You know, it’s easy to save a single photo on Facebook. Just hover over the image, right-click or tap on the image and select “Save Image As…”, pretty simple, huh?
What if you have a thousand pictures to download? I bet you don’t want to save them one by one.
That’s why I decided to write this post – sharing a number of methods to download ALL Facebook photos, videos, and albums the quicker way.
Imagine, with only a few clicks, you get a copy of all your favorite pictures. Even better, you’ll get the exact albums/photos you want without sacrificing image quality.
You could then keep those digital memories in a safe place, or share them with family members offline. For those who want to close their Facebook account, you can do so without worrying about data loss.
Quick Note: Thanks for all your feedback! It’s a bit tiring to update this post because many apps and Chrome extensions that used to work now don’t, due to frequent Facebook API changes. Therefore, I’d rather not take the time to actively monitor each of those tools. After you download all your photos or albums, I highly recommend you make at least one backup to an external hard drive. Also, make sure to back up your PC and Mac just in case.
1. Download All Data via Facebook Settings
If you’re looking for a quick way to back up all your Facebook data, including those precious photos, then look no further. Just log into your account, go to Settings, click Download a copy at the bottom, then follow the instructions. Facebook will provide you with a copy of your archives.
Here’s a helpful video by TechStorenut that shows you how to do this step-by-step:
What I like about this method is that the process is quick, it took me only a few minutes to back up all the data which is perfect if you decide to close your Facebook account for good. Besides media files, you can also export your friends’ list and chat logs.
However, the quality of exported photos is kind of poor, they are not the same size compared to what you originally uploaded. Another con of this method is you can’t really specify which album or photos to include. If you have thousands of photos, it’s a pain to find the ones you want to extract.
2. Download Facebook/Instagram Videos and Photos with Free Android App
Disclaimer: I don’t have an Android device to test this free app but lots of people gave it a good rating on the Google Play store. I’m thus featuring it here. If you are using an Android phone (e.g. Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, Huawei, etc.), please help me test it out and see how it works.
Download this free app from Google Play here.
3. Create IFTTT Recipes to Backup New Photos
IFTTT, short for “If This Then That”, is a web-based service that connects many apps you use with methods called “recipes.” There are two types of recipes, DO and IF, for you to choose from.
To download your Facebook photos, choose the “IF Recipe” to get started. Next, select “Facebook” channel under the “This” option, and in the “That” option, highlight another app — like Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. — where you want to store your new FB pictures. Click “Create Recipe” and you’re all set.
Now you can check back on your Dropbox or Google Drive and see your new Facebook Photos. Above is a screenshot I took showing the last step.
ClearingtheCloud has shared a nice video on how to create that kind of recipe step-by-step. Check it out:
IFTTT is very intuitive with a clean user interface and simple instructions, it also supports dozens of other apps and services – you’ll find gazillion ways to use IFTTT completely free, with no ads. Personally, I love the name. It reminds me of the if…else statement in C programming 🙂
The downside is also obvious, it won’t work with photos you’ve already been tagged in. Plus, it’s a bit time-consuming to create multiple recipes for different purposes.
4. Use odrive to Sync & Manage Facebook Photos
Simply speaking, odrive is like an all-in-one folder that syncs everything (photos, documents, and more) you use online. It also downloads your Facebook photos.
To do this, sign up for odrive via Facebook. Almost instantly, you’ll see a folder has been built for you. That’s where you’ll find all your Facebook photos.
Unfortunately, there’s no one-click option to download files in a batch. Though odrive does allow you to view each photo one by one and click download, that’s going to take ages if you have thousands of photos.
However, that does not mean there isn’t a solution. All you need to do is to install the odrive application on your computer or mobile device, then sync up those photos in a single click.
I really like odrive. The app is well designed with friendly user interfaces. You can use it to sync with many other apps besides Facebook. And it also allows you to backup, view, and organize Facebook photos on computers and mobile devices.
