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Short Tutorial/FAQ – What Is A Legacy Contact On Facebook?

Question: A close friend asked me to be her legacy contact on Facebook, but I don't know anything about this. What would I have to do?

Download Graphics to View Answer: A legacy contact is the person who looks after your Facebook account when it's memorialized upon your death. This may sound morbid, but it's a smart thing to think about since social media accounts are assets that — like your physical property — need to be somehow managed after you pass on.

If you agree to serve in this role for your friend, you would be expected to write a pinned post (which would remain permanently at the top of her Timeline), such as a final message or memorial service information. You would also be in charge of responding to new friend requests and updating her profile picture and cover photo. Things you wouldn't be able to do include logging into your friend's account, changing past posts, reading her messages, or removing any of her friends.

Selecting a legacy contact is easy:
  1. Click the Privacy Shortcuts down-arrow in the upper-right corner of your Facebook home page.

  2. From the menu, select Settings. In the left column, select Security.

  3. On the Security Settings list, choose Legacy Contact and follow the directions from there.

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