Until midnight Pacific Time, 23andMe is accepting transfers of raw DNA data from AncestryDNA. To start the process, click here, then click the link in the purple bar at the top of the page.
You must create a new account at 23andMe before midnight Pacific time, and you’ll have 7 days to do the actual transfer.
- The upload gives you five free reports (Muscle Composition, Sleep Movement, Saturated Fat & Weight, Your DNA Family, and Ancestry Composition), but not relative matching (known as DNA Relatives at 23andMe).
- It may not be available in all countries outside the US. We’re getting mixed reports on that.
- You cannot use an existing account at 23andMe or an email address that you have already used there. You will have to create a new account with a different email address.
- AncestryDNA probably wasn’t expecting this; their servers are overloaded with requests to download raw data. Be patient while waiting for the link to download your raw data.
- If you try to access DNA Relatives with an uploaded kit, 23andMe will ask you to buy a DNA test.
If you click “Buy” the system will add a Health + Ancestry kit to your shopping cart. If you only want the Ancestry portion (DNA Relatives but not Health Reports), simply remove the more expensive Health + Ancestry kit from the cart and add the Ancestry Only one.
- As always, make sure you have explicit informed consent from the test taker if you’re considering uploading raw data for your relatives.
Perhaps they’ll eventually offer discounted access to the DNA Relatives database for transfers.