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How to Download Your 23andMe Raw Data

Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to download your genetic data.

Why download your data?
4 quick reasons:  It may be something you need in the future. 23andMe could change their policy on allowing downloads. They could go out of business at some point. You may want to delete your 23andMe account one day.


6 Steps for downloading Your Raw Data from 23andMe:

Step 1: Log in to 23andMe

Go to and log in with your password.

Step 2: Click the arrow next to your name

On the top navigation bar, click the down arrow next to your name in the upper right corner.


Step 3: Browse Raw Data

Click on the Browse Raw Data link. Then click on the download link on the Raw Data page.


Step 4: Download button at the bottom of the page

Scroll down to the bottom of the download page (yes, read it as you scroll :-).  There you will click the button to request to download your data.


Step 5: Be patient for a couple of minutes

It takes several minutes for the download to be ready.  23andMe will send you an email, or you can just refresh the download page again in a minute.

Then click to download the raw data file.  It will be a .zip file that is saved to your default downloads folder.

Be sure to move the file to a safe place on your hard drive where you will be able to find it again.

Double-click the .zip file to unzip it. Be sure to move the “genome_ your name ” .txt file to a safe place on your hard drive where you will be able to find it again!

Step 6: Use your data

Get geeky with your info! You can import it into an Excel spreadsheet to easily search it. Or join as a Genetic Lifehacks member, which will allow you to see your genetic data in all of the articles. Our privacy-first membership keeps your data safely on your own computer – not transferred or stored online.

To utilize the membership features, you must convert your zip file into a .txt file for the reports and interactive elements to work on GeneticLifehacks.


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About the Author:
Debbie Moon is the founder of Genetic Lifehacks. Fascinated by the connections between genes, diet, and health, her goal is to help you understand how to apply genetics to your diet and lifestyle decisions. Debbie has a BS in engineering from Colorado School of Mines and an MSc in biological sciences from Clemson University. Debbie combines an engineering mindset with a biological systems approach to help you understand how genetic differences impact your optimal health.