After YouTube, Facebook has long since become the second largest video platform on the internet. Just like Youtube, Facebook does not offer a download function for videos. That’s how it works:
With a clever trick, you can download Facebook videos under Windows without any additional software
In order to save videos for later, Facebook itself only offers the bookmark function “Save video”. You can find this in the v menu at the top right during video playback. You can then access the saved content later via the “Saved” menu in the source list on the left next to the newsfeed, or via www.facebook.com/saved. Incidentally, this works with any type of Facebook content and on any device.
Facebook video online download with Windows (without additional software)
The video is of course not available offline. If you want to download a video from Facebook, you first have to make sure that it is actually on Facebook and that it is not a shared YouTube video. You can recognize this when playing the video, for example by the YouTube logo in the player. In this case, of course, you will have to download the video directly from Youtube.
To download a real Facebook video with Windows, all you need is your browser. First open the video post, for example by clicking on the date of the post in the news feed. The post URL will then appear in the address line of your browser. This always has the following form:
https://www.facebook.com/[Account]/ videos /[Nummer]
for example https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=450609832318825
Now replace the in this URL
and hit enter. The mobile view of the post then opens. Then start the video there and pause it again. Now right click on the paused video and select the option “Save Video As” from the context menu. The disadvantage here is that you cannot select the video quality.
The video ends up on your hard drive in MP4 format. You can use the converter to convert the video to any format. You can find more information on this in the article: Video Formats – Conversion Made Easy.
With the Chrome extension for the fbdown.net web service, you can download Facebook videos on Windows with just a few clicks. It is not necessary to link your own Facebook account.
Download Facebook videos with Windows or Mac with additional software
To download a Facebook video with Windows or Mac and be able to choose the video quality, you need a web service like downvids.net, fbdown.net or savefrom.net. Just copy and paste the URL of the video post into the appropriate field on the page, then click “Download”. Finally, you can choose whether to download the SD or HD version of the clip.
Then simply highlight and copy the URL from the address bar of the browser and paste it into fbdown or savefrom.
As a Chrome user, you can make it even easier by simply installing the Chrome extension for Fbdown. A down arrow will appear in the Chrome toolbar. Once you’ve opened a video post on Facebook, click on it to download the video.
With the Android app Save Facebook Video, you can very easily load Facebook clips onto your smartphone
Facebook video download with Android
The download of videos via the web services mentioned also works on Android, of course. But there is also an easier way. First download and install a Facebook video download app. The range of such apps is abundant, as this overview shows. A popular and highly rated app for this task is the Video Downloader for Facebook app.
You can also access the downloaded video using a file manager such as ES File Explorer.
Via the iOS file managers like Documents 5 you can use download services like savefrom.net to download Facebook videos.
Facebook video download with iPhone and iPad
To save and view Facebook videos offline on the iPhone or iPad, you must first download and install a file manager such as Documents 5. Then open the Facebook app, tap on “Share” on the desired video post, and then select “Copy link”. Back in Document 5, tap the Safari symbol in the lower right corner and open the savefrom.net page in the in-app browser. By tapping on the field “Enter the URL” and “Paste” you paste the copied link. Then tap on the arrow to the right of the input field and select “Download”. Finally, give the file to be downloaded a name, select a destination folder and tap on “Done”. After the download is complete, the file will appear in the document view of the file manager in the desired folder.