How to download your facebook messages — guide with screenshots

July 06, 2020

Download a copy of your data

First, visit Facebook

Jump to the end of this section and straight to the download page with this link.

Navigate to the settings page in the menu bar on the top right.

Facebook home page settings


Navigate to the settings page for your "Settings & privacy".

Facebook home page settings and privacy section


On the left pane, select "Your Facebook information"

Then in the main pane, click "View" for Download your information.

Facebook settings and privacy


Select your time period, "JSON" format and "Low" media quality for compatability with Double Text.

Then click "Deselect all"

Facebook download your information request section


Then select "Messages" only.

Facebook download your information request section


Then click "Create File"

Facebook download your information request section

Check your email

You'll receive an email once that's done. Click the link in the email to be brought to the next page.

Facebook email in email client

Back to Facebook

In your available copies section, there should be a download button for your latest copy.

Facebook download your information download section

Wondering what to do with this file?

Once your download is complete, unzip the file. Currently we only take folders uncompressed / unzipped. Check out guides for Mac and Windows on how to do this.

You can now visit Double Text to analyse your data!

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