Apple has today launched a new Data and Privacy website, allowing Apple users to download everything that Apple personally associates with your account, from Apple ID info, App Store activity, AppleCare history to data stored in iCloud like photos and documents. This is currently only available for European Union accounts, to comply with GDPR, and will roll out worldwide in the coming months.
How to download A Copy Of Your Data
To obtain a copy of your data, log in to privacy.apple.com.
Select the Get started link under the ‘Obtain a copy of your data’ heading.
You can then simply tick the boxes of the categories of data you want to download. You can press ‘Select All’ to pick everything. iCloud Photos, Mail and Drive are separated into a separate list as this data may be exceptionally large. Then, press Continue.
After selecting the categories you’ll be asked how large the archives should be, you can choose 1GB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, or 25GB – then hit complete request. You’ll be emailed once the archives are ready to download.
It can take up to a week to prepare the downloads. Apple notifies you when the data is ready to download, and it is automatically deleted after 2 weeks.
Further details here on how to amend your data and make any changes.
Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.