Efficacious Ways to Download Facebook Videos on Desktop, Android and iPhone

| Updated on March 4, 2024

You stumble across a Facebook video and want to watch it till the end but don’t have the right now. Apparently, you want an option to download it. But the question is can you download a video from Facebook? Yes, of course, but how? You will find a lot of software or tools claiming to be the one Facebook video downloader. But do they really do their job well? We will find out later in this guide as I have discussed some of the useful websites and downloaders that can make the FB video download process painless for you. 

Reasons to Download A Facebook Video

Just like you download YouTube videos and save them for later, you can do this with Facebook videos too. Not just that, maybe you want to re-share it, re-edit it or just want to post a clip out of it to attract more Facebook likes

Here are the possible reasons that may bait you to download any Facebook video:

  1. You found the content useful and want it to keep it as reference for using later.
  2. Your gaming console has the option to record videos but it lets you post them only on Facebook and you want to upload it on YouTube too.
  3. Your Instagram video that you shared on your Facebook page and now want it on your YouTube channel or on your website. 
  4. You created a live video on one of your private Facebook groups and now you want it to share it on other platforms.

How to Download Facebook Videos?

Method-1 On Desktop

  1. Log in to your Facebook account or go to www.facebook.com and the news feed will open if you are already logged in. go to the video you want to download or if you don’t have the link for it, go to the ‘Facebook Watch’ section.
Go to Facebook watch section
  1. Scroll down to the video you want to download or you can find the video using the ‘Search Videos’ text field.
Find the video you want to download
  1. Next, click on the three-dots menu icon in the top-right of the video and from the menu that appears, click on the option ‘Copy Link’ to copy the Facebook video’s link on the clipboard.
Click on copy link option given in the menu


You can right-click on the video and select the option that says ‘Copy Video URL at current time’

Right click on the video, click on copy video URL at the current time
  1. Now, you get quite a few options to get videos downloaded from Facebook, you have just copied the link of. 
  1. Fbdown.net- This is the most commonly used website to download videos from Facebook. What you need to do is just visit the website and paste the link that you copied in the previous step, click on ‘Download’.
  2. Visit fbdown.net, paste the link, click download
    • In the next step, click on ‘Download Video in Normal Quality’ or ‘Download Video in HD Quality’ (if available).
    • Click ‘download video in normal quality
    • If the video starts playing instead of downloading, click on the three-dots at the bottom left corner of the video and hit ‘Download’; this will start downloading the video.
    Click download
  3. SaveMoMo WebsiteGo to the website, paste the link in the given space and click on ‘Download’
  4. Go to savemomo website, paste the video link, click download
    • The video will appear and you will see a red ‘Download’ button next to the title of the video.
    • Click on red download button
    • Clicking on the ‘Download’ button will show up a drop-down menu that will display the video quality that you can choose from. You can select the HD quality of the video from the menu.
    • Select HD quality
    • If the video starts playing instead of downloading, click on the three-dots at the bottom left corner of the video and hit ‘Download’; this will start downloading the video.
    Click on download

    Method-2 On Android

    If you use your phone more than your desktop, you can download the videos on it as well. To Download Facebook Videos on Android, the steps will be slightly different. 

    1. First you need to download ES File Explorer app from the Google Play Store. 
    2. Next, open Facebook on your phone; you must be logged into your account.
    3. Look for the video you want to download or you can even visit the person’s profile who posted the video to find it there.
    4. Open the video to play it so that you can avoid downloading a broken link.
    5. Click on ‘Share’ and this will give you an option to ‘Copy Link’ of the video.
    6. Next, open a browser on your phone and go to savefrom.net .
    7. Paste the link of the video in the appropriate text field and click on ‘Download’
    8. The video will download on your Android phone and to view the video you can simply open the ES File Explorer and check the Internal Storage
      folder or SD card depending on where your videos get stored. You can also check your phone’s gallery for the saved Facebook videos.

    Method 3- On iPhone

    I know there are iPhone users as well who also want to download Facebook videos on iPhone. Here you go:

    1. Go to the App store of your iPhone and download the ‘Documents by Readdle’ app on your device.
    2. Now, go to your Facebook account and open the video you want to download.
    3. You can look for the video in the News Feed or directly go to the person’s profile who shared it.
    4. Tap the video to play it to ensure that you are going to download a broken link and regret the efforts later.
    5. Tap on the ‘Share’ option that is available directly below the video. 
    6. From the menu that appears, select ‘Copy Link’ this will copy the video’s address to your clipboard.
    7. Now open the Documents app on your phone, and tap the ‘Safari’ icon in the lower-right corner of the screen.
    8. Tap the address bar and go to Save-from.net.
    9. Now, you have to paste the link that you have copied earlier in the space provided.
    10. Tap ‘Download’ and the highest video quality will be selected, press ‘Done’ to proceed. 
    11. To watch the download progress, tap the ‘Downloads’ icon in the bottom-right side of the screen.
    12. Once the downloading is over, you can tap the video to watch it whenever you want.
    13. To save the video in your phone’s gallery, tap the three-dots below your video and then tap ‘Share’.
    14. Then tap ‘Save to Files’, select a folder and tap ‘Add’.
    15. Open the files app of your device, open the folder you want to save the video in, and then tap the ‘Share’ icon and finally tap ‘Save Video’.

    How to Download Facebook Live Video?

    Earlier, Facebook didn’t make it easy to download your lives but now it is easier than before. Read on to know the steps to download your Facebook Live Video.

    Steps to Download Someone Else’s Facebook Live

    1. The first step is to log in to your Facebook account and go to Facebook Watch section, there click on the ‘Live’ option given in the left column. All the current Facebook lives will appear. 
    Click on the live option
    1. Click on the three dots menu icon placed at the top-right corner of the video and select the option ‘Copy URL’.
    Click on copy link
    1. Go to savefrom.net, paste the link in the given space and click on ‘Download’.
    Go to savefrom.net, paste the link, click download
    1. This will give you the option to download the video in MP4 and that was it. 
    Click on download mp4

    Steps to Download Your Facebook Live Video

    In case you want to download your FB live, here are the steps you need to follow:

    1. Find the video you want to download and click on it to play it.
    2. Click on the three-dots in the upper-right corner and you will see the option to ‘Download’ the video.
    3. Clicking on the download option will let you save your Facebook live video to your computer.

    That is so simple!

    How to Download A Facebook Video Share on A Private Group?

    The tool suggested above may not work in case you have to download video shared on a private Facebook group. For those times, you can use GetFVid, a Facebook private video downloader

    Paste the video and click on download

    You just need to follow a few steps to download the video:

    • Go to the private video you want to download and press CTRL+U to view the page source.
    • Copy and paste the page source in the space provided (as shown in the image above) and click on ‘Download’.

    Other option is to use an extension such as Social Video Downloader and download videos on the go.

    With that, I wind-up and hope that all the methods explained in this guide will prove helpful when you want to download your favorite FB video.

    Khushboo Chhibber

    Senior Web Writer and Video Creator

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