Yesterday, Apple updated their Privacy site to reflect the changes the Cupertino company has made with regards to users data and information. Part of that update was providing, for the first time in the United States, the ability to download your personal data that Apple has stored on you. The ability to do this also rolled out in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada and mirrors the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is in Europe. That regulation requires companies like Apple to allow users to not only get any data that they have stored for them, but also the ability to completely disable or delete their account.
As part of this change, Apple has made it easy to get your Apple Data Report and in this tutorial, I’ll show you where to go and how to get yours.
First, you need to log into the Apple Privacy Site at privacy.apple.com. You will need to log in with your Apple ID and, if you have two-factor authentication enabled (which you really should have enabled), you’ll need to authenticate to get to your account.
Next, you will see a section “get a copy of your data” along with a Get Started link. This is where you need to go to get your report. Tap that link to get started on the process.
You will now be brought to the page which allows you to select the data that you would like to get from Apple. This list is extensive and you can check off each item that you want or use the Select All button to download everything. Things you will find here include things like your App Store activity, your Apple ID activity, AppleCare support history, your iCloud bookmarks and reading list, and so forth. Basically anything and everything that you have used with Apple.
Below this exhaustive list is an optional list. This list contains your iCloud Drive files and documents, iCloud Mail and iCloud Photos. Because these items can be significant in size, Apple allows you to download them but doesn’t include them in the larger list above. You can certainly download these items on the optional list as part of your data request but keep in mind that this could be a significant download for you when your data is ready.
One note of clarification: When you do download your data, it will not include apps or books that you have purchased. You will see that you have purchased them in your data but only the data associated with them, not the app or book itself, will be a part of your download.
Once you have selected all of the data you want to have a copy of from Apple, tap the Continue button to go to the next page.
On this page, you will choose your maximum file size for your download. You can select 1GB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, or 25GB file sizes. Basically how this works is that your data is chopped up into the file sizes you select here for your download. For example, if you select 5GB, a new file will be generated by Apple for your data at every 5GB of data. Obviously the bigger the maximum file size, the few files you will have but that also means a longer download for that one file.
Once you select your file size, tap the Complete Request button. Your request is then sent to Apple and you receive a confirmation on the site as well as a confirmation email to your Apple ID account.
As you can see from my screenshot above, Apple is indicating that it can take up to 7 days for my data request to be completed. Once it is, I will get a notification via email to where I can go and download my data.
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