Have you ever wondered just how much of your life has been documented across your various social networking handles? As the years go by, more and more of your socially uploaded content will have been briefly enjoyed but quickly forgotten within the archives as fresh content takes its place.

However, all major social networking websites now offer you the chance to recapture and relive your entire history of previously uploaded statuses, tweets, and images. Essentially, you can download a full online social history of yourself, acting as an online diary for you to reminisce over.  When you back up your social networks, you not only can visit them, you can also keep records if something were to happen to your account.

We have compiled all the instructions needed in order to back up social networks, including the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.


Accessing your Facebook archive is surprisingly easy. In order to download the entire archive, visit your Facebook page and hit the “Gear button” on the right-hand side of your screen.


Choose “Account Settings” from the drop-down menu.


Then, at the bottom of the General Account Settings list, hit “Download A Copy of your Facebook Data.”


You will then be presented with the download page, where you can click “Start My Archive” in order to access your Facebook archive. Once the process is complete, you will receive an email letting you know when the archive is ready for download.


Additionally, you can also choose the expanded version of your archive by clicking “Expanded Archive” in the descriptive text below. This version contains, even more, account info like logins, cookies and more.


The expanded version will also be sent you via email after a short delay.


Downloading your Twitter archive is equally as straight forward. Log in to your Twitter account and hit the “Gear button” at the top of your screen.


Then click “Settings” on the drop down menu.


Once you have entered the settings menu, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Request Your Archive.”


Twitter will then process your request and send you an email with a file containing your information, starting with your first Tweet.


To access your Google+ archive, head over to your Google Accounts page and click “Download your data” found on the drop down menu.


You will then need to click “Download Your Data” button.


This will direct you to Google Takeout, which will allow you to pick and choose which areas of your data you would like to download. To select your services, click “Choose Services.”


Once you have chosen your services, hit “Create Archive” to download your data.



Unfortunately, Instagram lacks the built-in functionality of image exportation. However, with a little outside help from Instaport, you’ll be able to download your images anyway.

Once you have loaded the Instaport website, hit “Sign in With Instagram.”


To export images uploaded within a certain time frame, click “Advanced Options” in order to specify the dates desired.


Once you have successfully signed in, Instaport will immediately allow you to download your image archive. Simply click “Start Export” to do so. You will then need to wait, without leaving Instaport’s website, in order for the download to complete.


So there you have it, four quick and easy ways to download your online social history from all the “big four” major social networking websites. The perfect way to back up social networks, rediscover your online networking roots.