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How to download videos from Facebook

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Hey, but what are you doing with that phone pointed at the PC screen? No, stop. Don’t tell me that’s what I think! You found a hilarious video on Facebook and, not knowing how to download it to your computer, you thought about filming it with your mobile phone. Did I guess? Here, just what I feared … but is it possible that you always have to complicate your life by doing (badly) in two hours what you could do (well) in two miserable minutes? Okay, let’s forget about it … put that phone down and run to try the solutions I’m about to offer you in this guide on how to download videos from Facebook .

In the following lines, in fact, I will go to show you a whole series of online services, browser extensions, computer programs and apps for smartphones and tablets through which to be able to perform the operation in question. All you have to do is choose the solution that you think will best suit you and use it by following my instructions. I assure you that it is really child’s play even for those who, like you, do not consider themselves a great expert in new technologies.

So get yourself comfortable, give yourself a few free moments just for you and immediately start concentrating on reading this tutorial. I am more than certain that, in the end, you will be able to say that you are satisfied and that, if necessary, you will also be ready to provide useful suggestions in this regard to your friends who are also interested in the subject. Let’s start? Yup? Very well, then stop the chatter and roll up our sleeves!

How to download videos from Facebook online

To  download videos from Facebook you can first of all act directly from the browser window, using the convenient online services  used for the purpose.

And if those you want to download locally are films that you have personally uploaded to the famous social network, I inform you that to succeed in the business you can also take advantage of a special feature offered directly by Facebook. For all the details of the case, please continue reading.

Facebook default function

As I told you a few lines above, if you want to download videos that you have uploaded and shared personally on Facebook to your computer, you can do the operation in question without having to resort to the use of third-party online services. In fact, you can do everything using a “standard” feature of the social network.

To use it, therefore, open the browser you usually use to surf the Net from your PC (eg Chrome ), go to the Facebook home page and log in to your account. Once you have logged in, go to your profile by selecting your name in the upper right part of the social network screen.

Now that you see your diary, select the Photos tab located immediately below the cover image, click on the Album item and open the album called Videos . Now, place the mouse pointer on the preview of the video you want to download, click on the button with the pencil that you see appear at the top right and select, from the menu that you see appear, the item Download in high definition (HD) or the Download one in standard definition (SD) .

In the new Web page that will subsequently open, right-click on the player in which the video of your interest is being played and select, from the contextual menu that is shown to you, the option to proceed with the download of the video.

SaveVideo

SaveVideo

As an alternative to the procedure described in the previous lines or, in any case, if you want to download videos from Facebook that you have not uploaded personally, you can consider using  SaveVideo . It is, in fact, a practical Web service that allows you to download videos shared on Facebook (and other online services) in MP4 format, in a handful of clicks. It works on all browsers and does not require the installation of special plugins.

To use it, visit its home page , then paste the address of the Facebook movie to download in the text field visible in the center and click on the Download button  .

Once this is done, the download links of the movie will be made available in two formats: one in standard resolution and one in HD resolution . Then click with the right mouse button on the link Download video file corresponding to the resolution of your interest, right click on the player of the video that appears and choose, from the contextual menu that opens, the item to proceed with the download  of the video.

ClipConvert

ClipConvert

Another great online service that can be used to download videos from Facebook is  ClipConverter . It is a free solution, working from any browser and very simple to use to download movies from the Internet, and therefore also from the famous social network. Note that it allows you to select the format in which you want to save the output file, choosing from MP4, 3GP, AVI, MOV or MKV.

To immediately test ClipConverter, visit its home page , paste the Facebook video address in the appropriate text field in the center, select the format in which you want to save the video on your computer by clicking on the corresponding buttons next to it to the movie film icon  and click on the Continue button  .

Wait, therefore, for the video to be processed, then select the resolution you prefer for the output file, click on the Start button and, to proceed with the download, click on the Download button  .

Please note that, if you deem it necessary, before clicking on the button to start the download of the video on your computer, you can define which part of the video to download, by unchecking the Start of the video and / or End of the video boxes   and indicating hours, minutes and seconds of start and end.

How to download videos from Facebook to your computer

To download videos from Facebook on your computer, do you prefer to rely on the use of special programs ? Then immediately test the resources specifically used for this purpose that you find below. They are available for both Windows and macOS . I am sure they will be able to satisfy you!

4K Video Downloader (Windows / macOS / Linux)

4K Video Downloader

The first program to download videos from Facebook that I recommend using is  4K Video Downloader . If you have never heard of it, know that it is a video downloader compatible with both Windows and macOS and Linux, which supports not only Facebook, but also many other Internet sites. It allows you to choose between various formats and various output resolutions and it’s free. Eventually, however, it is available in a Premium version (at a cost of 14.64 euros) which removes the advertisements and unlocks other extra features, such as download playlists without limits.

To download the program on your computer, go to its website  and click on the Download 4K Video Downloader button . When the download is complete, if you are using Windows , open the .msi file obtained and, in the window that is shown on the desktop, click first on the Run button and then on the Next button . Select, therefore, the item relating to the acceptance of the terms of the service and complete the setup, pressing the Next button twice in succession and the Install , Yes and Finish buttons. At this point, start the program, selecting the related shortcut that has just been added to the Start menu .

If, on the other hand, you are using macOS , open the .dmg package obtained, drag the program icon to the Applications folder on your computer, right-click on it and select the Open item twice consecutively, in order to start the software but go to circumvent the restrictions imposed by Apple on non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).

