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Can You Really See Who Viewed Your Facebook Profile?

Megan Ellis Updated 03-10-2018

One of the biggest questions users ask about Facebook is whether you can see who has viewed your profile. In fact, a quick glance through search results shows dozens of apps and services that claim to let you see this information.


But should you believe them? Is there really some kind of way to know who viewed your Facebook profile? In this article, we answer that question, and dispel some of the myths surrounding this issue.

Can You See Who Looks at Your Facebook Profile?

Despite this being one of the oldest and most common Facebook myths Lies, Lies, And Status Updates: 4 Facebook Myths You Shouldn't Believe Why are myths started? At least one definition of myth is "any invented story, idea, or concept." So why do such stories get invented? How do so many situations arise where people feel the need... Read More , many users still have hope. But the official word from Facebook is: No, there is no way to check who has viewed your Facebook profile.

Facebook has confirmed this in an answer on their help center site, stating, “No, Facebook doesn’t let people track who views their profile. Third-party apps also can’t provide this functionality.”

Facebook says that users can’t see who has viewed their profile.

There are many things that Facebook tracks; Facebook tracks your location, your browsing history, and a variety of other habits. In fact, Facebook is a privacy nightmare 4 Reasons Why Facebook Is a Security and Privacy Nightmare Facebook is no longer the king of the social media castle. If you value your anonymity, security, and privacy, here are some great reasons to quit Facebook today. Read More .


But the thing is, Facebook isn’t doing all of this information tracking for you or your fellow users. It’s doing this for the company’s advertising platform. Therefore this information is not available for you to browse through.

If Facebook did offer this information, you would know about it. Think of LinkedIn—users who don’t have a premium account often receive notifications that their profile has been viewed. To see who has viewed your LinkedIn profile How to See Who Has Viewed Your LinkedIn Profile You might be surprised by what you can find with the "Who's Viewed Your Profile" tool on LinkedIn. This is how to use it... Read More , you can pay for the premium plan.

This fact is often advertised by the network. In contrast, Facebook does not offer this information to users. This is likely due to the fact that LinkedIn is a professional network, while Facebook is mostly personal. Being able to view who visited your profile on Facebook could be embarrassing for those who did—especially exes, secret admirers, or acquaintances.

Offering the option to view profile visitors on Facebook would likely deter people from using the service. So the company does not offer this information through any app or public-facing source code. However, you can hide your social media profile How to Hide Your Social Media Profiles From Bullies Social networking sites can be a breeding ground for bullying. Here's how to hide your social media profiles from bullies. Read More if you’d rather others not see it.


Apps to See Who Viewed Your Facebook Profile

So, if there’s no way to see who has viewed your profile, why do so many apps claim that you can? Much of this is linked to data harvesting.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal brought into focus just how much information can be harvested through apps. Facebook has cracked down on many dodgy apps, but there are always those that slip through. In fact, Facebook is a popular tool for stealing data 5 Ways Hackers Use Facebook to Steal From You Thought privacy was the only thing at risk when using Facebook? Here are five other ways Facebook can compromise your security. Read More .

The best case scenario (which is still not great) is that these apps are using your data to sell to advertising companies. The worst case is that the apps are actually disguising malware. The latter case is especially alarming, since malware can be used to access credit card information and other sensitive data.

Either way, none of these apps are legitimate. And Facebook recommends that you report any app that claims to offer this feature.


If you’ve already installed one of these apps, there’s still hope. If you want to know what to do to restore your privacy, read our guides on how to revoke app permissions on Facebook and what to do if your Facebook account has been hacked 4 Things to Do Immediately When Your Facebook Account Was Hacked If you suspect that your Facebook account has been hacked, here's what to do to find out and regain control. Read More .

What Data Can You See on Facebook?

While Facebook won’t let you see who has viewed your profile, there is other information you can obtain about your profile. But this is done through native tools within the Facebook website and not third-party apps.

Over time Facebook has become stricter with its data policy. As a result, many of the apps that gave summaries of profile information no longer work or have very limited functionality. Even well-known sites like Klout closed their doors Klout Shuts Down and Your Klout Score Is No More Klout is shutting down, and your Klout Score is disappearing with it. And you're either just learning Klout still exists, or are scratching your head in confusion right now. Read More . The market for these types of services has decreased significantly. This is largely due to changing policies and the fact that people are much more wary about app permissions nowadays.

Despite this, you can still use a few Facebook tools to get an overview of certain information. This information doesn’t have the same depth that older services had when policies were much laxer.


