Back Up Your Facebook Account

More and more, we do things online or through the cloud.

Even if we are not working online, most of us engage with others online, and we store many important things there, such as photos, videos, even conversations.

One such place is Facebook. Most of us have a Facebook account and use it regularly.

The downside to doing things online and in the cloud is that what is stored there may be at risk of loss. Accounts can get hacked, servers can go down, things can get accidentally deleted, and sometimes, as they say, “life happens.”

It is important that we back up our digital information on a regular basis. Many of us back our computers up, and a few of us back our websites or blogs up. For my WordPress sites, I use WP Twin. It is amazing and works very well as a WordPress back up solution for blogs and websites.

However, we forget about other online spaces, such as Facebook.

In fact, I have discovered that a large number of people do not even know Facebook has a built-in back up solution available. It is called “Facebook Archive.”

It saves our photos, videos, posts, messages and more.

This is an important feature for everyone, but especially for people who use Facebook to communicate with clients and customers. Increasingly, I see professionals, such as Realtors, using Facebook for business communications with their clients.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a permanent record of those conversations? Even if the record was used only as a memory refresher it would be helpful, but it could also be useful to have that info stored in the event of a potential lawsuit, or a client making claims of promises that were never given.

With that in mind, here’s how to back up your Facebook account:

1) While logged in to Facebook, go to http://facebook.com/settings (opens in new window).

2) You should be in the “General” section. If not, click the “General” tab on the top left.

3) Click the link that says, “Download a copy of your Facebook data.”

4) A new page will open up. Click the green button that says, “Start My Archive.” You will need to enter your Facebook password.

5) The system is supposed to email you when the archive is ready, but I have found that is rarely the case. Instead, wait 10 or 15 minutes, and then reload the page where you clicked the green button. If the Archive is ini shed compiling, the green button will now say, “Download Archive.” Click the button.

6) A zip file will download. Depending on your system, you may not to decompress the zip file. Inside will be folders with the various Facebook data. Posts and messages are saved in HTML format, and will open in your default browser.

VOILA! Now you have a backup of all your Facebook data. Be sure to keep it in a safe place, as it most likely contains sensitive information.

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10 Comments

  1. This is a very useful article, Ed! I never thought to back up my FB account, but now I will sure do it. I really have good things there and saving them, I will review sometime, and may be some new articles will come out.
    Thank you for taking your time to write this article.

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    • My pleasure! Facebook is one place most of us easily forget to back up. With it being so easy to do, we just need to remind people and let them know they can keep it backed up. I am very glad you found it useful!

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  2. Timely and useful information Edward. Thanks. I’m considering deleting my Facebook Page and starting again as I have so many fake Likes. This could be just what I need to save my content for when I relaunch my Page.

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    • That’s a perfect way to do that. Glad you found this helpful!

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  3. Hi Edward,

    That’s an extremely useful article. Thanks. I had no idea you could backup your Facebook account.

    You’re right we remember most things, but it would be a nightmare to try and start my Facebook pages again.

    Incidentally, I also use WPTwin and join you in recommending it for blog backups.

    Thanks for a very helpful article,

    Joy

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    • Hi, Joy,

      I am happy you found this to be helpful.

      Yes, WPTwin is an amazing product! I’ve been using it for years.

      Ed

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  4. Wow Ed, this is a nice surprise. Thanks for sharing. Didn’t know it has such feature. I am sure many would want to save a backup. Especially for those with lots of photos, awesome videos and feeds which they love. Awesome!

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  5. Thank you for your informative blog, just like Joy I had no idea you could back up your Facebook Account, and your easy to screen shots makes it easy to do. Thank you again :)

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    • My pleasure! I am very glad you found it helpful.

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