This article outlines the steps you need to take to request a copy of your data from Apple. As of writing, the service is available to customers in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, but Apple will be rolling it out worldwide over the coming months. If you live in a country or region that's not listed above, you can still contact Apple to request a copy of your data.
Apple promises to fulfill all data requests within seven days. Bear in mind that the size of the data download depends on the items that you choose to include (iCloud Photo Libraries can be several gigabytes, for example), but Apple will divide it into multiple files to make the download more manageable.
How to Request a Copy of Your Apple Account Data
- Open a web browser on your Mac, PC, or iPad, and navigate to privacy.apple.com. (Note: this procedure won't work on an iPhone).
- Enter your Apple ID email and password, and authorize two-factor authentication on another device if prompted.
- On the Apple ID & Privacy page, click Continue.
- Under "Get a copy of your data", click Get Started.
- On the next page you'll see a list of data categories. Click the selection box next to each category that you want include in your download. You can refine inclusions from certain categories by clicking Show more to reveal sub-categories of data, or click Select All to include all your information.
- Click Continue.
- Using the dropdown menu on the next page, choose a maximum file size that you want to download (1GB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, or 25GB). Apple divides the data into files of this size or smaller. You can review your selection below the dropdown.
- Click Complete Request to confirm.
You can view and check check the status of your request at any time by visiting privacy.apple.com/account.