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    How to download and save videos from Facebook

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    Facebook has proven to be one of the few social networks with real stamina, remaining relevant for more than fifteen years since launch. As Twitter and Snapchat attempt to battle the Zuckerberg behemoth, Facebook has set its sights on a goal much bigger than themselves: YouTube. 


    More and more, we have seen the platform rotate and position itself not only as a social network, but as a platform for publishing articles and videos. Whether you're on a trip without the internet or want to build a custom library of archived content, downloading Facebook videos is a great idea, and thankfully, it's pretty easy to do. This is our complete guide to downloading and saving Facebook videos.



    Download and save your videos from Facebook

    Unsurprisingly, the easiest videos to save offline are the ones you've uploaded to your page. Downloading your videos works from within the Facebook website, unlike other social channels. Note that Facebook compression will affect the quality of your video downloads. Let's take a look at how to download your Facebook libraries.

    1. Start by loading the Facebook website and logging into your profile.
    2. Click on "Photo Gallery" from your profile up, then select the tab “Albums” .
    3. Scroll down to the collection titled "Videos" and select the tab “Your videos”. Live streams that you hosted via Facebook Live will also show up here.
    4. Find the video you want to download from your content library, click the pencil icon in the upper right corner of the thumbnail.
    5. Choose "Download HD" or "Download SD". Live streams (if you have any) may have a lower resolution despite selecting HD.

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    Download and save Facebook videos from other users or pages

    Okay, so downloading the videos submitted by the platform is simple. After all, Facebook gives you the option to download directly within the collection of albums. For a real challenge, you'll want to focus on downloading video content from sources other than your FB library.


    Facebook isn't designed to download public videos, as copyright issues abound when trying to save a video that isn't yours. Fortunately, downloading your favorite Facebook clips isn't as difficult as you might think. There are several ways to do this. Let's take a look.

    Using the mobile site on the desktop

    It sounds strange, but to download and save Facebook videos from other sources, you will need to use your PC or Mac browser and load Facebook via its mobile URL. Here's what you do.

    1. Start by loading the typical Facebook desktop website from your computer. We are using Chrome to download this video, so while this method may work in other browsers, we can only guarantee support via the Google Chrome video player.
    2. When you find the video you want to save (in our example screenshots below, it's a short Moana themed cupcake video), make sure you've loaded the video page in your browser. It doesn't matter if the video is in pop-out mode or not.
    3. Highlight the URL "www" and replace it with "m". Don't forget to include "." after the "m" to make sure it loads, then hit enter.
    4. Press the play icon to start the video, which will start it in the built-in video player (Chrome in our example).
    5. During playback, right-click on the video and choose “Save video as…” or whatever else in the browser.
    6. In the download prompt, rename the file and save the video (MP4).

    The video is downloaded in 400 × 400 resolution and as the built-in video player saves it in MP4 format, you shouldn't have any difficulty playing the video on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet.




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    Use of video download sites

    Considering the large amount of content on YouTube and Facebook, it is not surprising that both of these services have a wide variety of third-party sites, which promise to download videos from Facebook.

    While most sites specialize in downloading YouTube content, you can also download Facebook content from many of them, including some YouTube Downloader sites that don't advertise the ability to support Facebook videos. Here are a couple of examples.

    Keepvid.ch Downloader di video su Facebook

    Keepvid.ch is one of the many Facebook video downloaders, but it offers more source options and higher resolutions at no cost. The website saves your favorite videos up to the maximum available for each particular video, going up to 4K and 1o80P. 


    We like this site the most, mostly because it's easy to use and also offers web pages for other media infiltrated websites, such as Instagram, Daily Motion, and YouTube. For the Facebook download page, just click the appropriate link on the page.

    We tested this website on Firefox and Chrome. We couldn't get it to work properly in Firefox but we didn't have any issues with Chrome.

    Here's what to do.

    1. Visit “http://keepvid.ch/” without the quotes.
    2. Choose Facebook Video Downloader from the links shown or just paste your URL into the existing box.
    3. click on Download
    4. The newly loaded screen will show your resolution options, as well as audio options, if you just want an MP3 audio download.
    5. Choose your MP4 resolution and click the download icon.
    6. A popup will appear (MUST allow popups for this site). If the pop-up permission isn't already set, you'll need to turn it on, reload the page, and restart the process.
    7. Your new file is saved in the download location of your current browser.

