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How to download your Facebook data

Do you want to see everything that Facebook knows about you? Use these steps to download a copy of all your data the social giant has been collecting since you joined.

Facebook knows everything there’s to know about you and everyone else you interact with since the first day you joined the social network. The company collects everything, including the times you’ve logged in, locations, network addresses, facial recognition data, advertisements you’ve clicked, identifiable personal information, check-ins, credit card info, and much more. If you’re using the Facebook app on your phone, the company even collects your SMS and call logs (if you have previously given your consent).

Facebook uses this data to learn more about you to improve the service and grow its business. However, when other people get a hold of this data, they can also learn more about you as well and use it in malicious way, as we’ve seen with the Cambridge Analytica fiasco.

In the case that you want to see in more details the information Facebook has been collecting about you, there’s a way to request and download a copy of all your data.

In this guide, you’ll learn the easy steps to create and download an archive of all your Facebook data.

How to download a copy of your Facebook data history

You can download an archive of all your data if you want to see the information that Facebook knows about you, or if you’re planning to delete your account and keep a record of your history in the social network. Here’s how:

  1. Open Facebook settings page.

  2. Under “General Account Settings,” click the Download a copy link.

    Facebook settings page
    Facebook settings page
  3. In the “Download Your Information” page, click the Start My Archive button.

    Download your information Facebook page
    Download your information Facebook page
  4. Confirm your Facebook password, and click the Submit button.

  5. Click the Start My Archive button.

  6. Click the Okay button to confirm.

  7. Once you get confirmation email, go back to the “Download Your Information” page, and click the Download Archive button.

    Download archive from Facebook
    Download archive from Facebook
  8. Confirm your Facebook password, and click the Submit button.

Once you’ve completed the steps, you’ll end up with a .zip file, simply extract the files using a zip software, or if you’re running on Windows 10, just right-click file and select Extract all.

After extracting the files, double-click the index.htm file to explore your information. You’ll also notice a few folders, which you can also browse to get to your photos, videos, and messages.