5. Use Fotobounce (Desktop Application)
If you want an application to organize all your photos whether you’re online or offline, then Fotobounce is an awesome choice. As a comprehensive photo management service, it enables you to easily download all your pictures — as well as specific albums — shared or uploaded by you or your friends on social networks.
To download your Facebook photos and albums, launch the app and log into Facebook through the panel on the left. In just a few seconds, you’ll see all of your stuff. Simply click “Download” and save to your desired destination (see image below).
You can also watch this YouTube video for detailed instructions:
The app is very powerful and it has lots of useful features. It’s available for both Windows and macOS, and it supports Twitter and Flickr integration as well.
However, it takes time to download and install the software as the Mac version takes up 71.3 MB. Also, I think the UI/UX has room for improvement.
6. DownAlbum (Chrome Extention)
If you use Google Chrome like me, then getting your Facebook albums is easy. All you need is this extension, called Download FB Album mod (now renamed as DownAlbum). The name says it all.
Simply search and install the extension in the Google Chrome Store. Once that’s done, you’ll see a small icon located in the right bar (see below). Open a Facebook album or page, click the icon, and hit “Normal”. It’ll start collecting all the images. Press “Command + S” (for Windows, it’s “Control + S”) to save your pictures.
Here is a video tutorial made by Ivan Lagaillarde.
The plugin is very easy and quick to set up. It’s able to download photos from both albums and Facebook pages. Also, I found the quality of exported photos pretty good. However, the user interface is really confusing. At first, I didn’t know where to click, honestly.
Methods That No Longer Work
IDrive is a cloud storage and online backup service that allows users to create data backups or sync important files across PC, Macs, iPhones, Android, and other mobile devices. It’s like a secure hub for all your digital data. One of the features is Social Data Backup, which allows you to backup Facebook data within a few clicks. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
Step 1: Sign up IDrive here to create an account. Then log into your IDrive, you’ll see its main dashboard like this. On the bottom left, select “Facebook Backup” and click the green button to continue.
Step 2: You’ll be prompted to log in with Facebook, input your Facebook username and password, and hit the blue “Continue as [your name]” button.
Step 3: Wait a minute or so until the importing process is complete. Then click on your Facebook profile and go to next step.
Step 4: Now’s the magic part. You can select the Photos and Videos folders, then click the “Download” icon to save the files.
Or you can open specific albums to browse your uploaded photos. In my case, IDrive displays the photos I shared on FB during a trip to Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.
Please note that IDrive only offers 5 GB of space for free, if you decide to expand the volume you need to pay for a subscription. Here’s the pricing info.
Pick&Zip is a free online tool that allows you to quickly download and back up photos-videos-from Facebook in a Zip file or a PDF, which can then be used for backup or sharing purposes.
The beauty of this solution is that you can build customized lists based on your albums and tagged photos. To do this, simply click the “Facebook Download” option as shown in the image below. You’ll then be asked to authorize PicknZip to extract your data.
What I like about this web tool is that you can build and select your own photos or albums. Besides photos, it also downloads videos you’re tagged in. And it works with Instagram and Vine photos. But the flash ads on the site are a bit annoying.
fbDLD is another online tool that works. Similar to PicknZip, all you need to do is log into your account and you’ll see several download options:
- Photo Albums
- Tagged Photos
- Page Albums
To get started, select one option and click “Backup”. In a few seconds, depending on how many pictures you have, it’ll be finished. Just click the “Download Zip File” button, and you’re done!
I like web-based tools like fbDLD as no installation is required, and it offers several different backup options for you to choose from. Best of all, it doesn’t reduce file size thus photo quality is very good. During my research, I found several users had reported the album download links not working issue, though that didn’t happen to me.
I’ve tested dozens of tools, and these are the ones that still work by the time this post was last updated. Due to the nature of web-based products, it’s sometimes inevitable for existing tools to become outdated. I’ll try my best to keep this article up-to-date.
That said, I’d appreciate it if you can give me a heads-up if you find a problem, or have a new suggestion. Just leave a comment below.