To better understand what information Facebook is storing on you, you would want to download a copy of your Facebook data. In this guide, we are going to show you how to download all the data that Facebook has stored for you on their servers.
Once you understand how much of your data is stored on Facebook, it becomes easier to take control of it. Facebook has a self-help tool that allows you to have access to all of your Facebook data. The process is pretty simple and the end result is that you get access to all your photos, videos, messages, contact info, friends list, and just about anything that Facebook is keeping on their servers under your account.
Want to download your Facebook data? Here is how to…
How to download a copy of your Facebook data
- Open a web browser on your computer and go to www.facebook.com.
- Click on the down arrow button at the top-right corner of the page and click Settings in the drop-down menu.
- Under “General Account Settings”, click on the “Download a copy of your Facebook” data link.
- Click Start My Archive.
- Enter your Facebook account password and click Submit to continue.
- Click Start My Archive to begin the archive creation process of your Facebook data.
- Facebook will tell you that they are creating an archive of all your Facebook data and they will email it to you once it is completed. Click Okay.
- Either wait for the Facebook notification letting you know your Facebook archive is ready to download or the email.
- Click Download Archive.
- Input your Facebook password and click Submit to download your Facebook data
Your Facebook data archive will download as a compressed zip file. Inside the zip file, you’ll find several folders and an HTML page. The HTML file will show you a local representation of your Facebook archive. Clicking the links right below your profile photo of the left will show you everything Facebook is storing.
Here is what Facebook says about what you will get in your downloaded copy of your Facebook data:
|About Me||Information you added to the About section of your timeline like relationships, work, education, where you live and more. It includes any updates or changes you made in the past and what is currently in the About section of your timeline.|
|Account Status History||The dates when your account was reactivated, deactivated, disabled or deleted.|
|Active Sessions||All stored active sessions, including date, time, device, IP address, machine cookie and browser information.|
|Ads Clicked||Dates, times and titles of ads clicked (limited retention period).|
|Address||Your current address or any past addresses you had on your account.|
|Ad Topics||A list of topics that you may be targeted against based on your stated likes, interests and other data you put in your timeline.|
|Alternate Name||Any alternate names you have on your account (ex: a maiden name or a nickname).|
|Apps||All of the apps you have added.|
|Birthday Visibility||How your birthday appears on your timeline.|
|Chat||A history of the conversations you’ve had on Facebook Chat (a complete history is available directly from your messages inbox).|
|Check-ins||The places you’ve checked into.|
|Currency||Your preferred currency on Facebook. If you use Facebook Payments, this will be used to display prices and charge your credit cards.|
|Current City||The city you added to the About section of your timeline.|
|Date of Birth||The date you added to Birthday in the About section of your timeline.|
|Education||Any information you added to Education field in the About section of your timeline.|
|Emails||Email addresses added to your account (even those you may have removed).|
|Events||Events you’ve joined or been invited to.|
|Facial Recognition Data||A unique number based on a comparison of the photos you’re tagged in. We use this data to help others tag you in photos.|
|Family||Friends you’ve indicated are family members.|
|Favorite Quotes||Information you’ve added to the Favorite Quotes section of the About section of your timeline.|
|Followers||A list of people who follow you.|
|Friend Requests||Pending sent and received friend requests.|
|Friends||A list of your friends.|
|Gender||The gender you added to the About section of your timeline.|
|Groups||A list of groups you belong to on Facebook.|
|Hidden from News Feed||Any friends, apps or pages you’ve hidden from your News Feed.|
|Hometown||The place you added to hometown in the About section of your timeline.|
|IP Addresses||A list of IP addresses where you’ve logged into your Facebook account (won’t include all historical IP addresses as they are deleted according to a retention schedule).|
|Locale||The language you’ve selected to use Facebook in.|
|Logins||IP address, date and time associated with logins to your Facebook account.|
|Logouts||IP address, date and time associated with logouts from your Facebook account.|
|Messages||Messages you’ve sent and received on Facebook. Note, if you’ve deleted a message it won’t be included in your download as it has been deleted from your account.|
|Name||The name on your Facebook account.|
|Name Changes||Any changes you’ve made to the original name you used when you signed up for Facebook.|
|Networks||Networks (affiliations with schools or workplaces) that you belong to on Facebook.|
|Pages You Admin||A list of pages you admin.|
|Pending Friend Requests||Pending sent and received friend requests.|
|Phone Numbers||Mobile phone numbers you’ve added to your account, including verified mobile numbers you’ve added for security purposes.|
|Photos||Photos you’ve uploaded to your account.|
|Photos Metadata||Any metadata that is transmitted with your uploaded photos.|
|Physical Tokens||Badges you’ve added to your account.|
|Pokes||A list of who’s poked you and who you’ve poked. Poke content from our mobile poke app is not included because it’s only available for a brief period of time. After the recipient has viewed the content it’s permanently deleted from our systems.|
|Political Views||Any information you added to Political Views in the About section of timeline.|
|Posts by Others||Anything posted to your timeline by someone else, like wall posts or links shared on your timeline by friends.|
|Recent Activities||Actions you’ve taken and interactions you’ve recently had.|
|Registration Date||The date you joined Facebook.|
|Religious Views||The current information you added to Religious Views in the About section of your timeline.|
|Removed Friends||People you’ve removed as friends.|
|Screen Names||The screen names you’ve added to your account, and the service they’re associated with. You can also see if they’re hidden or visible on your account.|
|Spoken Languages||The languages you added to Spoken Languages in the About section of your timeline.|
|Status Updates||Any status updates you’ve posted.|
|Work||Any current information you’ve added to Work in the About section of your timeline.|
|Videos||Videos you’ve posted to your timeline.|