January 18, 2023
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How Can I Test My DNA At Home?

DNA testing kits have hit the market with a vengeance. Here is everything you need to know about how to take a DNA test at home:
Tomohiro Takano

How Can I Test My DNA At Home?


DNA testing kits have hit the market with a vengeance. Multiple companies now offer at-home DNA test kits in order to learn:

·   Ancestry

·   Heritage

·   DNA

·   Locations of ancestors

·   Living relatives

·   And more

If you are interested in learning more about your ancestors and where you came from, you can now do it right from home. But how exactly do they work?

Here is everything you need to know about how to take a DNA test at home:

How to Start

In order to begin your DNA testing journey, you must first pick from one of the companies that offer at-home DNA test kits. The following companies offer the most popular DNA test kits:

·   23 and Me

·   Ancestry.com

·   FamilyTreeDNA

·   And more

Once you make your selection, order your kit from their respective website. The majority of DNA test kits are available around the world. It will take up to a week or so to receive your test kit in the mail

Set Up Online Profile

Your next step once you receive the test kit is to set up your online portfolio. You will need to activate the unique code provided to you on the test kit.

This code links your DNA sample to your online portfolio. You can additionally track the progress as your DNA is being tested and follow up as more information becomes available.

Provide the DNA Sample

Depending on which DNA testing company you choose, you will now provide your DNA sample. The most common form of sample is either a cheek swab or spitting into a vial.

Be sure to not drink, smoke, chew gum, or brush your teeth within the hour you plan to give your sample. Additionally, be sure to wash your hands before you conduct your sample.

Ship Your Sample

Now it is time to send off your sample. Be sure to properly seal your sample before you send it.

Ensure that your unique code is visible on the sample before you ship it to the laboratory. You need that code to assure the lab can properly identify your sample with your online profile.

Time to Wait

Your next step is to wait until the lab receives your sample. Once received, they will analyze the DNA sample accordingly.

This process can take anywhere between 4 and 10 weeks to analyze and compare your results to other samples. It is all dependent on the lab, the company, and your unique DNA specimen.


Once your DNA has been thoroughly analyzed and compared to other DNA samples, you are ready to go! You will be notified that your results are ready.

Sign onto your online profile and bask in the wonders of your ancestry. You can analyze your findings, ancestor information, living relatives with shared DNA, and more.

Bottom Line

Taking an at-home DNA test is easy. All you have to do is provide your DNA specimen sample, ship it off, and wait.

DNA analysis is a complex process. The great news is that you will learn where you came from and who you are related to from the comforts of your very own home!

Tomohiro Takano
Tomohiro Takano
Co-Founder and CEO