With the current trend in Facebook (hacking of accounts, unwanted ads etc), you might be wondering, why would i need to download my data? what exactly does Facebook know about me from my profile? Well’ it’s really important because you may need to recover your lost or hacked account and a complete information about you is provided when you download your data. Sure, you can peruse your profile online, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. One way to see what Facebook has on you is to download your Facebook data.
The ability to download your Facebook data isn’t really new, but not many users know that you can do it. It only takes a few minutes; how long depends on how big your data files are. Here are the steps to download your Facebook data.
If you’ve decided that you want to leave Facebook completely, here’s how to delete, disable, or limit your Facebook account.
Downloading your Facebook data
1. Go to your Facebook page and click on the downward-pointing arrow at the top right corner of the page. It is located next to the Quick Help (?) icon. Select Settings.
2. Go to the General Account Settings (it should go there by default). Below the list that includes your Name, Username, etc., look for the link that says, “Download a copy of your Facebook data.” Click it.
3. The next page that appears will have a “Download Your Information” heading. Click the Start My Archive link. You’ll then see a notification saying it may take a few minutes to create your archive.
Facebook will send emails to the address you have in your profile to let you know that your data was requested, and then another email to notify you that your data is ready to download.
4. Check your email for the download notification. It will have a link you need to click. This is done to help make sure that the data request is legitimate.
5. After you click the email link, your browser will go back to Facebook’s Download Your Information page, but now there is a Download Archive link. Click it to start the download process.
6. A window will pop-up, asking for your Facebook password. Enter it and click Submit to proceed.
7. The download will begin. The file size varies, depending on how much information you have put in Facebook. The more active you are, the bigger the download.
How to read your Facebook data
Facebook provides your data as a local mini website. All the files are in a folder, and if you open the folder, you’ll see anfile. Open it, and it will launch in your browser.