How to Download Your Facebook Friends List and Other Data


In this article, I would put you through on how you can download your Facebook friends list and other data you have on Facebook to your computer.

Why it is important
How do you feel at some point when you loose your data and you do not have a backup of the data somewhere else? It could be really painful, right? That is the same with your Facebook data. And this may include the following:

  • List of all your friends
  • All the pictures you have posted
  • All the comment you have made
  • Your profile information
  • Videos you uploaded
  • Groups you belong to
  • Other information

So lets get started. This is a step-by-step guide on how to do it.

Step 1: Go to Settings by clicking on Settings in the menu as shown



Step 2: In the Settings Page, Click on “Download a Copy” on the lower part of page as shown. You will be prompted to enter your password, so enter your password to continue.#



Step 3: The page displays that confirms your download. Ensure you can access your email address.



Step 4: After about 15 minutes ( it may be less), check your email box for new email from Facebook with the Subject: Facebook Download Requested. Open the email and the content should be something like this:



Step 5: Wait for another about 15 minutes (it may be less). Then check your mail again or if your mailbox is open, refresh the page.

You will get another email from Facebook with the subject: “Your Facebook download is ready”. Open this email and the content would be as shown below:



Step 6: Follow the link inside the email. This link will redirect you back to the Facebook settings page which will now. You will now see a link that says: “Download Archive” in green. Click on this link to download your data.



Your data would be downloaded to your computer in a Zip file. You can find this file in your downloads folder.
The name of the file will be Facebook-<your username> 

Step 7: Unzip this file to a folder. The folder will contain different folders as well as a file called index. Open the index file and you can see everything you want.
So this is all about how to save your Facebook Data to your computer, just in case.
If this have been useful to you leave a comment to let me know. If you have some issues, let me know also in the comment box below.