To store your data or use third-party interpretation services such as Genetic Genie, Self Decode, Promethease, Codegen, GEDmatch and more, you must download your raw DNA data first using a 23andMe login.
Download 23andMe Raw Data on a Laptop or Desktop Computer
Shortcut: Skip steps 1-3 by going to https://you.23andme.com/tools/data/download
Time needed: 4 minutes.
Download your 23andMe raw data using your 23andMe login:
- Login to your 23andMe account.
Go to https://you.23andme.com/ and enter your username and password to login.
- Browse raw data.
On a desktop or laptop, cick your name in he upper right corner and click on “Browse Raw Data”. If you are using a mobile device, Tap the menu bars icon in the top right corner of your screen. Scroll down in this menu and tap on “Browse Raw Data”.
- Click the “Download” button.
Click or tap the download button. The download button is in the middle of the screen on both desktop and mobile devices.
- Submit raw data download request.
Read the warnings about the accuracy of your raw data and the sensitivity and security of your raw data. Scroll down, agree to the limitations and risks, and click “Submit request”.
- Click download button in email.
You will get an email when your download is ready. Downloads requests are usually pretty fast, so alternatively you can try refreshing the page in a minute or two, and your file should be ready to download.
- Download your raw DNA data.
Once the download is ready, simply click or tap the “Download raw data” to save your raw data file to your computer.
Your raw data is downloaded as a zip file. Inside the zip file there is a text document (.txt file) containing all of your raw data. You can open this file with programs like Notepad in Windows or TextEdit on Mac. Your data is relatively straightforward and has 4 columns: Chromosome, Position, rsID (the SNP identifier), and genotype. When looking at the raw data text file, most people are interested in the rs# and genotype.
You can search the text file for a specific genetic variant rs#’s that you find on sources such as SNPedia and compare your genotype or upload your data to a third-party service of your choice.
Once you have your raw data downloaded, feel free to check out our Genetic Genie Panels and our GenVue Discovery health variant analysis platform. GenVue Discovery is a very unique, but is a free alternative to raw data analysis services like Promethease and Codegen (codegen.eu). Uploads to Genetic Genie are anonymous (doesn’t require a user account) and your data is never stored or shared.
This pretty much covers everything. If 23andMe changes the way raw data is downloaded, please let us know in the comments below.