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How To Download Videos From Facebook: Sure Hacks



How To Download Videos From Facebook

Have you ever watched a video on Facebook and wanted to download it but can’t?

Surely, you must have found yourself trying to download a Facebook video.

You would try hovering around the video, looking for where you would see download but it’s not there!

Also, you would click the ellipses (three dots) at the top right corner of the video but the options you see don’t include download.

Well, don’t get frustrated if you have found yourself in the position before.

Therefore, this article will show you how you can download any video you like on Facebook and watch it later.

But you should consider some things first.

What you must know:

Major and popular websites like Facebook make downloading videos on their platforms difficult. You must not forget that.

Also, what they do is allow you copy the link to the video, embed in other websites, share or like the videos.

This way, they keep making more money by keeping you on their platform while watching the videos.

So, to have a permanent copy of the video in your device and watch offline, it’s a capital no for them!

Save Video Option:

Another thing you should know is that Facebook has an option it calls “Save Video:”

Although Facebook provides you a “Save Video” option on every video on the platform, it’s not really the way you think.

The save video option at the ellipses on each video only saves the video right there on Facebook.

It saves the video on a section of your account so you can watch it again later, while still on Facebook platform.

However, in the case whereby the original user who posted it deletes it, you won’t have access to the video again.

So, downloading such videos is the surest thing to do and that is what this article will show you.

So, we found hacks on how to download videos on Facebook even if Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t want you to.

Here are the hacks.

The mBasic hack:

This hack is for desktop download:

With this hack, you can download and save a Facebook video permanently on your PC or device.

So, if you are using your desktop:

  1. Open your browser.
  2. On your browser, launch your Facebook app.
  3. Go to the video you want to download.
  4. Then, while on your browser too, click the three-dot ellipsis menu on a video and select Copy link.
  5. Note that this option will not be on the video if whoever posted it made it private.
  6. The link you copied will be shortened and it will start like this: (
  7. Open a new tab on the browser and paste the link.
  8. You will see that it will straighten the link, making it longer by spelling out in full.
  9. It will now look like this: (….)
  10. So, you can now apply the mBasic hack.
  11. Just go to the address bar and change the “www” of the link you pasted in the address bar to “mBasic.”

What happens:

What this does is that it forces Facebook to load the mobile version of the page for you.

So, from here, do the following:

  1. Right-click on the video.
  2. Select “Open link in new tab.”
  3. It will again load the video for you in a new tab.
  4. Here, you will only see the video and not all the page again.
  5. Now, if you right-click on the video again, it will show you a “Save Video As” option.
  6. Click on it and it will save the video on your device.

However, this hack reduces the resolution of the video.

So, you may not get a high res of the video after download but, you got your video! , download videos from Facebook

The hack:

Another hack to downloading Facebook videos is the hack.

It used to be but the platform removed the letter “B.”

What you need to do is:

  1. Click the three-dots (ellipsis) on a video you want and select Copy link.
  2. Note that this option will not be on the video if whoever posted it made it private.
  3. Open a new tab on the browser and type and hit enter.
  4. It will open the interface for you.
  5. The interface has a search option that says “Enter Facebook Video Link.”
  6. Paste the link there.
  7. Don’t click on the “Download” option at the right hand side of the search area.
  8. That could be adds or can even redirect you to add platforms not your interest.
  9. So, just hit your “Enter” key and it will load a thumbnail version of the video.

ALSO READ: How To Extract Audio From YouTube Video: 5 Easy Ways


  1. If the video has information, it will load all the video information for you.
  2. Then, it will give you two options:
  3. “Normal Quality” version (this can reduce the resolution) or an “HD Quality” video.
  4. Click any of the options and the video will start download to your PC or device.

Meanwhile, you would also see a “More options.”

Click it to fix audio to your taste, and also choose other types you want to download the video as.

The Extension:

You can decide to add the extension of the to your browser for seamless downloading of Facebook videos.

If you want that, go to your browser and search for an extension, “Video Downloader Plus.”

It has a thick arrow pointing down on its app logo.

Click the “Add to Browser” and it will add on your browser.

What it does is that it places a download button on all videos you come across on Facebook if the video is downloadable.

Then, you can just click download and voila!

Meanwhile, that is not the only extension there are. You can search for any type of your choice and download. , download videos from Facebook

Hack to download private Facebook videos:

Similarly, if the video you want to download on Facebook is private and has no download option, do this:

  1. Type on your browser.
  2. It will open a private platform where you can download any private Facebook video.
  3. Copy the link to the video and paste there.
  4. Download and save to your device.

Meanwhile, if this option fails, then play the video and record it with your screen recorder tool.

Search for any one and use.

Mobile Phone Facebook video download:

Similarly, if you are using a mobile device, like your android or iOS mobile device, you can still download Facebook videos. Hack for mobile phone Facebook video download:

As with PC browsers above, using this hack on mobile will help you download Facebook videos.

Just follow the steps above on your mobile device and achieve same result.

However, this hack does not work on private videos.

Also, it does not support Safari browsers on iOS.

Likewise, it does not support the chrome browser on mobile devices.

It only supports mobile Firefox.

Steps to take:

  1. Open Facebook on any browser on your phone and look for the Facebook video.
  2. Copy the link to the video at the three dots menu.
  3. Now, open Firefox browser on your phone and type the FDown.nt.
  4. Paste the URL of the Facebook video you copied and click on “Download.”
  5. It will show you the standard and HD versions to choose from.
  6. Tap and hold on any option to display another option, “Download Link.”
  7. Confirm download and voila! Its on your phone.


With this hacks, we believe you can now download your favourite Facebook videos and watch offline.

This will save you the time and money (data) watching the video on Facebook anytime you want to.

Although these are not the only options you can have out there, these ones, surely will help.

Anthony Chinonso Ogbonna is the editor of Techuncode media. He is a seasoned journalist whose stint cuts across broadcast, print and, especially, the online media. A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Anthony holds a Masters Degree in Multimedia Journalism. He aligns his belief with those of world tech communities, holding tenaciously that the world is solely driven and can only be best with tech. Furthermore, Anthony believes that technology is simple, fun and is not what one, especially Africans, should be scared of, hence, his passion for telling compelling stories about tech in ways relatable to the ordinary user. He has his hobbies in reading and designing (new hobby though.)