    Getfvid Facebook Video Downloader

    Getfvid is another easy to use Facebook video downloader that allows you to download public and private Facebook videos. The process is super easy! We tried this Facebook video downloader in Chrome and Firefox. It worked the same for both browsers.



    Here's what you do.

    1. Visit https://www.getfvid.com/
    2. Paste the Facebook video URL into the box. Get the URL by visiting Facebook and opening the video.
    3. Choose high definition (HD) or standard definition (SD) and a new web page will open that plays the video. Do not pause or close the window.
    4. When the video is finished playing, right-click and select "Save video as ..."
    5. The file you just saved will be in your browser's default save location unless it lets you choose it.

    Getfvids instructions stop where you hit the download button. However, no autosave was done during our tests. That's why we specified the instructions to right click and save, which turned out to be perfect.

    Both keepvid.ch and getfvid.com produced HD copies of the video, offering higher resolutions than videos obtained through the browser as a mobile page. If you are concerned about the quality of your saved content, your best bet is to download the video using KeepVid or GetFvid.

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    Download videos from Facebook using your smartphone

    The easiest way to transfer videos from Facebook to your smartphone is to use your computer and, using a wired or wireless Internet connection, transfer the video to your smartphone's storage partition. 

    It's a bit of a hassle, but it's the easiest way to save videos to your phone without having to jump through hoops associated with saving videos on Android.

    That said, there are sometimes some limitations on downloading content from your computer to your phone. If you're on the go, the only real option is to manually download content to your favorite smartphone. Here are your current options for downloading Facebook videos to your Android or iOS devices.

    Android

    Since Android uses Google Chrome as its primary web browser, it's not too difficult to save videos to your Android device. You have a few distinct ways to do this. Using Chrome, load the mobile Facebook site on your device and log into it. You cannot use the Facebook app, as this method will not work for downloading FB videos. Here's how to do it.

    1. Using the mobile site, go to the video you want. If you need help finding it because you initially saw it on the mobile app, you can use the Share on Android feature to get a simple copy and paste link.
    2. Once the video is uploaded, simply hold your finger on it until the “Save video” message appears. It may take a few moments to appear, so don't lose your temper. Tap the button and the download will start on your device.

    Depending on the resolution and length of the video, the download may take a couple of minutes. While there are a ton of choices for browsers on Android, we've specifically tested it on Chrome and Samsung Internet, our two favorite browsers on Android right now. Both of them can download videos directly to your device, making it an easy task.

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    iOS

    Unfortunately, there aren't many options for saving Facebook videos on iOS. However, you are not completely out of luck. In iOS 11, released in 2017, Apple added a feature to record the screen directly from the Control Center. 

    While this doesn't work on all apps (Apple Music mutes sound when you try to record using this feature), it should still work on Facebook as of 2020.

    Follow these steps:

    1. Open the Facebook app (or mobile website in Safari)
    2. Find the video you want
    3. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen
    4. Tap the register button
    5. Wait three seconds
    6. Start playing your video
    7. While recording your iPhone screen, a red bar will appear at the top
    8. When you're done recording, tap this red bar and choose Stop

    The video will automatically be saved to your camera roll. Sometimes this takes about a minute, especially if the recorded video is on the longer side of things.

    Don't worry about the orientation you record the video in, as you can easily crop and rotate your videos in iOS 13.

    Alternatively, you can use paid apps like Keepvid Pro to download your favorite Facebook videos to iPhone or iPad.

    Conclusion

    Despite Facebook's limitations on downloading videos from their site, it has never been easier to download and save videos from Facebook. Whether you're using the mobile site workaround on Windows or macOS, an online download site or Chrome on Android, downloading your favorite videos from Facebook can be done in just a few simple steps. Even iOS, a notoriously blocked system, has a method for allowing video downloads.

    Grab your favorite Facebook videos and hit the road! You'll have all your favorite videos with you (zero bandwidth usage!) No matter where you end up.

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