23andMe: Login and download raw data (2021 update)

Data privacy is a big priority with genetic data.

I recommend downloading your 23andMe raw data file and saving it to a secure location. Please don’t do this on a public computer – download your data to your own computer using your home wifi or using a VPN.

Step-by-step instructions: How to log in to 23 & Me and download your data:

23andMe makes it easy to download your raw data file.

Step 1) Log in to 23andMe here. If you’ve forgotten your password, there is a link to reset it.

Sign in button on 23andMe


Step 2) Click on your name in the upper right corner of the page. If you are on a mobile device, tap on the menu icon on the top right corner of the screen.

Settings on 23andMe for browse raw data and download


Step 3) Click on browse raw data. 

screenshot of the browse raw data button on 23andMe


Step 4) Click on the download  link.  The button to download is in the middle of the screen next to the underlined Browse.

screenshot of the download raw data button on 23andme


Step 5) You will need to submit a request to download your data.  Click on the check box and then submit your request to download your raw data.

screenshot of how to request your raw data on 23andme


Step 6) It will take a few minutes for the download request to be processed. 23andMe will send you an email when it is ready. Or – just wait a few minutes and hit refresh on the download page.

Step 7) Click on the Download Raw Data button


Step 8) Your download should start automatically.

The file will be a .zip file. Double click it to access the text file with your raw data.

This is what it will look like:

screenshot showing what the raw data file looks like


Step 9) Learn about your health and optimize your wellness!

Your genetic raw data holds a treasure trove of information on optimizing your health.

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Debbie Moon is the founder of Genetic Lifehacks. She holds a Master of Science in Biological Sciences from Clemson University and an undergraduate degree in engineering from Colorado School of Mines. Debbie is a science communicator who is passionate about explaining evidence-based health information. Her goal with Genetic Lifehacks is to bridge the gap between the research hidden in scientific journals and everyone's ability to use that information. To contact Debbie, visit the contact page.