How to see everything Facebook knows about you

It is no secret, Facebook knows almost everything we do online. Facebook never forgets. 

And never was this realization as stark as it is now, following the mess Facebook has found itself in with its Cambridge Analytica dealings and a massive data breach

This has led to a spike in searches for how to delete a Facebook account as well as people looking for ways to have greater control of their Facebook data and what the site knows about them. This is possible by downloading your Facebook history, and we have explained how to do that below. You can also discover if you, or your friends, were victims of the Cambridge Analytica scandal using this online tool

Be warned, though, there really is a worrying amount of information. Some people have even noticed Facebook has been tracking all the calls and texts made using their mobile, many without realizing it. Alphr’s Alan Martin downloaded his own Facebook history and was somewhat surprised by the results, especially considering he does not see himself as a power user. This included a Messenger conversation he once had with the Honey Monster…

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So, if you still want to see everything Facebook knows about you with just a couple of clicks and a bit of patience, here is how:

Download your Facebook information:

  1. Step 1

    Click the down arrow on your Facebook account and head to Settings and Privacy then Settings.
  2. Step 2

    On the left side, click Your Facebook Information.
  3. Step 3

    Click View next to Download Your Information.
  4. Step 4

    On the next page, click Create File.
  5. Step 5

    Click Available Copies the click Download Again.
  6. Step 6

    You will be prompted to enter your password.
  7. Step 7

    The file comes down as a .zip so make sure you have something capable of unpacking them, both OS X and Windows 10 handle this without the need for extra software.
  8. Step 8

    Now you can browse your way through a set of web page-like stores of information. For instance, index.htm is an archived version of your Facebook profile including past relationships, jobs, and education institutions (my account is in “l33t” so that is why everything is written weirdly). You can view every photo you have uploaded along with all the EXIF data Facebook has on it – i.e. where and when it was taken, and even where it was uploaded. You can even see everyone you have ever unfriended. Sorry guys.
  9. Step 9

    In fact, Facebook has kept track of every event you have ever attended, videos uploaded, locations and devices you have logged in from, the messages you have sent, the images it compiles for facial recognition, and even what advertising topics it thinks you prefer being served.

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