February 14, 2017

How to Download Your Facebook Data

There are multiple reasons to consider downloading your data from Facebook. Perhaps you wish to save the photographs you've put on Facebook, or maybe you are the legacy contact for a loved one, and do not want to lose what they posted on their account. Did someone attempt to hack your account, or are you worried that if someone does manage to access your Facebook profile, all of your information will disappear? Do you need to see the IP addresses that access your account?

The logical thing to do is occasionally download your data, but how? I'm about to tell you, and it is easier than it sounds. I have added photos for your convenience. They are not high quality. If you'd like to donate towards my camera fund, the link is one the side of my main blog page. ;-)

1. First you open up your Facebook account. Next, you go to where it says settings, and you click on it.  If you're on a regular computer, it will be in the top right corner. It is a little upside down triangle with a dropdown menu, and it looks like this:

2.  Now that you've clicked on settings, Facebook will show you your general account settings. Towards the bottom of that, you will see a hyper-link (that is text that you can click on) that says "Download a copy of your Facebook data." Click on that. The words "Download a copy" are the ones that are hyperlinked, so they look blue. That part looks like this:

3. Now that you've clicked to download a copy of your Facebook data, you will see a page that says "Download Your Information." In a box a bit after that is a green button that says "Start My Archive." Click on it. It look like this:

4. You will now be prompted to enter your password. This is necessary for your security. Once your password is entered, Facebook will begin to gather all of the information, and once it is ready, you will receive an e-mail letting your know your Facebook download is ready. The e-mail includes a link. The e-mail looks like this:

5. You simply click it to be taken to the correct area of Facebook. If that does not happen, do not panic. All you have to do is go back to your settings and once again click "Download a copy of your Facebook data." You won't have to repeat anything else. This will bring up the correct box for you to click on. You will be prompted to reenter your password. After you do so, you will see a screen that says, "Download Your Information." A bit below that is a box with a green button that says, "Download Archive." Click on "Download Archive." It looks like this:

Congrats! You did it! Your Facebook data will be downloaded to your computer in a ZIP file. When your computer asks you how you wish to save it, you may want to name the file something you can easily remember, and either put the file where you can access it with ease, or if you're not worried about finding it again without issue, take note of where it will be stored.

My file was approximately 54 megabytes. I do tend to clean out my history, delete posts that get no reaction, and delete my activity log on occasion, so mine may be smaller than others who have been on for multiple years.

I hope this was helpful. I did not intend to post this, but a friend made the request after I did mine, so please forgive any spelling errors or low quality of photographs, as I rushed through it. Again, if you'd like to make a donation to say thank you, that is always appreciated but not expected and definitely not required. If this helped and made you smile, you've already donated to the world's happiness more than enough today, and I love that!

1 comment:

Rapscalion22 said...

Awesome. Thanks. Will share.