I’m going to show you how to download video from a private Facebook group even if you have zero tech skills or are terrified of HTML code for those occasions where you hit ‘end’ and forget to hit ‘save.’
How to download video from a private Facebook group
Facebook lives are said to be the way of the future of Facebook. It’s all about connection. In fact, according to Sprout Social, people spend 3x as much time watching live video as they do a pre-recorded one.
You know the situation and the feeling right?
You go live in your Facebook group. Maybe it has taken you a long time to build of the bravery to hit ‘go live.’ Woohoo go you!
You present an awesome video, it’s super helpful, you get lots of big thumbs up and positive comments and questions and interactions, then you hit ‘post to feed’ and you’re feeling great.
It was so good that you want to repurpose it for a blog post or post it to Youtube or use it inside your membership or online course or convert it to an audio file for your podcast.
Two seconds later you realised you forgot to save it to your phone!
Nooooo! It’s a disaster right?
No it’s not.
Don’t worry, I can show you how to download video from your secret Facebook group with just a few clicks even if you have zero tech skills.
All you need to do to download your awesome Facebook live is follow the steps below.
Here’s how to do it in 8 quick and easy steps:
1 Open the video
First you need to go into your Facebook group and find the video that you want to save.
2 Click on the date
Click on the date of the video to open it in its unique URL (you’ll see it up the top).
If you just posted it, or it was in the last 24h it will just have something like ’20min ago’ or ‘2h ago’ – that’s what you want to click on if that is the case.
3 Change www
Change the ‘www’ in the URL to ‘m’ and then hit enter.
4 View source
Right click on the video and click on ‘view source.’ This will open up a page full of code.
Don’t freak out!
You don’t need to know anything about code. If your browser doesn’t have this option you might need to Google ‘how to view page source + your web browser.’
This should get you some easy instructions. Another option is clicking on view and then looking for ‘view source.’
Side note – this is pretty much how I passed my coding subject at University. We had to create a webpage that had certain features (like a form!) entirely using code.
So all I’d do was go to a website that had the feature I was looking for, highlight it, hit ‘view code’ and voila, there’s my answer!
Still to this day I use that little method as my coding work-around.
You might also like how to create awesome video using your iPhone.
5 Copy source
Select all the code (everything on the page) and copy it to the clipboard. On a Mac click ‘command c.’
6 Paste to app
Open the Facebook Private Video Downloader and insert the code into the empty field. On a Mac you can click ‘command + v.’
Click on download under the box where you posted the code and wait for a new page to open.
Right click on the button that says ‘download’ and then click ‘save link as’ and save it to wherever you want to save it to and you’re done.
I usually upload my completely videos to Vimeo (if I want them to go somewhere like a private course or membership) or to Youtube if they’re going to be public on something like a blog post or I want to share them to other social networks.
If you’re more of a visual person, you can see how to download video from a private Facebook group video in the quick video below.
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- Open the video you wish to download.
- Click on the date to open the video in its own page.
- Change the www to 'm'
- Right click on the page and click 'view source.'
- Select the entire page of code and copy it.
- Open the video downloader.
- Paste the code into the download and click download.
- Right click the button and select 'save as' and save to your preferred location.