How to download a video from Facebook

Though you can save Facebook posts to watch later, you might want to download videos you find on your Facebook feed. Whether it’s a how-to video you want to save for when you’re working on a project or a funny video you want to share with friends, you can download Facebook videos from your feed to your device in just a few simple steps.

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How to download a video from Facebook using a computer

How to download a video from Facebook

This trick only works on Facebook.com and won’t work on the app, so you’ll need to go to Facebook on your browser first. Then, find the video you want to download, select Share > Copy Link.

URL box on Facebook video

A little box with the video’s URL will pop up. Copy the link and then paste it in a new tab or the window’s address bar. Then, change the www in the address to mbasic. So, for example, if the video’s URL is https://www.facebook.com/DigitalTrends/videos/593414421380089, you would change it to https://mbasic.facebook.com/DigitalTrends/videos/593414421380089.

Once you’re done, tap Enter on your keyboard. This changes the address to a mobile basic interface address, allowing you to download the video. If you’ve done this right, the screen will look funny, like you are trying to look at the Facebook app on your browser.

Opening the video in a new tab

Next, right-click on the video and choose Open Link In New Tab from the menu. In the new tab, the video won’t have any Facebook additions like comments or a like button. It will just be the video.

Saving the Facebook video to your computer

From there, right-click on the video and select Save video As … from the menu. Then, save it to your computer like you normally would any other video or photo. With the video stored on your computer, you can open it to launch in your standard video player.

How to download a Facebook video from the app

It is a bit more challenging to download Facebook videos from the app than using a computer, but you can do it. First, you’ll need to download a third-party app to your phone that gives the Facebook app extra features. For this demonstration, we used the Friendly for Facebook app.

After you download the app, it will ask you to log into your Facebook account. Then, the app will open up Facebook, and it will look like you are using the official Facebook app.

Image of Friendly for Facebook Download Video Button
Daniel Martin/Screenshot

To locate the video you want to download, tap the cloud arrow icon near the top of the app. From the menu that pops up, tap on the Videos option, then tap the download symbol next to the video you want to download. That’s it — the video will download and save to your phone.

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