Download Your Information from Facebook

I just discovered how easy it is to get photos and other information back from Facebook; consequently, I am now planning to back up my Facebook data, all 150 megabytes. This option has probably existed for a while, but I never used it.

The account settings area (click on home in the upper right hand corner) contains an active link to download a copy of your Facebook data. Click on the link.

Facebook will generate your personal archive and send you an email when the file is ready.

The resulting file contains all the photos, comments, and other information in your Facebook account. The final step is to back up this file onto a CD, external hard drive, or online service to ensure that the information is not lost, even if your computer fails.

Now that I have all my data back, I am planning to create a Facebook StoryBook. I will provide an update to this posting, once I have completed my photo book.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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2 Responses to Download Your Information from Facebook

  1. Love this idea!!! Can’t wait to see the Storybook!

  2. Thanks for this blog post, Dr. Mark! Super info to have!

    I have a question posted on our pixels2Pages FB page and I knew YOU were my Go To Guy.

    I know the pens have been tested for photo/paper safety- have tests been done on permanence? Thx in advance if you know!

    You can also email me at

    Always keeping an eye on your research so keep it coming!!
    Jeannine Campbell

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