Recently, my sister created a video that she wanted my parents to see. But my parents wanted nothing to do with Facebook. You can’t blame them, really. So I figured out how to manually download the video. You can do it, too. Here’s how to use Chrome to download Facebook videos.
How To Use Chrome to Download Facebook Video
First, launch Google Chrome.
Next, log in to Facebook and find the video you want to save. Right-click on the video and select Open in a New Page.
Now right-click on an empty area of the page. Select Inspect Element.
This opens the developer tools window at the bottom of the page. Click on Network at the top left.
Then start playing the video. You might have to play it through a couple of times. Finally, click the Type column and find the video file.
After finding it, look under the name path on the left — it’s on the same row. Right-click to open that link and open a new tab.
Now right-click on the video again. Click Save video as.
Now just switch to the location of the saved video file and you can play it.
I recommend using VLC Media Player as some of the videos you download will be in FLV format, and not all video players can play the FLV file type.
I did this with a couple of videos. Because other videos I had were saved in the MP4 format, I found I could use the Windows 8.1 Play To feature to send them to my Xbox 360 and watch them on the big screen. And, once the file is downloaded, you can transfer it to any device you want to watch it on.
Even though it takes a few more steps to use Chrome to download your Facebook videos, you’ll know you’re getting the video you want. Plus it’s a geeky way to impress your friends and family. They’ll think you’re a genius. If they don’t already.
Based in Pelican Rapids, MN, Brian Burgess led the relaunch of BYTE with Gina Smith, co-founded aNewDomain.net with Gina, John C. Dvorak and Jerry Pournelle in 2011 and serves as the editor-in-chief of GroovyPost.com. He is the How To gallery captain here at aNewDomain. Email him at Brian@aNewDomain.net or Brian@Groovypost.com. Find him on Google at his +BrianBurgess page. Follow him @mysticgeek.