How to Download a Copy of All the Data Apple Collects About You

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How to Download a Copy of All the Data Apple Collects About You

With GDPR coming into effect in the EU later this week, Apple has released a Data and Privacy portal where it is allowing Apple account holders in the region to download all their associated account data. The company had first promised to release this tool a couple of months ago.

The Data and Privacy portal from Apple provides one with an option to not only download all the associated data from their account but also modify their details and delete or temporarily suspend the account. For now, though, Apple has only rolled out the option to download all associated account data for Apple ID holders in the EU, Norway, and a few other regions where the GDPR regulations are going to be applicable.

If you are interested in downloading all the associated data from your Apple account, follow the steps below to know how. And if you are wondering what kind of details Apple collects about you, make sure to read this post. Unlike Google, Facebook, and Twitter, Apple collects the bare minimum amount of data which should please a lot of privacy-oriented folks out there.

How To Download All Data Associated to your Apple Account

Step 1: Head over to Apple’s Data and Privacy portal and log in with your Apple account and password.

Step 2: After logging in, you will see the following options:

  • Obtain a copy of your data
  • Correct your data
  • Deactivate your account
  • Delete your account
Apple Data Download Tool

Select the first option which will then provide you with the option to select all the associated account data that you’d like to download. This includes your App Store, iTunes Store activity, device information associated with your Apple account, Game Center activity, and more. Depending on your preference, select the data that you’d like to download or just select all of them.

Apple breaks the associated account data into two parts. Data related to iCloud Drive, iCloud Mail, and iCloud Photos are shown separately as they can be large and take a long time to download if you have a slow internet connection.

Step 3: In the next step, Apple provides an option to break up your account data into multiple files thereby making it easier to download. So, for example, you can break the associated account data into multiple files of 1GB so as to make it easier to download everything. Once done, you will be shown a ‘Thank You’ note from Apple. The company will create an archive of all your data and then email it to you within seven days of receiving your request.

Apple Data Download Tool

Depending on the amount of data associated with your Apple ID, it can take Apple anywhere between a day to five working days to send you an archive containing all your data. Most of this data will be populated in spreadsheets and contain information related to your Apple account, the number of Apple devices and accessories you have purchased over the years, details about them like their serial number and MAC address, and more.

If you are not happy with the amount of data that Apple collects about you or want to disable/delete your Apple account for any reason whatsoever, you can find the relevant options in this portal. And as mentioned before, right now, the Data and privacy portal is only available for Apple account holders in the EU but it will be rolled out to Apple users worldwide in the coming months.

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