If you want a summary of your interactions with a Facebook friend, you can use the See friendship tool. You can access this tool by visiting your friend’s profile page and clicking on the dropdown menu next to the message icon. You will see the option to see your friendship history, as well as older features such as poking.

An example of a ‘See friendship’ page generated by Facebook.

The “see friendship” page aggregates your mutual tagged photos, wall posts, and friendship history. The amount of information on the page will differ from friend to friend.

Your Facebook Activity Log

If you want to see information about your personal activity on Facebook, you can visit your activity log. This log can be accessed via the top-right dropdown menu on the Facebook toolbar.


Here you will see a summary of your likes, posts, tags, and other information. You can also search through the log for specific activities, such as a location check-in.

If you have a Facebook page with more than 30 Likes, you can also access the Facebook Insights tab to see more information on your post’s reach and followers. However, it’s important to note that a Facebook Page is public, as explained in our Facebook Page vs Group primer Facebook Page vs. Group: Which One Is Right for You? Anyone with a Facebook profile can create a page or a group. But how do you know which one is right for you? Read More , and different to a personal Facebook profile.

What Else Does Facebook Know?

Even if Facebook doesn’t give you a summary of all the things it knows about you, it has tons of data on users. Thanks to GDPR regulations, Facebook has to provide you with an archive of all your data.

However, if you’re not in the mood to browse through countless files without context, certain services will give you a better overview. These apps aim to help you secure your privacy. Read our article explaining what Facebook knows about you—and learn how to rein in these permissions if necessary.

And did you know you can change the ads you see on Facebook How to Change the Ads You See on Facebook In this article, we'll explain how Facebook collects data about you, and how to view and change Your Ad Preferences. Read More ? Here’s how:

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  1. HD1970
    December 2, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    I don't really think there is a way to find out who viewed your Facebook profile because Facebook code is all server sided programming that won't let you put trackers and any other html code on your profile and if you know how to manipulate server sided code you will be a rich man.

  2. JJ
    October 13, 2019 at 4:52 am

    My time to delete Facebook is long overdue. I've known this for a very long time. I guess I just need to get off my rear end and do it.

    After reading this article, though, I am more motivated to shove it to those Facebook Marxists once and for all. Not like they've brought anything positive into my life.

  3. Rhia
    November 24, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Thank you for share this article ,This so much helpful for me.

  4. nofacebook
    October 10, 2018 at 7:04 am

    To turn any Facebook issues into non-problems...don't use Facebook. The simplest solutions are usually the best.

  5. Philip West
    February 22, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    How come I keep seeing a box that says "who is this "and then a list of names with mine highlighted

  6. the nine friends on your profile
    December 1, 2016 at 2:28 am

    As of 2016, I say this is the current way of telling who viewed your profile

    You know that nine boxes on your profile? Well today I discovered that the people in those nine boxes are fixed, the order goes in my opinion: 1. whoever has the most new posts. 2. people who lurked around your facebook profile.

    How do I know? Well at first it showed a friend with "10 new posts", then the next number is "6 new posts", and the least I had is "2 new posts", that took the first six boxes on that list. The last three boxes however, are fixed, no matter how much I refreshed my profile, it stayed the same. I clicked on all the boxes with new posts and viewed the profile, after I viewed the profile with new posts, it is gone from the 9 boxes, and then the truth was revealed. After all the 9 boxes was cleared from the "new posts" friends, I found out another fixed order of these 9 friends, again I tried to refresh my profile many times, yet these friends are still fixed in the 9 boxes. The first box was a girl that I actually fell in love with and lurked around on her profile everyday, but her being in my first box could also possibly means that she was also lurking on my profile from time to time without me knowing. The second box was a girl whom I rarely checked her profile, or interacted with, meaning no comments or like on any of her pictures or posts for the past 5-6 months (well I did comment on a few of her posts when we first became friends about a year ago), yet, she was there in my second box, refreshing my profile didn't remove her from that place.

    My theory is that as of 2016, Facebook had turned that nine box of friend into a "who viewed your profile the most" box. It used to be that whenever I refresh the page, the nine boxes would change into a random selected friend.

  7. Anonymous
    August 28, 2016 at 3:37 am

    Also try this method 'rel'=

    • Lars
      October 11, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Sorry to tell you, but the only thing you are seeing if you follow this guide, it's your chat list friends. You will NOT see who's viewed your facebook page.

  8. Luci
    June 25, 2016 at 3:40 am

    I have knowledge of an IT expert say they have traced an IP address of a fake profile and have tracked their locations around their town. Is this even possible.

