How to download a backup copy of your Facebook, Twitter and Google data

Here’s a look at how to download the archive of your data from social networking sites.


By now, it is likely that you may have heard about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal where personal information over 70 million Facebook users was compromised. In wake of the scandal, it has now become important to be aware about the kind of information that Facebook collects about you. For those unaware, the data stored by Facebook includes the likes, search history, location history and reactions.

Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, recent reports also indicated that the social media giant’s Android app retained metadata related to the SMS and call history of users. If you want to know what all data Facebook stores about you, there is a way to download it. Similarly, Even Twitter stores your data, starting from your very first tweet.

Then, you have Gmail, and other Google services, such as Calendar, Docs and more where all details are stored on the cloud. It is a good idea to download your data, both for backup purpose, and for those who want to analyze and learn what all Facebook, Google and Twitter know about you. Let’s go ahead and see how to download your data.

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How to download a copy of your Facebook data

Step One: Enter Settings

Open Facebook on your computer, login with your credentials and click on Settings.

Step Two: Download Facebook data

Under “General Account Settings,” you will see a link to “Download a copy of your Facebook data” at the bottom. Click on that. 

Step Three: Archive your data

On the next page, you will see a button to download your information, click on “Start My Archive.” It will ask you to download enter your password, do that and click on submit.

A popup window will appear just click on “Start My Archive” after which Facebook will gather all information, including your photos, videos, posts, likes, messenger conversations and more. Once the data is ready to download, a link for the same will be sent to your registered email address.

How to download a copy of your Twitter archive

Step One: Twitter Settings

The process here is relatively simple. Login to Twitter using your credentials, click on the circular icon with your profile photo on the top right corner and click on “Settings and Privacy.

Step Two: Request your Twitter Archive

Scroll down and you will find the last option that reads “Your Twitter Archive.” Click on the link that says, “Request your Archive.

Upon clicking the link, the archive of your tweet history and media will be sent over to your registered email.

How to download backup of your entire Google data

Unlike Facebook and Twitter where you have just one product, Google has a number of products linked to your ID. You can either download data for individual services, such as Gmail, Calendar, Drive or all of the services. Here’s how to download the data.

Step One: Google Takeout

To begin with, head over to and login with your Google credentials.

Step Two: Identify data you want to download

Select the services for which you want to download the data. For instance, if you want an archive of your photos, you can select all albums, or you can choose the ones individually.

Step Three: Select the file format for your archive

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on next. Then select your archive format. I’d recommend file type to be .zip (but if you use Linux, select .tgz). You can also select the maximum archive size between 1GB and 50GB.

In case you choose 2GB, and the total file size is 7GB, the packages will be split into 4. Lastly, you can even choose the delivery method – get a download link via email, add the backup to your Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive. Once all that is done, click on “Create Archive” and the file will then be sent to your preferred mail ID or drive.

That’s about it. With the above steps, you can download all the data that you have on social media sites. For more such tips and tricks, check out our how to section here.

  • Published Date: April 13, 2018 4:28 PM IST