How to Back Up All Your Facebook Data: Download Your FB Archive

Back up your Facebook information on your computer or mobile device

What to Know

  • Web browser: Select Account icon (triangle) > Settings & Privacy > Settings > Privacy > Your Facebook Information.
  • Then, next to Download Profile Information, select View > enter date range, quality, and format > Create File.
  • Mobile app: Menu > Settings & Privacy > Settings. In the Your Information section, tap Download Your Information.

This article explains how to download all your content from Facebook to serve as a backup. Use a web browser to access Facebook or the Facebook mobile app for iOS or Android devices and download the archive.

Download Your Facebook Information on the Web

Whether you're planning to delete your Facebook account or just want a backup of all your data from the social network, you can have your own offline copy of photos and other content you've posted to the social media site in one folder that you can easily store on a CD, DVD, or computer. 

Here's how to download an archive of all your stuff on Facebook from a web browser:

  1. Open Facebook in a web browser and log into your account.

  2. In the upper-right corner, select the Account icon (triangle).

    Facebook in a web browser with the settings arrow highlighted
  3. In the drop-down menu, select Settings & Privacy.

    Facebook menu with Settings & Privacy highlighted
  4. In the Settings & Privacy drop-down menu, select Settings.

    Settings highlighted in the Facebook Settings & Privacy menu
  5. In the left-vertical pane, select Privacy.

    Settings highlighted in the Facebook Settings menu sidebar
  6. In the left-vertical pane, select Your Facebook Information.

    Your Facebook Information selected in the Privacy sidebar
  7. Next to Download Profile Information, select View.

    View selected next to Download Profile Information on Facebook
  8. Select the Date Range, Media Quality, and Format in the corresponding drop-down lists.

    Facebook Download Your Information options

    In the Media Quality drop-down list, High is the default setting, and the best choice for most people. It gets you all those shared photos and videos in the highest possible quality.

  9. Scroll down to see that every type of information is checked for download by default. If you don't want it all, uncheck the boxes next to the content you don't want to download.

    List of download data types on Facebook
  10. When you are happy with the date range and type of data you want to download, select Create File.

    Facebook Download Your Information screen with Create File highlighted
  11. It may take several days before you receive a notification from Facebook that your download is ready. Follow the directions in the message to download your password-protected backup.

The different types of information appear in folders. For example, you can find your photos in a folder called Photos.

Download Your Information on the Facebook Mobile App

If you use Facebook on your iOS or Android mobile device, you can download your data to your device.

  1. Open the Facebook app and tap the three-bar Menu icon.

  2. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap Settings & Privacy to expand the section.

  3. Tap Settings.

    Facebook mobile app showing Settings & Privacy options
  4. Scroll down to the Your Information section and tap Download Your Information.

  5. Tap the circles next to the categories of data to add or remove them from the download. They are all selected by default.

    Selecting Download Your Information on Facebook.
  6. Scroll down and choose the Date Range, Format, and Media Quality. The defaults are All of my data, HTML, and High, which are the recommended choices.

  7. Tap Create File.

    Facebook Download Your Information screen with Create File highlighted
  8. It may take several days before you receive a notification from Facebook that your download is ready. Follow the directions in the message to download your password-protected backup.

How to View Your Facebook Information

You don't have to download your Facebook information if you're only curious about what's in it. On the Download Your Information page, select Access Your Information to look at your data without downloading it. Then choose any of the categories listed. Finally, select any of the topics that appear. Unlike downloading, you can see the information right away.

Facebook continually updates the types of information available here.

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