Downloading Facebook videos on Android devices is frankly quite easy. You just need to know how and it so much happens that we've got all the information that you need - or maybe even more than that.
And that can be quite a useful feature. After all, there are tons of interesting videos on Facebook both from YouTube content creators and original posters.
So, without any further ado, let's see how we can download them!
How To Save or download a Video from Facebook on Android
There are mainly two ways to save videos from Facebook on Android phone. You can either use an app - or you can also use online downloaders through a web browser.
Using an app is quite possibly the easiest method. However, using a web browser is more flexible as you can do it on both computers and smartphones alike. We'll mention how to proceed with both of these methods, so, choose whatever fits you best.
Let's start by checking out how to do it with one of the most popular Facebook downloaders that are available right now.
Downloading Facebook videos with MyVideoDownloader App
One of the best and most popular apps is MyVideoDownloader for Facebook as it's extremely easy to use. Here's how to download facebook videos with it:
- Install the application
- After launching the app, log in to your Facebook account.
- Start browsing Facebook as you normally would
- Find a video you like
- Tap on it
- Select "Download"
- Select Video quality
- Choose a custom save folder if you want to
- Then wait for the download to finish
Keep in mind that if you swipe right, the app offers a "recently watched" tab that tracks which videos you've watched while logged in. This is an easy way to quickly track a video that you previously saw on your desktop or through the Facebook app.
Download times can greatly vary depending on your internet connectivity, though. So, be patient.
How to download Facebook videos on PC
So, downloading videos from Facebook through an app is pretty straight forward. All you have to do is install the app, log in, then find the video you want and that's about it.
The only problem with it, however, is that it's only usable on android smartphones. And while we're certain that you'll find a few programs for all platforms online, we probably wouldn't recommend it. After all, it's easy to install malware when you venture outside of app stores. And we're not saying that all app stores are 100% safe - but they are certainly much safer compared to browsing the "wild" web.
Instead, you can directly download Facebook videos from your browser with a little trick. Here's how:
- Find the video that you're after by using a web browser
- Right-click on it
- Select "Show URL"
- Copy that URL by selecting it then pressing the "Ctrl + C" buttons on your keyboard (That's a shortcut for "copy"
- Then open a new tab
- Paste that URL on the address bar at the top with CRTL + V (Shortcut for pasting links)
- Then replace the "www" with "mbasic"
- Hit "Enter"
- Open the video
- Then right-click on it and select "Save Video As"
Once that's done, just select a folder, confirm the location, and wait until the download is finished. This works because by replacing "www" with "mbasic", you tell Facebook to load the basic mobile page which is made for older phones. This forces the video to load on your external player which essentially allows you to download the video from there.
Again, the download times will greatly differ depending on your internet connection and the size of the video itself.
How to Download Videos From Messenger on Android
As we all know, Facebook no longer allows us to browse messages through the app itself. Instead, we need to use Messenger. And that's why you may also want to learn how to download videos from there.
If the video that you're looking for is downloadable by default, here is all you have to do for downloading facebook video:
- Open Messenger
- Find the video that you're after
- Tap on it
- And press the arrow icon at the bottom right corner of the screen
However, as you'll soon find out, Facebook only allows you to download videos that originally come from your friends. So, if you're trying to download something that was shared from a FB page, then that's not going to work.
In that case, there are quite a few tricks that you can use to get around this. But, we'd say that the easiest one is to:
- Use MyVideoDownloader
- Log in with it
- Find the video that you're after (FB doesn't ask to you to install Messenger there for some reason)
- Tap on it
- Then select "Download"
It's basically the same method that we use to download videos through the website. Except, you're scrolling through the messages instead.
How to Download Facebook Videos on Android phone Without Any Software
Using an app is no doubt the easiest way to download Facebook videos. However, if for any reason you don't feel like installing 3rd party apps, there is the somewhat more tedious method of downloading FB videos without any software as well.
It's basically the same method that we use for desktops - except you're doing it on Android phone. Here's how:
- Open the Facebook app
- Find the video that you're after
- Tap on it
- Select "Copy link"
- Open any browser of your choice
- Paste the link you just copied on the address bar
- Replace "www" with "mbasic"
- Tap on the video again
- Click on the "options" icon at the bottom right corner of the video (3 Dots)
- And tap on "Download"
Again, this is definitely a more tedious process compared to using an app. But, it's also one of the best, if not the best, if you want to download FB videos without using any 3rd party software.
How to Download Private Facebook Videos on Android Mobile
Private Facebook videos, unlike public ones, can't be shared with others. So, one way to send a private video to a friend is by downloading it and sending it directly instead.
Thankfully, the process of downloading public videos from Facebook doesn't change at all for private ones. You can follow the aforementioned tips in the above headings of the article and everything should work just fine.
You can use an app or even the "mbasic" trick - it's not going to make much of a difference. That's with the exception of difficulty, of course. Using the roundabout method of tricking FB into loading the video for an external player and then downloading it there takes considerably more effort.
Now, do understand that while some people have solid reasons for making their videos private, most of the time it just happens by accident. For example, there are tons of private anime groups where people share funny anime scenes in the group and, unfortunately, because the group is private, the videos are private to that group as well.
What's the Best Android Facebook Video Downloader?
In case you haven't noticed, there are tons of downloaders that you can use for Android smart phone device. And at this point, you're probably wondering what the best one is.
The truth is that there is no such thing. Video downloaders have one main task and most of them do it pretty well. So, we don't quite have a lot of criteria to separate one from the others.
Still, if you want a recommendation, we'll have to go with MyVideoDownloader!
After all, it gets the job done very easily and quickly while it's also known for being very safe, small, and easy to use. Hard to go wrong with it.
Facebook doesn't want its users to download videos for the same reason that YouTube doesn't. If you can watch a video time and time again without going through any ads and sponsors, then that's a huge loss of revenue for both the platform (Facebook) and the one who published the video.
However, keep in mind that things aren't always that simple. There are a few exceptions.
One popular example is music videos. Both the producers and the artist don't like it when re-distribute their content without giving any credit and without giving them any room for monetizing it. In fact, you may even get in trouble for doing such a thing.
So, if you're intending on downloading Facebook videos, we'd recommend keeping them for yourself or maybe at most sharing them directly with a friend. Anything else puts you at risk. A small one - but a risk nonetheless.
And if something does indeed go wrong, do keep in mind that Updato isn't going to take responsibility. You're following any steps that are mentioned in this article at your own responsibility.
That's all we've got for now. Feel like we forgot to mention something important? Got anything wrong? Then let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!