Now that, regardless of the operating system used, you see the 4K Video Downloader window on the screen, click on the Paste link button located at the top left, to paste the URL of the Facebook video you want to download, then select the output format using the Format drop-down menu , choose one of the resolutions listed below, indicate the location in which to save the final file by pressing the Choose button and, finally, click the Download button .

If you want, you can also download only the audio track of the movie, by selecting the Extract audio option from the drop-down menu located at the top left and choosing one of the file formats available in the menu located at the top right.

JDownloader (Windows / macOS / Linux)

JDownloader

Another great program you can consider using to download videos from Facebook is  JDownloader . In case you have never heard of it, know that it is a famous free download manager, open source and available for both Windows and macOS and Linux. The program is able to “capture” videos, images and audio files from Mark Zuckerberg’s social network but also from any other Web page.

To download JDownloader on your computer, visit the program website and click on Download Installer for 32 / 64bit systems (if you use Windows) or on Download Installer Mac OS X Version 10.7 or higher (if you use macOS).

When the download is complete, if you are using Windows , open the .exe file obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click on the Yes button . Subsequently, click on the OK button , then on the Next button for four consecutive times and, finally , click on the Skip and Finish buttons .

If you are using macOS , on the other hand, open the .dmg package obtained and double-click on the program’s installer icon in the window that appears on the desktop. Next, click on the button OK and then on the Next four consecutive times, then press the button OK and the Finish . When asked for your password , type the one you use to log into your account on the Mac. Then start the program by clicking on the icon that has just been added to the Launchpad .

Now that, regardless of the operating system used, you see the JDownloader window on the screen, locate the video you want to download on the Facebook site and copy the URL. Once this is done, a notification from JDownloader should warn you that the link has been captured.

At this point, go to the  Capture links  of the program, click on the Play button   located at the top left and JDownloader will begin to download the video from the address you have selected. You can follow the progress of the download by accessing the Download tab .

If the URL capture does not happen automatically, you can “manually” add the link of the Facebook video to download. To do this, right-click in the Capture links tab of the program, select the Add new web links item from the menu that opens, paste the video link in the Insert links here field in the new window displayed and press the Continue button .

How to download videos from Facebook with Chrome and Firefox

Video DownloadHelper

If you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you can download videos from Facebook using the appropriate extensions , as in the case of  Video DownloadHelper . It is, in fact, an add-on capable of “intercepting” the videos on Facebook and any other website and proceeding with the download of the same, all in a few clicks and without spending a penny.

To download and install Video DownloadHelper on  Chrome , visit the relevant page on the Chrome Web Store and click the Add and Add Extension buttons . If you are using Firefox , on the other hand, connect to the Mozilla Addons page dedicated to the extension  and click on the Add to Firefox  and  Install buttons 

At this point, the procedure to follow to download the videos on the social network is practically identical on both browsers. So, find the video you want to download on the Facebook site, click on the Video DownloadHelper icon  located in the upper right part of the browser window and select the name of the file to be downloaded from the menu that opens. In some cases the video may be available in various formats and resolutions – just choose the one you prefer the most.

How to download videos from Facebook on Android

My Video Downloader per Facebook

Are you wondering how to download videos from Facebook on Android ? In this case, I inform you that you can resort to the use of special applications, such as My Video Downloader for Facebook . As you can guess from the name itself, it does only one thing but it does it great: it allows you to download videos from the famous social network. It’s free, but you can optionally make in-app purchases (at a cost of 99 cents) to remove advertising and unlock other extra features.

To download the app on your device, visit the relevant section of the Play Store and press the Install button , then start the app by touching the Open button that appeared on the screen or by selecting the relative icon that has been added to the home screen.

Now that you see the main screen of the application, grant My Video Downloader for Facebook the necessary permissions to access the contents saved on the device, tap on the Log In item located at the top left, then on the Login button and log in to the your Facebook account. Next, locate the video you want to download and tap its thumbnail .

After completing the above steps, the video playback will not start automatically but a menu with various options will open: you choose the Download item , indicate whether to download the video in Standard or HD format , tap the OK button and wait that the video download procedure is started and completed.

Subsequently, you can view and manage the videos downloaded from Facebook directly from the app, by tapping on the icon with horizontal lines located at the top left, selecting the Downloads item from the bar that appears on the side and then the video icon , to be able to reproduce it. If, on the other hand, you want to share the video in other applications, click on the arrow next to its name and select the appropriate item.

How to download Facebook videos on iPhone and iPad

Total Files

Even on iPhone and iPad it is possible to download videos from Facebook using special applications. Personally, I suggest the Total Files file manager , which allows you to download various content from the Internet, including videos on Mark Zuckerberg’s social network. Note that basic is free, but it is possible to make in-app purchases (at a cost of € 5.49) to switch to the Pro version, which removes advertisements and offers extra functions.

To be able to download the app on your device, visit the relevant section of the App Store , press the Get button , then the Install button and authorize the download using Face ID , Touch ID or Apple ID password . Then, start the application by pressing the Open button that appeared on the screen or by selecting the relative icon that has been added to the home screen.

Now, tap on the globe icon  located at the bottom right, connected to Facebook, locate the movie to download, start playing it and, when the message Do you want to download this content? Appears on the screen . , tap on the green check symbol .

Then indicate the name you want to assign to the video in the File name field , select a folder to store it in via the Destination folder menu and tap on the End item located at the top right.

At this point, the download of the movie will start and you can follow its progress by first tapping the icon depicting the folder located at the bottom left and then on the one with the two arrows . Once the download is complete, you will be able to access the downloaded videos directly from the current screen.