How to backup Facebook photos

If you’re one of the more than 500 million active users who don’t keep copies of your photos any place other than Facebook, read on! If you think the photos are entirely safe online, think again!!

Recently, Flickr mistakenly deleted 4,000 photos belonging to a photoblogger. Fortunately for the photoblogger, the images were eventually restored. Next time, some of us might not be so lucky.

The good news is that Facebook users can download information they post on Facebook, including every image in the same sizes they were originally uploaded. You can not choose which data to download, so it’s all or nothing.

For security reasons, consider deleting your personal information and only keep the photos.

Images are downloaded into folders with names that correspond to what you named your online Facebook albums. But original photo file names are not retained. It will be a pain to rename then but it’s better than losing them.

Confirm your Facebook identity

Facebook asks for authentication to confirm your identity before you can complete the download process. They send an email to the email listed on your Facebook  account to confirm that you initiated the process. The data is downloaded in a compressed folder to reduce the overall file size. When uncompressed, view data and images by clicking on the index.html page.

How to download Facebook information

The Download Your Information feature is located in your Account Settings:

Account > Account Settings > Download Your Information > learn more

The following information is included in the zipped file:

  • Your profile information (eg., 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

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