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How to download and save a Facebook video

Facebook doesn’t officially provide links to videos for you to save. But all you have to do is trick your browser into thinking you’re browsing Facebook on your phone.

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The problem with Facebook videos is you’re stuck on Facebook to watch them. Or are you? Here’s an easy trick to get around that.


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What you need to do is go to Facebook on a PC or Mac, then trick your browser into thinking you’re actually viewing the video from a mobile device.


Go to any non-YouTube video on Facebook and right-click it. Choose Show video URL.


Copy this URL and paste it into your browser’s address bar, then open that URL.


Now, go into the address bar and remove the “www” from the front of the URL. Replace that with a single letter ‘m.’ Inserting that ‘m’ makes Facebook think you’re watching the mobile version of the video.


Open that URL and click Play. Then right-click and select Save Video As. Now you can save the video.


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