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Here’s how to download everything Apple knows and delete it if you want to

On Wednesday, Apple launched a new privacy website that makes it easier to download a full copy of everything you’ve stored on it’s servers. If you want, you can also delete everything from Apple’s servers.

According to Apple’s new website, you can get a copy of your app usage and activity, your Apple Store activity, iCloud bookmarks, iCloud Calendars, Notes, a complete copy of your iCloud Drive, iCloud Mail, iCloud Photos and more.

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Here’s how to Download.

1. Visit Apple’s new privacy website

First, go to Apple’s new privacy website, privacy.apple.com. You can select certain things that might be important, like your App Store activity or all the notes you’ve stored in iCloud. If there are items you don’t use, then you don’t have to check them.

At the bottom of the page, you’ll see a list of files that might be large, as your entire iCloud photo library. Once you’ve selected what you want to download a copy of, hit continue on the bottom of the page.

2. Select a file size

Next, you’ll select a maximum file size. We suggest just choosing the largest. It’ll take the longest time to download, but then everything is at least in a single folder, instead of multiple files. Then, select “Complete Request.”

3. Check your email and download your files

Next, Apple will send you an email confirming that it’s preparing your data for download. Apple warns that it might take up to seven days to get a copy of your data.

Some of it will be in spreadsheet form, like the apps you’ve purchased. If you’ve chosen a hard copy of your data, like photos, then you’ll have a copy of all of them too.


Here’s how to delete everything.

  1. Visit Apple’s privacy website.
  2. Select “Delete your account.”
  3. Choose a reason why you’re deleting your information.
  4. Select “Continue.”

Note: If you delete your account, you won’t be able to access any iTunes purchases, including books, apps, movies or music. You also won’t receive iMessage or FaceTime chats. Your iCloud email will also stop working.


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