How to Download Your Facebook Data

fb_download_iconWe read an article recently about a young lady that had her Facebook and other accounts hacked. Not only were the scammers on a mission to discover as much sensitive and valuable information as possible, but they left a wake of destruction in the process. They deleted her address book, email messages and items on her Facebook page.

Luckily, Facebook has a handy feature that lets users download the following profile information into a zip file:

  • Your profile information (e.g., your contact information, interests, groups)
  • Wall posts and content that you and your friends have posted to your profile
  • Photos and videos that you have uploaded to your account
  • Your friend list
  • Notes you have created
  • Events to which you have RSVP’d
  • Your sent and received messages
  • Any comments that you and your friends have made on your Wall posts, photos, and other profile content

To being this process, click the down arrow in the top right hand corner of your Facebook page and then click “Settings” link.

Now go to the very bottom of the page and locate the “Download a copy of your Facebook data” link.

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This is the primary screen where you can learn more and begin the download process.

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Clicking the “Start My Archive” button will prompt you for your password and display the following screen:

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This popup notification is there to let you know that the process might take some time. Obviously, the more data you have on Facebook the longer it will take. Confirm and continue by clicking the button. You’ll receive a notification sent to your primary email address once the download is complete. Once you see this notification it is safe to browse away from the page.

Depending on your level of activity and the volume of photos, videos, etc. you might want to get into the habit of backing up weekly or monthly. Also maintain a separate backup of any files, photos or videos that you want to keep on a permanent basis. Facebook should never contain your only copy of an important file.



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