VK (formerly VKontakte, meaning InContact) is a very popular social media platform in Russia, and is often called the Russian Facebook. It’s like a combination of Facebook and YouTube - with a huge variety of engaging videos from news, sports, games to full-length movies, as well as audio resources of music and podcasts. No wonder so many people want to download and save videos from VK. In this guide, we will show you 4 easy ways to download VK videos and clips, with or without downloader tools. Then you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite VK videos on your computer or mobile phone anytime, offline and ad-free.
VK.com doesn't offer any download option, so you'll need a third-party tool or some techniques if you want to download videos from VK. Simply put, you can use a downloader app or online tool to download VK videos with the video link, or use a browser extension to download VK videos on Chrome or Firefox. In addition, if you don’t mind the hassle, you can use the browser’s native feature to download VK videos without the involvement of any third-party tools! Read on for a step-by-step guide.
A safe and easy-to-use video downloader app is a top option for VK video download. iFunia YouTube Downloader is a simple yet powerful video downloader software for Mac and Windows. It supports video download from VK, OK.RU, YouTube, Facebook, Dailymotion, Twitch and almost all other video steaming and social media sites. Compared with other methods, the main advantage is that you can efficiently download VK videos and short clips in batch, freely choose the video resolution, easily and hassle-free.
Step 1. Download, install and launch iFunia YouTube Download on your computer.
Step 2. Go to VK.com and copy the link of the video you want to download. You can right-click on the video and choose “Copy video link”.
Step 3. Paste the link into iFunia, hit Enter on the keyboard or the “+” icon to analyze the link. You can add unlimited videos to iFunia.
Step 4. When the video is loaded, choose a video quality from the Format drop-down menu.
Step 5. Hit the Download button to begin downloading VK videos to your computer. That’s it! This powerful VK downloader allows you to pause and resume download process at will.
Tip: Once the download is complete, you can preview the VK video with the built-in player, and click the Checkmark iconto quickly find the downloaded file.
When I tried to download VK videos with browser extensions, I found that most of them just show a list of video files without the correct video titles when used on VK.com, and it’s impossible to tell which is the video you want. But don’t worry, I still managed to find out the following extensions suitable for downloading VK videos easily in Chrome or Firefox. You can also look at more video downloader extensions and try yourself.
Video Downloader Unlimited is not the most popular video downloader extension, but it’s definitely a good one for VK video download. It can detect and download various formats (e.g. MP4, WebM, OGG, etc) as well as HLS streamed videos. Apart from VK, it can also download videos from other websites such as Facebook and Instagram.
Steps to download VK videos using this Chrome extension:
Since the Video Downloader Unlimited is not available in Firefox, I tried some more extensions in Firefox and found a great alternative add-on - Video Downloader Professional/Plus by MPMux. This add-on supports saving static videos such as MP4, WebM and etc., and can also save videos in HLS and M3U8 formats.When using this extension on VK, it will cache the current video and provide a download link. However, the download speed will be slow and it's best to refresh the page when you move a new video to clear the previous video information.
Bonus tip: If you want to download music from VK, “Music Downloader - VKsaver” (Chrome extension) is a good option. It will add a download icon next to each audio track on VK, and show the bitrate and size of the song. Simply click the Download icon to save the VK music track to your computer as an MP3 file.
Fetchfile.me is a free online video downloader for many social media platforms including VK, Vimeo, Tiktok, Instagram and many more. It can download VK videos in various resolutions up to 4K UHD. It also supports saving videos to your Dropbox directly.
This online VK video downloader offers a straightforward way to download VK videos. It starts the download process after you enter a VK video URL and hit enter. It supports only two formats: MP4 and MP4 HD. The former will result in a standard definition lower than 480p, and the latter will download an HD resolution of 1080p.
Note: Of course there are many similar sites to download VK videos other than the two listed. But the common point is that these sites are not 100% safe, have more or less adverts, pop-ups and redirects. So it’s best to be careful when using them and block redirects to avoid virus or malware.
In fact, you can download videos from VK without any downloader program or web-based tools, just with a little technical savvy. A browser like Chrome can record the network traffic and save the video file from VK and other unencrypted websites. According to my test, this method works better in Chrome, and here are the detailed steps:
Step 1. Browse to VK.com, and open a video or clip you want to download. Play the video in a quality you want to save, such as 1080p.
Step 2. Press F12 to open the browser developer tools. Or you can access it by clicking the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner of the toolbar and selecting More tools -> Developer tools.
Step 3. Go to the Network tab -> Media sub tab. You should find one or more video files here.
Step 4. Right click on the filename, and select “Open in new tab”. And the video will automatically start downloading in Chrome.
Like other popular social media platforms, VK has mobile apps that allow users to enjoy videos and other engaging content on the go, and it offers a free download feature. So in this section, I will show you how to download videos from the VK app for offline viewing as well as how to save VK videos to your phone gallery for personal use.
VK mobile users can download videos and music for easy offline watch. Downloaded videos can only be opened within the app and can’t be transferred or edited. Below is how to do it:
VK Video downloader is a straightforward video downloader app for Android that lets you download VK videos to the path you specify, and offers different video resolution options. It’s ad-supported, but still worth a try.
Since Apple doesn't want any video downloader app in the App Store, iPhone users can download VK videos with the help of web-based downloaders and a download manager, such as Documents by Readdle. Follow the steps below to download VK videos on iPhone or iPad
In summarizing, downloading videos from VK doesn’t have to be complicated with the right tools and techniques. With the simple methods outlined in this article, you can easily save your favorite VK videos and clips to computer or smartphone.
For occasional downloads from VK, you can opt for a free online downloader site or the Chrome tools. Yet when you need to download multiple videos from VK, especially long videos with specific quality requirements, a professional downloader app that supports batch downloading and 4K definition proves to be better and safer.
Cheryl has been writing tutorials, reviews, and how-to articles on consumer apps since 2016. She specializes in multimedia products and is always testing on Mac, PC, and various devices.