In recent times we are seeing how social networks are redoubling their efforts to also consolidate themselves as multimedia platforms, and all of them allow you to upload and share all kinds of videos. But if you particularly like one, downloading these videos is not such an easy thing to do.
On the internet you can find a thousand and one more or less reliable web pages and programs that promise to help you download any video from Facebook and Twitter. But maybe what you don’t know is that there is a little trick with which you can download any video directly from the web of both social networks without needing any other software.
Download Facebook videos without any software
Facebook’s own website is the one that gives you the possibility to download any of their videos. Of course, to take advantage of this small window in your safety you will have to follow a few small steps. At first it may seem somewhat intricate, but as soon as you do it a couple of times you will see that it is easier than it seems.
The first thing you have to do is search your feed for the video you want to download and start playing it. After a few seconds of playback, right click on it, and it will appear a pop-up window in which you can choose the option ‘Show video URL’. When you click on it, a small window will appear in which you can copy a unique address for this video.
Next what you have to do is run the mobile version of the web for that video. Imagine that the URL you got from the video is https://www.facebook.com/Magnet/videos/1365629023497146/, because all you have to do is paste it in a new tab changing the www and for an m, so that, in the example above, the address looks like this: https://m.facebook.com/Magnet/videos/1365629023497146/.
Putting that address in a tab will run the video in full screen. Now it is very important to press play and let it play for a second or two. When you right-click on it, if you have let it play, you will see that in the pop-up tab of Windows you will see the option Save video as …
In addition to that option, you will see that in the video control panel, in the mobile version, when you play it you also see a download button to download it directly. But with the right click method you can choose where you want to download it, change the name if you see it necessary, and the video you were watching will be downloaded in MP4 format.
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Download Twitter videos without any software
It seems that although the large social networks try to make sure that you cannot download the videos freely on their websites, they don’t pay as much care to their mobile versions. And it is that we have been able to verify that with a technique almost identical to that of Facebook you can also download, without needing any software, any video from Twitter.
This time too, the first thing you have to do is search your current feed for the tweet that contains the video you want to download, and click on it to access the video. In the browser’s address bar You will see a unique URL for that video, is that the address that you will have to modify.
Imagine that the URL of your video is https://twitter.com/magnet_es/status/809037217075236864. All you have to do is add term mobile. before the word twitter in that direction. Come on, taking the example URL that we just used, the result you have to enter would be https://mobile.twitter.com/magnet_es/status/809037217075236864.
Once again, doing this will enter the mobile version of the Twitter website. It will seem that the video is not full size, but when you click on it to run it you will see that it is enlarged to the maximum to play. Again it is again vital that you start playing the video, since if you don’t, you won’t have the option to save it.
Once you start playing it, by right clicking on the video you will see the option of Save video as …, although the safest thing is that in the playback controls the browser also includes the option to download. If you click on the download button, it will download the video directly, while if you do it with the right click, you will be able to choose the destination.
If you don’t want to complicate your life: jDownloader
jDownloader is one of the oldest and most used download managers on the net, and although it was one of the main players in the golden age of direct downloads, even when Rapidshare and Megaupload have ceased to exist, it is still in top form. The application analyzes any URL from the clipboard and allows you to download its content, that easy.
All you have to do is enter their website, click on Download and choose the version of Windows, macOS or GNU / Linux depending on your operating system. Then you just have to install it, because the application’s link grabber will be activated by default from the first time you run it.
The mechanics to hunt down Facebook or Twitter videos with jDownloader is simple. Having the application running, you just have to click on the tweet or the message that contains the video you want to see and copy url from address bar. You will see that, as in the screenshot above, jDownloader finds the MP4 file, that is, you only have to select them, right-click, and choose the option ‘Add and Start Downloads’.
It will go directly to the download queue and start downloading. The speed at which it does it will depend on your connection. Once you see that the progress bar is complete and the download is complete, double click on the name of the program folder with the video to download it or go to the directory where you have configured the videos to download.
To choose where you want them to be downloaded go to Settings -> Options -> General, where you will find the option Download folder to choose it. There are numerous pages and other third-party programs that promise to help you download videos from Facebook or Twitter, but with jDownloader you won’t need any other.
In this article you can see how to download Facebook videos from your mobile.
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