Here’s how to download a copy of everything Facebook knows about you

You can download your own archive of this information if you want to see what Facebook knows, or if you want to leave the social network and take your history with you.

Facebook stores almost every single interaction you’ve had with the social network since you joined, including every time you’ve logged in, ads you’ve clicked, events you’ve been invited to, a list of the people you follow, your friends, your hometown, every time you’ve sent or received a message, every single status update and more.

It’s basically the history of everything you’ve done on Facebook.

To learn what Facebook has on you, check out this page titled “Accessing Your Facebook Data.” The above image is just a sample of what’s there.

It’s kind of surprising how much data is there, but it includes everything from check-ins to chat conversations, credit card numbers you’ve saved, phone numbers, photos and more.

HOW TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FACEBOOK ARCHIVE

According to CNBC, You can download your own archive of this data from Facebook. Here’s how:

  • Go to Facebook.com/settings.
  • Click “Download a copy of your Facebook data.”
  • Click “Download Archive.”
  • Facebook will alert you when your archive is ready.
  • Click “Download Archive” again, and a zip file will download to your computer.
  • Browse through that archive by opening each file inside the folder.

Again, what you’ll find is that this is an entire history of your life on Facebook.

You can use this as a copy of your profile that you can download if you plan to leave the social network, but it’s also just a reminder of how much Facebook knows about you.

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