HOW TO: Backup Your Facebook Account

Facebook plays a central part in the lives of the majority of its 500 million users and it is certainly a content rich site. People upload photos, conversations and connect with friends all over the world. Sometimes, Facebook is the only place that has a copy of a photo, or it’s the only way that you can get in touch with a distant friend. So, naturally, it’s quite devastating to lose your Facebook profile, and it’s quite annoying trying to recreate your Facebook profile from scratch even if you have a copy of everything that is on it.

Giving the current state of Facebook administration and judging by just the number of daily comments we receive from users asking for help with their disabled profile, I felt obliged to write this post as it is the only way that I found to dampen the damage that occurs when the draconian Facebook cops decide to disable a profile.

While FacePAD is very useful in backing-up your photo albums, it is manual intensive and there is so much more to Facebook than photos.

Local Backup

The Plug-in at Work

ArchiveFacebook is a great Firefox plug that helps you to create a copy of your Facebook profile locally on your computer allowing you to access at anytime locally.

Archive Facebook backs up the following information automatically:

  • Photos
  • Messages
  • Activity Stream
  • Friends List
  • Notes
  • Events
  • Groups
  • Info

After installing the app and restarting your Firefox, you will be able to see the tab “ArchiveFB” on the top of your Firefox browser. Log in to your Facebook account and select “ArchiveFB–>Archive” this will display a warning that the addon will scan your Facebook profile for posts after which it will download them to your computer. This process might take a while depending on how active your are on Facebook but after it’s done your will be able to have a copy of your profile. Just in case.

Two things to pay attention to while using this app: 1) It conflicts with the Scrapbook add-on so you’ll have to disable it before you archive, and 2) you will have to have a Facebook vanity link which you can get from here.

Internet Backup

Cloud Backup Service

The other option is to use Backupify, an online service that helps you backup your social media profiles including Facebook, Twitter and many more. The basic account, which is free, allows you store up to 2GB of data and allows you to connect a single account per service. For better service, you can upgrade your account or get a business account instead of a personal one.

The service will back up your Facebook’s :

After signing up for your Backupify account, you can add your Facebook profile from Settings–>Facebook and allowing it access to your profile data. Now Backupify will automatically create backups of your profile and store it on their servers for your use whenever you please.

A Word of Advice

After hearing about so many deleted profiles, I realized that even a personal Facebook is too precious to not be backed up and I encourage everyone to backup their profiles just in case, because as we have learned that the Facebook cups are trigger happy about disabling profiles and will not allow you to retrieve any of your user data. As for businesses, it is even more imperative for them to backup their profiles and use services such as backupify to secure their information on the cloud.

Did you find this information useful? Have you considered that your Facebook profile might be deleted at any point and without any warning? Share with us your thoughts and concerns in the comment section below.

Comments and Reactions

  • Amer Kawar

    For me, the photo album download tool would do the trick:

    But I'm not really a hardcore facebooker at the end of the day :)

  • Beiruta

    Great tips! Never thought about my profile this way! :)

  • M.Bamieh

    True for me is trying to remember who are the 200 or so people i have added to my friend list ;)

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  • Increase RSS

    For what? haha I like the monkey on the Hove me

  • Rykel

    I absolutely agree! In fact, do NOT use Facebook to be the primary and “only” source of your information (including messages, photos and friends list). Use it only for fun and wait for Diaspora or Appleseed to mature! (Open Source Facebook) – Keep in touch guys. My ID is “rykel98″.

  • Elissar Zgheib

    ok what if i lost my fb account by a hacker and got disabled
    can i get it back by this back up?

  • Elissar Zgheib

    ok what if i lost my fb account by a hacker and got disabled
    can i get it back by this back up?

