With close to 3 billion monthly active users, Facebook is the biggest social media platform in the world. With the massive number of users comes a big responsibility to secure their personal data. The Meta-owned Facebook has strict security policies and community violation rules. It keeps on monitoring user accounts for suspicious or illegal activities and does not think too much before locking the account if such activities are found.
However, there have been times when Facebook has locked users’ accounts even when they didn’t do anything that goes against Facebook policies. Users are then greeted with an error message that reads “Your Account is Temporarily Locked”. Further, the error message contains “We’ve detected suspicious activity on your Facebook account and have temporarily locked it as a security measure”.
If your Facebook account has been locked due to suspicious activity, fret not! There is still a chance to recover your account. In this detailed guide, we’ll tell you how to unlock a locked Facebook account and things you should keep in mind to prevent it from happening again.
Why Has Your Facebook Account Been Temporarily Locked?
If something suspicious has been observed with your account, Facebook will take no time to lock your account temporarily. You will need to verify the ownership of the account to regain access again.
Unfortunately, the error message only mentions “suspicious activity”. It won’t tell you the suspicious activity found on my account.
If you have just created your Facebook account and it has been temporarily locked, it could be because you have already created multiple Facebook accounts on this device.
Using a celebrity photo as your profile picture can also lead to a temporary ban on your Facebook account. Sending too many friend requests is among the reasons.
Here’s the list of potential reasons that can lead to Facebook account blocking:
- Using a fake profile picture.
- Sending too many friend requests in a short time period.
- Too many forgot password attempts in a short space of time.
- The device has been used to create multiple Facebook accounts.
- Creating numerous times with the same name on the same device.
- A sudden increase in posting frequency.
- Joining too many groups in a short time period.
- Using third-party tools, bots, or automated software.
- Requested too many authentication codes.
- Activities violating Facebook’s Terms or Community Standards.
If any of these activities have been found in your Facebook account, it won’t surprise me if your account gets locked.
However, there might still be a chance that Facebook has locked your account by mistake.
Rather than not doing anything to recover your account (which will result in a permanent ban, you can try the solutions from this article to get your account back.
How to Fix “Facebook Account Locked Due to Suspicious Activity”
If you see the “We’ve detected suspicious activity on your Facebook account and have temporarily locked it as a security measure” error after trying to log into your Facebook account, try submitting the “Report a Login Issue” form first. You can also submit the “Security checks preventing login” or the “Confirm your identity with Facebook” forms.
1. Report a Login Issue
Because of any reason if you are unable to log into your Facebook account, report a login issue to Facebook.
Go to the “Report a Login Issue” page and enter the required details such as your Contact email address (linked to your Facebook account), Screenshot, and a detailed description of the problem. Submit the form and wait for someone from the Facebook support team to respond. It can take up to 10 working days. So, be patient.
2. Security Checks Preventing Login
If you can’t log into your Facebook account due to security checks. For example, if you are not receiving a security code to unlock your Facebook account, you can always fill out this form to get help.
Open the Security Checks Preventing Login form in your browser (Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari). Enter the email address linked to your Facebook account and write a detailed description of the problem you’re facing and include a screenshot. Once done, Submit the form.
It can take up to a week for Facebook to respond to your query. Keep checking your email regularly.
3. Confirm Your Identity With Facebook
The “Confirm your identity with Facebook” form, as the name suggests, allows you to pass the verification check to prove that you are the owner of the account.
To confirm your identity, you’ll need to attach a photo ID. Don’t worry, Facebook will not reveal your photo ID to anyone.
Your ID is stored on Facebook for up to one year. However, you can change it to 30 days via your Identity Confirmation Settings. You can find this option by navigating to Facebook > Your profile > Settings and privacy > Settings > Account settings > Identity confirmation > Settings > Confirm your identity.
Your photo ID may be rejected, if:
- The photo is too blurry.
- The photo is too dark.
- The required information is not clearly visible.
- The uploaded photo is a screenshot or a photo-copied ID.
- The photo is not visible with all four corners in the frame.
To stay on the scams and community standards violations, Facebook has created strong security rules and policies. If your account has been locked temporarily, don’t worry. You should be able to restore it easily by following the on-screen instructions on the error page. In case you do not receive a security code, use the methods above to get help from Facebook support staff.
You should not be spamming Facebook by filling out the forms multiple times. Also, you should not fill out all the forms at once.
We hope this guide was helpful in unlocking your locked Facebook account. If you have any questions, write them in the comment section below. We’ll try to respond as soon as possible.