How to Download Facebook Videos In Four Easy Steps!

Have you ever come across a video on Facebook that you wanted to download to view later on?

One way that you can save a copy of the video on Facebook is to use the save on Facebook feature.

But that only let’s you bookmark the video to view later on.

What if you lost your original video file and you want to upload it to another social network such as Instagram or YouTube?

Instead of spending hours re-creating your video, you can download a copy from Facebook.

This article is going to teach you how to download Facebook videos in just a few steps.

How to download Facebook videos

How to download Facebook videos

Note: Be sure to review copyright laws for videos to understand what you can and cannot download.

Step 1: Go to your Facebook Page

Step 2: Click on the videos tab

You can find videos posted by a Facebook Page under the “more” section.

Facebook videos tab

If you don’t see the videos tab, click on the “more” tab

Next, click on the video you want to download.

Step 3: Edit the URL

In your browser, copy the URL.

It should look something like this.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=887262314619788&set=vb.201285623217464&type=2&theater

Change the “www” to “m”.

Your URL should now look like this.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=887262314619788&id=201285623217464&_rdr

Step 4: Saving the video file

You’ll now see the mobile version of the Facebook Page and the video you want to download.

Facebook videos on mobile

Play the video for a few seconds.

Pause the video.

Now right-click on the video and select “save video as…”

Save Facebook videos to your computer

This will save the Facebook video in an MP4 format to your hard drive.

Now you have a video that you can upload to other social networks!

Alternate methods

Besides this method I mentioned on how to download Facebook videos directly from Facebook, there are other alternatives you can use.

Respecting copyright laws

As with any of these methods, be sure to respect copyright laws in your area.

In most cases, you should only download Facebook videos that you own the rights to.

If there is a video you want to post on your Facebook Page, I always recommend using the share option or embedding the Facebook post on your site.

This way the owner gets credit for their video.

Here’s an example of the same video from Facebook embedded on my site.

Wrap-up

In just a few steps, you’ve learned how to download Facebook videos.

This is a great way to save a copy of your video files in case you can’t find the original.

Question: Besides making a backup and sharing videos you own on other social networks, what are some other reasons why you would need to know how to download Facebook videos? Share your answer on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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