Facebook Shuts Down All Facebook Hosted Email and Email Forwarding

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Back in 2014 Facebook announced that it was discontinuing the Facebook email service (where people could email you at your_username@facebook.com). That’s because it wasn’t very popular. But just in case you were one of the handful of people who used your @facebook.com email address, they kept a forwarding service on so that your Facebook email address would still forward to your address of record at Facebook.

However, now Facebook has finally completely shut down the email service, including email forwarding. So, in case one of the three people who was still using Facebook’s email service is reading this: Your Facebook email forwarding has just ended.

R.I.P. Facebook Email Forwarding


facebook email forwarding


What this means: It means that if someone sends email to your_username@facebook.com, you will not receive it at your primary (non-Facebook) email address. (Or anywhere.)

What this DOESN’T mean: It does not mean that you will no longer receive notification emails or other email from Facebook. It only means that people can’t write to you at your username@facebook.com address any longer.

In an announcement to all remaining @Facebook email addresses, Facebook advised:


You received this email because your username@facebook.com account is set up to forward messages to your email address of record at Facebook. After May 1, 2016, you will no longer be able to receive email sent to AnnePMitchell@facebook.com.

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Please update your email address for any services that currently send email to AnnePMitchell@facebook.com.

Thank You,
Email Team at Facebook

This is Gone
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So you are going to want to check on your email settings in Facebook, and update them as may need be. To do this, go to your ‘About’ section:

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Facebook Shuts Down All Facebook Hosted Email and Email Forwarding

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On the right-hand side, hover just below your contact information, and a link will appear that says “Edit your contact and basic info”:

edit facebook email address


Click on that link, and then click on ‘Edit’.

edit update facebook email addresses


Here you can add or remove email addresses, set whether they appear in your profile and timeline or not, and also set the privacy restrictions as to who can see your email address (only you, friends, or everyone in the universe, etc.).

facebook email address settings


facebook email privacy settings


While you are there, you can probably delete that old Facebook email address, or not, it’s up to you.

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