How to Download a Private Video on Facebook?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Download a Private Video on Facebook?

Do you want to download a private video on Facebook, and you don’t know how? I’m going to show you two ways you can do this, starting with:

  • The “mbasic” solution
  • Using a specialized video downloading website

The “mbasic” solution is the easiest and quickest way to download a private video on Facebook. But if it doesn’t work for you, then you can use a video downloader.

Keep reading to see how you can download private videos on Facebook!

Replace the “www” with “mbasic” in the video URL

The first way to download private Facebook videos is to replace the “www” section in the video’s URL with “mbasic” and hit Enter.

Remember that you can only do this on a computer. It doesn’t work on mobile phones!

Let me show you how it’s done:

1. Open Facebook and search for videos

Open Facebook and search for videos
Open Facebook and search for videos

So, the first step is opening Facebook and navigating to the private group where you saw the video. Since I don’t have any private videos to download, I’ll search for public videos.

Don’t worry; the solution works on both private and public videos.

2. Click on a video

Click on a video
Click on a video

Once you search for videos, you should find the video you’re looking for and click on it. Don’t just watch it in the normal window.

You need to change the website URL to that of the video. The URL should read something like “facebook.com/watch” and then be followed by a random code.

That’s how you know you’re on a specific page for that video, and the URL has changed to reflect that.

3. Select the URL at the top of the screen

Select the URL at the top of the screen
Select the URL at the top of the screen

Once you click on your video, you should select your URL. If you don’t know what that is, look at the top of the webpage.

You’ll see a search bar with some text written there. The URL is a website’s internet address.

You’ll notice that in your case, it says “facebook.com/watch[code]“, and there are random digits and letters after that.

Click on the URL and follow the next step!

4. Replace the “www” with “mbasic” and hit Enter

Select the URL at the top of the screen
Select the URL at the top of the screen

After you select the URL, you should select the “www” segment and replace it with “mbasic“. Replace only the “www” part, not the entire URL.

And keep the dot that normally comes after the “www” part. Your full URL should look like this – “https://mbasic.facebook.com/watch[code]

Finally, hit Enter.

5. Click on the new video

Click on the new video
Click on the new video.

As soon as you hit Enter after replacing “www” with “mbasic“, you’ll be redirected to a new page of that video.

You’ll notice that the interface looks slightly different. That’s because the “mbasic” script tells Facebook to revert to its most basic appearance and functionality.

Once you’re on this page, click on the video again.

6. Right-click on the video and select “Save video as

Right-click on the video and select "Save video as"
Right-click on the video and select “Save video as

After you click on the video, your browser will automatically open another tab with this video at its center. You might have seen this interface before when someone sends you videos.

All you need to do now is right-click on the video and select “Save video as“.

7. Choose a location to save your video and select “Save

Choose a location to save your video and select "Save"
Choose a location to save your video and select “Save

This is it. After you select “Save video as“, a new window will open, prompting you to select a location to save your video.

Once you’ve done that, click on “Save” and you’re done. Remember, this works for private videos, so follow this guide, and you should have no problems!

Use a specialized video downloading website.

If the “mbasic” solution doesn’t work for you, try using a specialized video downloading website for Facebook. There are many of them online, so you shouldn’t have issues finding one.

For this video, we’ll be using VidSaver. Follow the steps below to download your private Facebook video:

1. Open VidSaver

Open VidSaver
Open VidSaver

The first step is opening the VidSaver website. Search for “Vidsaver” on Google and click on the first link. Then, continue with the steps below!

2. Click on “Private video?

Click on "Private video?"
Click on “Private video?

After you open the VidSaver website, look for the “Private video?” option and select it. This will let you download private Facebook videos!

3. Copy the video’s URL link

Copy the video's URL link
Copy the video’s URL link

After you open the “Private video” section for VidSaver, go to Facebook and copy the video’s URL link. Remember to go to the specific video page on Facebook, the one ending in random code.

4. Paste the link into the VidSaver box

Paste the link into the VidSaver box
Paste the link into the VidSaver box

After you copy the video URL link, go back to VidSaver and paste it into the box there. After you do this, you should hit GO, the blue button next to the box.

Click on "Go"
Click on “Go

This will take you to the next step of this process. You’ll soon see that downloading a private video with VidSaver has three steps!

5. Copy the URL

Copy the URL
Copy the URL

After you hit “Go,” VidSaver will produce a URL of the source code of the video. Copy it by clicking on the “Copy” button.

6. Paste it into your browser

Paste it into your browser
Paste it into your browser

After you copy the source code link, you should copy it into your browser’s URL bar. Go back to Google Chrome or whatever browser you’re using, and paste this link into the URL bar.

Then, hit Enter to open it.

7. Copy everything on the page

Copy everything on the page
Copy everything on the page

After you hit Enter, you’ll be taken to a page filled with programming code (HTML code). Make sure you copy everything on this page by pressing CTRL+A, right-clicking, and then selecting “Copy.”

You’ll need this code to download the private video.

8. Click “Next” on VidSaver

Click "Next" on VidSaver
Click “Next” on VidSaver

Go back to VidSaver and click “Next” from the page where you copied the source code link. This will take you to the final step of this process.

9. Paste the source code you copied previously

Paste the source code you copied previously
Paste the source code you copied previously

In this final third step, you must paste the source code you copied earlier—Right-click on the box and select “Paste.” The entire source code will take a few seconds to be copied, so be patient.

10. Click on “Next.”

Click on "Next"
Click on “Next

Once you paste the source code and stop loading, you should click “Next” to let the program do its work.

11. Wait for the video to finish loading

Wait for the video to finish loading
Wait for the video to finish loading

The final step is waiting for the video to finish loading. VidSaver will take some time (5-10 minutes) to load a video, depending on its size.

Wait until it’s done and click on “Download” to download the private video from Facebook.

Conclusion

To summarize, there are two ways to download a private Facebook video:

  • The “mbasic” solution
  • Using a specialized video downloading website like VidSaver

The “mbasic” solution is the fastest and most efficient way of downloading public or private Facebook videos, and it’s what I recommend you do.

However, if it doesn’t work for you, you can use VidSaver or another similar platform to download the video using its source code.

If you have questions about downloading private videos on Facebook, leave a comment below, and I’ll reply as soon as possible!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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