How To: Get a copy of the data you’ve put on Facebook

This has to be the best feature on Facebook yet. Apart from the fact that you cannot totally delete your facebook account, they have provided a way out should you decide to stop using facebook for good. You will no longer be left with nothing if you wanna stop using Facebook. They now have a feature to let you download whatever data that you’ve uploaded or added on Facebook.

The downloaded file would contain the following information –

  • 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

Here are the steps. 🙂

Image | BIG_MOUSE | Step 1

Step 1: Click on Account-Account Settings. You should reach this page. Check out the new option: Download your information. You need to enter your password before you can access the next page.

Image | BIG_MOUSE | Step 2 & 3

Step 2: Click on Learn More should you need to find out more stuff.

Step 3: Click on Start. You will be directed to a page where you will need to identify people tagged in photos. It would get a bit tough if your friends like to tag themselves to inanimate objects. You would have a hard time identifying them. You only get 2 tries to ‘skip’ in case you can’t identify three images of that person.


Image | BIG_MOUSE | Step 4

Step 4: You will have to give Facebook some time to collate all the stuff. They will then email you with a link to get your download.

Finally, you will get to download all the stuff you uploaded to facebook. For me, it is 134 MB. Coolios, I didn’t know i can update so much to facebook.

Image | BIG_MOUSE | The downloaded file

The html folder contains all your comments, notes, events, everything. It is as though you have an offline version of facebook uploaded right on your desktop. The photos and videos folders are obviously just for the photos and videos you uploaded. If you are unsure, just click on INDEX.HTML. All the various hyperlinks are included inside.

Image | BIG_MOUSE | An example of a file in the HTML folder. 🙂

VERY COOL! Try it.


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