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How to Delete a Personal Profile Set Up as a Business Page

If you created a personal Profile with your business name, you can change the name of your account to your actual name, as long as you don’t already have a personal account in your name. (If you already have a personal account with your real name, you’ll need to ask people to move to your business Page and then delete this account.) Follow these steps:

  1. Go to your personal Profile’s Account Settings by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Home in the top-right corner of your Facebook Page.

    Or go directly to Facebook settings.

  2. Click the Edit link to the right of Name.

  3. Change the name to your actual name.

  4. Enter your Facebook password.

  5. Click Save Changes.

Alternatively, build your new, honest-to-goodness official business Page and then add a status message regarding the change to the original personal Profile you created for the business. The new status update should give your Friends the URL to the new business Page and explain that you created a new business Page to conform to Facebook guidelines. Tell them that you hope they’ll join you over there and like the Page.

If you created this personal Profile under the business name and won’t be changing the name to your actual name, you can also tell Friends that you’ll be deactivating the current Profile Page and explain what they can find at the new business Page. You’ll likely need to post this status update several times before people migrate over.

You should set a deadline for moving to the new business Page so that your connections will know exactly when you’ll deactivate the business-name Profile Page.

If you go this route, make sure to designate your real personal account an Admin of the business Page before you delete the rogue personal account. Otherwise, you won’t be able to get back to the new business Page.

If you created a personal Profile in your real name but promoted your business from there, you can keep the original personal Profile as your personal account, activate the Subscribe button, and post Public updates to subscribers.

Here’s a sample of a post that Jane wrote, asking her Friends to move over to her business Page:

Hi everyone, I have a new Page for my new CD of contemporary lullabies, “Midnight Lullaby.” This project has been a long time coming, and I’m hoping you can check it out and click the Like button. Here’s the link: www.facebook.com/ladylullabymusic.
I plan to add many things to this new Page, but for right now please Like it, and I’ll keep you posted from there. This new Page is where I will be spending my time on Facebook, so if you want to connect with me, please do it from there.
Thank you!
Jane (Jane Roman Pitt) www.facebook.com/midnightlullabyCD

She decided to keep her original personal Profile because it was under her name but moved all her posts about her business to her new Page. She had already created a vanity URL for her personal Profile with her CD’s name, which couldn’t be modified at the time.

If you set your personal account username to be your business name, you might be able to change it. Go to your Account Settings, and then General Settings. If you can change it, the interface to do so will be there. If you have already changed it once, you will not be able to change it again.

If you decide to delete your personal account with the business name, follow these steps, but remember that you have to have a personal account to have a business Page. So if you delete the personal account instead of changing the name to your name, you’ll need to open another personal account before you open a Page.

If you already have a personal account, you need to make sure, as noted earlier, that you assign your real account the role of Page Admin before you delete the incorrectly created personal account. Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Facebook with the e-mail you used to create the personal account for your business.

  2. Click the drop-down arrow in the top-right corner of your Page.

  3. Choose Account Settings from the menu.

  4. On the left menu choose General Settings.

    On the bottom of this page you have the option to download a copy of your Facebook data. If you choose to do this, click the link and follow the steps to create an archive of this personal account’s photos, posts, and messages.

  5. After you have downloaded the data (optional), go back to the left menu under Account Settings and choose Security.

    On the bottom of this page you will see a link that says, “Deactivate your account.”

    At this point, if you are sure you will not be needing this personal account, instead of Deactivating, you can completely delete it.

    Otherwise, Deactivating leaves the door open to bring the personal account back at any time by logging in with the e-mail and password you had for this account. Deactivating hides all the data from this account, and keeps it in a drawer in Texas somewhere.

  6. If you decide to Deactivate, click the link on the Security tab and go through the process.

  7. If you decide to Delete, go to www.facebook.com/help/delete_account.

Now that you’ve deactivated or deleted your personal account with the business name, sign in to Facebook with your new (or regular) personal account, go to your new official business Page, and start interacting with your connections! Welcome them to your new space, and encourage them to interact with you.

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