Apple’s new data tool lets users download data the company has collected on them.
Users can check and download all the data by logging into the webpage with their Apple ID. Once logged in, users can get a copy of their data, correct any incorrect information, deactivate their Apple ID or permanently delete it.
Apple also gives users lots of options for the data they’d like to copy. Users can request copies of App Store, Apple Music, Apple Online Store, Apple Retail Store, Apple Game Center activity, Apple ID account info, AppleCare support history and repair requests, iCloud Bookmarks, Contacts, Calendars, Notes, Marketing subscriptions and more.
You can download any or all of the data. Apple warns it can take up to seven days to prepare a copy for download. The bundle of files you get may also be quite large. Moreover, for all the data included in that package, it isn’t everything Apple has on you. The bundle doesn’t include app, movie, book, TV show or music purchases.
It also doesn’t include Apple Online Store transaction history or Marketing communications history. However, Apple does provide links on how to get that data, along with a Frequently Asked Questions page to help users out.
Users looking to deactivate their data must have the request verified, which may take a week to complete. However, once your data is deactivated, not even Apple can access it. Some services like iMessage, iTunes and iCloud won’t work while your data is deactivated. Users can reactivate their data at any time and continue as normal.
Like deactivation requests, requesting to delete all data must be verified and takes up to seven days. Unlike deactivation, users can’t go back once the data is gone. Not even Apple will be able to retrieve it. For users taking that path, its may be best to download a copy of your data first so you don’t lose anything.