How to download 23andme raw data for analysis

23andme raw data analysis

So you've decided you want to do more with your 23andme raw data. That's great! But where do you begin?

The majority of genealogy services allow you to download your ancestry DNA or 23andme raw  data via their website. You can then use this downloaded file—containing your unique genetic code—to discover more about your genetics.

Simply upload your raw DNA data to another analysis site to get lots of great insights. This process is actually much easier than it might sound. All you need is your genealogy site login, along with access to a computer and your email account. Then, just follow this guide to download your raw DNA data and find out how your genetics influence your health and wellbeing.

There is more than one way to download your 23andme raw data

Let’s take a look at 23andme—a popular genetic testing website. There are three different methods you can use to download your raw data from 23andme.

Method #1

Login to your 23andme account, Once you’re logged in, click the link that says "Download Raw Data” On the download page that appears, scroll down and click “Submit Request”

Method #2

Go to and login to your account. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Resources” Choose to “Browse Raw Data” On the next page click “Download Raw Data” On the download page that appears, scroll down and click “Submit Request”

Method #3

From the 23andMe homepage, find the navigation bar and click “Account Settings” Next, navigate to 23andMe Data and click “View” Click the “Download Raw Data” button On the download page that appears, scroll down and click “Submit Request”

Follow any of these download methods and you’ll receive an email from 23andMe. This can take a little while, so don’t expect it to arrive instantly. When it lands in your inbox, open the email, click on the download link and your raw DNA data download will begin automatically. You’ll be able to choose where on your device you want to save the file.

Used a different DNA website? The process is pretty similar for AncestryDNA and MyHeritage. Simply login and navigate to their raw DNA data download page.

You’ll end up with a zip file, downloaded onto your device.

23andme raw data analysis

So you’ve successfully downloaded your raw DNA data file. What next?

First—because it’s a zip file—you’ll need to unzip it. Your computer should do this automatically. If not, just double click on the file to open it up.

Next, it’s time for analysis. You need to decide where you want to upload your raw DNA data file to find out what that complicated code means for you, your health and your wellbeing.

Don’t know where to start? Check out our article: The best raw DNA data tools to learn more from your genome

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