Google collects and stores enormous amounts of data from its users.

This is all the more true if you’re a big user of Google’s services such as Gmail and G Suite. Not only does Google have a copy of every email you’ve sent or received, but if you use its Maps app, it may have a history of your locations.

The company also knows every Google News article you’ve ever read, everything you’ve ever searched for, and every query you’ve asked Google Assistant. It knows about the YouTube videos you’ve watched?

  1. Go to Google’s Takeout page (make sure you are logged into your Google account on the web first).
  2. Select all the data you want to include in your download. Again, we recommend you “select all” just so you can be sufficiently frightened by the scope of the data.
  3. Click the Next button at the bottom of the page.
  4. On the next page, you’ll be asked to customise your Google data archive format. We recommend you choose a zip file and select 50GB as the maximum archive size. If Google has more than 50GB of data about you–and there is a good chance it does–you’ll get links to multiple zip files.
  5. You’ll also be asked to select your delivery method. The default is receiving a download link via email, but Google also gives you some nice options like automatically adding your archive to your Google Drive or Dropbox account.
  6. After you’ve made your choices, click the Create Archive button. Depending on how much data Google has on you, it could be a day o r so before your archive is ready. You’ll be notified by email when it is.