Data privacy is a big priority with genetic data.
I recommend downloading your 23andMe raw data file and saving it to a secure location. Please don’t do this on a public computer – download your data to your computer using your home Wi-Fi or a VPN.
Step-by-step instructions: How to log in to 23 & Me and download your data:
23andMe makes it easy to download your raw data file.
Step 1) Log in to 23andMe here. If you’ve forgotten your password, there is a link to reset it.
Step 2) Click on your name in the upper right corner of the page. If you are on a mobile device, tap on the menu icon on the top right corner of the screen.
Step 3) Click on browse raw data.
Step 4) Click on the download link. The button to download is in the middle of the screen next to the underlined Browse.
Step 5) You will need to submit a request to download your data. Click on the check box and submit your request to download your raw data.
Step 6) It will take a few minutes to process the download request. 23andMe will send you an email when it is ready. Or – just wait a few minutes and hit refresh on the download page.
Step 7) Click on the Download Raw Data button.
Step 8) Your download should start automatically.
The file will be a .zip file. Double click it to access the text file with your raw data.
It will look like this:
Step 9) Learn about your health and optimize your wellness!
Your raw genetic data holds a treasure trove of information on optimizing your health.
Start here on Genetic Lifehacks with articles about health topics that are important and interesting. All articles are well documented with links to high-quality research studies. Dive in and get started with learning about your genes :-)
Suggestions for getting started:
- Top 10 Genes to Check in Your Raw Data
- MTHFR and the Methylation Cycle
- Lactose Intolerance Genes
- ABCC11: Body odor and ear wax
- Genetics of Double Eyelashes
Debbie Moon is the founder of Genetic Lifehacks. Fascinated by the connections between genes, diet, and health, her goal is to help you understand how to apply genetics to your diet and lifestyle decisions. Debbie has a BS in engineering and an MSc in biological sciences from Clemson University. Debbie combines an engineering mindset with a biological systems approach to help you understand how genetic differences impact your optimal health.