Hey, but what are you doing with that mobile pointed at the PC screen? No, stop. Don't tell me that's what I think! You found a hilarious video on Facebook and, not knowing how to download it to your computer, you thought about filming it with your mobile phone. Did I guess? Here, just what I feared ... but is it possible that you must always complicate your life by doing (badly) in two hours what you could do (well) in two miserable minutes? Okay, let's forget about it ... put that phone down and run to try the solutions I'm about to propose in this guide on how to download videos from facebook.
In the following lines, in fact, I will go to show you a whole series of online services, browser extensions, computer programs and apps for smartphones and tablets through which to be able to perform the operation in question. All you have to do is choose the solution that you think will best suit you and use it by following my instructions. I assure you that it is really child's play even for those who, like you, do not consider themselves a great expert in new technologies.
So get yourself comfortable, give yourself a few free moments just for you and immediately start concentrating on reading this tutorial. I am more than certain that, in the end, you will be able to say that you are satisfied and that, if necessary, you will also be ready to provide useful suggestions in this regard to your friends who are in turn interested in the subject. Let's start? Yup? Very well, then stop the chatter and roll up our sleeves!
How to Download Facebook Videos Online
For download videos from Facebook you can first of all act directly from the browser window, taking advantage of the convenient online services used for the purpose.
And if the ones you want to download locally are films that you have personally uploaded to the famous social network, I inform you that to succeed in the enterprise you can also take advantage of a special feature offered directly by Facebook. For all the details of the case, please continue reading.
Facebook Default Function
As I told you a few lines above, if you want to download videos that you have uploaded and shared personally on Facebook to your computer, you can do the operation in question without having to resort to the use of third-party online services. In fact, you can do everything using one "standard" functionality del social network.
To use it, therefore, open the browser that you usually use to surf the Net from your PC (eg. Chrome), go to the Facebook home page and log in to your account. Once logged in, go to your profile by selecting the you don't know at the top right of the social network screen.
Now that you are viewing your diary, select the tab Photos placed immediately below the cover image, click on the item Album and open the album named Video. Now, move the mouse pointer to thepreview of the video you want to download, click on the button with the pencil you see appear at the top right and select, from the menu you see appear, the item Download in high definition (HD) or that one Download in standard definition (SD).
In the new Web page that will subsequently open, right-click on the player in which the movie of your interest is being played and select, from the contextual menu that is shown to you, the option to proceed with the download the video.
As an alternative to the procedure described in the previous lines or, in any case, if you want to download videos from Facebook that you have not uploaded personally, you can consider using SaveVideo. It is, in fact, a practical Web service that allows you to download videos shared on Facebook (and other online services) in MP4 format, in a few clicks. It works on all browsers and does not require the installation of special plugins.
To use it, visit its home page, then paste the address of the Facebook movie to download in the text field visible in the center and click on the button Download.
Once this is done, the download links of the movie will be made available in two formats: the one in standard resolution and that in HD resolution. Then click with the right mouse button on the link Download video files corresponding to the resolution of your interest, right-click on the player of the video that appears and choose, from the contextual menu that opens, the item to proceed with the download the video.
Another great online service that can be used to download videos from Facebook is ClipConverter. It is a free solution, working from any browser and very simple to use to download movies from the Internet, and therefore also from the famous social network. Note that it allows you to select the format in which you want to save the output file, choosing between MP4, 3GP, AVI, MOV or MKV.
To put ClipConverter to the test immediately, visit its home page, paste the Facebook video address in the appropriate text field in the center, select the format where you want to save the movie on your computer by clicking on the corresponding buttons next to the icon of the cinematographic film and click sul bottone Continue.
Wait, therefore, for the video to be processed, then select the resolution you prefer for the output file, click the button Start and, to proceed with the download, click on the button Download.
Please note that, if you deem it necessary, before clicking on the button to start the download of the video on your computer, you can define which part of the video to download by unchecking Start of the video and / or End of the video and indicating the start and end hours, minutes and seconds.
How to Download Videos from Facebook to Your Computer
To download videos from Facebook on your computer you prefer to rely on the use of special ones programs? Then immediately test the resources specifically used for this purpose that you find below. They are available for both Windows that for MacOS. I am sure they will satisfy you!
4K Video Downloader (Windows / MacOS / Linux)
The first program to download videos from Facebook that I recommend using is 4K Video Downloader. If you have never heard of it, know that it is a video downloader compatible with both Windows and macOS and Linux, which supports not only Facebook, but also many other Internet sites. It allows you to choose between various formats and various output resolutions and it's free. Eventually, however, it is available in a Premium version (at a cost of 14,64 euros) that removes advertisements and unlocks other extra features, such as unlimited playlist downloads.
To download the program on your computer, go to its website and click on the button Download 4K Video Downloader. When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, april il file .msi obtained and, in the window that is shown to you on the desktop, first click on the button Run e poi quello Next. Select, therefore, the item relating toacceptance of the terms of service and finish the setup by pressing the button forward twice in a row and on the buttons install, Yes e Finish. At this point, start the program by selecting the relevant one collegamento which was just added to the Start menu.
Se, invece, stai using MacOS, april il package .dmg ottenuto, trascina l 'program icon in the folder Applications computer, right-click on it and select the item apri for two consecutive times, in order to start the software, however, going around the restrictions imposed by Apple on non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).
Now that, regardless of the operating system used, you see the 4K Video Downloader window on the screen, click the button Paste the link located at the top left, to paste the URL of the Facebook video you want to download, then select the output format via the drop-down menu Format, choose one of the resolutions listed below, indicates the location in which to save the final file by pressing the button Choose and finally click on the button Download.
