How to reset your Facebook password using your phone number?

27 Oct, 2021

It's as normal to forget your passwords as it is to forget the milk. No need to panic. Even if your password is simple, trust me, there might come a time when you no longer recall it.

If you don't have access to the email you used to register, there are still other ways to recover your Facebook account. One of them is via your phone number. Alternative options are to reset your password using the Facebook app and your Android phone. Or, if you have defined "Trusted Friends" on your account, you might want to read about the reset using trusted contacts option as well.

One note on security: If you are trying to regain access to a hacked account, you might want to check our information about the particular steps for security-related block- and access problems on Facebook.

How do I remember the password for my Facebook account?

Forgetting your password is even more common these days because of the of use complex passwords for security reasons. Naturally, these passwords are very difficult to memorize. Many would be completely lost without password managers. These tools provide a safer experience. LastPass is a good choice for professional and non-professional Facebook users alike.

Ironically, you are more likely to forget your passwords when you start saving your passwords in your browser or a password manager.

Is it possible to recover your password using your phone number?

Yes, but under one condition. For this to work you must have added the phone number as authenticating option in your Facebook account (before you logged out). If you haven't set the phone number in your account, you can always explore other password recovery options that Facebook provides such as using an email address or via phone number to send a reset code to your Trusted Contacts.

If you have your phone number saved in your Facebook account, then proceed with the steps outlined below. Let's look into the process of resetting your password to regain access to Facebook using your phone number:

  1. To recover your account, visit the Facebook login page then click on "Forgotten Account". A new page with several reset options when you forgot Facebook password opens up.

    The Facebook "Forgotten Password" link is located on the Facebook login page

  2. Find your account by typing in your phone number in the input field and click on "Search".

    Facebook Recovery: Find your account by phone or email

  3. Select the option where you want a reset code to be sent. In this case, your phone through a text message. Click on "Continue".

    Facebook Recovery via text message: Select your number

  4. Wait until you receive a text message on your phone with the password reset code. Enter the code in the box and hit on "Continue".

    Facebook Recovery via text message: Enter confirmation code

  5. Type your new Facebook password in the password field which appears.

    Facebook Recovery via SMS: Setting new password

Done! Your new Facebook password is set and you are good to go again!

Be prepared

Unless deactivated or deleted, Facebook accounts stay with people for their whole live.

However, the phone number which is linked to your account might change or you might lose access to your phone (number). In any case, when you don't have access to your email address or phone number, it’s very difficult to reset your password.

So, make sure to link your email address with your account, to avoid additional difficulty when resetting your password. Don't wait until you find yourself in this situation!

In addition, you can use password manager applications such as your browsers built-in password manager, LastPass or KeePassX. Any of these will organize all your passwords, including your Facebook password, and keep them safe. They are convenient to use and password retrieval is an easy process compared to what has been discussed so far. This not only improves the security of your Facebook account secure, but also any other accounts you add.

The Bottomline

The above-outlined steps are all you need to reset your Facebook account password through text message (SMS). If you can't reset it via text, this is not the only option. There are others that are also pretty straightforward. You can reset your password using your email address which is linked to your account. Step one remains the same, but in step 2, you select "Send code via Email". You will receive a password reset link in your mailbox from which you can retrieve and use it to reset your password. Both help to regain access to your Facebook account quickly.

It’s that easy. Don't get locked out!