On Facebook, people you know or don’t know can get a sense of who you are based on your profile. You want to make sure your profile looks the way you want it to, whether for personal or professional use. But, is there a way to view your profile or page the way others see it?
It’s No Longer Possible!
Sadly, you can no longer view your own profile as if you were someone else using the convenient on-profile button. The feature that used to enable this was called “View As”. Facebook users were able to access this on their own profile both during the setup process and afterwards.
The reason for disabling this feature was because there was a vulnerability that enabled people to view a user’s access tokens. Knowing a profile’s access tokens would allow someone to take over the account. This issue affected over 50 million Facebook accounts.
From what I could find, there are a few ways you can get around this, which are detailed below.
How To Secretly View Another Person’s Facebook Profile
Use A Facebook Spy App
Besides looking at your own profile, you may want to look at your friends’ timelines as well. It’s no secret that Facebook users snoop on their old and current friends’ profiles to see what they’re up to. However, sometimes users don’t want to use their real Facebook account to do so. If found out, you could come off as a stalker or creep. The only sure way to do this is to use a Facebook spy app. Once installed, you would be able to see what your friend is up to on the social media platform without them knowing.
Make Your Setting To “Public”
First, go to Settings ➝ Privacy. Change all of your settings under that tab to Everyone or Public (unless it’s already a public profile). Then, log out of your Facebook account. Search (your name + Facebook) on Google, click on the top result, and locate your Facebook profile. You should then be able to see how your profile looks to your friends.
The Secret “View As” Setting
Sneaky sneaky Facebook didn’t entirely get rid of the “View As” feature. There’s a secret way to access this feature, even though it’s not advised to do so. To access this, follow the below steps:
- Go to Settings ➝ Timeline and Tagging.
- Scroll down to the section that says Review and the item Review what other people see on your timeline.
- Next to this, click “View As”
Create Another Facebook Account
As a last stitch effort, you can always create another Facebook account. You’ll just have to send a friend request to your real Facebook account and accept it. Creating a fake account will also enable you to view another person’s Facebook account that you want to snoop on.
Well, that’s how to view Facebook profile as someone else or anonymously. Looking to learn more about Facebook? Check out how to hack someone’s facebook messages.