As Profile Peace continues our 2019 mission of raising social media afterlife awareness, this post is meant to provide a solution to help protect your Facebook account posthumously by appointing a legacy contact. A legacy contact is an option only Facebook provides (as of July 2019), and each Facebook user has to add a legacy contact to their account to use this functionality.
If you are 18 years or older, you can add a legacy contact by clicking Settings > Memorialization Settings > Typing in a friend’s name and clicking Add > and then clicking Send to let your friend know they are now your legacy contact. You can change your legacy contact by repeating the same steps, and once your account is memorialized your legacy contact will be notified.
The benefits of having a legacy contact include the ability to post a final message or memorial information to your profile, updating profile pictures and cover photos, removing your account, and downloading a copy of your Facebook data. While a legacy contact cannot log into your account, read messages, or add and remove friends, they can help transition your Facebook profile.
Facebook is a pioneer with their unique legacy contact functionality, and we hope to see similar solutions from other social networks since the average social media user has about 7 profiles. Profile Peace can help you plan for all of your social media profiles using our pre-planning service or streamline the memorialization and closure process using our in memoriam service.
What are your plans for your social media profiles? As we continue our social media afterlife awareness campaign in 2019, we invite you to share your experience appointing a legacy contact and protecting social media profiles for you and your loved ones. Profile Peace provides purposeful profile memorialization and closure, and we warmly welcome you to join our community.