Facebook: How to Replace Primary Email with Phone Number or New Email


Facebook allows its users to replace their primary email, which is used when registering or opening an account on the social networking platform.

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There are tons of reasons why a Facebook user would want to completely change their primary email address associated with their social media account.

Some might have a new email address, removing the email linked to their Facebook accounts. While others might just want to use their phone numbers instead.

Fortunately, Facebook allows such changes, allowing its users to ditch their old primary email address with a new one.

According to a LifeWire article, Facebook users could override their accounts’ primary email address on a desktop computer, including various operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Apple’s Mac, and even Linux.

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The Facebook user only needs a web browser. It doesn’t matter if Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Safari, any widely used browser should do.

How to Change Facebook Email on Desktop

Without further ado, here’s how to change your primary email address on Facebook through a desktop web browser.

  • Open your Facebook account on a browser.
  • Next, click the down arrow menu in the upper right corner.
  • After which, select “Settings and privacy”.
  • From there, click on “Settings”.
  • Then go to the Contact section and click on the “Edit” button.
  • In the same section, select “Add another email address or mobile number”.
  • Enter your new email or phone number.
  • Click the “Add” button to confirm.
  • Then enter your password to confirm the change.

It should be noted that Facebook will still need to verify the new email address or phone number even after re-entering your password.

The social media platform will send a confirmation email or SMS to your new address or number. You will need to open it to complete the setup.

That’s it, your new phone number or email address should then automatically become your primary contact on Facebook, according to Business Insider.

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How to delete the previous primary email

However, it’s worth pointing out that your previous primary email address is still considered your secondary contact address on Facebook.

That said, here’s how to remove it completely.

  • Return to the Contact tab in Facebook’s General Account Settings.
  • Then click “Edit”.
  • After which, delete the email address or contact number that you want to delete entirely.

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