(by JP Zhang | Last updated: May 6, 2016 )
Imagine, with only a few clicks, downloading a copy of all your favorite Facebook photos.
Even better, imagine if:
- You don't have to download each of your thousands of photos one at a time
- You can get the exact albums/photos you want without sacrificing image quality
- You could backup all your Facebook data, then close that account permanently and safely
- You could still share those precious photo albums with family members offline
Lucky for you, that's exactly what I am going to share with you in this article:
7 insanely easy ways (including video tutorials) to download all your favorite Facebook photos or albums in batch so you can use them TODAY.
Please Note: I've tested dozens of tools, and these seven are the ones that still work in 2016. Due to the nature of Internet-based products, it's sometimes inevitable for existing tools to become outdated, and for others to take their place. I'll try my best to keep this post 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.
1: Download all data, including photos, 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 a copy of your archives.
Here's a helpful video by TechStorenut that shows you how to do this step-by-step:
- It's quick -- took me only a few minutes
- Backs up all your data, which is perfect if you want to close your FB account for good
- It's not just for media files. You can also export your friends list and chat logs
- Photo quality can be poor; photos don't download at the same size you originally uploaded
- Can't specify which album or photos to include. If you have thousands of photos, it's a pain to find ones you want
2: Create IFTTT Recipes to back up new photos from your Facebook
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:
- Very intuitive, with a clean user interface and simple instructions
- Supports dozens of apps and services -- you'll find a gajillion ways to use IFTTT
- Completely free, no ads.
- Personally, I love the name. It reminds me of the if...else statement in C programming 🙂
- Won't work with photos you've already been tagged in
- It's a bit time-consuming to create multiple recipes for different purposes
3: Use odrive to sync up and manage your Facebook photos across multiple devices
So far...this is my favorite option!
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.
Boom...done! I love this product.
Here's a video tutorial made by Jerad Hill:
- Awesome design, elegant user navigation
- Sync with many other apps besides Facebook
- Allow you to backup, view, and organize Facebook photos on computers and mobile devices.
- 100% free
- None. Seriously, I love this app!
4: Try PicknZip online to bulk download pictures and videos from Facebook
Update on May 6, 2016: sadly this method does not work any longer, please turn to other options.
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.
Tino Perez has made a nice video teaching how to do this, check it out:
- There's no need to sign up or download a tool
- You can build and select your own photos or albums
- Besides photos, it downloads videos you're tagged in, too
- Works with Instagram and Vine photos
- Not really...if I had to pick one, maybe the flying ads on the site hurts user experience a bit 🙂
5: Quickly download your Facebook Photos with 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 photosalbums, launch the app and log into Facebook through the panel on the left. In a few seconds you'll see all of your stuff. Simply click "Download" and save to your desired destination (see image below).
Additionally, watch this YouTube clip for detailed instructions:
- Very powerful with lots of useful features
- Face recognition and mobile access to your library
- Works on Windows and Mac OS X
- Support Twitter and Flickr integration as well
- Takes time to download and install the software. It takes up 71.3MB on my Mac.
- UI/UX has room for improvement.
6: Export your Facebook albums or profile photos via Download FB Album mod (Chrome Extention)
If you use Google Chrome like me, then getting your Facebook albums is easy. All you need is a extension, or browser plugin, called Download FB Album mod. 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.
- Easy and quick to set up
- Able to download photos from albums and Facebook pages
- Photo quality is good
- The user interface is confusing. At first I didn't know where to click, honestly 🙂
7: Quickly download and backup Facebook media files with fbDLD
fbDLD is another online tool that works swimmingly. Similar to PicknZip, all you need to do is login to 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!
- Quickly downloads items you want
- No installation required
- Allows you to choose different backup options
- Doesn't reduce file size or photo quality
- Several users reported album download links not working issue, though didn't happen in my case.
Your favorite? Now it's your turn.
You've just seen seven tricks I've used to download pictures or albums off Facebook and save them to a computer or mobile phone. Now it's time to for you to put them into practice.
Once you've done that, let me know: What's your favorite method?
Take a second and leave a comment below.
I'd love to know your thoughts about this post.