Facebook is the world’s most popular social network with over 600 million users. 600 million users who post millions of status messages and upload millions of photos to the site every single day. In fact, Facebook is also the biggest online photo sharing site in the world.
But, have you ever thought what would happen to all that data if the site decides to shut down one day ? Or even worse, what if Facebook decides to ban you from using it for violation of some policy that you weren’t even aware existed ? This isn’t new and has happened to a number of people.
In such a case, wouldn’t it be nice to have an offline backup of all your activity on Facebook ?
Thankfully, the smart programmers at Facebook also realized this and built a feature that lets users take a backup of their profiles. The feature is built-in to facebook and we’re going to show you how to use it.
How To Backup All Your Facebook Data
Log in to you Facebook account and click the Account link on the top right corner of the page. From the drop down, select Account Settings.
Now, on the Account Settings page, you should see an option that says “Download Your Information”. Click the learn more link next to it.
Since, this option lets you download all the data in your facebook profile and the data may be a little sensitive, Facebook will ask you to authenticate again using your password. Enter your password and click the Continue button.
Facebook will now tell you, approximately, the size of the data that you’re about to download. Just click on the Download Now button and Facebook will start backing up all your data. This process happens on facebook’s servers and you will receive an email once the process is complete. Be warned, if you’re a heavy facebook user, this process might take a while.
Downloading Profile Data
When your backup is ready to be downloaded, Facebook will send you an email with a link to a zip file containing all your profile data including your wall posts, pictures and any notes that you may have written. You may want to keep this file in a safe place if you’re paranoid about security.
Did you find this post helpful ? Have you ever thought of taking a backup of your Facebook profile data ?
Programmer, blogger and a geek making a living shifting bits around the Internet. Sharninder is the owner of Geeky Ninja