Did You Know You Can Now Embed Facebook Videos?

embed Facebook videos

Yes, you can. You can now embed Facebook videos on other sites.

Just like YouTube videos, any video that’s publicly posted on Facebook can now be placed where embed codes are allowed.

Previously, sharing videos posted to Facebook with your website audience was a bit more complicated. To post those same videos anywhere else, you’d have to upload them to another service that allowed embedding. So, if a customer posted a great video on Facebook, up until recently, you were limited to sharing that video with customers on your Facebook page only.

And you saw a poignant Facebook video and thought, ‘Gee, I wish I could post this to my website’ sadly you were out of luck unless the video was being shared from a third party site like YouTube that allows embedding..

Well, no more.

How to Embed Facebook Videos in as Few as Two Steps

Just like YouTube or any other site’s videos, it’s simple to embed Facebook videos. Basically, it involves grabbing an  embed code and pasting it to your site.

There are a few ways to accomplish this. The first is right from the Facebook post appearing on your News Feed or a Profile’s or Page’s timeline.

In the upper right corner of the post, look for the small down-facing arrow. Clicking that will pull down a menu. About halfway down that menu, the option for Embed Video can be selected.

A dialog box should appear. In that box there’s an embed code that can easily be copied and then pasted wherever you wish. Options might include your website, a product page on your eCommerce site or a page of your blog.

Here’s a peak at what the dialog box will look like:

embed Facebook videos

You can also grab the embed code directly from the page where the video appears on Facebook. Reach this page typically by clicking on the timestamp of the original post.

On this page, only the video, in full size, will appear. Under the video and to the right, look for a menu of links including a selection called Embed Video. As in the previous option,  clicking this link prompts the dialog box that contains the embed code.

Another way to embed a Facebook video is to grab its URL and enter it into Facebook’s Code Generator. The page also contains more detailed instructions for embedding the video manually onto your site.

With the Code Generator, simply enter the Facebook video URL and the width at which you’d like the video created. Clicking the blue Get Code button will prompt another dialog box with more detailed codes for placing the Facebook video plugin on your site.

A World Within Itself

It’s been nearly two years since Facebook has done anything drastic to allow you to share your posts there elsewhere.

Back in August 2013, users were just first allowed to embed Facebook posts from their profile or business page to other sites.

Now the same liberties are being given to videos posted there.

It remains to be seen whether this development will convince more users to post videos to their Facebook Page instead of to YouTube or another video site, but time will tell.

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Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and the Head of Content Partnerships. A journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional and online media, he is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press, covering his hometown.

12 Reactions
  1. I guess it was inevitable, especially with Facebook also moving in the direction of letting publishers place content directly on Facebook. Just Zuckerberg expanding his empire.

  2. Joshua this pretty impressive, Facebook will soon be a big name as a video sharing social network.
    – Hamayon

  3. I’ve tried using the option from the image itself several times and each time the text from the post still appears with the image.

  4. I guess Facebook is stepping up their game in the video area. Although I’ll admit that I still like Youtube videos better, I am still quite excited on how Facebook will evolve in the future.

  5. This is why it is important for SMB’s to make sure their social media presence is professional looking. Facebook is constantly evolving and it’s important to make sure that everything looks a great as possible – from timeline covers to content. I got my timeline done by designed4impact.com and it’s super streamlined and got my current followers engaged.

  6. Has anyone figured out how to embed facebook videos in HD? The way it is, they play in SD and the viewer needs to click on the “HD” button in the bottom right corner. Pretty lame.

  7. I’ve been toying with this on my self-hosted WordPress site over the last week or two. What do we know about sharing posts/pages containing embedded Facebook videos back on Facebook and other social media like Google+? Is there any way to get a thumbnail image preview of the video when sharing the link on Facebook?

  8. This tutorial no longer works…dont bother.

  9. Hi Josh nice post but I cant get it to work on my blog each time I try to embed from Facebook to my blog I only see the texts without the video another challenge is I cant get video I post from my blog to play on my fan page without having to redirect to my blog (click to play) each time I try I see some settings tools pls help is very important been trying to figure out how to make it work Tank’s