Downloading Facebook videos: 4 proven ways that work

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Facebook has become one of the most popular social media platforms in recent years. However, when it comes to downloading videos from Facebook, there are a lot of different methods that can be used. Some methods are more popular than others and some are easier to use on certain devices, but all four methods listed below will allow you to download videos off of Facebook with ease! So whether you’re using a desktop or mobile device (or both), here is how you can download videos from Facebook easily. And it doesn’t matter if you want to save them for later viewing offline or share them with friends who aren’t on Facebook, these tips will help you out!  Now let’s get started…

Use a video converter

You don’t want to install or download any software? If that’s the case, you might opt to use an online video converter to save videos from Facebook to your computer. It allows you to take all of the various types of videos on Facebook and combine them into one file so it’s easier to download only what you want! To do this, just head over to Google, type “video converter” in the search bar, and click the first link that pops up. Then, follow these steps:

  • Go to the post in which you wish to download the video
  • Right-click the video and choose “Copy video URL” from the menu
  • Go to the website of the video converter service you want to use
  • Paste the URL into the address box and select “Download” from the drop-down menu
  • Choose the download quality you want
  • Choose a method to save the Facebook video to your PC
  • Your video will be saved in the location that you specify

Install a browser extension 

The second way to download videos from Facebook is by using a browser extension. This method isn’t ideal for mobile devices, but it can be useful when you’re on your computer. If you use Google Chrome, you’ll need to enter the Chrome Web Store and find an extension for downloading videos you like. Make sure that the chosen extension has good ratings and reviews. When you install the video download extension on your browser, a “Download” button will appear when you are watching a video on Facebook. All you have to do is click the button and choose the video quality. Then, your video will be saved on your computer so you can watch it whenever and wherever you want!

Choose a program or software for downloading services

If you don’t want to use a web service or browser extension, another method that can be used is via a downloadable program or software that lets you download Facebook videos. This method is ideal for mobile devices and allows you to take all of your favorite videos with you. There are even some free options in this category if money is tight. For example, you can search for something like “download auto clicker” or “Facebook video downloader” on Google and look through the top search results to find a program or software that will work for you. You will also want to make sure that the software you choose has good ratings and is compatible with your computer’s operating system.

Use Facebook’s HTML code

The fourth method for downloading videos from Facebook is by using the website’s HTML code which can be found on just about any platform. This doesn’t require you to download anything, so it’s great for mobile devices. To use this method, follow these steps:

  • Open your browser and go to Facebook
  • Click on the video that you want to download
  • Right-click on the video and choose “Copy embed HTML”
  • Go to your browser’s options menu and select “Settings” or “Preferences”
  • Copy the URL of the video you downloaded in Step 3
  • Paste it into a text editor and remove all of the HTML tags
  • Replace the URL with one from a video hosting service like YouTube or Vimeo
  • Save your changes to a document on your computer and rename the file as .mp4, .mov, or another video extension that is compatible with most devices

However, you need to know that you can use this method only for public videos. Private videos cannot be downloaded.

There are many ways to download Facebook videos, but these four methods will likely work for most people. It all depends on what is more convenient in terms of where you’ll be when you want to watch the video. Either way, one of these downloads should do the trick! Have fun watching your favorite videos again and again!

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