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How to download videos from Facebook, Twitter, others

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“Send to me” is one phrase people usually get when they post interesting videos and images on their social media pages, especially WhatsApp, Facebook stories, and the likes.

While photos might be easily gotten through screenshots, or merely by saving them, videos are usually a lot more difficult to save without asking the person that posted them.

In this post, I will be showing you step-by-step guide on how to download videos from Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp stories, without having to download a third party app.

This how-to would be done on mobile, but don’t worry, the steps are pretty much the same when you use a PC.

Facebook

When you use the Facebook apps, you would be able to save lots of photos through the app, but with videos, you’d have to ask the person that posted the video, or follow the following steps:

  1. Locate the video you want to download, then tap the three dots on the video, and select “Copy link.”
  2. Go to Google, and type “Download from Facebook.” You will see a list of websites that would allow you download from Facebook. Tap on whichever one (I usually choose from the first two). On the site, you will see a bar where you can paste the link you copied, then tap download.

You will receive video quality options (or not), choose whichever one you desire, and the video would be downloaded.

I use fdown.net and getfvid.com

Note: Some Facebook videos have privacy settings that would not allow sharing. Getting those videos would require extra work.

YouTube

YouTube app has a feature that let users download videos for offline viewing. However, these videos can only be viewed on the app, and it is available on YouTube Premium. On the app, all you have to do is to locate the video you want, and tap “Download” or the download icon.

To download YouTube videos externally:

  1. Locate the video, and tap “share” or the share icon. Tap “Copy Link.”
  2. Go to ssyoutube.com and paste the link on the provided bar. Tap the download icon. Select the video quality you desire, and the video will start downloading.

There are other sites you can use to download YouTube videos, but I prefer ssyoutube. I’ve been using it for many years. If you want to download YouTube videos in mp3, you can use ytmp3.cc or 320ytmp3.com.

Twitter

Just like Facebook, photos can be downloaded on the Twitter app without hassles, but video is where the line is drawn.

To download videos from Twitter, click the ‘share’ icon on the tweet, and copy the link.

Type “download from Twitter” into Google, and select one of the first two sites. I use twdown.net and twittervideodownloader.com.

You can also use the download bots on Twitter. Simple mention the bots under the tweet you want to download from, and it would generate a download link.

You can use bots like @GetVideoBot or @DownloaderBot.

Instagram

Again, the steps is similar to that of Facebook.

Get the link by tapping the three dots on the media.

Type download from Instagram on Google, and use one of the first two sites.

igram.io is a pretty good site to try.

WhatsApp Story

This is where I get lots of the “please send” requests from.

When you view a WhatsApp story, the photo or video saves somewhere on your device, and it remains there until the story expires, or is deleted by the person that posted it.

The only problem with this is you probably don’t know where the photo or video saves in. I’ll tell you.

Open your File Manager (or file explorer), and make sure you set the app to show “hidden files.” The procedure to doing this differs by device, but it’s usually as simple as checking the settings of the app manager or clicking three dots, and showing hidden files.

Go to your phone storage, look for “WhatsApp” folder. Tap on “media,” then open the “.statuses” folder. In this folder, you will find all the photos and videos you have viewed on people’s WhatsApp stories.

Locate the file you want, and copy it to a folder of your choice.

If this steps seem too much, you could simply download “Story Saver” app.

That’s all for today.

Good luck.

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