How to download your 23andMe data

How to download your raw data file from 23andMe
How to download your raw data file from 23andMe

Someone asked me recently how to download their data from 23andMe.  Their website is really not as easy to navigate as it used to be and finding the raw data download can be tricky.  So here is a quick tutorial if anyone else is searching for their data on the 23andMe website.

Why download your data? It is yours, and it may be something you need in the future.  23andMe could change their policy on allowing downloads, or they could go out of business at some point.

Downloading Your Raw Data from 23andMe

Step 1: Go to www.23andMe.com and log in with your password.

Step 2: On the top navigation bar, put your mouse pointer over the word Tools.  A dropdown appears with a link to go to Browse Raw Data.

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Step 3: Click on the Download link.

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Step 4: Scroll down to the bottom of the download page (yes, read it as you scroll :-).  There you will select All DNA from the dropdown box and enter your password again.

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Step 5:  Your download may start automatically and go to your default Downloads folder, or you may have a choice of where to save it.  If you save it to your Downloads folder, it is a good idea to go ahead and move it to someplace on your hard drive where you will be able to find it again.  The download will be a compressed file (.zip), and on most computers you will simply need to double click it to unzip it and get to the .txt data file.

Step 6: Get geeky with your info and put it into an Excel spreadsheet.

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