Backup Facebook Data

Backing up your Facebook Data

Facebook does allow you to download your information(link to official guide). This is especially useful if you want to delete your facebook account.

This back up will include all your timeline information, posts, photos and more.

There’s an option to download and skip some data category. Scroll down for more on this.

I strongly advise you download a copy of your facebook information before doing the account deletion.

A copy of the Facebook help page has been reproduced below to guide you.

facebook backup

You can download your information from your settings. To download your information:
  1. Click  at the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings
  2. Click Download a copy of your Facebook data at the bottom of General Account Settings
  3. Click Start My Archive
Because this download contains your profile information, you should keep it secure and be careful when storing, sending or uploading it to any other services.

Can I pick and choose which information I would like to download?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to individually select which data you would like to download when you download your Facebook info. You’ll have to download your file in its entirety. Learn more about what’s included.

What security measures are in place to make sure someone else doesn’t download a copy of my information?

When you download your information, we require you to confirm your identity before you can start the process.

Once your download is ready, we’ll send an email to the email address listed on your Facebook account along with a link to your download.

For security purposes, the link will expire in a few days, after which you’ll have to reinitiate the download process. Before you can download the file containing your data, you’ll have to enter your password. If you’re using a public computer or one you don’t use regularly, you may also have to solve a friend photo captcha or an SMS captcha via your mobile phone.

Warning: This file may contain private information. You should keep it secure and take precautions when storing or sending it, or uploading it to another service.

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