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 gadget you want, and most importantly, offline.
But do you know how to download Facebook videos? By the end of this article, you will. Some of these tools are web apps, and some are desktop apps. There’s even one tool that lets you download private videos.
Here are five ways to download videos from Facebook.
Downvids is a simple tool to download any Facebook video. Just paste the video’s URL in the box, choose your quality using the drop-down menu below Select video format, and hit Download. A new box will pop up underneath. Hit Download for a second time, and the process will begin.
If you don’t have an ad blocker installed, make sure you watch out for all the fake download buttons. Only click the links as shown in the image below.
Interestingly, Downvids also supplies a QR code. Scan it using an appropriate app on your phone to watch the video on your device immediately. There’s also a Downvids Android app, but reviews are mixed. We recommend avoiding it.
- Pros: Easy to use, especially if you want to watch on your phone.
- Cons: Misleading download buttons.
Like Downvids, FBDown is easy to use. You just need to paste a link to download the video.
However, the app also offers an under-used second method for downloading content. Let’s take a look at both approaches.
Firstly, the link method. To begin, copy the link of the video you want, paste it into the box on the web app, and hit the Download button. The app will spend a few seconds processing your request. On the next screen, click Download Video in Normal Quality to save it onto your computer. Again, watch out for the fake buttons.
Secondly, why not try the Chrome extension? It’ll detect any video on the web page you’re currently looking at, then offer a way to download it via the icon in the upper right-hand corner of the browser. Best of all, it also works with videos on other common sites, not just Facebook.
- Pros: The Chrome extension is probably the easiest-to-use tool on this list.
- Cons: Lots of misleading download buttons. Again.
FBDown also offers what is comfortably the most reliable private video downloader on the web. On the downside, the download process is nowhere near as straightforward as grabbing public videos.
To begin, navigate to the private video’s web page on Facebook. Next, press CTRL + U to see the page’s source code (note: shortcut might vary slightly from browser to browser).
You need to copy all the page’s source code and paste it into the box on the tool’s web page. Finally, to complete the process, click Download.
For more detailed instructions, check out our mini-guide elsewhere on the site. Remember, be ethical. Don’t use this tool to publish, steal, or exploit another person’s content.
- Pros: Let’s you circumnavigate Facebook’s privacy restrictions.
- Cons: Raises ethical and moral questions.
SaveFrom offers three ways to download Facebook videos. It also works with several other sites including YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Yandex, and Break.
If you’ve been following along, you will be familiar with the first one: Grab the video’s URL, paste it into the on-screen box, and hit Download.
We’ve also touched on the second approach; like FBDown, SaveFrom has a Chrome extension. In the Chrome Web Store, it’s branded as Ast Saver.
Lastly, there’s a downloadable EXE app. If you use the app, you will be able to choose your video quality before you save it. If you’re downloading high-definition content, it’s a great tool.
- Pros: One of the few apps that offers a web app, Chrome extension, and desktop program.
- Cons: The developer is Russian and most of the associated help files and information pages use the Cyrillic alphabet.
KeepVid is well-known. It been around for years and has amassed a loyal band of followers. It boasts perhaps the most impressive array of supported sites. According to the tool’s literature, you can download content from more than 10,000 apps and web pages.
It’s also arguably the most full-featured of all the apps in this list. There’s an online downloader, a mobile app for Android, a desktop app for Windows and Mac, and browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and internet Explorer.
The desktop programs are not free to use, though they do add extra functionality. However, if you just want to grab a couple of videos off Facebook, they are unnecessary; the online tool will satisfy your requirements.
To use it, grab the URL of the Facebook video you want, paste it into the box, and click Download.
- Pros: A one-size-fits-all Swiss Army Knife. You’ll never need another app.
- Cons: Some of the site’s tools cost money to download and use.
Do You Know Other Ways to Download Facebook Videos?
If you want to download a Facebook video, one of the tools we have discussed in this article will fulfill your needs.
But of course, we’ve barely scratched the surface. There are lots of websites, mobile apps, and desktop programs that can achieve a similar outcome.
So now it’s your turn. What would you add to this list? Which apps do you rely on when you want to download videos from Facebook? What makes them so unique?
As always, you can leave all your suggestions and opinions in the comments below. And remember to share this article on Facebook to help other users.
Originally written by Yaara Lancet on 30th November 2011