How to view and download all personal info Apple has on you

Google has had this feature for a while, and Facebook introduced an enhanced version of it after its recent privacy kerfuffles, but now Apple is joining the personal data download fray with a new privacy portal.

In it, you would be able to score any information that is pertinent to your account, like the Apple ID profile, App Store downloads, iTunes purchases, iCloud media and documents, even your AppleCare history. Unfortunately, the new Apple ID Data and Privacy website is now only operational in the EU, in order to bring full compliance with the European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that kicks in soon.

America and other regions will get access in the coming months, though, but if you are hailing from Europe, and you want to learn everything Apple knows about you, or even download it for offline storage, here's what you need to do:

1. Go to Apple's new Data and Privacy website;

2. Log in with your Apple ID (for now, the privacy info and downloads work only for users in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland);

3. Click on the "Get started" link below the header "Obtain a copy of your data," and check "Select all," or tick the individual options boxes;

4. Select a maximum file size, and Apple will split things into the chunks you choose;

5. If you want a copy of your iCloud-stored media, e-mails, or Drive content, the process will obviously take longer, but Apple says the gathering can take up to two weeks anyway;

6. When everything is ready, you will get a mail from Apple that your personal data is ready to download, and if you don't do it, Apple will erase everything in two weeks.

The kicker is that Apple will prep the package in compatible formats, so you can use its new personal data download to move between accounts, devices and services, and all that Apple keeps on you will be easily visible, too. You can also deactivate, and even delete your Apple ID account from here, for the ultimate in privacy comfort.

source: Apple via 9to5Mac



1. cmdacos

Posts: 4269; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Way to keep it simple Apple, Christ...

3. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Log in>get started>obtain a copy of your data... For someone that uses the most confusing skin on Android, i would think this would be easy for you to understand.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4269; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Two weeks to get everything? Ya no, that's a pain in the ass.

6. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018


7. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

*Up to. Chances are it wont take that long but there are plenty of users that have TB's of stored media/files.

4. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

How much simpler could it be? Or did you just see Apple in the headline, go to the comments, and shoot from the hip.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Still to complicated for sheeple. All he want is go to Apple Store, and ask genius to give him a hard-copy of all his personal data.

12. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

see first comment and say that again.

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I am glad it's finally possible to delete your AppleID, not sure when they implemented it, but beginning last year it still wasn't possible to delete your AppleID.

9. Valdomero

Posts: 698; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

So that means I can ask for my data in iCloud and move that data to an Android device?

10. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Read the last paragraph.

11. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

So you cannot control what info Apple is saving on you?

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