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How to Download All Your Facebook Data (Photos, Messages, etc.)

This is an instructive article which aims to provide explanations on how you can download all of your Facebook information, which does include personal, security and media data which Facebook has been storing for you.

Facebook is one social media site which is used by billions of people on a daily basis. In fact, Facebook is so popular that if you haven’t heard of the word internet, you haven’t heard of the social media site as well. But with so much power comes great responsibility and Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have learnt this the hard way. And with GDPR already here, you can now see all of the data which Facebook has been storing in connection with your Profile. This data can be downloaded with few clicks and in this article we are going to show you how to exercise this right.

How to Download All of Your Data from Facebook

In case you are using a smartphone (which is almost certain) you should go through the following steps to download your facebook information:

Step 1: Tap on the ribbed icon on top of your Facebook app and locate Settings and Privacy.

Step 2: From Settings and Privacy, locate Settings and then Tap on It.

Step 3: After you have managed to get into the Settings menu, make sure that you locate “Your Facebook Information” and if you do, tap on Download Your Information as seen underneath:

Step 4: Select what type of information you want to be downloaded by tapping on the different forms of data:

Step 5: After going through what type of data you want from Facebook if you scroll down at the end you will be able to choose Date Range for data collection, Quality and the Format on which you will be able to download the data. As soon as you are done, tap on “CREATE FILE”. Facebook will have you wait until the service archives the information you want and sets it up as a .zip archive ready to be downloaded.

Step 6: Download the archive when it’s ready. When the archive is done, you will receive the following Facebook notification:

After you tap on it, you will be led to the download button of the information you requested, but mind the fact that Facebook will want you to enter your password first for security reasons. It will be archived in a file and make sure that you have enough memory on your device, since it might be quite big:


Be advised that Facebook does store a lot of information about you, and if you feel concerned, the service allows you to delete your Account together with your information, but it takes several weeks time to fully do this. So if you find messages that you do not want Facebook to see or you have simply decided to break up with Facebook and you want everything gone, you can do that by erasing your Facebook profile from the very same Settings menu you have downloaded your information from.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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