Time has come when many people are having a sudden self-intervention that they should delete their Facebook account forever. First, it was the Cambridge Analytica debacle and then the company’s habit of collecting Android user’s data for years. For many people, this might be enough motivation to quit Facebook. But is it that easy? Especially, when you have different reasons to stick to the blue network.
Anyway, if you want to be like WhatsApp’s co-founder Brian Acton or Tesla boss Elon Musk and join the #deletefacebook brigade, go ahead. But before taking the big step, you should get hold of the data Facebook has stored over the years you been on the platform and take a look at what the company knows about you.
How to download Facebook data in easy steps?
To download your Facebook account data is quite an easy task. The dump archive they provide is quite extensive. It’s enough for one to believe that their whole digital life exists in this dump file. Maybe, it is the case, or, possibly it’s the data Facebook wants you to be aware of.
Here are the steps to download Facebook data:
- Sign-in to your Facebook account on your desktop.
- Go to your Facebook Settings page.
- In the General section, click “Download a copy of your Facebook data.”
- On the next page, click the “Download Archive” button.
- Enter your Facebook password when prompted.
- The file download will start automatically, or the download link will be sent to your email.
- After the file download completes, extract the zip file.
- Now, run the HTML file called index. It will open in your web browser where you can view all your downloaded Facebook data.
This way you can obtain a copy of your Facebook data. The downloaded zip file contains all the data up to the moment before you started the download process. So, if you come back after a few days and download your Facebook data again, it’ll contain more information.
What’s in the Facebook data dump file?
The Facebook data file contains everything from your profile info, messages, videos, photos, timeline posts, friends list, interest lists, etc. It also includes the list of your past Facebook sessions, connected apps, and advertisement topics related to you.
Many Android users have claimed that they found call and SMS logs in their Facebook data archive. The company is believed to be scooping the information for years through an opt-in feature in the Messenger app. Facebook users with iOS devices remain unaffected.
Important: Facebook data archive contains highly sensitive information. It wouldn’t be wise to keep it in an extracted form for long. Make sure that after your download Facebook data, dump file doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Else, you’re doomed.