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How to reset your Facebook password using your phone number?

It's as normal to forget your passwords as it is to forget the Milk. No need to panic if you forgot your Facebook password. There are various ways to recover your Facebook account.

Even if your password is simple, trust me, there might come a time you no longer recall it.

How do I not forget my Facebook password?

Forgetting your password is even more common these days with expections to 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.

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 got 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 sending the reset code to your trusted friends.

If you have your phone number saved in your Facebook account, then proceed with the steps outlined below. If not, you should check alternative options to reset your Facebook password using your mobile phone. Or, if you have defined "Trusted Friends" on your account, you might want to read about the reset using trusted contacts option.

Let's look into the process of resetting your password to regain access using your phone number:

  1. Visit the Facebook official login page then click on "Forgotten Account". A new page opens with password recovery options.

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

  2. You will receive an text message on your phone with a password reset code. Search your account by keying your phone number in the input field then hit on "Search".

    Facebook Recovery: Search for account by phone or email

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

    Facebook Recovery via text message: Select your number

  4. Open your message app to access the sent code. Enter the code in the box and hit on "Continue".

    Facebook Recovery via text message: Enter confirmation code

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

    Facebook Recovery via SMS: Setting new password

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

Be prepared

Facebook accounts stay with people for their lives unless you deactivate or delete it. However, the phone number which is linked to your account might change and, in some cases, you might lose access to your old phone number. If this happens and you never linked your email address to your account, then it becomes very difficult to reset 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, Dashlane, LastPass or KeePassX. Any of these will organize all your passwords and keep them safe. They are convenient to use and password retrieval is an easy process compared to what has been discussed so far.

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 which are also pretty straightforward. You can reset password through 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 code in your mailbox from which you can retrieve and use it to reset your password.

It is all that easy. Don't be locked out!