How To Backup Your Facebook Profile Data

April 3, 2012 · 15 comments

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While I prefer Backupify for a ongoing backup service, for a as-needed, Facebook profile backup, Facebook’s exporter rocks!

Facebook’s Profile export tool is a great way to make a “master” backup copy of your Facebook profile. (Unfortunately, it does not work for Pages or Groups and there is no import feature.)

As you can see it’s really easy to back up your Facebook profile and a really smart thing to do particularly before any major Facebook changes (such as converting to Timeline).

According to Facebook: 

When you download your information your file will include:

  • Your profile (timeline) information (ex: your contact information, interests, groups)
  • Wall (timeline) posts and content that you and your friends have posted to your profile (timeline)
  • Photos and videos that you have uploaded to your account
  • Your friend list
  • Notes you have created
  • Events to which you have RSVP’d
  • Your sent and received messages
  • Any comments that you and your friends have made on your Wall (timeline) posts, photos, and other profile (timeline) content

 

What security measures are in place to make sure someone else doesn’t download a copy of my information?
When you download your information, we require you to confirm your identity before you can complete the process.

First we send an email to the email address that’s listed on your Facebook account to ensure that you initiated the process. Once you receive the email, you will have to re-enter your password. If you are using a public computer or one you do not use regularly, you may also have to solve a friend photo captcha or an SMS captcha via your mobile phone.

Warning: This file contains sensitive information. You should keep it secure and take precautions when storing, sending or uploading it to any other services.

 ~ Kim ~
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PS: Again, let me remind you that this does not back up data from groups/pages and there is no automatic re-import option. This backup is merely a personal copy. (Particularly useful for clients like those in legal/financial which must legally document such things.)

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15 comments
florinda
florinda

fantastic. But I need more clear idea regarding facebook data backup.

Steve
Steve

Hi Kim ! I appreciate this comprehensive article to take backup of facebook profile. I learn very well how to take facebook profile date now by this amazing discussion.

Patricia Gozlan
Patricia Gozlan

Thank you Kim for this info

Last year I lost my word press site info caused by a webmaster that did not manage the plug ins that were in conflict.

Sice then I'm always looking for ways to back up all my info including facebook.

Best wishes!

Jane
Jane

Hey Kim, thanks for the handy information. Its good to know that there is a verification process to ensure that no one else downloads our info :)

chanikacha
chanikacha

Thanks Kim for this tutorial! I am new at this and actually I never heard that we can back up our facebook data. As we all now more and more facebook account had been hack and we can't take the risk for loosing our data. This is a good Idea for backing up files.