Want to leave Facebook? Do this vital step first to save your photos

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Want to leave Facebook? Do this vital step first to save your photos

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Some of us have been on Facebook for years, meaning we have several years’ worth of photos and videos stored there. Here’s how to get all your media off of Facebook if you’re ready to pull the plug. 

Grab your stuff and go 

Facebook’s built-in downloader tool makes it easy to download your entire Facebook history, including photos and videos. You can do this via desktop or mobile. 

You will also have the option to download your messages, stories, and Reels. 

I recommend selecting the HTML download format, which will make your data easier to read in your web browser. Select the JSON format if you want to import your data to another app or service

Downloading your data via the Facebook mobile app 

Open the Facebook app and tap on your profile

Tap the gear icon to open Settings, then tap Profile settings

Scroll down to Your Facebook information and tap Download profile information

Check or uncheck the boxes for various categories. Other options include date range, download format, and media quality. 

When you’re ready, tap Create File to start the download. 

Your request will appear as Pending in the Available Copies section of the Download Your Information tool. 

You’ll get a notification when it’s ready, which could take several days. Once this happens, go to the Available Copies section of the Download Your Information tool. 

Tap Download and enter your password. 

UKRAINE – 2021/10/04: In this photo illustration a tweet on Twitter with a Facebook status seen displayed on a smartphone screen with a facebook logo background. Social media applications Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are experiencing a global outage. 
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Downloading your data via Facebook computer 

Open Facebook on your computer and click on your profile

Select Settings & privacy > Settings

Select Privacy > Your Facebook information from the left pane. 

Select Download profile information

Check or uncheck the boxes for various categories. Other options include date range, download format, and media quality. 

When you’re ready, click Request a download to start the download. 

Your request will appear as Pending in the Available Files section of the Download Your Information tool. 

You’ll get a notification when it’s ready, which could take several days. Once this happens, go to the Available Files section of the Download Your Information tool. 

Click Download and enter your password. 

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Shutting down your account 

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Gather any contact information you need from your Facebook friends before you go. You may have no other way of contacting some of them. 

If you have a Page set up for your business or just for fun, you’ll have to turn ownership over to someone else, as this will be deleted along with your account. 

Be warned that you can’t get anything back once you delete your Facebook account. Your profile, photos, comments, posts, videos, and anything you’ve added and posted will be gone. 

In this photo illustration, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on a video displayed on a smartphone screen as he announces the new name for Facebook: Meta.  Facebook changes name to Meta in its major rebrand, reportedly by media. 

In this photo illustration, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on a video displayed on a smartphone screen as he announces the new name for Facebook: Meta.  Facebook changes name to Meta in its major rebrand, reportedly by media. 
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Are you ready to extricate yourself from Facebook? It’s easiest to do this on a computer. Here’s how: 

Log into Facebook and click the downward-facing arrow in the top-right. 

Go to Settings & Privacy > Settings

Select Your Facebook Information in the left column. 

Click Deactivation and deletion

Select Delete account, then Continue to account deletion. 

Click Delete account and enter your password, then click Continue

You have 30 days to change your mind about deleting your account. After that time passes, you can’t take it back. To cancel the deletion process, log in to your Facebook account and click Cancel Deletion

Facebook may take 90 days from start to finish to delete everything you’ve posted. The good news is other users can’t see your profile during this time. Facebook also says it may keep your info for legal issues and terms violations, among other things. 

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TOPSHOT - Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks on during the VivaTech (Viva Technology) trade fair in Paris, on May 24, 2018. 

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