How to See Which Companies Are Uploading Data About You to Facebook

It’s no surprise that Facebook stores an immense amount of data about you. Some of that information comes directly from other companies you interact with online. Here’s how to see which companies upload your off-Facebook activity to the social network.

What is Off-Facebook Activity?

Off-Facebook activity is information that businesses and organizations share with Facebook about interactions you have with their apps and websites. Companies that use Facebook’s Business Tools, such as Facebook Login or Facebook Pixel, share this information with the social network about how and when you use its websites.

Examples of interactions include:

  • Opened an app
  • Logged into an app with Facebook
  • Visited a website
  • Searched for an item
  • Added an item to a wishlist
  • Added an item to a cart
  • Made a purchase
  • Made a donation

Companies use the information they gather to tailor a more personal Facebook experience for you. Activity is used to show you more relevant ads, suggest groups, events, or Marketplace items, discover new businesses and brands, help businesses understand how its website, app, or ads are performing, and to identify suspicious activity.

Examples of how activity is shared.

Sometimes, you may see activity in your off-Facebook activity you don’t recognize. That’s because it may have been sent in through a third-party data service provider or marketing agency hired to analyze a business’ interactions on its apps and websites.

Also, off-Facebook activity doesn’t list all details. Facebook receives a lot more information—but for technical and accuracy reasons—it doesn’t show everything. This includes information obtained when you’re not logged into Facebook or when they can’t confirm you used Facebook on a particular device. Items added to your shopping carts will not appear in your activity.

Facebook prohibits the upload of sensitive information, including health and financial data, date of birth, and passwords. The company also states that it doesn’t sell any of this information to anyone.

How to See What Companies Are Uploading Your Data to Facebook

Now that we know what kind of information is uploaded and stored let’s look at how you can see what companies are sending in data about you and your habits to Facebook.

Fire up your browser, type


 into the address bar and then hit the Enter key.

Type the URL into the address bar and hit the Enter key.

For security reasons, you will have to re-enter your password when the prompt appears.

Re-enter your password when prompted.

When the page loads, you’ll see the heading “Off-Facebook Activity” with a preview of some of the apps or websites that have recently uploaded data about you to Facebook. Click on any icon to open the full activity list.

Click on the list of icons to see a full list of apps and websites.

On the next page, Facebook will display a list of each app and website that have shared your activities.

A summary of all the apps and websites.

Click on an activity item to see more details.

Click on one of the apps to view more details about it.

Because it takes a couple of days for all the activity to show in your off-Facebook activity, you may not see everything that has been uploaded. The dates provided in the activity summary are listed when they received the information.

From here, you can view how the app or website shared your information and how many interactions were received.

A brief description about the activity details.

Clicking on any of the activity details gives you more information about the service itself, but doesn’t show you precisely what’s been shared.

Clicking on a detail gives more information about how the feature works. To see a granular description, you'll have to download your information.

How to Turn Off Future Activity Sharing to Facebook

If you no longer want an app or website to sync with your Facebook account, you can manage future activity from specific apps and websites.

Open your browser, head to your off-Facebook activity list, sign in to your account, and then click on an app or website to which you want to manage future activity.

Click on one of the apps to view more details about it.

Scroll down to the bottom of the listing and click on the “Turn off future activity from” option.

Click "Turn off future activity from..."

Turning off future activity could affect the functionality of an app or website that you regularly use, so read through the warnings before you select the “Turn Off” button.

Read the warnings and click "Turn off" if you want to continue.

Turning off future activity doesn’t delete any past activity; it only hides it and prevents anything received from now on from showing in your off-Facebook activity list. Click “Close” to dismiss the message. We’ll cover how to delete your history later.

The app or website has now been hidden. Click "Close" to dismiss the dialog.

How to Download Your Information From Facebook

As we mentioned before, you can’t view each interaction in every app’s or website’s activity list entails. For that, you need to download your information and sift through each item to see a slightly more detailed account of all your interactions.

Related: Ever Wonder How Much Facebook Knows About You? Here’s How to See

Fire up your web browser and head on over to the Your Facebook information page. Click on “Download Your Information” after signing into your account.

Click "Download your information."

Next, if you only want the off-Facebook activity list, click “Deselect All” to uncheck all the options available.

Click "Deselect all."

Scroll down near the bottom and check the box next to “Ads and Business.”

Tick the box next to "Ads and businesses."

Scroll back up to the top, choose the date range, file format, and the quality of media, and then click the “Create File” button.

Scroll back to the top and click "Create file" to request the data.

Type your password when the prompt appears. You’ll be informed that it will take a few minutes for Facebook to prepare your data. It took about five minutes for ours, which ended up being less than 1MB. Facebook will give you a notification when the file is ready to download.

When the file is ready, click the “Available Copies” tab and then select the “Download” button next to the file.

When the file is ready for download, click "Available copies" from the Download Your Information page. Click "Download" next to the file you wish to download.

The file downloads to wherever your browser saves files and will be in the ZIP file format.

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Zip Files

How to Manage Your Off-Facebook Activity

If you accidentally removed an app or website from your activity list, or perhaps you want to disable the off-Facebook activity list altogether, we’ll show you how you can do both.

Fire up your browser and head to your Off-Facebook Activity list. Sign in to your account and then click “Manage your off-Facebook activity” located on the right side of the page.

Click "Manage your off-Facebook Activity" from the right side of the screen.

Click the “Manage Future Activity” button.

Read the dialog and click "Manage future activity" when ready to proceed.

To turn off this feature altogether, toggle the switch next to “Future off-Facebook Activity” to the off position.

Toggle the switch next to "Future off-Facebook activity" to the Off position to turn it off completely.

A dialog window will appear containing a list of some things you should consider when turning off this feature. Read through the list to make sure this is the right decision for you. Click the “Turn Off” button to confirm your action. Select “Cancel” to head back to Facebook.

Read the warning tied to turning off activity and click "Turn off" when you're ready to continue.

Turning off future activity doesn’t prevent businesses and organizations from sending information regarding your activity apps and websites to Facebook. The data will be disconnected from your account, but Facebook will still use it for their ads systems.

To see a list of all the apps and websites that you’ve turned activity off for, click the “Activity You’ve Turned Off” tile.

Toggle the switch next to "Future off-Facebook activity" to the Off position to turn it off completely.

Select the app or website you want to manage.

Click on an app or website from the list of previously removed items.

Click on “Allow activity from…to stay connected to your account” to turn activity back on.

Click "Allow activity from..." to reinstate activity connected to your account from this app or website.

After you allow activity again, you will start to see your actions in that app or website appearing on the activity list page.

Congratulations. You should start to see activities from this app soon.

How to Delete Your Activity History From Facebook

Should you want to delete your off-Facebook activity history, it’s an easy process that you can complete in a few clicks. Be aware, if you clear your activity history, some apps and websites will log you out if you use them to “Sign in with Facebook.”

Fire up your browser and head to your Off-Facebook Activity list. Click “Clear History” located on the right side of the page after signing in to your account.

Click "Clear history" from the right side of the page.

From the pop-up that appears, read the details over and then select the “Clear History” button when you’re sure you want to delete your off-Facebook activity.

Click "Clear history" to remove all activity history from your off-Facebook activity list.

While the off-Facebook activities are an excellent way for Facebook to target ads, make suggestions for groups, events, and Marketplace, it’s not for everyone. Luckily, if you don’t care about these things, it’s easy to manage or turn off this feature altogether.

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