How to Download a Video from Facebook to Computer (Fast and Free)

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

Facebook is one of the largest social media platforms with 300+ hours of video uploaded every minute. Once you come across a favorite video, or you are in a hurry, the best way to save it for watching later is to download it to the local storage. If you are running channels on other platforms, saving your Facebook live and upload it to other platforms makes your work more efficient.

Although it is quite easy to save your favorite photo from Facebook via a right-click, downloading videos needs more tricks. We have tested and then rounded up 3 fast and free ways to download a video from Facebook, including general public videos, private videos, lives, Story videos, and videos from Messenger. Check them now.

1. Download a Video from Facebook to Computer with VideoProc

VideoProc, the all-in-one video editing software, surprisingly features a fast and reliable downloader to save varied Facebook videos to the computer, e.g. streamed lives, public videos, videos in your collection list, etc. Like most Facebook downloader in the market, it is friendly to users of all levels for the simple copy & past workflow. But it excels others with its powerful downloading engine that accelerates downloading speed times faster in a safe way. Also, it provides more formats to save the video, MP4, WEBM, M4A, and MP3.

VideoProc - Fast & Reliable Facebook Video Downloader on Computer

  • Batch download Facebook and preserve the original HD 1080p quality.
  • Level-3 hardware acceleration to download videos in the fastest way.
  • Fetch videos from 1000+ sites, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, etc.
  • More features worth trying: edit videos, convert video format, back up DVDs, etc.

Step 1. Copy the URL of the video that you want to save from Facebook.

Sign in to your Facebook account. Find the video that you want to download (It could be a streamed live, a public video of yours or someone else's.). Right-click on the video, and hit "Copy video URL at current time".

Copy Facebook Video URL
Copy Facebook Video URL

Step 2. Open VideoProc and go to its built-in video download engine.

Make sure that you have downloaded and installed VideoProc to your computer. Launch this software, and click "Downloader" in the main UI.

Open VideoProc Downloader
Open VideoProc Downloader

Step 3. Paste the URL of the Facebook video to VideoProc.

Paste the URL and hit "Analyze". When VideoProc finishes the analysis, you will be presented with videos of different formats and resolutions, then choose one and hit "Download Selected Videos".

Download a Video from Facebook - VideoProc
Download a Video from Facebook - VideoProc

Step 4. Save the Facebook video to your computer.

Selects an output folder, and then hit "Download now" to save the video to your computer.

Save Facebook Video to Computer - VideoProc
Save Facebook Video to Computer - VideoProc

Tips: If you want to download Facebook videos in bulk, just copy and paste the URL of the home page in the upper address bar to VideoProc.

Batch Download Facebook Videos - VideoProc
Batch Download Facebook Videos - VideoProc

Bonus Tips: Download a video from Facebook Messenger

When you receive the video message, click on the three-dot icon beside the video to save it. Check your saved items and hit the video, then it will be downloaded automatically. Also, in Facebook video library, you are free to save your Facebook live after streaming.

Download a video from Facebook Messenger
Download a video from Facebook Messenger

2. Download a Video from Facebook to Computer with Online Tool

If you don't want to install any software to download Facebook videos, online downloaders serve a handy job. Though not popular as YouTube downloaders, we spend some time and dig out a decent online Facebook downloader for you, Getfvid. It is a safe and free online tool to download public Facebook videos, lives, and stories. Check the detailed steps below.

Step 1. Copy the URL of a Facebook video.

Step 2. Go to getfvid.com. Past the link to it, and hit Download.

Step 3. Choose to download the video in HD quality or normal quality.

Step 4. Then it will redirect to the download page. Hit the three-dot con and download the video from Facebook.

Download Facebook Video Using Getfvid
Download Facebook Video Using Getfvid

Note: The video is saved in the same folder you set for your browser downloads.

Pros:

  • Also workable on iPhone, Android, and tablets.
  • Optional outputs: HD, normal, and MP3.
  • Free of charge.

Cons:

  • Ads on the website.
  • Cannot download videos from other sites.
  • No batch downloading.

3. Download a Video from Facebook with Browser Extension

Besides the online tool and decent software, the browser extension helps you save videos from Facebook as well. Video Downloader Plus is a sibling to online Facebook downloader FBDOWN.net. Essentially, this chrome plugin will guide you to its online download site, then the same route as downloading a Facebook online.

Step 1. Install Video Downloader Plus to your Chrome browser.

Step 2. Go to Facebook, and play the video you want to download.

Step 3. Hit the tool in the extension bar, and it will auto detect videos on the page. Choose a video and hit download.

Step 4. Then you'll be landed on a download page like the online downloader. Hit the dots icon to download the video.

Download Facebook Video Using Video Downloader Plus
Download Facebook Video Using Video Downloader Plus

Pros:

  • Free and lightweight.
  • Preview the video size before downloading.
  • Download videos from public feeds and messages.

Cons:

  • Not compatible with all browsers.
  • No thumbnail to distinguish various videos.
  • Cannot download multiple Facebook videos at a time.

FAQ

1. How to download Facebook videos to Android/iPhone?

Besides online Facebook downloading services, some apps on iPhone and Android also help you save Facebook videos to your smartphone. For example, FB Video Downloader for Android, and Friendly Social Browser for iPhone. All these apps seem to follow the same workflow:

> Download and install this app on your phone.

> Open Facebook, then you'll see a download icon under the video window.

> Just tap on it to download the video.

2. How to download a private video from Facebook?

Private videos are not posted to the public. Even though you are one of the friends who are allowed to watch the video, the link you paste to most downloaders will fail to parse. To download the video, you need a tricky workaround.

> Right-click on the video and hit Show video URL.

> Paste the link to a new tab on your browser. Change www into m in the link, and then reload this page.

> Press Ctrl+ Shift + C and select the video, then you'll be guided to the video code line.

How to Download a Private Facebook Video

> Copy and paste the link to a new tab. When a preview window pops up, you can save the video by hitting the three-dot icon to start downloading.

3. How to download Facebook Story videos?

Although it is easy to download other Facebook contents, Story videos are different from those files. You need turn to tools developed for downloading story videos exclusively, like say, the chrome extension named Story Saver. Install it, and the Facebook story can be saved in one click.

Final Words

Most online tools and browser plugins are pretty handy when you are in a hurry. But in the long term, speed, security, and video quality are the most concerning features of a good Facebook video downloader. And that is why we suggest you use decent desktop software VideoProc to fetch online videos. Plus, it solves video editing and format conversion issues after downloading.

Disclaimer: Any copy-protected or authorized videos you download with VideoProc are not recommended for commercial use.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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