How to request your personal data from Apple
Requesting your data is a simple process that only takes a couple of minutes but the task of wading through the folders and files that will take up most of your time.
So with that in mind here is how to request your personal data from apple.
Start by going to the account page for your Apple ID, and signing in.
Next, select the Data and Privacy option.
From there, choose Manage My Data and Privacy.
You’ll be asked to choose which apps and services you want data from (check out the full list of options below). iCloud Drive files and documents, iCloud Mail and iCloud Photos will be broken, with the warning that these are larger files that might take longer to download.
Once you’ve made your selections, you’ll be asked to select a maximum file size (1GB to 25GB). Apple will chunk your data into pieces no larger than your selection to make it easier for you to download.
Below are the apps you can request data from:
Apple Media Services information
Apple ID account and device information
Apple Online and Retail Stores activity
AppleCare support history, repair requests, and more
Game Center activity
iCloud Bookmarks and reading list
iCloud Calendars and Reminders
Marketing communications, downloads, and other activity
Other data (such as known Wi-Fi networks, and location data for Wallet, Maps and so on)
You’ll also see three more options below the others, although Apple warns that data for these apps may take longer to download due to the file sizes:
- iCloud Drive files and documents
Once you complete this process, Apple will begin working on your request. It can take up to seven days, according to the company, for your request to be completed. When your data is ready, Apple will send an email to your Apple ID with instructions for downloading and viewing your data.
The email will link you to your Data and Privacy page, where you can see the results after logging in with your Apple ID. You’ll find a Download your data option on the right side of the page, which will bring you to a results page.