Have you ever tried to download a Facebook video to your Windows 10 PC, only to find out that you have no idea how to do this? In this post, we will show you how to download Facebook videos the easy way so that you can watch them offline.
Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms and the biggest social network worldwide, with more than 2.7 billion monthly active users as of the second quarter of 2020. It’s where families, friends and colleagues keep in touch and share moments and ideas, and videos, whether funny or informative, are an important part of all this.
But there’s a caveat. Facebook doesn’t make it exactly easy for you to save videos for offline viewing. It would rather you go back to the platform to watch the video of your choice again or share it with your Facebook friends. No wonder one of the most common questions asked on online forums is, “Can I download a video from Facebook to my Windows 10 computer?” The answer is yes, it’s possible.
You’ll notice that there aren’t any video download links on Facebook. Luckily, there’s a trick that you can use to download any non-YouTube videos from Facebook to your desktop or laptop.
How to Save a Facebook Video to a Windows 10 PC
If you want to download a video posted on your timeline by others or any other video on Facebook, you’ll need to tweak the video’s URL. However, for this trick to work, you’ll need to visit Facebook.com on your browser. Using the app won’t work.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Once you find the video you want to download, right-click on it and select “Show video URL”.
- A small screen showing the video’s URL will appear. Copy the link and paste it into a new tab on your browser.
- Change the wwwpart in the address bar to mbasic. So, if the video’s URL is https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=997055127084921, you’ll change it to https://mbasic.facebook.com/watch/?v=997055127084921. Then press “Enter”.
- You’ll notice that the next screen looks like the basic mobile interface. At first, it might seem confusing, but the mobile interface makes it possible to download your video.
- The next step is to right-click on the video you want to download and click on “Open link in new tab”.
- In the new tab, right-click the video again and choose “Save video as…” from the menu. Choose the location to save your video and click on “Save”.
That’s it! Now you can watch your video as many times as you’d like using your media player.
However, sometimes, this trick might not work, and you might be wondering, “Why can’t I download my videos from Facebook anymore?” Well, there are several likely reasons:
- Facebook is preventing you from accessing the video of your choice.
- The video you’re trying to download is private.
- Your downloader doesn’t recognize the URL of the Facebook video that you’re attempting to download.
When this happens, there’s a hassle-free solution that makes the whole process a breeze. Auslogics Video Grabber allows you to download videos from multiple platforms, including Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Bing, IMDB, EHow, and many other sites.
The app is not just a video downloader. It also makes it easy to convert the video you need to a format that’s compatible with your device, be it an iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android device, or PSP. And get this, you can schedule Video Grabber to initiate a download at a time that’s most convenient to you.
What’s more, Video Grabber can download videos of any format, including MP4, Mp3, FLV, AVI, WebM, and so on. The big question, however, is why you’d choose Auslogics Video Grabber over the hundreds of other video downloaders out there. Well, there are several reasons:
- The application allows simultaneous downloads, which means you can download several videos in one go. This saves you the time you would have wasted, especially when you have a long list of videos that you want to download.
- It’s one of the few video downloaders that allow you to download a video from any website so long as the video is downloadable.
- As the name suggests, Video Grabber detects when you copy a link and automatically pastes it into the “Add Video URL” field.
- Video Grabber can easily convert a video to any format.
- The tool doesn’t restrict download speeds, meaning downloads are faster than when using most other downloaders.
Here is how to use Auslogics Video Grabber:
- You first need to download it to your computer. Once it’s downloaded, run it and wait for the installation wizard to install it.
- After successful installation, launch Video Grabber.
- Go to your browser and open Facebook or any other site containing the video you want to download.
- Log in and look for the specific video you want to save to your computer. Right-click on the video and choose the option to copy the video’s URL.
- Now go to the open Video Grabber window. The URL should be automatically pasted into the “Add Video URL” input field.
- Next, choose any video quality you want, from “Best available” to 8K, 4K, or “Small size”.
- If you want to use it on a different device, say an iPhone or an Android smartphone, or if you simply want a different format of the video, you can select a suitable video format as well. Once you’ve selected your preferences, click on “Download”.
You can also schedule Video Grabber to download the video at your most convenient time!
If you have a list of videos that you want to download, add your links and download the videos. You can check the progress of the downloads in the “Download List” tab. The videos will download simultaneously. To enjoy the full benefits of Auslogics Video Grabber, upgrade to the Pro version.
How to Download a Video from Facebook After Posting It
There are many reasons why you’d want to download a Facebook video that you’ve posted to your timeline:
- Perhaps you need to archive your live stream and want to save the video to your PC.
- You lost access to your original video and want to share or publish the video posted on Facebook on different platforms like Vimeo or YouTube.
- You want to make a presentation using the video.
To download the video you’ve posted, do the following:
- Open your browser and go to Facebook.com.
- Log in to your account and click on the link to your profile at the top of the page.
- On your profile page, you’ll see several options. Click on “More” and select “Videos” from the dropdown list that appears.
- Find the video that you posted and want to download to your PC, and click on the “Edit” (pen) icon.
- Choose “Download HD” or “Download SD” from the options. Note that you can only download a video in HD if it has been recorded in HD. Otherwise, you’ll only see the “Download SD” option.
- The video will open in a new tab. Click on the three vertical dots in the bottom right corner of the video and select “Download”.
- You can choose “Save as…” and save the video to your preferred location on your computer.
The file will be saved to your computer, and you will be able to play it at any time using VLC or another media player.
How to Save Facebook Live Videos to Your Windows PC
If you create Facebook live videos, you can save them to your PC. After you’ve finished live streaming, your video is automatically posted to your timeline and saved to your Facebook video library.
To save the video to your desktop or laptop for offline viewing, follow the guide below:
- Open your browser and log in to your Facebook account.
- After the live stream has ended, click on your profile picture in the top left corner or your profile name near the top right corner.
- On your profile page, click on “More” (with the down-facing arrow) and select “Videos”.
- Open “Your Videos” and select the video you just finished live streaming.
- Click the three dots at the bottom of the page and select “Download video”. The page will refresh to show only the video without comments or likes.
- Select the three dots and click on “Download”. Choose where to save the video on your computer and download it.
There you have it! The methods above show you how to save funny, inspirational, or informative videos to your computer. Have you tried Auslogics Video Grabber yet? Try it today and share your thoughts in the comments below.