choose a secure login email

5. You will then be asked if your email is secure. You can click on “Continue” or click on “Change Email” to change your current email.

Is your email secure

6. Facebook will let you review you applications. Facebook will list recently added application in your Facebook account (if any) and let choose whether to remove them or not.

Review your applications

7. Set a new security question. Choose a security question and type in your security answer.

Set a new security question

8. Done. Your Facebook account is finally unlocked. You can now proceed in logging in.

Account unlocked

Upon doing the final step, you may now login in your account, just enter your login credentials and the new password that you have set. You can also turn on some extra security features like browsing Facebook on a secure connection, and send an email when someone logs into your account from an unknown device.

Seems like Facebook security features is targeting and pruning out fake Facebook users as normally fake users just add friends without really knowing them to increase the friend numbers.  While steps on how to unlock your temporarily locked account on Facebook seems tedious, I think that it is beneficial as it let users more personal and make their Facebook profile account, their “real Facebook account”.  Hope this guide helped you learn how to unlock temporarily locked Facebook account. Come and share your thoughts and opinions about this Facebook security feature with the comment section below.


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One Response to “How to Unlock Temporarily Locked Facebook Account”

  1. LolaK says:

    I had a hack attempt and changed my password. Distracted when I did it, I can’t remember what it is. I can’t reset my password b/c I don’t have access to the email account (old work acct that I never changed). Anyway, I can’t get to the option to verify my account using security questions or having friends send me a code. Any help you can provide me would be great. I was able to somehow fool FB into sending me a security code via text message so I can get in on my phone but can’t change the email or password b/c I don’t know the old one. So if for any reason I lose connection on my phone to that page…I’m screwed b/c I won’t be able to get back in.

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