It is useful to know how to download videos from a Facebook page so that you can enjoy them whenever you want.
However, there is no Facebook method to do this, as you can with Netflix or one of the other streaming services.
There is a button next to video clips on the Fb website that says “save video”. But all this does is add the video to a “saved video” list to watch later on the website or app. Fortunately, there is a way round this, on your PC desktop Just bear in mind that some content you might want to download might be copyrighted. So make sure you are not breaking any rules before downloading a video.
Bear in mind too that private videos may be private for a reason. So check with the person whose video you want to download first.
- In your DESKTOP browser, go to the Facebook website and find the video you want to download. I have chosen a Samcart video, and I am sure they wont mind the publicity.
- Click the video that you’re interested in. When the clip starts playing, firstly open the video by clicking on it, then click the three dot button on the right-hand side of the video.
- In the drop-down menu that opens, click “Copy link.” It’s the fourth item down. Paste this link into a new browser tab. It may be shortened to an “fb.watch” link. If so, press Enter so it expands and you should be left with something that looks like the link in the video that you watched.
You may have to click on the actual link a couple of times to get the ‘www’ to show up
Now change the URL in the address bar so that “www” is changed to “mbasic.”
So, in the example above, https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=267770804789936 becomes https://mbasic.facebook.com/watch/?v=267770804789936.
Press Enter, and you’ll be presented with an ugly mobile view.
- Right click on the video and select “Open link in new tab.”
Then click on the 3 dots, and click on Download to get it onto your PC.