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How to Download Pictures from Facebook

Updated on August 1, 2010

Facebook is a great platform for hosting photos and sharing them with friends. In fact, over 1100 photos are uploaded to Facebook every single second. That's over 100 million pictures a day! But surprisingly, there's not a simple way to download the images you upload in a few clicks. In fact, once you upload those pictures, getting them back is actually pretty difficult. You may wonder why you would need to download your Facebook pictures. Well, you would need to download them to:

  • Backup your images to your computer
  • Share them with a family member who isn't on Facebook
  • Recover images if they are deleted from your computer
  • Obtain all your images if you're closing your account
  • Download the album for a presentation
  • Make them available offline

As you can see, there are a number of reasons you'd need to download your photos from Facebook. There are also a few ways to do that.

The Old Method

Before I show you the simple ways, I'll show you what you had to do back in the dark ages if you wanted to retrieve your Facebook photos. You would need to go through each and every picture and right click on it and save it to a local folder. This is great if you have a few pictures, but if you had an album of 200 images, it could take all day. Luckily, there are simpler solutions.

This takes forever!
This takes forever!

The Firefox Extension

If you use Firefox, then you can actually download an extension that will add one-click access to downloading your Facebook albums. The extension is called FacePAD and can be added to Firefox here:

Once you log in to Facebook after you install the extension, you can right click on the album. When you do, you will see a new entry to the menu that says "Download album with FacePAD." Clicking that will download the entire album very quickly.

Other Applications

If you don't use Firefox, the news isn't too good. Unfortunately, while there are several different programs that claim to be able to download all of your Facebook albums, none of the ones I tested actually worked. After doing some investigation, I realized that this was because Facebook actually blocked them from functioning, citing a violation of the terms of service.

So unfortunately, the only way currently (unless I missed a program that actually does work) to retrieve your pictures is to use the Firefox extension. And if you were going to download a program, you might as well download Firefox and install the extension.

I regret that none of these applications worked, and as soon as I find one that does, I will edit this article.

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    • rgarnett profile image

      Rachael Fields 7 years ago from KC, MO

      I missed your response! I will definitely try out Chrome. I appreciate the recommendation!

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      xnotion 7 years ago

      Thanks rgarnett, I appreciate your always insightful and helpful comments. I used to use Firefox, but now I use Chrome. I may have written a hub about that, but I have to check. If not, it sounds like a good idea for a future hub: Firefox vs Chrome. Thanks again for the feedback!

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      Rachael Fields 7 years ago from KC, MO

      This is awesome! You know - I didn't really think there would be a reason to use this hub, but then you explained it and I admit it, I have had to do that right click, save to computer time consuming method. I always find your hubs so informative. I do use Firefox, I wonder, if you don't use Firefox what other browser do you recommend?

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      xnotion 7 years ago

      I stopped using Firefox too, and was actually disappointed that I couldn't find another way to download Facebook photos. Luckily Firefox is free and I can download it just for this purpose.

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      Tony Lawrence 7 years ago from SE MA

      Thanks. I stopped using Firefox a while back because of its frequent crashes, but it is good to know of these special purpose uses.