How to change your primary email address on Facebook

Are you still using an old or outdated email address to sign into Facebook? This is your sign to update your account in Meta’s Accounts Centre.

It’s been nearly 20 years since Facebook first appeared on our screens, meaning it’s likely you’ve switched email accounts at some point in the time since you first joined the app.

It’s important to use an address you still have access to in case your account is breached or you ever need to reset your password. Your email inbox is also the destination for all of your notifications so it’s best to keep your contact information up to date if you don’t want to miss a message or event.

Thankfully, it doesn’t take long to update your primary email to your current address. Meta has even put your Instagram information in the same place so you can update your login information for its sister app while you’re at it.

Keep scrolling to learn how to change your primary email address on Facebook, or visit our other guides for steps on how to change your password or change your name on the app.

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What you’ll need: 

  • A Facebook account 
  • An email address you want to add 

The Short Version 

  1. Go to your Facebook settings 
  2. Click See More In Accounts Centre
  3. Go to the Personal Details tab
  4. Click Contact Info
  5. Select Add New Contact and choose Add Email Address
  6. Verify your new email address
  7. Delete your old address if you’d like to

How to change your primary email address on Facebook

  1. Step
    1

    Open Facebook

    We’ll be using screenshots from the web browser version of Facebook in this guide. How to change your primary email address on Facebook

  2. Step
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    Click your profile icon

    This will be in the top right corner of the screen. How to change your primary email address on Facebook

  3. Step
    3

    Click Settings & Privacy

    Or hit the gear icon. How to change your primary email address on Facebook

  4. Step
    4

    Choose Settings

    This will be the gear icon again.
    How to change your primary email address on Facebook

  5. Step
    5

    Click See More In Accounts Centre

    The Accounts Centre is the new destination for updating your account information across Facebook and Instagram. How to change your primary email address on Facebook

  6. Step
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    Choose Personal Details

    This will take you to the tab with your login information. How to change your primary email address on Facebook

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    You should see the current email address associated with your account listed here. How to change your primary email address on Facebook

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    You should see a dropdown menu. How to change your primary email address on Facebook

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    Click Add Email Address

    You can also add a new mobile number from here. How to change your primary email address on Facebook

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    10

    Enter your new email address

    Then click Next. How to change your primary email address on Facebook

  11. Step
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    Enter the confirmation code and click Next

    You can find the code in your email inbox. How to change your primary email address on Facebook

  12. Step
    12

    The next few steps will take you through the process of deleting your old email address if that’s something you’d like to do. You can stop at step 11, however. How to change your primary email address on Facebook

  13. Step
    13

    Select the email address you want to delete

    You can also choose to keep both address attached to your account. How to change your primary email address on Facebook

  14. Step
    14

    Hit Delete Email Address

    You may be asked to re-enter your password in order to delete the old address. How to change your primary email address on Facebook

FAQs

What happens when you delete an email address from Facebook?

Once you delete your old email address from Facebook, you’ll no longer be able to use it to sign in to your account. You also won’t be able to reset your password or receive notifications using that email address.

Can I use the same email address on Facebook and Instagram?

Yes, you can use the same email address across both Meta-owned apps. You can also use the Accounts Centre to update your Instagram information.

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