How to download your Facebook history

Facebook tip – download your entire history!

Facebook – so much information!

Can’t remember what you put on Facebook a year ago? Or perhaps a few months ago but you can’t be bothered to trawl through it online? Or perhaps you’d like to use it for analytics? Or you’re just curious? Did you know that Facebook actually has a feature that lets you do this already? How cool is that!

Would you like to know everything you've ever done on Facebook? Good news - Facebook already lets you download a complete history. Useful if you're curious, need to find some information, or for analytics purposes. Just go to your Facebook settings, click on "download a copy", and it will email you a zip file. Unzip it to your pc or mac, and browse it. Keep it safe though!
Would you like to know everything you’ve ever done on Facebook? Good news – Facebook already lets you download a complete history. Useful if you’re curious, need to find some information, or for analytics purposes. Just go to your Facebook settings, click on “download a copy”, and it will email you a zip file. Unzip it to your pc or mac, and browse it. Keep it safe though!

How to download your Facebook history

Just follow the steps in the main picture and Facebook will guide you through the rest. It will take it a bit of time to gather it all up, but just be patient. When it’s ready, it will send you an email with a link that you can follow so that you can then download your account history to your PC or Mac. I’ve been on Facebook for about 5 years, and mine ran to about 300 megabytes – so it’s best to not even attempt it on your smartphone unless you’ve got a bit download package. And in any case, bear in mind that it’s probably alot of personal information – so would you really want to have it on your phone?

Once you’ve got the zip file, what next?

Once you've unzipped your Facebook history, double click the "Index.htm" file or open it from your favourite browser.
Once you’ve unzipped your Facebook history, open the “Index.htm” file from Finder, Explorer or from your favourite browser.

Zip files are meant to be unzipped, so do just that – you might want to create a separate folder first, though, and unzip it there. Once you’ve done that, just open the “index.htm” file, and browse away.

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