Practical Tips on How to Download Facebook Videos to Any Device

Practical Tips on How to Download Facebook Videos to Any Device
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The popularity of Facebook is not worth mentioning because it's so clear. It is a platform with over 2 billion users today, including quite a few business accounts. And I'm sure that number will continue to boost. So you can imagine how fast the content changes and how much is there with so many users! But let's take a particular type of content — video — and how it can be stored.

Okay, you may "postpone" the video in so-called bookmarks directly on Facebook. But to watch it again, you have to switch to FB. The platform itself doesn't allow you to save content outside of it. And that makes sense: there is a risk of traffic drop. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to download videos today, and the answer to how to download videos from Facebook is not so complicated. 

By the way, what is the reason for video saving at all, and how can downloading them be helpful for your business?

Firstly, you may keep it safe on a mobile or computer and not worry that it might be deleted and you haven't even had a chance to look at the helpful guide from the business expert.

Secondly, you are free to play the uploaded video at any time and forget about the internet access and FB, too, as the media content will be available offline.

Thirdly, If you have a worthwhile competitor, then you're in luck because the content on his or her account can be very helpful. Why not save the informative videos and explore them whenever you want, so you can put what you learn into practice and improve your business in the future?

How to get a video from Facebook

NOTE: Downloading videos of other creators is not recommended other than your personal use, you should not edit or reupload these videos without the permission of the creator. This demonstration of how to download a video from Facebook is only for educational purposes and you shouldn't use it for commercial projects.

Bookmark a video on FB

To break down how to download Facebook video content to any gadget, let's first look at how to upload, or rather bookmark, media content on the platform itself (which may be the most convenient way for you).

To put off watching videos for later on FB:

  1. Decide on a video you wish to "postpone", and after finding it click on the “3 dots” to the right of the post.
  2. Press on the "Save video" icon.
  3. To watch it later via FB on a pc, press a "Watch" icon on the left of your profile page and then "Saved".
  4. To watch it later via FB on a mobile, click on "hamburger menu" and then "Saved".

Save videos without additional software usage

The first video saving is rather long, but it doesn't require any additional software installation or usage — only some modifications on the video address. So you are free to use this method of saving both on a pc and mobile.

Here is what you should do:

  1. Decide on a video you desire to get and press on its data and time of publication — thus, you'll copy its link address;
  2. Paste the URL into a browser address field;
  3. Find in the address "www", change it into "mbasic", and click on Enter;
  4. Tap the media content to load it in a new window;
  5. Play it, then right-click on the video, and finally press on "Save video as".

To get media content on a mobile, modify "www" into "mbasic" in the copied link, hit "Go", tap the media content to load it in a new window, press "3 dots" line, "Download", and finally, "Open". 

Use a screen recording method

Screen recording can come in handy when you need to save a video quickly on your mobile but don't like to use third-party upload tools. Just keep in mind that the video quality will be more inferior with screen recording. 

To make a screen recording:

  1. Again decide on a video on FB you desire to save via recording;
  2. On Android, go to Settings; on iPhone, swipe the screen from bottom to top and find there a "circles" icon (it is a screen recording button);
  3. Click the button to proceed to the screen recording, return to the video, and play it;
  4. After the video ends, return to the screen recording button to stop the recording process and save the video into a gallery. 

Explore web-based downloaders

How to download videos from Facebook in a quick way? Consider 3rd party online tools if the video quality is essential to you and you desire to get the video quickly than if you use the first method (changing the address).,, GetfVid, Keepvid, YTD Downloader, Keepoffline, and iDownloader are compatible with any gadget OS and browser. 

The way of video saving using an online saver is the following: you need to copy a FB video address and paste it into an input line of a saver you've opened via a browser. Some instruments offer a quality choice, but they all save media content in an appropriate quality.

NB: be careful using this way of saving as many web-based savers should not be trusted — they may contain malicious links. It is often a disadvantage of this type of download.

App usage

Finding a particular mobile app to get videos is not an easy task. Many of them are not always safe, and while there are many more apps for Android, there are even fewer for iPhone. But I understand if you want to have a special download tool because you're used to having apps on your phone that help you do various things and operations.

For Android, there is a Fastvid tool (you may use the first saving method too: address modification). It uploads videos also via a video link. There are no such safe, direct downloaders in the iPhone case, but multifunctional tools like MyMedia or Friendly are not precisely direct savers. Still, they use additional services to upload a video to your gallery. 


I hope I've answered the questions about how to download videos from Facebook and you've decided on the best way for you. But, please, keep in mind one crucial thing: using someone else's content for financial gain or passing off downloaded content as your own violates copyrights. So the best attitude in social media, as in life, is to respect authors and their work.