How to save videos from Facebook

How to save videos from Facebook

It’s possible download any video from Facebook to watch it on your device at any time, without internet access. Follow these steps to learn how to save a video from Facebook to your hard drive, smartphone or tablet.

These instructions will work on both a computer and a mobile device.

How to save a video you posted on Facebook

Media uploaded to Facebook can act as a backup if you lose the original file. To retrieve a video from Facebook that you uploaded:

  1. Log into Facebook on your laptop or desktop computer and go to your profile page.

  2. Go to the header menu and hover the cursor over Other .

  3. Select Video .

    If you don’t see this option, select Manage sections from the menu Other and enable Video .

  4. In the box Video select I your videos .

  5. Hover your mouse over the video you want to download, then select the pencil icon located in the upper right corner of the image.

  6. Select Download SD (standard definition) or Download HD (High Definition).

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  7. The video appears on a new screen. Select the three vertical dots (located in the lower right corner of the video player), then choose Download . The file is downloaded to your computer.

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How to save a video that someone else posted on Facebook

If a video appears in your Facebook timeline after being posted by a friend, family member, business, or other entity, download it as an MP4 file and store it locally for future use. But first you have to fool Facebook into believing that you are viewing the social media site on a mobile device – an unconventional but necessary workaround. The steps below work for most Facebook videos, including those originally recorded using Facebook Live, in most major web browsers.

  1. Go to the video you want to download, then right-click anywhere on the player.

  2. Select Show video URL . Alternatively, select Copy the video URL at the current time then go to step 4.

  3. Click the URL to highlight it, then right-click and select Copy . You can also use the shortcut Ctrl + C or Command + C on the keyboard.

  4. Clear the browser address bar and paste the URL.

  5. Edit the URL. Replace www with m . The front of the URL should now read m.facebook.com instead of www.facebook.com. Awards Enter to load the new address.

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  6. In Microsoft Edge, select Save to download the video file to the default location. In Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, right-click anywhere in the video and select Inspect .

  7. to press Play then select the arrow icon (located in the upper left corner of the inspector).

  8. Select the video to focus on it.

  9. In the window Elements right-click the URL and select Copy link address . If you don’t see this option, double-click the area where you see the video URL so it’s highlighted, then copy the URL using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + C or Command + C.

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  10. Paste the new URL into a new, blank browser window and press Enter.

  11. The video will play in a smaller window. Select the three vertical dots located in the lower right corner of the screen.

  12. Select Download . The video is downloaded as an mp4 file to your computer.

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How to save a video from Facebook to an Android or iOS device

To download someone else’s video to your phone or tablet, you will need a third party app like Friendly For Facebook, available for iOS and Android. Friendly adds workflow and usability features to Facebook, including an option to download any video posted on the social network.

The instructions for downloading Facebook videos to a phone or tablet are the same for both iOS and Android.

Once you’ve located the video you want to save on your device, tap the play button. When the video starts playing, tap anywhere on the screen to view the playback and menu information. Select the icon Cloud located in the lower right corner of the screen. A menu will appear giving you the option to download the video to your mobile device.

On Android, tapping the Cloud icon you download the video immediately.

Friendly will request access to your photos and other media files. Grant access to download any video from Facebook.

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