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How to Download and Save Facebook Videos

When you stumble upon a really interesting or funny video on Facebook, you might consider saving it to your computer for offline viewing. This simple trick will explain how to download videos from Facebook, without the need for any third-party software.

Using Google Chrome

To download a video from Facebook you can use Google Chrome's in-built developer tools. To do so, log in to your account on Facebook and look for the video you’d like to save. Once you’ve found it, right-click on the playback screen and select Show video URL. Copy and paste the URL of the video in a new tab.

Next, you will need to copy the video ID from the link. It is the sequence of numbers displayed at the end of the URL:

Once done, open a new browser tab and go to your_video_id. Make sure to replace your_video_id by the sequence of numbers retrieved from the URL of the original video. This manipulation will open the video in a new tab.

Click on the three little dots in the upper-right corner of your Google Chrome browser to open the Customize and control menu and go to More tools > Developer tools.

Next, click on the Network tab and click on the Play button to load the elements present on the page.

Search for a file that has a Media type (in the Type column). Right-click on its corresponding entry and select Open in a new tab. When the video opens in a new tab, right-click on the playback screen and select Save video as. Finally, select a location where you’d like to keep it and click Save.

Using Free Websites

Websites such as Save Momo, FB Down and Down Facebook will allow you to download Facebook videos for free.

First of all, you need to retrieve the URL of the desired video. Open your web browser, sign-in to your Facebook account, and then look for the post containing the video. Start the video and then right-click on the playback screen and choose Show Video URL:

Copy the video URL and paste it into one of the websites mentioned above. Choose the quality and format preferences and download the video.

Note: Make sure that the video you want to save is Public, otherwise, you won’t be able to download it. Check the icon next to it: if it’s a globe, it means that it’s public if it’s a two-person silhouette, it is private.

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