MyHeritage Step by Step Guide: How to Upload-Download DNA Files

In this Upload-Download Series, we’ll cover each major vendor:

  • How to download raw data files from the vendor
  • How to upload raw data files to the vendor, if possible
  • Other mainstream vendors where you can upload this vendor’s files

Uploading TO MyHeritage

Upload Step 1

To upload your DNA to MyHeritage, click here and then click on the purple “Start” button.

Upload Step 1 If You Already Have an Account at MyHeritage

If you already have an account, click here to sign in and then click on the DNA tab to display the “Upload DNA Data” option which displays the graphic above. Click on the purple “Start” button. This is the same process you’ll use whether it’s the first time you’ve uploaded a kit, or you’re uploading subsequent kits to your account that you’ll be managing.

Upload Step 2

You’ll be prompted to create a free account by entering your name, e-mail and password, and from there you can upload your autosomal DNA file.

You’ll be asked whose DNA you’re uploading and prompted to read and agree to the terms of service and consent.

Click the purple upload button.

Then click done when the file is finished uploading.

You’ll be notified by e-mail within a couple days when the file is finished processing.

Downloading FROM MyHeritage

Download Step 1

Sign on to your MyHeritage account.

Click on DNA on the upper toolbar.

The dropdown menu includes “Manage DNA Kits”

Download Step 2

At the right of the kit you wish to download, click on the three small buttons which will include an option for “Download,” as shown in the graphics below from the MyHeritage blog article.

Download Step 3

You’ll be presented with a box titled “Learn more about DNA data files.” Click the purple “Continue” button.

Download Step 4

You’ll need to confirm that you want to download your data, and that you understand that the download is outside of MyHeritage and their protection. Click the purple “Continue” button.

Download Step 5

You’ll receive a confirmation e-mail. Click on “Click here to continue with download.”

This e-mail link is only valid for 24 hours.

Download Step 6

Enter your password again, and click on the purple “Download” button.

Download Step 7

Save the file as a recognizable file name on your computer.

MyHeritage File Transfers TO Other Vendors

You can upload your MyHeritage file to other vendors, as follows.

From below to >>>>>>>>>>> Family Tree DNA Accepts Ancestry Accepts 23andMe Accepts GedMatch Accepts
MyHeritage Yes* No No Yes

*To transfer to Family Tree DNA, you must have tested at MyHeritage after May 7, 2019 and transfer your file within 2 years of receiving your results.

Neither Ancestry nor 23andMe accepts uploads from any vendor.

MyHeritage File Transfers FROM Other Vendors

You can upload files from other vendors to MyHeritage, as follows:

  From Family Tree DNA From Ancestry From 23andMe From LivingDNA
To MyHeritage Yes Yes Yes Yes

Testing and Transfer Strategy

Transferring to MyHeritage is always free. You can view your ethnicity, your matches and their trees, and utilize the DNA tools, but you won’t receive the full benefit of SmartMatching and other records without a subscription. You will be limited to building a tree of 250 people for free, but you can upload a Gedcom file of any size, although you do need to subscribe to change anything in that file if it contains more than 250 individuals.

Until December 1, 2018, all DNA tools will be and remain free for anyone who uploads before that date. After December 1st, matching will remain free, but the advanced tools such as ethnicity, the chromosome browser, triangulation and more will require payment. MyHeritage has not yet indicated how that will work, so upload now to receive free DNA tools forever.

My testing/transfer recommendations are as follows relative to MyHeritage:

Have fun!



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23 thoughts on “MyHeritage Step by Step Guide: How to Upload-Download DNA Files

  1. Thanks for letting us know! I have tested with FamilyTree DNA, FamilyFinder and mtDNA. I don’t mind any more information that I can find, especially if it’s FREE!!

    • FREE! is the magic word that attracts everyone.
      Everyone likes “FREE”. The enjoyment of getting something for nothing is advantageous and a part of human nature. In the age of Google and Wiki we now expect all information to be free, as well as it being accurate.
      But not everything that is provided for free is always accurate, nor is it guaranteed even if you pay for it, Even if you pay for access to a GG website, the predictions provided there might not be accurate.

      • I mainly just want to see what it will tell me that’s different from my other tests. I have done extensive family genealogy research, so I know basically where I come from.

        • OK. As Roberta said, lets “Have fun”. 😉
          For those of us who know our roots we can see what the various estimates from the various sites are, then smile and wait until they become more accurate.

          And I agree, nothin’ beats getting that for FREE! 🙂

  2. MyHeritageDNA has a great advantage over other test sites for those who are working with DNA matching segments. MyHeritageDNA shows your triangulations. They find them for you and give you links to your triangulations. You don’t have to hunt for them. Ancestry won’t even show us our matching segments so there is no way to work with DNA segments on Ancestry. If you care about genealogy and want your dna tests to help you, you need to upload to MyHeritage and use those triangulating segments!

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