    • th3s4g3
      December 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Yes, there are ways to mask your IP address. VPN is the most popular method

  9. Ponzze
    May 28, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Tried viewsourcepage method also. Although im not expert at url or codes reading but its too obvious that the numbers input there are already your friends who you've been actively interacting. Its not true.

  10. Michael
    April 25, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    I get random people showing up who leave posts on their wall in my notifications list on Facebook. A friend that I don't usually see on that list for whatever reason shows up. And it seems they show up when I may have seen that person in public or maybe another friend I spoke with by phone mentions that person to me verbally. Coincidence? I think not! Could this be because they viewed my profile?

  11. The Dude
    December 11, 2015 at 2:53 am

    It's actually very easy... no code manipulation needed, it's been consistent for over 5 years & not likely to change anytime soon. Many people already suspect that "People You May Know" and the Search Bar's name-guess algorithm may accidentally give an insight into who visits. Short answer: Yes, they both do.

    1. "People You May Know" can give a heads-up of who has visited (and stayed for a while) - especially people who are not friends of anyone you know. If a number of "friends of friends" appear on this list all from the same "mutual friend", then that "mutual friend" did the visiting...

    - If you or somebody else decides to allow Facebook access to scan their email box for email addresses (for example: perhaps your email received spam along with a dozen other victims years ago & now one of the victims is allowing FB to scan their email box) your name may appear on their and your "People You May Know" list.

    2. Nearly everyone has noted that the Search Bar seems to eerily anticipate too well what name you're going to type. Indeed, if you type only one letter a limited list of 5-8 names appears in anticipation of who you might be searching. These 1st-letter-lists are the highest ranking of everyone whose name begins with that letter (first or last name). These letter lists are ranked on mutual "interest" - a point scale based on accumulated visits & click-thru from you and/or from them.

    - Sometimes a name will appear on a Search Bar list whom you've never visited - this is someone who's "interest" in you is so great that it outweighs mutual "interest" of other people. Friends & strangers appear on Search Bar lists. "Interest" in your profile depends on how much material you have available for people to click around on and reasons to return.

    - The Search Bar list changes often - some names rise up the list, others drop - all based on mutual "interest" between you two. If you don't visit their profile yet their name continues to rise up the list then that person is showing more "interest" than other names on the list. If their name drops, then other people's "interest" is higher. However, if YOU visit their profile and click around then you're adding to the mutual "interest" level and their name will rise up the Search Bar list as well... and you won't know if they're visiting or not.

    - Most people have first and last names that begin with different letters. You can compare "interest" ranking levels on two (& sometimes more) Search Bar lists.

    - Typing two letters will refine the Search Bar lists - names that rank lower than the 5-8 name limit on the first-letter-lists will begin to appear

    Problems with this method:
    - No idea when someone visited unless there is list movement up (seems to be a 6-12 hour delay)
    - No idea what they looked at.
    - This method isn't conducive to your visiting anyone's profile - because if you visit, the list will only reflect YOUR level of interest in someone (or mutual interest), not THEIR exclusive level of interest in you.
    - Conflicts with Source Code Method - While the Source Code Method gives you a handy list of mutually "most interested" profile #'s, you will skew the "interest" level just by visiting the profile # to see who it is.

  12. Max1983
    May 3, 2015 at 4:33 am

    One thing, I read about the source page method and comments stating that it actually shows the interactions.My questions are: 1-the code order is per most recent or most frequent? 2-does it considers the interactions of other profiles with yours or also yours with others?

    • bogdanrusu
      December 29, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      this method only shows people active in your instant messenger list with a one digit code at the end. I belive that digit is an actual status digit (0 - logged out, 1- idle, 2 - computer logged, 3 - mobile phone logged; or at least something like this). I tried this source page method, and all the numbers I have in the list are people who are allready my friends. It's hard to belive that nobody searched for my name (even accidentally) in almost 3 years of facebook usage. So, this method is crap.

  13. s2kreno
    April 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    The only one I did was the one that purports to tell you who views your page the most. Of course, it's you. Duh.

  14. Elle
    April 22, 2015 at 12:38 am

    "Stalker" means nothing anymore these days. Looking at your public profile does not equate to stalking. It drives me nits to read attention-shores say this. These people choose to post every mundane detail of their life, from the food they eat, including freaking pictures (as if anyone cares), to simplistic, sophomoric opinions on the world's affairs. Stop complaining about"stalking." Get over yourself. Facebook isn't a necessity.

