Saving Photos from Facebook
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Saving Photos from Facebook


Facebook.Up until recently, you could hold down your mouse on a Facebook photo and drag it to your desktop to save it. This would allow you to print photos or use them for other things, such as backgrounds, images for websites…etc.

Today when I was trying to download a photo from Facebook, I was unable to drag it to my desktop or use the copy and paste functionality. It seems that Facebook has changed the way it displays photos, making it a bit more difficult to save photos from Facebook.

When you’ve clicked on the photo and it’s enlarged on your screen on a black background, scroll down and look to the left. There’s an option to “Download Photo.” When you click on that link, it will open the photo in another window, where you can grab it to save or do whatever you’d like with it.

This is not all that complicated, but it took me a few minutes to figure out, so hopefully it will save you some time.

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Comments (9)


    Looking at the playboy mansion photos posted today lol

    February 20th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Mike Robertson

    A work around is by opening the album, then right click on the first photo and select “Open Link in a new Tab” (Firefox users). This will open the photos the way FB used to.


    February 20th, 2011 at 9:19 pm


    On the plus side, if the user uploaded the photo in high res, the link will say “Download Photo in High Resolution”. It’ll then download in the original resolution instead of the normal facebook size.

    February 20th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Luca Yesupatham Daniel

    Another workaround is to open the photo, after the popup appears you just press F5 it will reload the page normally 😉

    February 21st, 2011 at 3:46 am


    I was about to write the same posted by Mike Robertson. Until now you can still view the pictures the old way (which I prefer).

    February 21st, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Joey Starkey

    For some reason I think that knowing how to do this is gonna get me in trouble.

    February 21st, 2011 at 9:08 am


    hai before seeing this i cant able to figure out how to download photos. thanks for ur information

    February 22nd, 2011 at 1:00 am

    ryan burns

    Thanks for this, Elliot! Kind of funny I spent about 20 minutes looking through the page source and in google, and the solution is actually pretty simple. So… although it’s simple, I appreciate this post. 🙂

    March 8th, 2011 at 10:07 pm


    Thanks! this was driving me crazy – all better now 🙂

    November 5th, 2012 at 5:56 am

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