How to Backup your Facebook Account

According to, back in 2007, social networking represented about 1 out of every 12 minutes spent online, while today it accounts for 1 out of every 6 minutes spent online.

Facebook’s average U.S. visitor engagement has grown from 4.6 hours to 6.3 hours per month over the past year which demonstrates how social networking has becomes more deeply ingrained into our daily lives.

People are incorporating little parts of their personal lives into accounts like Facebook (family pictures, friends and business contact information, special moments or milestones, etc.). What would you do if you were the victim of a hacker or Facebook suspended your account?

There are several online backup services you can use to backup your social networks. If you want a cloud base application, I would suggest looking at or

There’s also a way to backup your data directly from Facebook and download it onto your computer.

When you download your information from Facebook your file will include:

  • Your profile information (ex: your contact information, interests, groups)
  • Wall posts and content that you and your friends have posted to your profile
  • 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 posts, photos, and other profile content

Note that this does not backup your Facebook Page (you can use or for your Facebook Page) but only your personal profile content.

Here’s how you can backup your Facebook information:

From the Account Settings page.

  1. Click the account menu at the top right of any Facebook page
  2. Choose Account Settings
  3. Click on “Download a copy” of your Facebook data

4. Click on “Start my Archive”. It may take several hours before Facebook sends you a notification via email to let you know that your download is ready.


Once you receive the email from Facebook, you will have to re-enter your password to access your download. Finally, make sure to keep your file in a safe place, especially if you have personal or sensitive data on your Facebook account.

How would you feel if you lost all your Facebook content?

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Genevieve Lachance is a web marketing consultant who has a passion for social media and technology based in Montreal, Canada. Read More About Me »