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.


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