    • Larry
      May 10, 2015 at 7:42 am

      Will you marry me? Finally somebody with a brain and common sense. TY

  15. stevie116a
    April 18, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    another simple solution to all this possible stalker stress is go to the top right of you FB page , simple click on the inverted triangle , scroll down to 'settings' and click , go to the right of the next page where you will see 'security' , scroll down to 'deactivate my account' , click and problem solved - my ex is mental , she doesn't waste her time stalking me on fb , she actually stalks me in person ! you lot have it easy !

  16. Bhavin
    April 16, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Hi all If you wanna know how to know who visited your Profile then there is a trick..just watch this video..#

  17. tristan
    March 13, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    i tried using my 1st fb account and viewed my profile on my 2nd fb account.. then i followed the page source method i've searched on google, yet its number/url didnt matched the 1st 10 numbers/u.r.l's right behind the InitialChatFriendsList.. instead the one appeared was my friends profile who just tagged me a photo on that same day..

  18. Llola
    February 26, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    What about the 'InitialChatFriendsList' Method? o.o its not an app .. its simply viewing the page source with your browser ... is that also fake?

  19. James
    February 20, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    I love the irony of people going to extreme measures to find whose viewing them. If you're that tech savvy to find a loophole in the code, why not create your own "Facebook"?

    • Rachel
      February 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      A simple Google search isn't going to an extreme measure, lol

  20. b
    February 20, 2015 at 6:23 am

    FYI - InitialChatFriends search has nothing to do with recent communication. Checked itfor my profile and my ex, whom I havent talked to on FB is 5th in row (after yesterday, when he was 6th). (And, before you ask, I have exchanged messages on FB with more than just 5 or 6 friends:)).

  21. elizabiah
    February 18, 2015 at 8:35 am

    how to see who checked my fb although not in my friends list
    and second when I am checking my ex's profile piture and reading her coments does she able to see and know that I am checking her fb

  22. Luv4paws
    February 8, 2015 at 4:16 am

    So.... There are comments saying it is absolutely possible to see who is viewing ones profile and then the comments of that agree with this article stating absolutely NOT,no how,no buts, no one can see who has viewed ones profile! So what in the world is the correct answer.

    • Tina Cohn
      February 25, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Good comment...I'm wondering myself.

  23. jay
    February 3, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Source code does not work .. All it simply shows is the order of the chat list of your OFFLINE friends nothing more ... Unless facebook cleverly used it as a way to show it

    • jewel
      February 24, 2015 at 4:11 am

      I have people I'm not friends with and people I've never interacted with who show up via source code. How is this explained?

  24. Kieran O'Hara
    January 21, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Thank you for useful article

  25. Chris McRedmond
    January 5, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Actually this article is incorrect you can in fact see who's viewed your profile although the coding shows thoses who visist most often rather most recent you have to go into source code where you seeding the coding for other profiles if you copy anf paste the righ parts and hit enter it will send you to the profile page of the person who viewed you and it's not ascam....if you google this you will find sites that explain this better anf in more detail

  26. Chris McRedmond
    January 5, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Actually this article is incorrect you can in fact see who's viewed your profile although the coding shows thoses who visist most often rather most recent you have to go into source code where you seeding the coding for other profiles if you copy anf paste the righ parts and hit enter it will send you to the profile page of the person who viewed you and it's not ascam....if you google this you will find sites that explain this better anf in more detail

  27. anonymous
    January 2, 2015 at 8:58 am

    You copy/pasted a great deal of this "article."

  28. stevenR
    December 26, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Ok so I ran a check and the whole Watch the source of the page and get the Ids of your friends facbook thing works on interactions ANY interaction
    which means it COULD be someone watching your profile
    but it could also be someone liking a picture , chatting with you , writing on your wall , watching a picture you were tagged in and so on
    its about interaction
    so it doesn't tell you who watched you facebook user (or at least its not reliable enough)

  29. Nich30
    December 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Actually the page sourcing DOES work. There are two people that always show up in my top 10. We haven't chatted on fb and do not comment or like each others posts. The friends source code fluctuates..sometimes they are #4 ( which seems very high for someone who never comments or chats with me) and some times they are 10 or 11.

  30. X
    July 13, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Actually you can see who viewed your profile "the most " but it ONLY works with friends ie: people on your friend's list, i've done it myself and it doesn't need anything, no app no programme but i think it only works if you're on a computer I don't know if theres one where you can see whos viewed your pro from outside your friends list though

  31. Yesyoucan
    July 11, 2014 at 3:43 pm
  32. Allison jonces
    July 8, 2014 at 1:42 am

    if you look at someone's profile, do you become someone they may know?

