Facebook has proven to be one of the few social networks with real staying power, remaining relevant for more than fifteen years since launched.
Facebook’s Shift To Video
While Twitter and Snapchat attempt to battle Zuckerberg’s behemoth, Facebook has set their sights on a much larger target than even themselves: YouTube. More and more, we’ve seen the platform pivot and position themselves not just as a social network, but as a publishing platform for both articles and videos.
Whether you’re going on a road trip without internet or you want to build a personalized library of archived content, downloading Facebook videos is a great idea—and thankfully, it’s pretty easy to do. This is our full guide to downloading and saving Facebook videos.
Downloading Your Own Videos From Facebook
Not surprisingly, the simplest videos to save offline are those you’ve uploaded to your page. Downloading your own videos works from within Snapsave.App Facebook’s website, unlike other social channels. Keep in mind that Facebook’s compression will affect the quality of your video downloads. Let’s take a look at how to download your Facebook libraries.
Start by loading up Facebook’s website and accessing your profile.
Click on the “Photos” tab, then select the “Albums” tab.
Scroll to the collection labeled “Videos.” Live streams you’ve hosted through Facebook Live will also show up here.
Find the video you want to download from your library of content, move your mouse over the thumbnail, and find the pencil icon in the top-right corner of the display.
Hover over the pencil icon. You’ll see the words “Edit or Remove.” Click this icon to view a drop-down options menu for your video.
Choose to download the content in either standard definition (SD) or high-definition (HD) if available.
Select the video format of choice.
The standard definition selection saves in 480p, whereas the HD option saves in 720p automatically. Live streams seem to download in 400×400 resolution, despite the availability to download said live streams in an HD resolution.
You can also save a video during playback if you decide that you want a backup.
Open your video from the Albums page.
Tap the “Options” button at the bottom of the video to gain access to the same menu we described above.
Downloading Videos from Other Users or Pages
Alright, so downloading your submitted videos from the platform is simple. After all, Facebook gives you the download option right within the album collection. For a real challenge, you’ll want to focus on downloading video content from sources other than your FB library.
Facebook isn’t designed for downloading public videos, as copyright concerns abound when trying to save a video that isn’t your own. Fortunately, downloading your favorite Facebook clips isn’t as hard as you might think. There are multiple ways to do it. Let’s take a look.
Using the Mobile Site on Desktop
It sounds weird, but to get your favorite Facebook videos from other sources, you’ll need to use the PC or Mac browser and load Facebook through its mobile URL. Here’s what you do.
Start by loading Facebook’s typical desktop website from your computer. We’re using Chrome to download this video, so while this method may work in other browsers, we can only guarantee support through Google Chrome’s video player.
When you find the video you want to save (in our example screenshots below, it’s a short video of Moana-themed cupcakes), ensure you’ve loaded the video’s page into your browser. It doesn’t matter whether the video is in pop-out mode or not.
Highlight the URL’s “www” and replace it with “m.” Don’ forget to include “.” after the “m” to ensure it loads, and then press enter.
Hit the play icon to start the video, which will launch it in the built-in video player (Chrome in our example).
While playing, right-click over the video and choose “Save video as…” or whatever it says in the browser.
In the download prompt, rename the file and save the video (MP4).
The video downloads at 400×400 resolution, and since the built-in video player saves it in MP4 format, you shouldn’t have any difficulties playing the video on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or Android tablet.