How to Download Videos From Facebook

By Michael Garrett

As a social network, Facebook allows millions of friends to communicate and stay up-to-date on a daily basis. One drawback of Facebook videos, however, is that users have no quick method of downloading friends' videos for offline viewing. Using Firefox and one of it's handy third-party add-ons, anyone can easily download Facebook videos.

Things You'll Need

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Facebook

Step 1

Open Mozilla Firefox. Click Tools > Add-ons (or Firefox > Add-ons, if you have Firefox 4). Click Get Add-ons in the top-left corner of the window. In the search box, type "Boost for Facebook" and click Enter. Click the Add to Firefox... button beside the Boost for Facebook add-on information. If you are using Firefox 4, simply select Boost for Facebook from the list of available add-ons.

Step 2

Click the Install Now or the Install button, depending on the version of Firefox. On older versions of Firefox, you will be taken back to the Add-ons window/tab.

Step 3

When installation is complete, a "Restart Firefox" or "Restart now" button should appear, depending on your Firefox version. Click this button to restart your browser and activate the plugin. Firefox should automatically reopen.

Step 4

When Firefox reopens, close the Add-ons Manager window or tab. Navigate to Facebook.com and log in. Locate a video that you would like to download and click the video title link as though you are viewing the video. Below the existing options to "tag this video" and "embed this video" you should see the option appear to "download this video."

Step 5

Right-click the "Download this video" link and select "Save Link as..." Type in your desired file name and choose your desired save location. Be sure that the "save as type" is set to MP4 Video. Click "Save" and you have now downloaded a Facebook video. Navigate to your save location to open your downloaded video for offline viewing.

Tips & Warnings

  • The Boost for Facebook Firefox plugin also provides several other additional features for Facebook users.