Facebook Changed Everyone's Email Without Permission -- Here's How To Fix It

Facebook just removed everyone's email addresses from profiles and replaced it with an @facebook.com email address without telling you. Here's how to easily change it back.

Long ago, Facebook launched its own email service, which was promptly forgotten by everyone. Today, it removed everyone's email addresses from their profiles, replacing them with an @facebook.com email address instead. Luckily, your old addresses are very easy to get back on your profile:

  1. Click "About" on your profile and scroll down to the contact info section. Click "Edit" to change settings.
  2. Click on the circle next to your Facebook email address and change its setting to "Hidden From Timeline".
  3. Click on the circle next to your other email addresses and change their settings to "Shown On Timeline". (Note: if you don't want any email address shared on Facebook, set this one as hidden as well.)
  4. Click the Save button at the bottom of the Edit popup (Don't forget this step).

That's all it takes. It's a really quick fix, but it was a major jerk move for Facebook to do this without asking permission, or even telling you that it happened. Spread this info around so people don't get stuck without any contact information too, lest we lose one of the few aspects of Facebook that was still useful. And check out our guide to fixing Facebook's other sneaky settings.

Facebook's Lame Attempt To Force Its Email Service On You [Forbes via Gizmodo]


Comments

    I reckon its much better that way... not going to re-publish my email address on my profile. But keen to know what is the disadvantage here... anyone?

      it's an attempt to get people to use facebook for email. In that if someone looks up your email via facebook, because they don't know it, they will hopefully use the fb address to send it to you. A lot of apps for phones etc sync contact details from fb

      I don't want anyone to start using my Facebook email address as it would force me to keep a Facebook account I may decide I don't want in a few years time.
      My email address is at gmail, and it isn't going anywhere.

        except of course when Google force you to get your Gmail through google+ ;)

    How do you actually check said email???????? Is it a mail re-router that sends it to your hotmail or whatever?

    I'm amazed that anyone's response to a foreign company trying to corrupt their online identity like this would be to mildly change their address back. You might as well snivel "Oh, please, Mr Zucker$$berg, spank me again, please! I'll pay!". Just cancel your account. You don't need it, and Facebook has long shown itself an entity unfit to collaborate with.

    Megaflop, Just click on messages in Facebook, that is how you check your FB mail.

      I thought that was where you read your Facebook chat history?

        It (the "messages" option) actually offers access to three separate (but related) features:

        First, you have messaging ("inboxing") itself; you can send messages to and receive messages to other users regardless of their current online status.

        Secondly, it acts as a log of your chat conversations. You may also have noticed that if someone sends you an "inbox" message when you also happen to be online that you will also receive it as chat.

        Thirdly (and this is the relevant one!) it offers access to the Facebook email service. If people send an email (from within Facebook OR from any normal external email client such as Gmail or Hotmail) to your @Facebook email address you will be able to access it from your messages section. You can also use the messages feature to SEND regular emails to any email address.

        If you're still confused, you can search Facebook's help section for "email" to see their explanation.

    I'd prefer to have a FB email address - my stuff is only visible to friends and they can all message me anyway - that way my private email address is mine to give out, as opposed to being publicly given without my permission.

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