    • The Dude
      December 11, 2015 at 1:12 am

      Yes, you do... the longer you visit and click around the higher you will appear on their "someone you might know" list.

  33. Josh Kennington
    June 30, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Floppy nipplez

  34. Anonymous
    June 30, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Square tits

  35. Anonymous
    June 16, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    But is it possible for someone to know that you checked out their profile if you see the pictures on their wall or read their comments?

  36. Anonymous
    June 16, 2014 at 2:47 am

    I was just wondering ... the "trick" that observant was talking about ... does it only show interactions of friends or also of strangers?

  37. BOOM!
    May 29, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I'm glad people can't see who views facebook profiles, because I feel people's egos are already fucked up from facebook anyway from thinking they're all that. As long as no harm is being done, it should be kept this way.

  38. Anonymous
    May 22, 2014 at 1:57 am

    So just for the record ... if I have been looking at the profile of a girl i like :) will she be able to know it?

    • Yaara L
      May 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm


  39. Jounayd Y
    May 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

    There can be no app that will give this information. cause facebook API used to build those apps simply don't give such information. But from your profile we can guess how visited see my page here i explain every thing [Broken URL Removed]

  40. Observant
    April 24, 2014 at 4:00 am Works. I Honestly searched 'How to see who views your profile.' Right click in chrome (or other browser) on your facebook homepage, click view page source, click control/command + f, type: friendslist , then you'll see a bunch of numbers, like this {"list":["10000XXXXXXXXXX-2","100000XXXXXXXXX-2","1000000XXXXXXXX-2". Copy any of the 10000XXXXXXXXXX, the put it in another tab like this : Those numbers/users are in order from most interacted with/viewed your profile. Voila, pathetic article you made, a two year old could google search and find the solution that is literally the first link, and surprisingly scam free! Yay!

    • Dhev
      April 25, 2014 at 10:10 am

      actually, it's not in that order, that's the order your profile was last interacted with, not in the order of who's been on your profile the most. Before you start telling people how pathetic they are try getting your facts right first.

    • Yaara L
      April 25, 2014 at 10:46 am

      What Dhev said is true, this shows you a list of numbers according to the most recent interaction, not most frequent. In addition, this is based on all sorts of interactions including likes and comments, so if a person is high up it doesn't necessarily mean they even viewed your profile.

      It's a cool way to get some information about interactions, but it's by no means a reliable way to find out who viewed your Facebook profile. There is no such way, unfortunately.

    • Sam
      January 19, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      it shows Page Not Found, WHY????

    • Mk2
      January 24, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      How would you explain the presence of people at the top of my list I haven't talked to/liked their page or posts/had them like my page or posts/or had any fb interaction with for months above people I talk to regularly

  41. Steven
    April 21, 2014 at 5:28 am

    I already know who visits my profile. My friends occasionally, my family sporadically, and my enemies several times daily.

  42. Julian
    April 4, 2014 at 1:32 am

    I donĀ“t think that is imposible to think that you can see who has been watching your profile! Japanese social network Mixi had the feature ashiato thta allowed to see who was watching your profile.

    • Yaara L
      April 4, 2014 at 6:56 am

      I don't know about Mixi, it might be possible there, but it's definitely impossible on Facebook. At least right now.

  43. yassinkweyu
    February 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    what about viewing profile of people who blocked you

    • Susan
      April 21, 2015 at 12:21 am

      You're called a stalker. Just stop it.

  44. stucknlandscater
    February 3, 2014 at 3:58 am

    So what about people who are not on your friends list, say, an ex or stalker? And what about friends of friends? Does this apply? I'm still a little creeped out.

    • Yaara L
      February 3, 2014 at 9:29 am

      I'm not sure I completely understand the question, but if you mean to ask if you can know if these people viewed your profile -- you can't. It's just not possible.

      If you don't want people viewing your Facebook profile, make as much of it as you can private, or delete it altogether. After all, Facebook is on the Web, this is public by definition.

  45. Girl6
    February 1, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Well, I like to do the right click>page source>type friendslist thing. I don't really care about non-friends who view my page...It's fun to see which of my friends come to my page the most.

    • K
      December 12, 2014 at 9:32 am

      those are the people you recently contacted not that they went to your profile /

    • sreekumarpillai
      March 28, 2015 at 3:52 am

      i like all single don't like religions ,cast and nationalism..i have want a good friend

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    January 29, 2014 at 10:14 am

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