How to download your Facebook data


Download your Facebook data

We show you how to download your Facebook data.

Facebook is in the public’s bad books following the Cambridge
Analytica data harvesting fiasco, which means many users are considering
deleting their accounts, while others are concerned about what data the social network actually has on them.

It doesn’t help that the company has confirmed that it can track you even if you delete your account.
“When you visit a site or app that uses our services, we
receive information even if you’re logged out or don’t have a Facebook
account.

This is because other apps and sites don’t know who is using
Facebook,” said Facebook’s product management director, David Baser.

That data includes IP addresses, browser and operating
system information, the address of the website or app, cookies and
device identifiers, and is used to enhance the company’s service and
security.
There’s a very simple way to get a copy of all the data Facebook
holds on you, and armed with this you can then look into whether you’d
rather it didn’t and take the appropriate action

Find out what Facebook knows about you

Download Facebook data

  • Log into Facebook in your browser
  • Tap the down arrow at the top right of the window and choose Settings
  • At the bottom of the General Account Settings page is a link to ‘Download a copy of your Facebook data’ – click this
  • Now click the green ‘Start my Archive’ button
  • Enter your Facebook password and click Submit
  • Again click ‘Start my Archive’
  • Facebook will gather your data and send an email to the address it
    holds for you once that file is ready to download. Watch your inbox, and
    note that this file will be available to download for only a few days

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