  • M.Bamieh

    yes absolutely since the services backs up your Facebook account and it has it’s own separate user-name or password or you’ll have it locally.
    But if your account on Facebook has been hacked you should just reset your password or if that doesn’t work you’ll have to contact facebook on those email’s in the post

  • Guest

    Thanks. Facebook is both a blessing and a curse. I have emailed them, called them, done everything but sky writing. Just sent a message in to and cc’d, as you suggested. Your advice is greatly appreciated. You’re a big help.

  • JKCulver

    Wish I thought of this back in December when my account was disabled for a “fake name” =

  • Hatekar Pallavi

    actually i m a new learner don’t know how to use facebook i m learning on my own so not sure exactly why my act got disabld if i hv violated any rules i m sorry

  • Dinartexavier

    please reactivate my facebook account i have no idea why it was disabled

  • Jahydee

    I got my account disabled for no reason cuz people were calling me fake but its not my fault a lot of people wanna be me but friends i had on my fb know me and person and everything please help me reactivate it:/

  • guideseeq

    There were no serious reasons except major was that I was using it 6 hours everyday.
    It is almost 6 months now.
    Not finding the way to get it reactivated.
    Anshul, India

  • Zeenia qureshi

    please reactivate my account i was totally unaware about the rules of facebook. but now as i know them i will follow it properly

  • Reena1985

    please reactive my account..m missing my friends

  • ValentinaRossi

    I just backed up, after having my account reinstated. Can not imagine loosing all that data. Thanks  M. Bamieh !

  • Donna Aloia

    I was just disabled.  Not sure why . Is there a virus out there  How do I know why ?I  see people with 2000 friends  I hav about 800 I am a Massage Therapist ,Artisit <Health Coach.  So I have many avenues where I have  a few people I know  I do not know where to start as I don't know why in the first place was disabled.  I do not use fowl language ,as y pastor is one of my friends ….My daughter that is 12 , views my facebook page. I am really only using Facbook for Art (Hired by a boxer to do a commissioned painting) referals from my Healh coacing  an helping people eat better !!!! Not sure about viruses out there. So just really would like to no if they respond with a letter "WHY " Could it be KOOBFACE?

  • Frank Castle

    I currently have  my Facebook profile disabled for the THIRD time, because Facebook racists (EDL) don’t appreciate having their disgusting, hateful comments challenged and mass report everyone who speaks up for ‘fake names’ or ‘harassment’. Especially the latter is rich, coming from THEM. So much for the ‘free speech’ they’re so fond of. And Facebook assists them, whilst doing NOTHING about their hate pages and racist harassment. It’s like Facebook were run by the NSDAP.

  • Barbaralei22

    I got my facebook account disabled for supposedly using a fake name, to which is not true. I just found my granddaughter after thirteen years and she just gave birth to my first great grandson and now I have no idea of how to get back in touch with her. If I have violated any other rules I am sincerely sorry and will pay better attention to my activity on facebook. Can you please help me to activate my account?

  • Linda G. Cohodes

    Please Please help.   My facebook account has been disabled 2 weeks now.  I have verified my account and I can’t get any reply from facebook.  All I want to do is play my games.  Can somebody help me here, thanks so much Linda Cohodes,

  • azza21

    fb disabled me a few times already and  hv no idea why, they are such pricks

  • Your liar

    you are stupid

  • Firojs Khan

    I got my account disabled for no reason cuz people were calling me fake but its not my fault a lot of people wanna be me but friends i had on my fb know me and person and everything please help me reactivate it:/

  • Firojs Khan


  • Racharya871

    Dear help center ,,,  my  account had got deactivate  past 3 days back reason of that,  I am not able to see my profile picture and my friends also,  when I open my account there are no one show me as my friends profile picture and , I tried to reactivate  but I did not get that reactivate option or show profile picture option, so could I know about come to reactivate account,  or com back to face book, and  I had clicked on Time line option  but  I want to come back again by Time line ,                                                                             

    email address/   racharya871@gmail:disqus .com

       Regards ,
                     Rishi Acharya


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