How to Disconnect an App or Website from Your Facebook Account

Introduction

Linking an app or website to Facebook makes it easy to log in to some accounts using your Facebook account, or to post content on your timeline that’s associated with that provider. However, over time you may not be comfortable with your Facebook information that the connected app or website has access to, or you may not use the service anymore and just want to get rid of it. No matter the reason, Facebook makes it relatively easy to disconnect an app or website from your Facebook account.

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Steps to Disconnect an App or Website from Your Facebook Account

  1. Open the Facebook mobile app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. You’ll land on the Facebook home screen.
  2. Tap the “Menu” icon in the row of options along the bottom of the screen.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of this screen, tap to expand “Settings and Privacy” and then tap “Settings” in the list of options.
  4. Scroll down this screen to the Permissions section, and then tap “Apps and Websites.” You’ll land on the Apps and Websites screen, where you’ll see a list of the apps and websites that are connected to your Facebook account.
  5. Tap the connected app or website that you want to disconnect from your Facebook account. The information screen for that connected app or website is displayed.
  6. Tap “Remove.” A dialogue box pops up asking if you’re sure you want to remove the connection between this app or website and your Facebook account. You may also see additional options to delete posts, videos or events associated with the connected app or website from your timeline, and also whether you want to notify the provider that you’re removing the connection.
  7. Tap “Remove” again after making your selections. You’ll see a note that the connected app or website was disconnected from your Facebook account.

Risks of Connecting an App or Website to Facebook

1. Privacy

Part of the trade-off of connecting games and apps with Facebook is that you have to share a lot of information. And while you may not realize it, a lot of that information you’re giving up is sensitive. Further, that game or app may be able to share information on your profile with your Facebook friends. As a result, if you’re concerned about online safety and privacy and don’t want to worry about what data those companies have access to, or what they’re doing with that data, you may not want to connect apps and websites to your Facebook account.

2. Data Usage

Games and apps connected to Facebook can often send and receive data at any time. As a result, if you have a limited data plan you may want to avoid connecting games and apps to your Facebook account.

3. Understand the Benefit

As part of good due diligence, you should read the terms of service and privacy policy of the game or app you’re looking at connecting to your Facebook account to fully understand the risks versus the benefit and let that inform your decision. For example, if this is a game or app you don’t really play or use and it requires that you give it access to a lot of your Facebook data, it may not be worth it.

About Max

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