How to: back-up your Facebook profile, contacts and pictures

We love Facebook but spending ages uploading photos and pimping your profile has one major downside – all your hard work is trapped on Facebook.

We love Facebook but spending ages uploading photos and pimping your profile has one major downside – all your hard work is trapped on Facebook. If your profile gets hacked or your data goes walkies, you're screwed. Avoid becoming a social outcast by backing up your contacts, photos and profile using our handy guide.

1 Make sure your profile is up to date

It's easy to forget to change address details or where you're working at the moment, so take a gander at your profile and make sure these are up to date. Also consider pruning that vast list of “favourite” bands.

2 Download the app

Visit the Social Safe website and download the Social Safe app. It'll set you back £1.99.

3 Install the app on your PC or Mac.

You may also need to install Adobe Air but the installer will let you know if you do need to.

4 Register the app

Type in the license code and you're ready to back up your stuff.

5 Choose what you want to back-up 

Before you backup, go in to settings and select what items you want to back up. You can back up your photos, profile and contacts.

6 Backing up photos

If you back up your photos, you'll get a thumbnail gallery showing the albums you've backed up.

7 Profile

Your backed up profile will show a summary of all the sections in your profile

8 Contacts

Again, you'll get a thumbnail gallery of all your Facebook friends

9 Timecapsule – see what you've backed up and when

The app has a built-in back-up tracking feature which will show you copies of your previous back-ups. It's useful for seeing what you've changed and if any friends have stopped following you. The swines!

10 Further information

If you need a further step by step guide to using the Social Safe app, try this video.

SocialSafe Demo including Time Capsule from Pascal Wheeler on Vimeo.