How to Download Your 23andMe Data

Someone asked me recently how to download their raw data file from 23 and Me. So here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to download your genetic data.

Why download your data?
It is yours — all YOU! 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.

Seriously – everyone should go ahead and download their genetic data file and keep it in a safe place.

Downloading Your Raw Data from 23andMe:

Step 1:
Go to and log in with your password.

Step 2:
On the top navigation bar, click the down arrow next to your name in the upper right corner.


Step 3:
Click on the Browse Raw Data link. Then click on the download link on the Raw Data page.


Step 4:
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:
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.

Step 6:
Get geeky with your info! You can import it into an Excel spreadsheet to easily search it.


Author Information:   Debbie Moon
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. 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.