How to see everything Facebook knows about you
It’s no secret, Facebook knows almost everything we do online. Facebook never forgets.
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’ve explained how to do that below. You can also discover if you, or your friends, were victims of the Cambridge Analytica scandal using a 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 realising. Alphr’s Alan Martin downloaded his own Facebook history and was somewhat surprised by the results, especially considering he doesn’t 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’s how:
Download your Facebook information:
- Click the down arrow on your Facebook account and head to “Settings”.
- At the bottom of “Settings” you’ll see “Download a copy of your Facebook data” click it.
- On the next page click “Download Archive” and enter your Facebook password for security confirmation.
- You’ll now be sent an email with your entire archive. The time this takes is very much dependent on how large it actually is. Ours took around 20 minutes to come through.
- A time-sensitive link will arrive in your inbox prompting you to download your archive.
- 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.
- 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 For instance, “index.htm” is an archived version of your Facebook profile including past relationships, jobs and education institutions (my account is in “l33t” so that’s why everything is written weirdly).
- You can view every photo you’ve 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’ve ever unfriended. Sorry guys…
- In fact, Facebook has kept track of every event you’ve ever attended, videos uploaded, locations and devices you’ve logged in from, the messages you’ve sent, the images it compiles for facial recognition and even what advertising topics it thinks you prefer being served…