How to save a video from Facebook to your computer

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

FacebookThis page covers how to download videos posted on Facebook. Keep in mind that there are different types of videos that can be posted on Facebook, so click on the link for the steps appropriate to the video you are trying to download.

Download video you posted

Download Facebook videosIf you previously uploaded the video you want to download, you can download the video by following the steps below.

  1. Open Facebook and access the Photos section.
  2. Near the top of the page, below your cover photo, click the More option and select Videos.
  3. In the Videos section, click the Your Videos link.
  4. Find the video you want to download.
  5. Move your mouse cursor over the video, then click the Edit and Remove Facebook video - Edit and Remove icon icon in the top right corner of the video.
  6. In the menu that opens, select either the Download HD or Download SD option.

Note: The Download HD option will only be available to select if the video was created or recorded in HD quality. If the video is not an HD quality video, only the Download SD option will be available.

If neither of these Download links are available, the video is not something you uploaded to Facebook. Skip to the download a video a friend or family member posted section.

Download video posted in your timeline

If the timeline video was created by a Facebook friend, skip to the next section on how to download a video a friend or family member posted. If the video is a shared video from a different online service (e.g. YouTube), see our how to download a video from the Internet steps for help with downloading Internet videos.

Download a video a friend or family member posted

Unfortunately, Facebook doesn't give an easy option to download friend and family videos. However, following the steps below allows you to download any uploaded video on Facebook without any software.

  1. Log in to Facebook and find the video you want to download.
  2. Right-click on the video and select Show video URL.
  3. A small pop-up window should appear, with the video URL. Press Ctrl+C on the keyboard to copy the URL.
  4. In the browser's Address bar, press Ctrl+V to paste the video URL.
  5. Modify the video URL, changing the "www" at the beginning of the URL to "m". The URL should then start with https://m.facebook.com/
  6. Once changed, press Enter to open the mobile version of the page and follow the steps below, depending on your browser.

Edge browser

  1. Click the Play icon on the video to start playing the video.
  2. Right-click on the video and select the Save video as option.
  3. Choose a location on your computer where you want to save the video.

Internet Explorer browser

  1. Click on the Play icon on the video to start playing the video in a new tab.
  2. At the bottom of the Internet Explorer window, a pop-up message will appear, asking if you want to Open or Save the video. Click the down arrow next to the Save button and select the Save as option.
  3. Choose a location on your computer where you want to save the video.

Google Chrome browser

  1. Click the Play icon on the video to start playing the video.
  2. Right-click on the video and select the Save video as... option.
  3. Choose a location on your computer where you want to save the video.

Firefox browser

  1. Click the Play icon on the video to start playing the video in a new tab.
  2. Right-click on the video and select the Save Video as... option.
  3. Choose a location on your computer where you want to save the video.

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