Did you ever think what will happen to your Facebook account after you passed away? Will it be unclaimed after your death? No! You can give someone the authority to handle your Facebook account when you’re no more. So, if your account is memorialized, you should give authority to your dearest one to manage your account in your absence.
For the same, Facebook has now a feature called Legacy Contact. A legacy contact is someone you choose to look after your account if it’s memorialized. Once your account is memorialized, your legacy contact will have the option to do things like:
- Write a pinned post for your profile (ex: to share a final message on your behalf or provide information about a memorial service)
- Respond to new friend requests (ex: old friends or family members who weren’t yet on Facebook)
- Update your profile picture and cover photo.
You also have the option to allow your legacy contact to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Facebook, and Facebook may add additional capabilities for legacy contacts in the future.
Your legacy contact can’t:
- Log into your account
- Remove or change past posts, photos and other things shared on your Timeline
- Read messages you’ve sent to other friends
- Remove any of your friends.
Add a Legacy Contact to Your Facebook Account
To add a Legacy Contact to your Facebook account, just go to Settings > Security and here you’ll find the option to add Legacy Contact.
Click on Edit button in front of Legacy Contact and then choose any of your Facebook friend to be set as Legacy Contact. Otherwise you can also set to delete your account after your death.
If you’re a Legacy Contact…
Do you know how to manage an account if somebody set you as a legacy contact? It’s very simple! To manage a memorialized account (ex: add new friends, change the profile picture), you need to follow the steps mentioned below.
- Go to memorialized profile
- In the bottom right of the cover photo, click Manage
- And use the menu on the left to do things like Respond a friend request, Change profile picture and cover, Add a pinned post etc.
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That’s all about the Legacy Contact who handles a memorialized Facebook account. If you’re legacy contact and you still have some questions, you can anytime contact Facebook.