How to send a video on Facebook to a friend

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How to send a video on Facebook to a friend
Individual Facebook posts can be liked as well as shared. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

All of the updates you'll come across on Facebook, including videos posted by you or your friends, have a "Share" option you can use to repost the link somewhere else. The Share dialog enables you to share content on your own Timeline, on a friend's Timeline, in a group you're a member of or in a private message. If the person you want to send the video to doesn't have a Facebook account, you'll need to copy and paste the post's URL link (accessible by clicking on its timestamp) into an email or instant message conversation instead.

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  1. 1

    Log in to Facebook and find the video you want to share. You can locate it in the news feed, on a Timeline, or through the search box on the toolbar. Click the timestamp of the post (e.g. "4 hours ago") to open up the individual post page.

  2. 2

    Select "Share" to share the video with others. Choose "On your own Timeline" from the drop-down menu to post the link to your own Timeline, with the visible audience set via the audience selector drop-down menu by the "Post" button. To tag specific friends in the update, and thus draw their attention to it, type out their names and select the correct users when they appear.

  3. 3

    Choose "On a friend's Timeline" from the drop-down menu to post the video link to a specific person's Timeline. Type out the name of the individual in the "Friend's name" box and select the correct entry when it appears.

  4. 4

    Choose "In a group" from the drop-down menu to publish the video in one of your groups, then enter the group name below. The visibility of the post depends on the privacy setting of the group you've chosen. Again, you can tag specific friends to draw their attention to your link, but they won't be able to see the link unless they're a member of the group or the group is set as open.

  5. 5

    Choose "In a private message" to send a private message to a specific friend containing the video link. Enter the name of one or more friends in the field below, clicking on the correct recipients as each one appears in the drop-down list.

  6. 6

    Select "Share video" to confirm the share settings and repost the link.

Tips and warnings

  • When reposting a video link to your own Timeline, you have the option to set its visibility via the audience selector drop-down -- choose "Public" to make the link visible to anyone, for example. If you only want one or two specific friends to see the video link on your Timeline, set the audience to "Only me" and tag the friends in question in the post text.
  • Facebook doesn't offer a built-in option for downloading videos your friends have posted, should you want to send the physical file itself. While several third-party apps and browser extensions may offer this service, they aren't official solutions and so their reliability and security credentials cannot be guaranteed.

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