How to Download Your Private Apple Data

Discover everything Apple knows about you

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Like many big tech companies, Apple keeps data on their users. If you've ever set up an Apple ID or downloaded something from iTunes or the App Store, Apple has some information on you. If you're ever curious about everything Apple knows about you, it's actually fairly simple to check it out. Here's how to see and download your Apple data:

Keep in mind that each Apple ID is unique, and the data you request will only be associated with devices and apps you have accessed through that specific account.

  1. Read Apple's Privacy Policy and the types of data they keep. You should go to Apple's Privacy Policy website, as it's actually worth reading (and won't take forever to go through). It's a good idea to know what type of data the company is going to store and how you can access it, and this website is a good place to start.

    apple privacy page
  2. Put in a request with Apple for a copy of your data. Once you've read through the Privacy Policy, sign into your Apple ID account page to put in a data request.

    You can put in the data request from any source: Windows PC, Mac, iPhone, or iPad. The process should be the same no matter how you access it. Just have your Apple ID and password ready.

    1. Once you've logged into your account, scroll down to the section entitled Manage your Data and Privacy.
    2. After that, select Get Started.
    3. Select Get a Copy of your Data. If you don't see that option, it means it's not available in your region.

    If you don't see the option to Get a Copy of your Data, you'll have to submit a request that Apple will review. If you find yourself in that situation, you can navigate to Apple's Privacy Inquiries page. There, you'll need to put in your region and the other information related to your Apple ID. It may take a few weeks for Apple to review your request, after which they'll notify you of their decision.

  3. Whether you select the option to Get a Copy of Your Data or you submitted a manual request based on your region, you'll need to take a few additional steps to verify your Apple ID.

    apple id sign in page
    1. After you've verified it, Apple will set about organizing your data.
    2. Once that process is complete, they'll post the files containing your data on your Apple ID account page.
    3. You have fourteen days to access or download it; afterward, it will be removed from the site. If you don't get to it within those fourteen days, you'll have to request it again.
    4. Once you've downloaded your private data, you'll be able to see all the information that Apple can see. You may notice some of the information is masked. Any data not presented in clear information to you is masked to protect the privacy of other users.
  4. Enjoy viewing your Apple data.