This tutorial will show you how to download your Facebook Live recorded video from your Facebook Profile as an MP4 video in four easy steps on your desktop to then save and repurpose.
With the increased awareness of Facebook Live, I am noticing more small businesses using Facebook Profiles when live streaming. You need to take care if you are using your Facebook Profile for business as Facebook may decide to prevent you posting to your profile by deleting it as you are meant to use Facebook Pages for your business – so do take care.
Facebook remarks on their help article:
Personal profiles are for non-commercial use and represent individual people
There are some features that you currently have access to when streaming on Facebook Live using the native Facebook app on your mobile device to your profile, including filters, the ability to draw on your screen, trim your video before it uploads to Facebook and the ability to save the video to your camera roll. These are not currently available to Facebook Pages.
There are different features that you can use to optimise your Facebook Live video when streamed from your Facebook Page.
One of those features is the ability to easily download your recording of your Facebook Live stream.
There is currently a work around for downloading from your profile – I will show you how to do this through the tutorial below – note this is on a PC and in Firefox as my browser – you may want to test if this works for you on the desktop and browser you ordinarily use.
I can not guarantee that this will work in the future however.
Here are the steps you can take after your Facebook Live on your Facebook Profile has ended.
I hosted a short tutorial on my Facebook Profile testing out a new mobile app for live video so I will use that as the example.
1. Find your live stream video in your timeline on your Facebook Profile.
2. Right click the date and time stamp with your mouse and open in a new tab.
Alternatively you can play the video and then right click on your video to see the video url which you can copy and paste into a new window.
3. At the time of writing this article you do not seem to be able to access the option to download your version from the www URL. You will need to change the www to the mobile version or the URL. Just replace the www with m to access the mobile version of your post.
4. Now click to play the video. When you right click your mouse on the video you will be able to save your Facebook Live replay to your hard drive.
Now you have your Facebook Live video you can repurpose it and for example edit and upload it to YouTube.
I hope this helps you if you have been struggling to find a way to download a Facebook Live replay from your Facebook Profile.
Bonus Tip – A New Quick Way To Download Your Facebook Live From Your Profile
I noticed a new way to download your Facebook Live stream as an MP4 – here is how you do it. This is as at 18 November 2016.
I demonstrate this using the Firefox browser on desktop – you may want to check if this works on other browsers.
First go to your live stream on your profile.
You will note a drop down on the top right of your live stream post where you can edit the post but it gives no options to download the video.
Instead just click the video with your mouse and it will play full screen – you will see that landscape Facebook live streams are now the format rather than square at the time this article was first written.
At the top right you will see three small dots – click that and then you can access the option to download your Facebook Live video.
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