Nowadays, people find themselves downloading videos that they liked to store for offline viewing. Some people do this because they want to maybe a lecture when they're on their way home from work and don't have a wifi signal. Other people download videos to back them up because you can never be certain if it will be there tomorrow.

One of the top places in the world to watch videos online is Facebook. Facebook boasts an impressive userbase of over 3 billion people. Of course, with all this user activity comes boatloads of videos. On average, Facebook videos receive around 4 billion views per day.

The only issue with Facebook is that there is no way to download videos from the platform. Neither the Facebook app nor the web version of Facebook has this functionality. Despite having been around since 2004, Facebook still hasn't added this feature and likely never will because it wants to drive the most people to its platforms as possible.

What are you to do when you come across a Facebook video that you want to download?

This is a question that I get asked pretty frequently. Thankfully, you have a few different options when it comes to downloading Facebook videos. This article ill cover my favorite Facebook downloader and describe the various features that make it so great. Read on...

Online option

Many websites have been created to fill the Facebook video downloading dilemma. One such website that we recommend checking out is the Facebook downloader by They have managed to make an online video downloader tool that efficient, easy to use, and best of all, free.

To use the video downloader for Facebook all you need to do is follow a few key steps.

Step 1: (Find the video)

Head over to your favorite browser, or the Facebook app, and find the video that you'd like to download to your smartphone, tablet or PC.

Step 2: (Copy the link)

Once you've found the video, right-click on the video and select the copy video button. Alternatively, you can hit the share button which will show you the direct link to the Facebook video.

Step 3: (Paste the link)

Once you've copied the link, head over to the Facebook downloader website and paste the link copied in step 2 into the field on the homepage. Hit the download button.

Step 4: (Download the video)

The website will analyze the Facebook link and extract the video download links for you. You can click on either the high-quality video link or the standard video link to start the download. The Facebook video will get saved to your device in MP4 format.

Using an online video downloader to save Facebook videos is a great option to back up videos from Facebook. What's great about web tools is that there's no need to installed software, and since it works in a browser, you'll be able to access it on any device with an internet connection. So, you can enjoy the same experience whether you're on a Mac, Android phone, or tablet.

Private Facebook videos

One thing that you may want to download is videos that are on private Facebook groups. Many closed groups exist on Facebook, and since they can only be accessed by certain people who have the right privileges, then these videos cannot be download the typical way. For situations like this you'll need to employ the help of a private video downloader for Facebook. Using the private downloader is pretty straightforward and requires you to copy the Facebook video page's source code into the text box.

Once you've copied the page source into the appropriate box, hit enter, and the website will extract the direct download links to the video. Just click the button to back up the video to your computer. If you want to play the private Facebook video, you can use the Windows media player or the VLC media player to do so.


Downloading Facebook videos doesn't need to be hard. By following the steps outlined in this article you now know how to download your favorite videos for later. Whether it's some hot celebrity gossip or a funny cat video that you want to post on Instagram, you can download any Facebook video. If you have any questions, feel free to write me, and I'll do my best to get back to you.

Author's Bio: 

I've been a tech writer for the past several years for various brands such as CoolIndeed. When I'm not doing writing gigs, I'm learning about the latest technologies, spending time with my friends and family, and contemplating the future. My passion is teaching people cool tricks that can help them with the day-to-day grind.