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How to download your data from Facebook

(Last Updated On: April 14, 2018)

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You’ve been using Facebook since its launch? The largest social media has everything you’ve shared with friends, on your timeline, page, photos you shared and comments you made since you started using FB.

Facebook gives you that freedom to download your archive from it, go through it, determine which you want to leave online or make decision whether to delete your account or leave it.

For instance your account Activity Log contains the history of your activity on Facebook, from posts you have commented on or liked, to apps you have used, to anything you have searched for. This is basically what’s you’ve done while on the platform.

This history of you is what it uses to learn about you and which ads to show to you.

This means that Facebook knows everything about you, and here is a guide on how to download your data from Facebook.

Check the photo below to know some of the things Facebook knows about:

Download Your Facebook Data

When I stumbled upon this guide on CNBC written by Todd Hazelton, I immediately headed straight to Facebook and I found all my activities right there since I started using Facebook.

I thought you’d also find this guide revealing and useful.

How to Access Your Facebook Data and download it

Step 1:
Go to Facebook settings page or simply use this link: https://m.facebook.com/help/405183566203254 to find your Facebook data and to see everything Facebook knows about you

Step 2:
Tap “Download a copy of your Facebook data.”

Step 3:
You will be prompted to another page, click “Start My Archive.”

It might take a few minutes, but Facebook will alert you when your archive is ready. It didn’t long when I click on it here. It took just 6seconds to load next action.

Step 4:
When it is, click on the screen directive “Start my Archive” again.
Before now, a zip file will download to your computer, which allows you to browse through that archive by opening each file inside the folder, where you’ll find the entire history of your life on Facebook.

However, Facebook keeps evolving, your e-mail is used as a point of contact.

You’ll see on the screen that your data will be sent to your email address.

Step 5:
Check your email address for your data. This data is accessible on computer.

We tried it on tablet Android 7.0 operating system, but didn’t work

You’re likely to see something related to this:

Here is what I got from the Facebook team some minutes after I requested for my data:

“You recently requested a copy of your Facebook data. It’s now ready for you to download.

“Because this download may contain private information, you should keep it secure and take precautions when storing or sending it, or uploading it to another service.

“Click the link below to go directly to your download. If the link redirects you to your account settings page, simply click “Download a copy of your Facebook data” to get redirected to the file we’ve prepared.

“Please note: For security reasons, you can only download the copy we’ve prepared for you within a few days of this email being sent. You’ll need to start the process again if you’re unable to access your download.”

Are you amazed about the level of your data Facebook stored? The decision belongs to your on how to caution yourself on FB.

There was a time some recruitment agencies in Nigeria were using applicant’s timeline activities to determine eligibility, when it has to do with social media role.

What do you think about what you found about your activity on FB?

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