How To Fix a Facebook Account Temporarily Locked
To protect its billions of user accounts and the large numbers of data uploads to the site each day, Facebook takes the security of its platform seriously. By constantly monitoring user accounts, it’s able to quickly spot suspicious behavior. With that in mind, have you seen a “Your Account is Temporarily Locked” error message when trying to sign in? If so, you may have received it in error due to Facebook’s stringent precautions.
In this article, we’ll explain the reasons why Facebook temporarily locks accounts, how to unlock them, and how to prevent it from happening again in the future.
Facebook Account Temporarily Locked Due To Suspicious Activity
Entering your Facebook credentials on a website posing as Facebook or logging into Facebook via a third-party tool is deemed “suspicious activity.” For either of those reasons, Facebook will temporarily lock your account and request you verify yourself as the account owner, as a security precaution.
Facebook Account Temporarily Locked for Security Reasons
Facebook takes the security of user accounts seriously. When it suspects an account has been compromised, it will lock the account until there’s confirmation that the account is being accessed by the owner. Actions that appear suspicious to Facebook include:
- Sending too many friend requests or messages.
- Using automated software and bots.
- A sudden increase in posting frequency.
- Having a fake account, using a fake name, or impersonating someone.
- Spam advertising.
- Joining too many groups in a short space of time.
- Requesting too many recovery or authentication codes.
- Any activities that violate their Community Standards or Terms.
Facebook Account Temporarily Locked Due to Unfamiliar Location
One of Facebook’s main security features is to monitor the IP address and device from which logins are made. If a login attempt from an unfamiliar source is made, Facebook is likely to lock the account and issue the following error message: “We’ve locked your account because someone recently tried to log in from an unfamiliar location.”
If you’ve you’re using a different phone than you usually do or are attempting to access your account whilst being away on holiday (and, thus, from an unusual IP address), Facebook will note your location as being unfamiliar. Though your account may be locked in genuine scenarios like these, this feature protects your account if someone else tries to sign in.
How to Unlock Facebook Account Temporarily Locked
There are a few ways you can arrange to have your account unlocked:
“Report a Login Issue” Form
When your account is locked, asking Facebook for help via their “Report a login issue” is a great place to start.
Include a detailed description of the problem, the methods you’ve tried to resolve it – if any – and provide a contact email address. To help Facebook investigate include a screenshot of the error message you receive. When you submit the form, it will take anywhere between 1–10 business days for someone from Facebook to respond.
“Security Checks Preventing Login” Form
If you’re unable to sign into your account due to security checks, and you haven’t received the security code to unlock your account, use the “Security checks preventing login” form.
Here you’ll also need to explain the problem you’re facing and provide an email address where you can be reached. Be sure to mention that you’re not receiving the security code – if that’s the case.
Verify Your Identity With Facebook
Another useful form is “Confirm your identity with Facebook.”
This form allows you to pass the verification check to prove you are the account holder.
You’ll need to attach a form of official photo ID like your driver’s license or passport, along with your phone number or login email.
Facebook warns that your ID could be stored for up to one year. However, you can change this to 30 days only via your “Identity Confirmation Settings.”
Wait for Facebook to get back to you after submitting the form.
How Do I Stop My Facebook Account From Locking?
Consider the following to help prevent Facebook from temporarily locking your account:
• Verify your phone number, email address, and identity. Verifying your details lets Facebook know that you are a genuine user and not trying to impersonate anyone. You can include additional information like the college you attended if you wish.
• Use strong passwords. A strong password means less of a chance of someone guessing your password. Long passwords require more time to crack.
• A naturally aged account. Unfortunately for new Facebook users, in the eyes of Facebook, your account is less trustworthy, as spammers typically use new fake accounts to spam users. Therefore, a new account is more likely to be blocked than an established account with a large number of friends.
How Long Is a Temporary Facebook Ban?
A temporary lock usually lasts for 24 to 48 hours. Your account will unlock as soon as you complete the instructions. If you haven’t received the security code or for any other problem, contact Facebook.
Facebook’s Temporary Ban Lifted
Like any other social media platform, Facebook has strict measures in place to protect the security of user accounts. When any out-of-the-ordinary activity is spotted – such as accessing from an unfamiliar location, sending out an unusual number of posts, or using automated software – Facebook may temporarily lock the account.
Facebook realizes that not all cases are fraudulent. For that reason, the account is quickly unlocked once they’re satisfied that you’re the genuine account holder.
Why do you think your account was temporarily locked? How long did Facebook take to unlock it? Tell us in the comments section below.