Facebook has now given its users the chance to download a backup of their entire account data and save them to their computers or smartphone. Think of the situation where your account is deactivated by Facebook for some reasons, this means you cannot have access to all your personal files such as messages, photos, videos, timeline information, shared post that you have uploaded to the platform. If this opportunity is now given to us by the owners of the platform, then it should be something that everyone on the platform should know in case the otherwise happen. So here we are going to take you through step by step procedures that will guide you through the process of downloading an archive of your Facebook data to your computer.
It is easy and simple to download the archive of your Facebook information to your computer and explore its content. All what you need to do is to follow the below guide correctly and you will get a copy of your Facebook files on your computer or smartphone within some few minutes depending on the volume of your archives. So let’s start!
First login to your account and Click on the top right of your Facebook page then select Settings. Whiles you are under the settings, you will see General Account Settings, click on it and a list of options will appear. Look for Download a copy of your Facebook data which is located at the bottom of the General Account Settings page.
You will be prompted to re-type your password. This is to ensure that, the account you are trying to access its archive belongs to you. Once you typed the correct password, Request My Download screen will be displayed with a note reminding you that you have requested to download your account archive.
Click on the Start My Archive once again and wait till the download process is complete. Once the archive is ready, Facebook will email them to your email. That is the email you use to create the account with.
After receiving the mail from Facebook, try to keep it at a secure place because it contains your profile information, and be sure to save it at place where no one can have access to it because, the moment someone should have access to it, that person can use it to upload on any other services and this means your information will go viral.
WHAT IS CONTAINED IN THE ARCHIVE FILES?
The archive file contains posts you have shared on Facebook, comments and other interactions from people, messages and chat conversations, photos and videos you have added or been tagged, a history of your activity on Facebook, comments you liked, apps you have used, ads you have clicked on, data like the IP addresses that are logged when you log into or out of Facebook, and more.
Note! You may not find all of your data in this archive. Information or content you have deleted from your account because it will be deleted from Facebook servers once you remove them from your account.
HOW TO EXPLORE YOUR FACEBOOK ARCHIVE
Once you have received the archive file from Facebook, to explore the archive you first have to unzip the file since it will be given to you in a zip form. After unzipping the file, look for the index.htm file, and open it with any web browser to get to specific information want.
Once the index.htm file is opened, you will see data such as your friends list, messages, photos, videos, pokes and many more. If you want to retrieve a specific picture or video from the archive, click Photos or Videos and then click the media thumbnail. The photo or video will open, and you can right-click to make a copy of the media file to your computer. To explore any other folder, this same procedure can be follow.