Is your Internet connection unstable? Do you hate Facebook’s video interface? You don’t have to suffer. There are quick and easy ways to download videos from Facebook. You can then watch them on any interface you prefer, and most importantly, offline.
Everyone knows how to download YouTube videos. You can do this easily whether you’re on Windows, on a Mac, or even if you want to download entire video playlists. But do you know how to download Facebook videos? By the end of this article, you will.
Important note: Different Facebook videos have different privacy settings. You will only be able to download your own videos, or videos posted by others as public.
It’s simple to download any Facebook video using Downvids. Just paste the video URL in the box, choose your quality, and hit download. Well, that’s almost it. Downvids does try to confuse you with nice green buttons which you don’t have to use.
To actually get your video quickly, right click the smaller button below and choose “save as”. You can also just click it and watch the video in your browser, but without Facebook’s annoying distractions.
If you do use the green button, it will redirect you to a different page where you will be downloading the iLivid Download Manager. This is a legit program as far as I can see, but you just don’t need it to download your video.
In addition, Downvids supplies a QR code. Scan it to immediately watch the video on your phone. There’s also a, in case you want to download videos straight from your phone.
Pros: Easy to use, even if you want to watch on your phone.
Cons: Misleading download buttons.
Overall: Great option, but stay alert.
DownFacebook is dedicated to downloading Facebook videos. Here too, all you have to do is paste a link to download the video, but using DownFacebook you’ll be better off using just the beginning of the URL. If you paste the whole nine yards as appears in the address bar on Facebook, the interface will become too wide to use. Just grab the http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=<number> or the http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=<number> URL for best results.
You’ll then get a preview of the video which you can watch right there, and links to download different qualities of the video, if available. Unfortunately, the link to the HD version simply didn’t work for me. It kept downloading a 175k video file which obviously played nothing. The normal quality link worked fine. This bug might be something to do with the videos I tried, so it won’t hurt trying yourself.
Also included is an embed code, in case you want to embed the video in your website. The interface, as you can see, leaves a lot to be desired, but it does the job.
Another way to use DownFacebook is to add the word “down” before the word facebook in the video URL. (i.e., http://www.downfacebook.com/video/video.php?v=<number>). This works fine, but for some reason brings you to the website’s Spanish version. In addition, you need to change the https in the URL to http, otherwise you’ll get a certificate alert.
Pros: Works without leaving Facebook, provides an immediate preview for full-screen watching.
Cons: Ugly interface; problems downloading HD versions; using the long URL creates interface problems; adding the word “down” brings you to the Spanish interface.
Overall: If the other two websites on this list work for you, there’s no real reason to use this one. But it’s nice to know it exists.
FacebookVideoz also offers two methods of download: paste the URL (long one works fine) in the website’s box, or add “videoz” to the actual Facebook URL. Here too, you’ll have to remove the “s” from the https, otherwise the method won’t work at all.
The ad-strewn interface is nonetheless simple to understand, with no misleading buttons. You can either watch the video right there, or right click either of the download buttons and choose “save as…” to download it. Both download methods (pasting URL or adding the word “videoz”) bring you to the exact same place.
Pros: No misleading buttons, simple interface, both methods work equally well.
Cons: No additional features such as QR code, embeds, etc.
Overall: A simple and easy way to watch and download Facebook videos.
More Ways & Private Videos
If you want to download a public Facebook video, one of the three websites above is bound to do the trick. If you’re still looking for other solutions, such as desktop applications and browser plugins, check out this awesome thread on MakeUseOf Answers to find more suggestions.
If you’re after a non-public video, such as the one shared by your friend only with friends, there are some ways out there to get those too. Try following the directions on this WikiHow page, but keep in mind two things:
1. Be ethical, don’t use this to publish or exploit other people’s content.
2. I haven’t tried this myself, so I can’t guarantee it will work as advertised.
Do you download Facebook videos from time to time? Why? And which is your favorite service? Share with us in the comments!