How to Download & Save Facebook Videos

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It seems like everyone streams or makes videos to share on the Internet these days. Since that’s the “in” thing, we’re going explain how you can save Facebook videos to your computer, Android device, or iPhone so you can view them whenever you want.

Maybe you don’t have the time to watch a video right when you see it on Facebook, or you don’t want to use your data plan for video while you’re out and about. (When not connected to Wi-Fi, watching video can eat up your data plan pretty quickly.) Here’s how to save the videos so you can watch it at a time or place that’s better for you.

Save Videos to Your Computer

Want to save a Facebook video to your computer to store it digitally? Here are a few ways to do that from your own Facebook photos page.

  • Go to your Facebook page and click on “Photos.”
  • Next, select “Albums.”
  • Videos are first in the list of choices—click it.                                                                      FB album videos

Hover over the video where the little pencil icon is to edit (it’s displayed  in the upper-right hand corner of the thumbnail-sized video) and then you’ll scroll down to save it in the available video format.                                                                                edit download video

OR:

Click on the video individually and, once it opens, click “Options” in the lower part of the screen and select “Download video” in whichever format you want to save it or it’s available.                                                                  Download video HD FB

Not too hard, right?

Video Posted by Friends or Family

To save a video family or friends have posted, it’s a little more involved—but, follow these steps and you’ll be able to do it:

Chrome

In the address bar where it says, https://www.facebook.com/ change the “www” to “m,” which changes the Facebook website to the mobile version of itself. Next, go to the friend or family member’s page where you saw the video you wanted to save, and right-click on it. A box pops up and you’ll scroll down to “Save Video As” in the list. This opens a download save option on your computer so you can save the video file.                                                                                                          Save video Chrome

Firefox

In the address bar where it says, https://www.facebook.com/ change the “www” to “m,” which changes the Facebook website to the mobile version of itself. Next, go to the friend or family member’s page where you saw the video you wanted to save and right-click on it. A box pops up and you’ll scroll down to “Save Link As” in the list. This opens a download option on your computer.  FF FB video

Safari

In the address bar where it says, https://www.facebook.com/ change the “www” to “m,” which changes the Facebook website to the mobile version of itself. Next, go to the friend or family member’s page where you saw the video you wanted to save, start playing the video, and then right-click and scroll down to “Download Video As” or just select “Download Video.”  Safari FB save video

All you do is change the Facebook website from a desktop version to a mobile version of itself and you can save videos from any Facebook page.

Android

Using your Android device’s Web browser—we used Google Chrome—go to the video you want to save and start playing it. Now hold your finger on the video and, a second or two later, a box that says “Save video” pops up on your screen. Tap “Save video,” and that’s it!  FB video Android

iPhone

When you use Safari to browse Facebook, you can save a video by tapping the drop-down arrow in the upper right corner of the video post and select “Save video.” It’s conveniently located right at the top.                                                           FB video iphone

Now you know how to save videos from Facebook with either a computer, Android device, or an iPhone. Not so hard after all, is it?

Posted by Heather on June 29, 2016

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