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How To Download Videos from Facebook Messenger

Posted by Jamie on September 16, 2019

Have you ever wanted to download videos directly from Facebook Messenger? Have you wanted to keep a video on your phone rather than trusting it to the social network? Are you proud of a video you made or took part in and want to keep it on your own device? This tutorial will show you how to download videos from Facebook Messenger and store them on your own device..

For a while, you could watch a video on Facebook Messenger and hit the download icon at the bottom of the page to download the video. Then after a couple of Facebook updates, that download option seems to have disappeared. The option has disappeared for me anyway.

What was once a super simple process is now slightly more difficult. I imagine Facebook wants to keep you on the platform (AKA walled garden) as much as possible and would rather you watch the video on their app rather than on your phone itself.

The internet has other ideas though, as always, and has come up with two alternative workarounds. There are more options but they tend to involve downloading and using random software, which isn’t ideal. None of these options requires anything but a web browser or a web app.

The bottom line is if the download option is no longer available from your Facebook Messenger, you can still download videos.

Download videos from Facebook Messenger

Before the download icon disappeared from the app,  you could play videos right from within Facebook Messenger, and then you would see a download option at the end.

Alternatively, on iPhones, you could press and hold on the video and see Save as a dialog option. If you no longer see that option, all is not lost as there are other ways to get what we want.

Open the video in another tab

This approach works best on desktop computers but can work on mobile devices, too. You can open the video in a separate browser tab, let it play, and then right-select the video and Save As…

I use Windows for saving videos so I let it play, right-click with the mouse and select Save As. I give the video a name and selected a save location. That was all it took for me to download the video!

The video should download to your PC and be viewable in your video player of choice. It should save as an MP4 by default so should be universally watchable.

Use a Web Browser Trick

This is a widely publicized hack that enables you to download videos from Facebook Messenger. It extracts the URL of the video, switches it to the mobile version of the page and lets you inspect the element and download the video. The process works like this:

  1. Navigate to the video you want to download.
  2. Right-click it and select ‘Copy video URL at current time’.
  3. Paste that URL into a browser tab, remove the www. part and replace it with m. to access the mobile version.
  4. Load the page and play the video.
  5. Right click and select Inspect or use Alt Option + Cmd + J on Mac.
  6. Located the video URL, ending in MP4 and copy it.
  7. Paste that into another tab and let it play.
  8. Right-click that video and select Save Video As.

This process is used across the internet on all kinds of websites to isolate the video file to download. It works on most browsers that have a developer console and while there are a few steps, it is actually very straightforward to do.

Use FBdown.net to download videos from Facebook Messenger

FBdown.net is a video downloader website that can make short work of downloading videos from Facebook Messenger. You still need to capture the video URL using Steps 1 to 6 but instead of downloading it from a browser tab, you can use this web app instead. If you find that Save As isn’t working, this is where you need to go.

  1. Follow Steps 1 to 6 above to capture the video URL.
  2. Navigate to FBdown.net.
  3. Paste the URL into the center box and hit Download.
  4. Download the video and save it to a location of your choice.

As long as you captured the video URL correctly, the website will locate and identify the video and then download it onto your device. It works on mobile devices and on desktop computers. This method works quickly and effectively. I tested it twice using the Brave browser on Windows 10 and it literally took only seconds to download a 30-second video from Facebook Messenger.

There are apps and software tools that also offer to download videos from Facebook Messenger. These apps and software packages may work and they may be completely fine but I’m always of the opinion that if you can do something without installing more apps or programs, all the better!

If you found this article useful, you might find other TechJunkie articles useful as well, including How To Delete All Messages and Conversations in Facebook Messenger and How To Track Someone’s Location Through Facebook Messenger.

Do you know of any other ways to download a video from Facebook Messenger? If so, please tell us about it in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “How To Download Videos from Facebook Messenger”

Brook says:
On desktop, I was able to download when I left-clicked on the video to make it more full-screen. In this new view, there was a button to download in the top-left corner.
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Alicia Wood says:
The only options I get when right clicking on a video in messenger on desktop is play and unmute.
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Bob Jennings says:
None of the options listed above (via right-click) appear whem trying to download FB Messenger videos.
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