It makes sense to download your personal raw DNA data, either:
|For safekeeping, before you delete it from the service for privacy|
|To upload the data to other sites|
|In case anything ever happens to the data or the company where it resides currently|
Downloading your 23andMe raw data is simple. Navigate to the bar on the far left of your 23andme account and click it and select “Browse Raw Data”:
This brings you to the following page:
Clicking the download link brings you to a disclaimer page:
After reading the consent document, click the button, and 23andMe will email you your raw DNA data to your email address on file once it is completed.
Ancestry (review of the service here)
Navigate to the following link(while logged into your account):
Here you can download your Account Data:
Your Family Tree Data:
Or your Raw DNA data:
Clicking this will make you check a box showing you understand that your data is no longer under Ancestry’s control and will submit a request for your DNA data. They will email you a download page of your data file once it’s ready.
LivingDNA’s raw data download option isn’t hidden behind many screens. After you log in, on the left-hand bar, click “Download Raw Data”:
This brings you to a disclaimer:
A neat feature LivingDNA gives you before downloading your Raw DNA is to download the autosomal, the mtDNA, or the Y-DNA. Using these you can look at the genetic data from your motherline or fatherline:
No email confirmation for LivingDNA, your DNA download file is available immediately after clicking these links.
MyHeritage (read our review here)
MyHeritage has a relatively simple process for downloading your raw DNA data, as well. Go to the DNA tab on their navigation bar and select “Manage DNA Kits”:
Click the three dots and select “Download Kit.”
This brings you to a disclaimer you have to accept:
MyHeritage will send you an email with instructions on how to download your DNA data.
On the top of GPS Origin’s site, click (your name’s) Account & Results
Click “Download Raw Data.” There is no email or anything for GPS origins; you should get a zip file with your DNA data.