Apple to Let You Download All Your Data They Have Collected, Starting with Europe

Apple is complying with the new General Data Protection Regulation ahead of the deadline, and they will now let you download all your data they have collected on you. This will be done with a new tool, starting with the European Union.

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is designed to give Internet users more control over what information is collected about them and how it’s collected. You can find out everything you need to know about GDPR.

Managing Your Data

All Apple users can manage their data. You simply need to visit This site asks you to sign in with your Apple ID and password and will then take you to a page that describes how Apple protects your privacy on your Apple ID.


Clicking “Continue” takes you to another page where it will allow you to “Manage Your Data.” It gives you choices of “Correct your data” and “Delete your account.” The latter is self-explanatory.


If you want to correct your data and download it as well, you can click “Get started” under “Correct your data.” This asks you to sign in once again, then takes you to a page that shows all your devices, your address, your birthday, your Apple subscriptions, etc.

There is also an option there to manage your data. Once I clicked this, it just sent me back to the beginning of this process. I am assuming this is because I am not in Europe, and this tool is so far only open to the EU.

Downloading Your Data

If you want to have a record of what Apple has on you, you can download it from this tool, if you’re in Europe, though Apple has promised that it will be worldwide eventually. This will include app usage, documents, photos, videos, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, and mail.

It will not include app, book, movie, TV show, or music purchases nor your Apple Online Store transaction history and Marketing communications history, though there is a link to follow if you would like that information as well.

There’s a third option as well. You can choose to deactivate your data. It will become temporarily unavailable to you or Apple, or anyone else. But realize if you do this that iMessage, iTunes, and iCloud won’t work. You can reactivate your account at any time and get all your information back, but this may take up to seven days.

If you’re uncomfortable with anyone holding onto your information, you can also just permanently delete all of your data. It can again take up to seven days for your delete request to be approved. And you need to be careful, as once it’s deleted, there’s no way to get it back.

It’s In Your Control

All of this is in your control. All data, some data, no data. Apple will only be in control of what you want them to be in control of. Will you choose to download all your data on Apple? Or will you choose to delete it? Let us know below in the comments section.

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. Are they going to destroy all our data once we’ve download it? If not, then Fruitco is complying with the letter, not the spirit, of the law and the whole thing is an exercise in futility.

      1. If you’ve been around computers, then you know that a “delete’ is only logical, not physical. Only the pointers to the data are erased, not the data itself. That is why all the “undelete” programs are able to recover data.

        My use of the word “destroy” rather than “delete” was intentional. To get rid of data, one must destroy it by multiple overwrites with nonsense characters. Once the overwrite is done, there is still the issue of all the backups that may exist and from which data may be recovered. So it looks like the Apple offer was meant to placate the uninformed and the courts.

        1. We don’t really know that though, do we? That’s an assumption on your part. Could be true, may not be true. We don’t know, really, if they mean permanently delete or just remove from being seen.

          While you are correct that initially “deleting” anything doesn’t necessary remove it permanently, really only deleting the optical view. Like with hard drives, if you throw something in the trash, it’s gone, but yes, it can be recovered with a data recovery program. But it won’t be there forever. Eventually it will be overwritten with new data and files.

          How it works when Apple saysyou can delete someting is unknown. As with many things, they keep a tight hold on the knowledge that is released. So we don’t know the answer to that, and to surmise permamently delete or only just an optical type of delete is just that, an assumption.

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