If you are a Facebook user, there is likely to be information on your profile that you wouldn’t want to lose. Hopefully, you already have the important stuff – such as your family photographs and the like – securely backed up elsewhere.
But, as an extra precaution, you can create an archive of your Facebook data and download it to your computer’s hard drive – or to an external disk – for safe keeping.
The archive will include the images you have posted on Facebook, your wall posts, profile details, messages and other information.
Note that these instructions describe accessing Facebook from a computer web browser. The download data option will likely not be available if you are using Facebook on a mobile device or via an app.
Here’s how to create your archive.
1: Click on the down arrow located at the top right beside the lock icon and select “Settings” in the drop-down menu:
2: In “General Account Settings” click “Download a copy of your Facebook Data”:
3: Click the “Start My Archive” button. You’ll be asked to supply your Facebook password:
4: After the archive has been created, you will receive an email from Facebook to inform you that the download is ready. You can click the link in this email to download your archive, which will be a .zip file. You may be asked to re-enter your password for security purposes.
And that’s it! Remember to keep your archive in a safe and secure place.