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Facebook is killing email forwarding: Here’s how to disable it on your account

Did you ever use the email address Facebook gave you in 2012, after it hid your real email address in your timeline profile? Very few folks did.

Facebook’s email was so underused that the social network killed it in early 2014. However, it kept automatic email forwarding just in case someone might have used an assigned Facebook email address. Since then, unless you unchecked a default box, any email sent to [email protected] address was forwarded to the primary email address you listed when you signed up for Facebook in the first place.

See also: You’re not sharing enough personal info, Facebook worries

Well, according to an email sent to users (including me) from Facebook, as of May 1, 2016 the automatic email forwarding feature will also shut down. In the message, Facebook told users to update their email address on any services that currently send email to a @facebook.com account.

If you want to be ahead of the pack, or just want to see if you’re even signed up for automatic forwarding, here’s what to do.

On your Facebook timeline click About, then Contact and Basic Info. Scroll down to Email and then move your cursor to the upper right corner of the email listing section. An edit icon will pop up. Click it. Under your listed email addresses click Add/Remove Emails. When the next page comes up you will see the personal emails you listed, with one checked as your primary mode of contact.

Uncheck the box for using your Facebook email, which is based on your Facebook username. Since emails will no longer be forwarded from your Facebook email address to your primary contact email, there’s no reason to keep it activated.

If you’ve made any changes, be sure to click Save Changes on this page. If you do actually use your Facebook address, send people with whom you correspond another address to use immediately.

We reached out to Facebook for comment but have not yet received a reply.

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