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Facebook Adds Download Your Information Feature

News is just in that Facebook has added a new feature to allow users to download their profile information to their computer. The feature is called download your information, and available from the user's account settings.

To access the new feature, users need to click on the down arrow icon in the upper right corner of the Facebook profile screen and select settings from the opening context menu.

Download Your Information is a new option that you find under General Account Settings.

Update: Facebook has recently renamed the option to "download a copy of your Facebook data".

This new tool can be used to download all profile information, including videos and photos, wall posts, messages, friend lists and other contents to the local computer system.

download copy of facebook data

When you select the option, the download your information page opens up. It highlights what the archive includes and displays a "start my archive" button to initiate the generation of the archive. Note that you need to enter your password before the archive is generated.

Here is a short list of data that is included in the archive:

  • About Me information
  • Account Status History
  • Address
  • Apps
  • Chat
  • Check-Ins
  • Connections
  • Emails
  • Events
  • Followers, Family and friends
  • IP addresses
  • Likes
  • Linked Accounts
  • Messages
  • Photos
  • Notes
  • Shares
  • Videos

download your information

This is an automatic process that may take a while, depending a lot on your activity on Facebook. It will take longer for accounts with lots of postings, photos and videos.

Facebook users are notified via email that their download is ready. The email contains a link pointing to the download. To download the information to the local computer, the account password needs to be entered.

The data is then downloaded to the PC as a zip file. This file needs to be unpacked before the information can be accessed. The downloaded information are a basic version of the Facebook profile, a local Facebook profile so to speak without interaction possibilities.

facebook local profile

It links to all relevant information in a sidebar. Here it is possible to open wall posts,photos, the list of friends, notes, events, messages and videos.

Take a look at the official video announcing Download Your Information below.

The new feature is rolled out to all Facebook accounts in the coming days. This option may be interesting for users who want to close their Facebook account permanently. Before doing so, they could download all relevant information from Facebook so that they still have access to their photos, videos, messages and other data they have posted or received on Facebook.

Facebook Adds Download Your Information Feature
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Facebook Adds Download Your Information Feature
Facebook has added a feature to its service recently that gives you options to download a copy of your Facebook data to your local system.

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    1. Hotrao said on October 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm

      Really usefull to have on local what you and your friends posted online. Maybe to double check what is going to be made public at next security flaw? ;-)

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