If you too are debating whether or not to hit the wipe button, or you’re simply curious about the data the social media company owns about you, then you’re in the right place.
Perhaps surprisingly considering what we now know about its data collection methods, Facebook allows you to download all of your data relatively easily.
The process takes anywhere from 10 minutes to 24 hours (mine arrived in my inbox around an hour after I submitted the request), depending on how busy the Facebook servers are. Here’s how to do it, courtesy of Good.
Step 1: Log in to Facebook on a desktop computer.
Step 2: Go into your account settings by dropping down the menu in the right-hand top corner of the screen.
Step 3: At the bottom of the “Settings” menu, you’ll see a highlighted link that reads: “Download a copy of your Facebook data.”
Step 4: You’ll be asked to input your password. Facebook will email you when your archive is ready.
Step 5: When the email arrives, you’ll be asked to input your password again. You’re then free to download your archive, which will arrive in your computer’s “Downloads” folder as a zip folder.
Once inside your archive, you’ll find a ton of data relating to your profile information, posts, photos, videos, contacts, messages, a list of everyone you’ve friended and de-friended, call and SMS data, and much more.
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