Downloading Complete Facebook Albums

Q: I frequently visit friends' Facebook albums to download photographs to my computer. Is there a way to do this without going through every image?

FacePAD.jpgA: In celebration of Mozilla Firefox's sixth birthday today, I decided to highlight one of my favorite simple add-ons: FacePAD (Facebook Photo Album Downloader).

I rarely ever take photographs and always rely on my friends to document special moments. After we had all joined Facebook several years ago and the social networking site rolled out the photo album feature, it became the go-to place for uploading and sharing those pictures. I would often find myself clicking through friends' albums and saving many of their photos to my own computer. FacePAD makes that process much easier.

Download the free add-on (there's a $3 suggested donation to help the developer continue to do great work), watch the short video tutorial (four minutes) if you consider yourself technologically challenged and then sign-in to your Facebook account. From any photo, you can right click the album name and select "Download Album with FacePAD." The Firefox add-on will allow you to choose a directory on your computer -- or even create a new folder -- where all of the images associated with that album will be downloaded.

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