UPDATE 2 : NOV 2015
A new tool has surfaced which can delete some of your activity. This tool is Chrome extension and a Firefox Add-on. Read more about it at the end of this post.
The below mentioned procedure won’t work. You can still try them with the updated links to the scripts.
But things can work out partly by taking some steps to clear whatever is possible now. Go at the end to read the updated method or continue reading to know why Deleting your Complete Facebook Activity isn’t possible anymore.
So the reasons, this boils down to two reasons actually. Firstly, Facebook is blocking the scripts way to access the activity log and shutting it down whenever it runs. Even are tweaking the script, Facebook makes sure that the script wont work. This clearly shows how much Facebook doesn’t want a user to clear their activity log anymore. Second reason, the scripts won’t be updated anymore as the site which provided the scripts hosting with a beautiful community of developers has shut down as the site owner wasn’t able to give enough time to it.
Being said that, you can still try the scripts below (script links updated), they might or might not work as they used to. Or follow the new guide to get some things out of. Not a complete solution.
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We all have those embarrassing Facebook activity connected to our profile. 2 years ago that status update or that comment looked funny and hilarious but not anymore. So how do you get rid of all that stuff that Facebook added to your activity? How do you get rid of all those bad memories you don’t want to re-live? Clean up your Timeline.
Facebook Timeline is a very painful and long log of your activity all the years you have been on Facebook. Granted your activity on Facebook has now gone down drastically compared to what it was back in 2010, there still is some cringeworthy like or status you really won’t like to be associated with as you move on. Cleaning your Timeline looks like a good option but is it really viable?
Jennifer Golbeck, a professor at University of Maryland tried cleaning up her Facebook Timeline. She manually went over all her log, started cleaning up everything herself. She averaged 20-30 minutes cleaning up about a month’s worth of posts and she went on doing that for almost 12 hours. After nearly deleting 2 years worth of her posts she finally gave up doing it manually and looked up to automate this process.
Her search for automated tools to cleanup her activity lead her to two of the most trustworthy and reliable tools. Both are scripts which run in your browser ( Firefox or Chrome ). Since these are scripts for Greasemoney, they are open-source and maintained, updated and safe to use.
Tools To Delete Your Facebook Activity
STEP 1 : For both the scripts to work you need either Greasemonkey for your Firefox or Tampermonkey for Chrome.
STEP 2 : Install Facebook Timeline Cleaner (Mirror Link & New Updated Script Mirror) or Absterge (Mirror Link) on your browser.
Note : These scripts will only be installed if you have successfully installed and activated Greasemonkey or Tampermonkey.
STEP 3 : In Facebook, go to Account Settings > Security > Disable Secure Browsing.
STEP 4 : Backup. Before deleting everything you might want to consider saving all that data. Click on Gear Icon > Account Settings > Download Your Data. Facebook will gather everything from your profile ( including your Facebook activity log ) and zip it for you. You can download this to keep a private copy on your computer before you delete.
STEP 4 : You are good to go, now you can simply go to your Activity Log, press the gear button and start the Process of cleaning your Facebook Timeline.
If you are a very active Facebook user, this may take time. Once you start this process, this will also make your browser very slow. Its better you turn start this process at night and leave your browser running for the night and let it do its thing.
Absterge in Action
UPDATE : Cleaning your Facebook Search History from Activity Log
STEP 1 : Login to Facebook. Click the down arrow in upper-right corner of the page and select ‘Activity Log‘
STEP 2 : Click ‘All’ in the left-sidebar and click ‘More‘ below the ‘Comments’ option.
STEP 3 : In the new expanded list, Click ‘Search‘.
STEP 4 : Now you can choose to delete individual search history by clicking on the block icon on the right corner of every item or do the complete clean up ( the main reason we are here for ). In the top right corner, Click ‘Clear Searches‘.
STEP 5 : A confirmation dialog box will be displayed reminding you that your history helps them show you better results (which indirectly says they collect information about you based on your searches). Do not hesitate now, Click ‘Clear Searches‘ to remove your entire search History.
UPDATE : The New Tool
This Chrome Extensions and Facebook Activity Remover which claims to clear your Facebook Activity but be warned they might not work as they claim to. This tool is free to install but will only remove the 20 entries in the trial mode, for removing everything you need to pay the developer $2.99. Usually this is a good thing, as most paid tools work great, the developer gets paid for his work and the user gets what he paid for. But in this case it is a bit tricky.
Facebook keeps changing how their website functions, this means such third-party tools break everytime there is some design or website code change. So such tools would only work if the developer keeps updating it all the time. In this case the developer claims he will fix it and if it doesn’t work for you (if you’ve paid) he will fix it for you. You just need to contact the developer and he will get it working for you.
People have reviewed this tool and most are good but some are bad. The few success stories do claim that the developer is slow but if you pay for it he will (within few days) get back to you and make it work for you and help you clean your facebook activity. So try it if you really want to. There are a few success stories and many fail stories.
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