How to Reverse Facebook’s Email


Newly-IPO'd Facebook just made a bewildering mistake that's going to piss a lot of users off. Remember Facebook email? Of course you don't. In a stunning move, Facebook apparently just changed the contact info for every user from a user-assigned email address to @facebook. Here's how you switch it back.

Since 2010, all Facebook users were automatically assigned an "@facebook" email address. Even if you didn't use it, it was there as an option, which is fine.

In a move to boost usage of the email that nobody apparently wants, Facebook just went ahead and made the "@facebook" email the default on your profile. Say, what? Yeah, Facebook just changed your default email without notifying you.

It's unknown if this was a mistake, but we've confirmed with two of our editors that the change has indeed been made. Here's how to change it back:

  • 1. Go to your Timeline profile page and click "About."
  • 2. Under the "Contact Info" box, click "Edit."
  • 3. For all the emails you want displayed, make sure the circle icon doesn't have a cross through it. (It should say "Shown on Timeline")
  • 4. To not have your @facebook email shown on your profile, just click the crossed out circle ("Hidden from Timeline").

This was a really odd move on Facebook's part and will no doubt get everyone up in a huff. So unless you want people on Facebook to actually send you emails to your @facebook email, spread the word on how to reset Facebook's new change.

Without any official word from Facebook, this story is still developing. It all started with a Forbes report by Kashmir Hill, who found that her default Facebook email address (and that of many others), had switched from one she picked to a Facebook-assigned email address. She first spotted the issue here, as raised by programmer Gervase Markham.

Gervase Markham, via Forbes, via Gizmodo

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