We’ve previously looked at how to download public videos off Facebook, and we’ve introduced you to a range of tools that can download almost any video you happen to stumble across while you’re browsing the web.
But what about private Facebook videos? If you’ve ever tried to use one of the Facebook downloader tools to grab a private video, you’d know that they don’t work. But don’t despair, there is a way to download private Facebook videos!
A Trick to Downloading Private Facebook Videos
You need to use a tool called FBDown.net. If you’ve spent a lot of time downloading public videos, you’ve probably heard of it — the web app has been around for a few years. Follow these steps to grab the video you want:
- Navigate to fbdown.net/private-downloader.php in your web browser.
- In a new tab, log into Facebook and go to the page of the video you want to download.
- If you’re using Windows, press Ctrl + U. If you’re using a Mac, press Command + Option + U. This shortcut will show you the web page’s source code.
- Copy the source code into the box on FBDown.net.
- Click Download.
Alternatively, if you have Chrome, you can use the browser extension. You can grab it from the Chrome Web Store.
Please remember to use this tool in an ethical way. If a person has made a video private, it’s probably for a good reason. You should not distribute another person’s private material in a public forum without their permission. In the case of artists, musicians, and other creative professionals, doing so could even land you in trouble with the law.
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