Save Your Facebook Photos, Videos, & Life

How to save your Facebook Profile, Photos, Videos, Messages, etc.

You might have asked yourself, “How do I save my Facebook Photos, Videos, and Messages?”. I’ve put together a tutorial to show you how to save everything you’ve put on Facebook and download it in one compressed file.

Facebook has some amazing changes rolling out next week and one of the biggest changes is the Timeline profile. I won’t cover any details about the Facebook Timeline because there are already some many posts available across the internet about that topic.

Start compressing your Facebook content

The first step is to initiate the compression of your Facebook content by going to your Account Settings page. Click on the down-arrow and select Account Settings. Click on the “Download a copy of your Facebook data” link.

Download Facebook - Compress

Start the Download

You’ll be directed to the Start Download Archive page of your account where you’ll see information about the content that will be downloaded and what wont be downloaded. Review the details and click Start My Archive.

Start Download Facecbook

Download Archive Pending

The status is pending while the data is compressed. Depending on how much content, video, photos, etc you have on your account will determine the amount of time it takes to compress.

Pending Download Facebook Data

Archive Finished Compressing, Download

Once your Facebook data has been compressed you can click on the Download Archive button. Before you begin your download, make sure you have plenty of storage space on your hard drive. My archive was over 1GB.

Archive Facebook

Re-enter Your Password

Before you can start the download, you will be asked to re-enter your Facebook password. This is to protect your content from anyone how may have found access to your account, i.e. left logged in at the library.

Please click the Like button and share this information with your friends! This is important!

Re-enter Facebook Password

Additional information about downloading your Facebook data can be found here.

About Clifton Hatfield

Clifton is the kind of guy that can read code better than he can read a book and prefers it that way. He likes cold pizza, moving sidewalks, and Indiana Jones. Clifton co-founded Internet Lifestyle Network from his home office in 2012 and he believes that true leadership is to inspire.

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27 comments
Roshanda Gilmore
Roshanda Gilmore

You are such a ROCKSTARR Clifton! Always can count on you for the good stuff! Thanks a mil buddy!

ÖSN
ÖSN

Cool Stuff. I will translate this in Turkish to my friends inmy Profile. So they can make it to. corse with your info and website :)-

Zee Visram
Zee Visram

Thank you Clifton. This was very helpful.

Jay Bergers III
Jay Bergers III

Hey Clifton, You is always on thee cutting edge buddy! I appreciate the information! I is downloading my data as I type this note. Thanks for the help! Stay Awesome! Respectfully, Jay

Krista
Krista

And this my friend is why YOU are a Rockstar!! Thanks for sharing this info. As much of a facebook guru as I am, I have never utilized this feature...completely forgot it was there. Thanks for the reminder.

Sandhan
Sandhan

Thanks Clifton... I have to say I am not at all keen on the new changes Facebook has in store preferring to make my own choices about what to look at and view..... Someone said it's like going away for the weekend and coming home and find that your furniture has all been swapped around! Now having saved all the data I know this may seem silly but why would you want to do that since it is lost from Facebook forever? Did I miss something? Or is it just for safekeeping? Will these new changes of time line also affect FB pages? Or will they remain relatively unscathed? And do you know of a way to switch off the timer on the right hand side? When you have several thousand friends it feels like a bad acid trip! Thanks for your insights... always valuable... XXX

Erica Brooks
Erica Brooks

Thanks. Great information that I will definitely be sharing. I was wondering what was going to happen to my info with all the changes Facebook has been making.

Leelja
Leelja

Hi Clifton, Thx for the great reminder. I do have a question. Does the procedure include the pages or is that a different story. Somebody harassing me regarding one of my pages. I already in the process to take it down but would certainly like to archive the material. Have great weekend, Leelja

Wendy MacKay
Wendy MacKay

Thanks Clifton, I can always count on you for the latest technology answers!

Rich Miller
Rich Miller

Hey Clifton- Thanks for the heads up, I just downloaded my Fb data for safe keeping. I just switched my Fb profile over the the new "Timeline" format... Love it! Thanks Again!

Janet Garcia
Janet Garcia

This is one of the most requested features. I am glad they have finally made this possible.

Larry Pollock
Larry Pollock

Great info Clifton. Going to post a link on my blog and share it out to my FB friends.

Clifton Hatfield
Clifton Hatfield

That is really awesome! Thank you so much for sharing! I appreciate your support my friend!

Clifton Hatfield
Clifton Hatfield

You're welcome! I save all my stuff monthly. I just released the last copy with the new download. :)

Clifton Hatfield
Clifton Hatfield

Hey Sandhan! There will always be people that aren't going to be happy with any change just like there will always be people who aren't happy when there is no change. Over the years, there has been controversy over who owns the content on Facebook i.e. photos, videos, messages. Why wouldn't you want to save all your photos and videos that you've added to Facebook? I've uploaded over 1600 photos to Facebook that have been nicely organized into albums. That is something I haven't done on my hard drive and cell phone. I don't know what you mean by "lost from Facebook forever". Can you explain? This doesn't change Pages and I doubt it every will because the new Timeline is there to showcase your "life" through the memories you've shared on Facebook. Business Pages don't have that "life" in the same way humans do. There isn't a way to turn off the ticker. It serves a great purpose if you learn to embrace it. It also cleans up the News Feed from the "activity" of our friends. It helps separate the "News" from the "Activity". I was a little put off by it at first, but now I find myself watching for what it is...a live feed of my friends. It's like the Matrix! LOL You HAVE to remember that Facebook is designed for real friends that want to stay connected and activate with each other. Like you, I have over a thousand friends with many I have never even spoken with. So it is easy to feel like that ticker is annoy when I see the activity of "friend" I don't even know. Therefore, you HAVE to imagine what that ticker would be like it you only had 100 of your friends on there and you could see who is that the movies, you could maybe go joint them. Or what the hot discussion is that your friends are commenting on. It's meant for real people with real friends...not internet marketers with 1,000+ friends who don't really care what their friends are doing on a Friday night. lol

Clifton Hatfield
Clifton Hatfield

Thanks! If you're anything like me, I've uploaded hundreds of photos and videos to my Facebook account. I want to be sure I have copies of all of them!

Clifton Hatfield
Clifton Hatfield

Hey Leeja, no I don't believe this includes Facebook Pages. It didn't save any of my pages. I would assume they will be adding this feature to Pages in the future. I know they added this for profiles because of controversy over who owns the content once it has been uploaded to Facebook.

Clifton Hatfield
Clifton Hatfield

You're welcome! I am so glad that I can be helpful. I will also add you to my support group on Facebook!

Clifton Hatfield
Clifton Hatfield

Hey Rich, the Timeline on Facebook is so cool and fun! My wife and I have both switched over and have been browsing old times!

Clifton Hatfield
Clifton Hatfield

Yeah, it's been around for a little while now actually. I just never did a tutorial on how to save your Facebook account. Thanks!

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