You probably know that it’s easy to save a single photo on Facebook. Just hover over the image, right-click, and select “Save Image As…”, seems very simple, right?

What if you have a hundred pictures to download? You probably don’t have the time and patience to save these photos one by one. That’s why I decided to write this post – sharing a list of solutions to download ALL your Facebook photos, videos, and albums in bulk.

Imagine, with only a few clicks, you get a copy of all your Facebook pictures. Even better, you’ll get all your albums.

Whatever your purpose is to back up all your old photos, or you can’t log in or access your Facebook account, there’s a way to save these beautiful memories you’ve left on this popular social media platform.

New Update 2024: Thanks for all your feedback! This post was inititally published seven years ago, it’s a bit tiring to update this post because many apps and Chrome extensions that used to work now don’t, mosty due to frequent Facebook API changes. Therefore, I worked with my team and we managed to develop this tool called Facebook Photo Downloader, it’s 100% free to use without any restrictions. Check it out!

Method 1: SoftwareHow Facebook Photo Downloader (Recommended)

Well, I hate self-promotion. But our team really made the effort to build this free tool — Facebook Photo Downloader. And we currently don’t have the intention to monetize it.

I even had my young boy record a YouTube video to show you how it works, check it out and thumb up if you like his tutorial 🙂

Note that you can even use our tool to rescue photos from a friend’s profile if he/she can’t login or access their Facebook account.

But our tool is far from perfect, right now, it only supports downloading pictures from “Your Photos” and “Photos of You”. And to be honest, the download speed is not fast.

However, it works without relying on using Facebook API. That means it is unlikely to be broken, unlike other third-party tools that use Facebook API, which changes frequently, causing many tools to stop working if the developer team doesn’t update their codes.

Method 2: Download All Photos from Facebook Albums

This is a new feature offered by Facebook recently.

Step 1: Go to your Facebook Photos page, and click Albums. Then hit the three-dot icon and select Download Album.

Step 2: Click the blue Continue button.

Step 3: Wait for a few seconds (maybe minutes), Facebook will notify you that the album is ready. Click to continue.

Step 4: Confirm your Facebook password and a zip file will be downloaded. Open the zip file, and in the “Media” sub-folder, you’ll see all your photos in this Album.

Method 3: 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, this might be an option.

You can request a backup of all your data from Facebook Privacy & Settings, but you won’t get much valuable data from this backup utility and it takes time (often hours or even days) before the backup archive to reach your email.

Anyway, you can 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.

Facebook setting download a copy

I tried it years ago and tried it again this year, and I’m confident to say that the feature doesn’t get improved at all. I understand that Facebook doesn’t have the motivation to make that backup feature work well because they want to keep you (the user) in their platform – so to achieve their business goals.

What I like about this method is that 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 quite poor, they are not the same size compared to what you originally uploaded.

Another thing I don’t like is you can’t 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.

Method 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.

Note: this is not free software, see their plan for more.

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.

odrive desktop syncup file icon

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. It also allows you to backup, view, and organize Facebook photos on computers and mobile devices.

Method 5: Create IFTTT Recipes to Backup Your New Photos on 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.

IFTTT Facebook to Dropbox

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.

IFTTT is very intuitive with a clean user interface and simple instructions, it also supports dozens of other apps and services – you’ll find a gazillion ways to use IFTTT completely free, with no ads. 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.

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 PCs, 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 back up 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, and 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.

picknzip Facebook Download homepage

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
  • Videos
  • Page Albums
fbDLD main interface

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.

Download Facebook Videos and Photos on Android

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.

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).

Using Fotobounce to download facebook photos albums

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.

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.

Screenshot for Download FB Album plugin in Chrome

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.

What’s Next?

After you download all your photos or albums, I highly that recommend you make at least one backup of these files to an external hard drive or cloud storage. If you save them to your computer, make sure to back up your PC or Mac hard drive just in case.

There you have it! I’ve tested dozens of tools, and the above 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 could give me a heads-up if you find a problem, or have a new suggestion. Just leave a comment below.