“Your Account Is Temporarily Locked” On Facebook: Why And How To Fix It

Timothy Mark
Timothy Mark - Writer & Editor
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Are you finding it difficult to log in to your Facebook account? Do you see the error message “Your account is temporarily locked on Facebook”? 

If so, then yes you have been locked out of and prevented access to your Facebook account. Although this is temporary, there is no telling how long it will take.

Most users have been searching for a way to resolve this error message but their attempts have proved futile.

Although this is a security message, Facebook gives no clue as to why they decided to lock your account. In this article, you will learn why Facebook locks your account and how to fix it.

Why Is My Facebook Account Temporarily Locked?

The complete error message is “We’ve detected suspicious activity on your Facebook account and have temporarily locked it as a security measure”.

This is a result of Facebook’s strict security protocols. Facebook may lock your account when said account is flagged for phishing or suspected of suspicious activity.

Facebook classifies the following as suspicious activities: sending a lot of friend requests, having a fake account, joining too many groups, requesting too many recovery codes, and violating their community guidelines.

For some users though, they are innocently locked out of their accounts, and following the prompts to recover the account does not work.

How To Fix Facebook Account Temporarily Locked

The only way to fix this issue is to submit forms to Facebook. There are three different forms you could submit and you can do this regardless of the device you are using.

Report Login Issue

Step 1: Open The Form

On your web browser, visit the Facebook Report page and filled the requirements field. https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/357439354283890.

Step 2: Filled The Field

On the form that appears, type in an email address through which you can be contacted and select the next field termed, Description of an issue.

Input a very vivid description of your problem, when your account got locked, what you were doing when it got locked, the ways you have tried to recover it and any other information you think is relevant.

Step 3: Send Form

Tap on Send and wait for Facebook’s reply which will be via mail. This should take up to a maximum of six business days

Facebook Form

With this type of form, you would be confirming your identity and proving if the Facebook account truly belongs to you or not

Step 1: Open the Form

On your web browser, paste the link below to go to the Facebook form. You can just tap on it and be redirected to the page.  https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/183000765122339.

Step 2: Verify Identity

Select the Choose Files option and upload a valid government-issued photo ID that has your face, name, and other biometric details.

Step 3: Send Form

Input the telephone number or email you used to login and click on Send and await a response from Facebook


These are the steps to go through if your account is ever locked temporarily. It usually takes Facebook up to twenty-four hours to resolve the issue after a complaint has been submitted.

If after a week, you have still not received any feedback from Facebook, submit any of the forms again. But beware, spamming the forms might result in you getting blacklisted.

FAQs On How To Fix “Your Account Is Temporarily Locked”

You can log back into your account and access it 24-48 hours after you have submitted any of the above forms. Facebook might also decide to open your account after some months.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/login/identify and follow the instructions to recover your account.

This is because you may have violated the community guidelines that Facebook has set to regulate online behavior.

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By Timothy Mark Writer & Editor
As a seasoned content writer with 4+ years of experience in consumer technology, Timothy has been a dedicated author and editor at Techvocast.com since its inception. Specializing in addressing user concerns, his articles offer effective solutions for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac-related issues. Timothy's expertise also extends to crafting content about social media and various applications. Through his daily articles, he consistently aids users in overcoming their technology challenges.
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