While Facebook allows you to save videos in your profile (online), I feel it is better to save Facebook videos to the camera roll on my iPhone.
Here is my argument. Once the video is downloaded, I can watch it offline, anytime and on any device. Even if my Internet connection is slow or non-existent. Another reason is that social media sites are fickle by nature. Let me explain. I have seen the rise and fall of several social media sites who were the Goliath of their times. MySpace, Friendster, and more recently, Google Plus.
If you are anything like me, you would want to save Facebook videos to the camera roll on your iPhone. Let’s take a look at some mobile and web apps that make it possible.
Finding Facebook Video URL
Before you can use a web app to download a Facebook video, you will need its URL. Open Facebook in your browser and right-click anywhere on the video to select Show video URL.
You should now see the URL of the video. Save it somewhere handy like a notepad or a note.
To copy a link to the video directly inside the Facebook app on mobile, tap on the Share button and select the Copy Link option. Again, note it somewhere handy.
Save Facebook Videos to Camera Roll
1. Screen Recording
Your iPhone has a native screen recording feature, which you can use to record a part of Facebook videos. This is useful in situations, says, when you just want to record a 2-minute clip of a 5-minute video.
To get started, swipe up from the bottom to bring up the control center. There you’ll find the screen recording option, (if it’s not there, you might have to add it to your home screen via settings). Next, go to the Facebook video you want to record, swipe up and click record. Orient the video and adjust the playback time to let it record, and when done swipe up and hit stop recording. This will save the video in the camera roll.
If you are running iOS 12 or higher, you can use the shortcut app to download Facebook videos without using any third-party app or recording your screen.
To get started, open the Shortcut app on your iPhone or iPad, if not already installed, you can download it from here. Next up, you need to import this shortcut ‘Social media download’. To do so, just tap this link on your iPhone, then tap “Get Shortcut” to add it to Shortcuts.
This shortcut may or may not work right out of the box. You may have to make a small change in the shortcut code otherwise, you can just copy the URL and run the shortcut directly.
To do that, go the Shortcuts app, scroll down to the shortcut ‘Social Media Downloader’ and tap the options button on the top right corner of the shortcut title. It would open the schematics of the shortcut and we need to edit one line. Scroll down and find a textbox that reads “hd_src_no_ratelimit:” and change it to “hd_src:”. Now, the shortcut would work.
Just copy a video post in the Facebook app and run the shortcut. Go to the Facebook app and scroll to the video which you wish to save. Tap the Share button and select more options.
Tap copy to copy the URL to the clipboard. Now go to the Shortcuts app and run the shortcut ‘Social Media Downloader’.
It would ask you to select a source. Tap Facebook and let the shortcut do its job.
After the video is downloaded, the shortcut would notify you and the video will be saved to your Camera Roll.
Next up we have an iOS app called MyMedia that doubles as a file manager for all your media files on iPhone or iPad. Once you have download and installed the app, open the built-in browser. This is where most of the magic will happen. We will now be looking a web app that will help us download Facebook videos inside MyMedia app.
FB Down is a free site that will let you download Facebook videos in different resolutions inside its built-in browser. This is why we installed MyMedia app so you can now manage these videos. Open the app and tap on the Browser button. Now open FB Down site using the link shared above and paste the video URL in the given field and press Download.
Your download links should be ready now. You can either download in regular SD quality or even HD if it is available.
Once the video is downloaded, you can view it in the app itself by tapping on the Media option.
To save the video to Camera Roll, tap on the ‘i’ icon to reveal a menu where you can select ‘Save to Camera Roll’ option.
Here it is in the Camera Roll.
MyMedia is a free to use app with some ads that are not really annoying.
Also Read: How to Watch Facebook Videos with Friends
If you have used or went through the steps mentioned above for MyMedia above, you know what you need to do here. FileMaster is another file manager app for iPhones and iPads that comes with an in-built browser that you can use to open websites that helps in downloading Facebook videos.
Download and install the app on your iPhone and launch it. Tap on the browser option and visit SaveFrom.net. You can also go for FB Down as shown in the above example, but I wanted to share some additional web apps just in case one of them is not working for you.
The moment you paste the Facebook video URL in the given field, SaveFrom will display all possible video formats and resolutions available right beneath the field. It is really fast. Just tap on the Download button to download the video. Once that is done, you can save the video to the Camera Roll by tapping on the Save button (second icon from the right at the bottom) to name the video and save it immediately.
Once the video is made available on your iPhone inside the FileMaster app, you can find it under the Home screen. Now long-press on the video to reveal a menu where you will select Save to Album option to save the Facebook video to your Camera Roll.
They should have named it Camera Roll instead of Album. Less confusing.
5. Friendly for Facebook
Downloading Facebook videos using web apps inside a browser is not the only way to save Facebook videos to Camera Roll. There is a nifty third-party app called Friendly for Facebook that you can use to do the same, however with a difference. Friendly for Facebook is a full-blown Facebook app that you can use to replace the default Facebook app. You will use this app as normally to browse feeds, watch videos, and interact with friends. When you do find something that interests you, it is easy to download and save the video in the Camera Roll.
Download and install the app using the link below. Once done, open the app and sign in using your Facebook ID.
Browse your Facebook feeds as you would normally do. When you find an interesting video, tap on it once to reveal the cloud icon. Tap on that blue cloud icon to download and save the video to your Camera Roll on iPhone directly.
As you can see, this method is actually better because you can directly save the video to the Camera Roll instead of first downloading it, and then saving it separately as we saw above.
On the flip side, you are trusting your Facebook credential with a 3rd party app, so always keep that in mind. Friendly for Facebook is free to use however ad-supported. The app is light and offers an alternative way to browse Facebook feeds with some additional but useful features like the ability to hide certain types of posts.
Save Facebook Videos to Camera Roll
These are some of the best ways to save Facebook video on your iPhone in the Camera Roll. As you must have noticed, you can use any Facebook video downloader site you know of with one of the first three iOS apps mentioned above. I shared more options because now you have a choice. Sometimes, some web apps are unable to download a particular video while another site is able to download it.