How can I download a copy of my Facebook data?

Perhaps you already know that Facebooks stores all your data, but did you know that you can download it and flick trough what you have been sharing on the platform since you joined?

Facebook have build a self-service tool to offer account holders the opportunity to download their personal data, including posts, photos and videos you’ve shared, your messages and chat conversations, information from the About section of your profile, things you’re interested in, events you’ve attended and more. You can also find other information available in your Facebook account by accessing your profile and activity log.

You can get hold of your data in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click on the upside-down arrow located at the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings from the menu
  2. Then, click Download a copy of your Facebook data below your General Account Settings.
  3. And finally, click Start My Archive.

In order to complete the download process, Facebook will ask you to confirm your identity. If you cannot complete the security check, you will not be able to access your information. This is to ensure the security of your information and that no one else is able to access it.

When you opt to get an archive of what you shared, Facebook will send you an email. Sometimes you may have to wait a while depending on how much information you have on Facebook. Then, Facebook sends you an email with a link to download the information, which you can download as a compressed .zip file. However, you need to download it quickly as the link has an “expiration date”.

The downloaded file will look like a mini-profile page in your internet browser, once you’ve opened it. And then, it’s just a trip down memory lane.

You can also check whether Facebook stores your debit/ credit card information. You can do this by clicking Settings> Payments and from there, you can choose whether to amend or delete your stored bank details.

Do you have any questions on how to access your data on Facebook? Let us know by leaving a comment below or tweeting to us @JustAskGemalto.