If you’ve ever conducted a Facebook Live or collaborated with someone else for one, you know it’s a super valuable resource that can easily be repurposed into multiple snackable content pieces.
However, the first step to doing so is downloading the Facebook Live video locally so you can then edit, promote and repurpose it.
Hence, in this blog, we have compiled a list of tools you can use to download Facebook live videos from any channel in a quick and easy manner, along with some solutions for problems you might face along the way.
Let’s dive right into it!
Plan of action
1. How to download a Facebook Live video from your page?
2. How to download someone else’s Facebook live video?
3. How do I download a live video from a Facebook group?
4. Why can’t I download my Facebook Live video?
Once you’ve ended your Facebook Live video, it is automatically posted on your timeline. Provided you don’t delete it, you can download it to your computer, phone, or tablet. Here’s how:
Step 1: Open your Facebook profile, navigate to “videos,” and click on the one you want to download.
Step 2: Click on the three dots in the upper right corner, and press “download.”
And you’ve successfully downloaded the video!
You can’t download someone else’s live video directly from the post. Facebook only allows you to save the video to watch later or share with friends. However, there are some external tools that will enable you to do so in under 5 mins.
Here are our top recommendations:
A. Getfvid Online Downloader
Getfvid is one of the fastest ways to download a Facebook Live video and allows you to save it in Mp4 or Mp3 format as per your preference.
Here’s what you need to do:
Simply visit the website, paste the video URL, and hit “DOWNLOAD.”
Here you’ll get two options: Download the video in normal quality, or download audio only. Choose your preferred option, and the video will start processing and get saved to your computer, tablet, or phone.
B. Cisdem Video Converter for Mac
Like the previous tool, Cisdem also allows you to download videos from over 1000 platforms like Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can download videos in a high-quality resolution with a maximum of 4K, 2160p—or the same video quality as the original livestream.
Follow these steps to download any video from someone else’s profile to your Mac:
Step 1: Download and install the Cisdem Video Converter for Mac.
Step 2: Click on the third icon, the download interface.
Step 3: Paste the URL of the Facebook Live Video and click “download.” If you want to download multiple videos, add all of them to the list, and the tool will process and download them together.
C. Facebook Video Downloader for Windows
If you want to download a Facebook Live video to your Windows computer, the Facebook video downloader is a great choice. With an easy-to-use interface, you can download bulk videos in multiple formats through this tool.
The best part? It only downloads the videos in high quality—720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K, and 8K HD—and that too at high speed so you can access the video in a quick and hassle-free manner.
Here’s how you can download Facebook Live videos on your Windows computer using this tool:
Step 1: Copy the video URL from the video you want to download and click on the “Add URL” button. Paste this URL in the dialog box to begin the process.
Step 2: Choose your preferred resolution from the options.
Step 3: Select a location to save the video on your computer or hard drive.
Step 4: Click on “download now” and track the progress in the download folder
D. Fbdown.net online downloader for iOS
If you want to download videos to your iPhone or iPad — Fbdown.net is a quick online downloader. It keeps the quality of the video intact and offers a seamless download experience.
Here's how you can use this tool to download Facebook live videos :
Step 1: Type "fbdown.net" in your browser.
Step 2: Paste the URL of the Facebook Live video in the designated bar and hit "download."
Step 3: Choose the video quality by clicking on "more options."
Step 4: Click on “download” when you see the prompt.
Step 5: You'll see the download progress in the bar, and you're done!
With this, you've successfully saved a Facebook Live video to your iPhone.
E. FastVid: Video Downloader for Facebook (Android)
If you’re wondering how to download a Facebook Live video to your android phone, Fastvid has got you. A great feature is you don’t have to log in to start downloading live videos—you can cut to the chase directly.
The app allows you to save videos using two methods:
Method 1: Copy the Facebook Live URL, and paste it into the designated bar in the app to start downloading.
Method 2: Log into your Facebook account on the app, browse through your feed and click on the live video to download it.
There are two kinds of Facebook groups:
Public: the group can be joined by anyone, and all content is accessible to everyone.
Private: the group can be joined by sending a joining request or after being invited by a group member. The content is accessible ONLY to members of that group.
While you can follow any of the methods we’ve discussed above to download videos from public groups, you can’t do the same for live videos from private groups except your own.
To download a live video from a public group, you can follow the same steps as what we had discussed on downloading videos from a Facebook page.
However, downloading Facebook live videos from another private group not owned by you is not something Facebook allows at the moment.
The easiest way around this is to contact the group administrator and ask them to share the downloaded file with you. They can do so very easily by following the steps we listed above to download videos from your own group.
If you have tried these methods but still can't download a Facebook live video, here are some potential reasons and solutions for it:
a. You're using an outdated version of a tool or chrome extension.
In such a case, see if there's an update or try deleting it from your computer/phone and relaunching it. You can also restart your device before installing the software or app again.
b. The video you want to download is private.
Facebook doesn't allow you to download private videos. However, you can ask the administrator to make it public or share the downloaded file with you.
c. The live video you want to download has Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions or copyright locks. If so, you won’t be able to download it.
Now you have six super easy ways to download Facebook Live videos from any channel or group to consume, repurpose and share it however you want. You should also definitely check out our guide on Facebook Live videos.
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