HOW TO: Download An Entire Facebook Photo Album

Facebook is the ubiquitous photo sharing platform on the web. There is still a niche of serious photographers who prefer Flickr and still cling on to their premium accounts because they prefer service over what is offered by Facebook, however, their numbers are quickly dwindling. Nothing states the dominance of Facebook in the photo-sharing market like their numbers, while Yahoo’s Flickr service has 3 million photos uploaded to it on daily bases, Facebook has more than 70 million, that’s 750 photos uploaded per second!

One reason for the success of Facebook’s photo album is the extreme ease in which users can upload their photos on the website so even grandparents and little children are able to do it without a hitch. Now, even entire family photo albums exist solely on the website but there is one feature that just seems to be missing from their services: A method to download entire photo-albums, which sometime contains hundreds of photos, that is better than the mind numbing “Save As..”

How To Download an Entire Photo-Album on Facebook

FacePAD: Facebook Photo Album Downloader – Tutorial Video from Arthur Sabintsev (Lazyrussian) on Vimeo.

You will first need to get Mozilla’s Firefox Browser and install the FacePAD plug-in from the Firefox add-ons page. The FacePAD plug-in is developed by 24 year old  Arthur Sabintsev who got the inspiration in 2008:

I had five people taking photos at my 22nd Birthday party (2008). They all posted the photos on Facebook, but were to lazy to send me the originals. I decided to take matters into my own hands and create a method to download each of their albums onto my computer. Thus, FacePAD was born.

After installing the add-on and restarting Firefox you will be able to see a new option, “Download Album with FacePAD” when you right-click on your Facebook photo albums.

The FacePAD option

Clicking this option will download the entire Album into your default Firefox Download folder, which you can change by following this tutorial. As an added bonus, the plug in works for MySpace as well, in case there is anybody left on that site.

Hope that this helps save you both the time and the migration medication that downloading an entire Facebook photo album costs.

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5 responses to “HOW TO: Download An Entire Facebook Photo Album”

  1. Beiruta says:

    I tried it as soon as I read the post and it works so smoothly! Thank you so much for the tips, I've been meaning to download my photo albums and delete them from Facebook for a long, long time!

  2. […] FacePAD is very useful in backing-up your photo albums, it is manual intensive and there is so much more to […]

  3. Stefan Lasiewski says:

    FacePAD no longer exists as a Firefox Add-on. See

  4. M.Bamieh says:

    Well sadly Facebook sent the developer a cease and desist letter so he took it down 

  5. chuwanchik says:

    any other photo downloader?

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