If you want, you can also download only the audio track of the movie by selecting the option Extract audio from the drop-down menu located at the top left and choosing one of the formats of files available in the menu located at the top right.
JDownloader (Windows / MacOS / Linux)
Another great program you can consider using to download videos from Facebook is JDownloader. In case you have never heard of it, know that it is a famous free download manager, open source and available for both Windows and macOS and Linux. The program is able to "capture" videos, images and audio files from Mark Zuckerberg's social network but also from any other web page.
To download JDownloader on your computer, visit the program website and click on the item Download Installer for 32/64bit systems (if you use Windows) or on the voice Download Installer Mac OS X Version 10.7 or higher (if you use macOS).
A scaricamento ultimato, is stai using Windows, april il file .exe obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click on the button Yes. Next, click on the button OK, quindi quello Next for four consecutive times and, finally, press the buttons Skip e Finish.
Stai using MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg ottenuto e fai doppio clic sull 'installer icon of the program present in the window that appears on the desktop. Then click on the button OK e poi quello Next four consecutive times, then press the button OK and on that Finish. When asked for the password, type the one you use to access your account on the Mac. Then start the program by clicking on the relevant one icon which has just been added to Launchpad.
Now that, regardless of the operating system used, you see the JDownloader window on the screen, locate the video you want to download on the Facebook site and copy the URL. After that, one notifies of JDownloader should warn you that the link has been captured.
At this point, recati nella scheda Capture Links of the program, click on the button Play located at the top left and JDownloader will start downloading the video from the address you have selected. You can follow the progress of the download by accessing the tab Download.
If the URL capture does not happen automatically, you can "manually" add the link of the Facebook video to download. To do this, right click on the tab Capture Links program, select the item Add new web links from the menu that opens, paste the video link in the field Insert links here present in the new window displayed and press the button Continue.
How to Download Videos from Facebook with Chrome and Firefox
If you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you can download videos from Facebook using the appropriate ones extensions, as in the case of Video DownloadHelper. It is, in fact, an add-on capable of "intercepting" the videos on Facebook and any other website and proceeding with the download of the same, all in a few clicks and without spending a penny.
To download and install Video DownloadHelper on Chrome, visit the relevant page on the Chrome Web Store and click on the buttons Add e Add extension. If you are using Firefoxinstead, connected to the page of the Mozilla Addons site dedicated to the extension and click on the buttons Aggiungi to Firefox e Install
At this point, the procedure to follow to download the videos on the social network is practically identical on both browsers. So, find the video you want to download on the Facebook site, click onVideo DownloadHelper icon located in the upper right part of the navigator window and select the file name to be taken from the menu that opens. In some cases the video may be available in various formats e resolutions: simply choose the one you prefer the most.
How to Download Videos from Facebook on Android
Are you wondering how to download videos from Facebook on Android? In this case, I inform you that you can resort to the use of special applications, such as My Video Downloader on Facebook. As you can guess from the name itself, it does only one thing but it does it great: it allows you to download videos from the famous social network. It's free, but you can optionally make in-app purchases (at a cost of 99 cents) to remove advertising and unlock other extra features.
To download the app on your device, visit the relevant section of the Play Store and press the button Install, then start the app by touching the button apri comparso sullo schermo oppure selecting the relative icon which has been added to the home screen.
Now that you see the main application screen, give My Video Downloader for Facebook i permits necessary to access the contents saved on the device, tap on the item Log In located at the top left, then on the button Login and log in to your Facebook account. Then, locate the video you want to download and tap on it miniature.
After completing the above steps, the video playback will not start automatically but a menu will open with various options: you choose the item Download, indicates whether to download the movie in Standard format o HD, tap the button OK and wait for the video download procedure to start and complete.
Subsequently, you can view and manage the videos downloaded from Facebook directly from the app, by tapping on the icon with the lines horizontally collocata in alto a sinistra, selecting the voice Downloads from the bar that appears laterally and then thevideo icon, in order to reproduce it. If, on the other hand, you want to share the video in other applications, press on arrow placed next to its name and select the appropriate item.
How to Download Videos from Facebook on IPhone and IPad
Also on iPhone e iPad it is possible to download videos from Facebook using special applications. Personally, I suggest you the file manager Total Files, which allows you to download various content from the Internet, including videos on Mark Zuckerberg's social network. Note that basic is free, but you can possibly make in-app purchases (at a cost of € 5,49) to switch to the Pro version, which removes advertisements and offers extra functions.
To be able to download the app on your device, visit the relevant section of the App Store, press the button Get, by your complaint Install and authorize the download by Face ID, touch ID o password dell'ID Apple. Then, start the application by pressing the button apri comparso sullo schermo oppure selecting the relative icon which has been added to the home screen.
Now, tap on the icon globe located at the bottom right, connected to Facebook, locate the movie to download, start playing it and, when the message appears on the screen Do you want to download this content?, tap on the symbol of green tick.
Then indicate the name you want to give the video in the field File name, select a folder to store it in via the menu Destination folder and tap on the item end which is located at the top right.
At this point, the download of the movie will start and you can follow its progress by first tapping the icon depicting the folder which is at the bottom left and then on the one with the two arrows. Once the download is complete, you will be able to access the downloaded videos directly from the current screen.
Salvatore Aranzulla is the most widely read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy. Known for discovering vulnerabilities on Google and Microsoft sites. He collaborates with computer magazines and edited the technological column of the newspaper Il Messaggero. He is the founder of Aranzulla.it, one of the thirty most visited sites in Italy, in which he easily answers thousands of computer-related doubts. He has published for Mondadori and Mondadori Informatica.