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 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.
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.
Step 3) Click on browse raw data.
Step 4) Click on the download link. The button to download is in the middle of the screen next to the underlined Browse.
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.
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:
Step 9) Learn about your health and optimize your wellness!
Start here on Genetic Lifehacks with articles about health topics that are important and interesting. All articles are well documented with links to high quality research studies. Dive in and get started with learning about your genes :-)
Suggestions for getting started:
- Top 10 Genes to Check in Your Raw Data
- MTHFR and the Methylation Cycle
- Lactose Intolerance Genes
- ABCC11: Body odor and ear wax