A Facebook account is like a virtual getaway destination you can always go to whenever you want to take a break from your work or study or just hang out with other people and know some exciting updates you are interested in. Most of the time, our Facebook accounts are just a few clicks away. All you need is your phone or PC, an internet connection, and your email address and password.
The ease and convenience with which Facebook lets its users access their accounts can be measured by the intensity of shock, confusion, and frustration you feel on realizing you have been locked out of your account. And when that happens, all your Facebook experience can come tumbling down within seconds.
Usually, in these cases of lockouts, Facebook asks you to confirm your identity by identifying your Facebook friends or providing your date of birth. Clearly, both of these methods are pretty easy to apply and do not cause any issues. The problem arises when the platform asks for your identity proof to verify your identity.
We know your identity proof might not be something you want to share with Facebook. But what if you don’t see any other option to confirm your identity? That’s what we will talk about in the present blog.
Read on as we discover ways to help you bypass the lock and unlock your account without ID Proof.
Why is your Facebook account locked?
Your Facebook account is the key to accessing everything that Facebook offers. If you cannot access your account because it has been locked, it most likely means the platform has detected unusual or suspicious activity on your account.
Repeated instances of uncommon activity that is not consistent with what you normally do on Facebook is enough to raise Facebook’s virtual eyebrows, and you may end up being locked out of your account. In some cases, this might be concerning as someone else might have attempted logging into your account, which led Facebook to lock your account.
Therefore, it’s important to be aware of why your account got locked and why you are being asked to confirm your identity. Here are some activities that can lead to your account getting locked:
1. Unusually frequent login attempts from different devices.
2. Too many logins from different locations in a short time. This can happen if you use a VPN while using Facebook.
3. Many accounts are logged into the same device.
4. Spamming (sending an unusually large number of messages and friend requests in a short time)
Any of these activities is sufficient to get your account locked. So, if you are being asked to confirm your identity, it is likely due to one or more of the above reasons.
How to Unlock Facebook Account Without ID Proof
There can be many ways Facebook might ask you to confirm your identity. Initially, the platform can just ask for a code sent to your mobile or let you ask your friends for help. Sometimes, you can also see the option to log in using your Google account (linked with your Facebook account) to confirm your identity.
Asking you to show your identity proof is usually the last resort to confirm your identity. So, if you log into Facebook and see the option to upload an ID proof, you need to look for other ways to unlock your account. This is how you can do that:
Method 1: Log in via a code
Step 1: First off, make sure to use a device you have used before to log into your Facebook account.
Step 2: Open a browser and go to https://facebook.com/login/identify.
Step 3: Enter the mobile number linked to your account and tap on Search.
Or, if you want to use your email address or full account name instead of your phone, tap on Search by your mobile number instead. Enter your email address or full name, and tap on Search.
Step 4: Choose the correct account from the list. If you had entered the account name to search for your account, you might see a long list of the same and similar names. If this happens, you can choose your account by looking at the profile picture.
Step 5: You will be asked to enter the password. If you cannot enter your password, tap on Try Another Way.
Step 6: Now, you will see your masked email address and mobile number to receive a verification code. Select the option where you want to receive the code, and tap on Continue.
Step 7: Enter the captcha text, and hit Continue.
Step 8: You will receive a six-digit code in your email address or phone number. Enter the code and tap on Continue.
Step 9: Create a new password for your account. Tap on Next. You will be logged into your account.
Method 2: Provide a non-ID document
If the above method doesn’t help you unlock your account, you must resort to what Facebook asks you. That is, you need to confirm your identity by providing valid proof.
But here is the twist. You don’t necessarily need to provide your ID document to confirm your identity on Facebook. What Facebook wants is just any official document with your name on it. This document might or might not be your ID proof.
If you don’t want to give your identity proof to confirm your identity on Facebook, you can upload any other official document that has your name and is far less confidential than an ID proof. Here are some of the alternative options you have to verify your account:
Any government-issued document with your Facebook name and date of birth will suffice. If the document doesn’t have your date of birth, it should have your photo with your name. Some of the government documents you can submit are your driving license, birth certificate, passport, or PAN card.
If you don’t want to provide your government-issued ID proof, you can provide two non-government IDs. These can include your school or college identity card, library card, a passing certificate from a recognized educational institution, other certificates, mark sheet, mail sent in your name via post, transaction receipt, and so on.
Make sure that each of the two IDs must include your name, while at least one of them must include your date of birth and/or photo.
Non-government IDs can be a good option if you don’t want to provide your ID proof to Facebook.
A locked Facebook account can cause many problems. But it can become even more problematic if you are asked to provide proof of your identity.
However, it is quite possible to unlock your account without ID proof, and we have discussed how you can do that using two methods. The first method can potentially help you recover your account just via a code sent to your phone or email. And the second method helps you choose a non-ID document you can share without hesitation.
Try out both these methods and tell us which one worked for you. If we could help you solve your problem, tell us your thoughts in the comments. You can also share the blog with your friends and make us famous.