As a small business owner, you likely know that video content is essential for engaging your audience on social media. However, did you know that 78% of people watch online videos every week, and 55% watch every day ? With video dominating content consumption, ensuring you can save Facebook videos for repurposing is key for your marketing strategy.
Fortunately, downloading Facebook videos to your iPhone is simple once you understand the process. In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll share step-by-step instructions, troubleshooting tips, and business applications so you can save time and improve your video marketing approach.
Why Should Businesses Save Facebook Videos?
Before jumping into the how-to, let‘s discuss why you should save Facebook videos as a small business owner:
- Repurpose engaging video content across your social channels, website, and ads
- Study top-performing videos from competitors or influencers in your niche
- Analyze video trends related to your industry
- Store memorable content from company events, testimonials, or brand partnerships
Understanding these benefits will help you maximize this tactic in your marketing plan. Now, let‘s get into the step-by-step process.
Find and Open the Desired Facebook Video
The first step is simple – locate and open the video you want to download. Here‘s how:
- Open the Facebook app on your iPhone
- Go to your feed or use the search bar to find the video
- Tap on the video to open the full post
I recommend scrolling through your homepage feed first to find recent videos shared by the Pages you follow. However, millions of public videos exist on Facebook, so using specific keywords in the search bar can also help track down the exact content you want.[screenshot of accessing video from feed]
Once you‘ve located and opened the video, it‘s time to…
Copy the Video URL
All Facebook videos get assigned a unique video URL that looks something like
https://www.facebook.com/facebook/videos/1234555581322101/. To download the video, you need to copy this URL to your clipboard:
- Tap the downward arrow icon below the video
- Select "Copy Link" from the pop-up menu
This copies the video‘s URL to your clipboard, ready for pasting in the next step. Think of this unique URL like a secret password or license that proves you have permission to access that specific video file.
Paste URL into a Downloader App
Dozens of free apps and websites exist to download videos from Facebook. I recommend Video Downloader for Facebook as the easiest iPhone option:
- Install the Video Downloader for Facebook app
- Open the app and paste the video URL into the search bar
- Tap "Download" and select your preferred quality
Alternatively, you can use the website FBDown.net on your iPhone‘s web browser. The process is essentially the same – you‘ll just paste the video URL at fbdown.net instead of in an app.
Both options allow selecting video quality. I suggest 720p HD as the best balance between quality and file size. The video will quickly download to the app or site, typically taking less than a minute.
Save Video to Camera Roll
Once the download finishes, you‘ll see options to save and access the video file.
In the Video Downloader for Facebook app, tap "Open in Photos" to save the video directly into your iPhone‘s Camera Roll and memories for easy access later. Other downloader tools have similar save functions – just look for a "Save", "Export", or "Open In" button.
And that‘s it! You‘ve now successfully saved a Facebook video to your iPhone for convenient offline access and reuse. Check your Camera Roll or Photos app to find your freshly downloaded video.
When repurposing downloaded videos, don‘t forget to provide attribution per Facebook‘s terms of service. Giving credit is the right thing to do!
Troubleshooting Common Issues
Still having trouble saving videos from Facebook? Try these troubleshooting tips:
- Check you have enough free storage space on your iPhone
- Ensure your iPhone has an active internet connection
- Force quit and restart the Facebook app if acting buggy
- Update your iOS software to the latest version
- Try a different downloader app or site option
Following this guide and troubleshooting suggestions will ensure smooth video downloads. But I also recommend experimenting with different tools like InShot or Splice to trim, edit, or caption your saved videos before reposting or repurposing across channels.
Getting the most from your video content ultimately boosts brand awareness and social engagement!
As you can see, downloading videos is incredibly valuable for small business marketing. Let me know if you have any other questions!