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How to Download Your Photos and Videos from Facebook

If you’re tired of your photos and videos being impossible to retrieve from Facebook, you’ll be happy to know that they are rolling out a new feature that allows you to download all of them in one big zip file. Here’s how it works.

Since this is a new feature, it’s not yet rolled out to everybody—in fact, we don’t yet have access to it ourselves—so you might want to bookmark this page and come back when the new option shows up for you. If you already see the new options, then let us know in the comments.

How to Download Your Photos and Other Data

First you’ll want to head into the Account menu and choose Account Settings.

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Then underneath the “Account Security” link, you should see a new link for “Download Your Information”. If this link isn’t showing up for you yet, then you will just have to keep checking back every so often until it is there.

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Assuming the link is there now, you’ll want to click through the Download button.

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And again, click through the next Download button…

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And then click through the Okay button.

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It will take a while for Facebook to put together a file containing all of your information, including your Photos, messages, and other information. Once they have done so, you’ll get an email that says your download is ready, and a link to click.

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At this point you’ll have to enter your password again, to make sure it is really you.

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Then click the Download Now button, and you’ll be able to finally download the file containing all your photos.

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Once the file is downloaded, which might take quite a while, you’ll just have to extract it to access your pictures and other data.

Download Your Photos and Videos – The Video Guide

Here’s a short video that explains how it all works:

In case you’re wondering, we pulled out the steps from the video guide, since some people prefer a step-by-step tutorial instead of a video. Either way, it’s great that we can finally get our photos out of Facebook!

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  • Published 10/7/10

Comments (7)

  1. Gouthaman Karunakaran

    That’s cool, I didn’t know we can download photos from FB. Thanks for sharing.

  2. InDiSent

    Funny thing is….i was just thinking that i would be nice to have a way to do that.

  3. Jamie Bell

    This is quite a good idea should some fool not remember to backup their PC’s etc.

    I personally don’t think I would have much use for it, but who knows.

  4. clefty

    The thing is it has always been possible using grease monkey and a script from userscript.org.

    Ok I am talking about photo and video only not wall posts etc. Why anyone would want their entire collection is beyond me LOL

  5. tralala

    Use curl or wget. Works without any registration or similar things ;P

  6. rochan

    Doesn’t work on my account. My location: Philippines

  7. Mike

    Ok, so now how do you download photos from friend’s albums? I usually have my originals that I uploaded to my own albums, but when a friend or family member shares their albums with me, those are the pictures I’d like to download.

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