Viewing Private Facebook Profiles: Your Options Explained

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Written by: Alex Popa


Viewing Private Facebook Profiles: Your Options Explained

Do you want to spy on someone’s private Facebook profile and don’t know how to do it? Here are several solutions:

  • Send them a friend request
  • Send a friend request to one of their friends
  • Create a new Facebook account and send them a friend request

These solutions are not ideal, but there’s no direct way of viewing someone’s private Facebook profile without risking exposing yourself.

That’s why their profiles are “private“, after all. Keep reading to learn more about viewing private Facebook profiles!

Summary: If you want to view someone’s private Facebook profile, you can try sending them a friend request, sending a friend request to one of their friends, or creating a new Facebook account and sending them a friend request. 

These solutions are not ideal and may involve some risk of exposing yourself. 

It’s important to remember that private profiles are meant to be private and it’s best to be honest and transparent when trying to view someone’s private content. 

Send Them a Friend Request

The simplest and most direct way of viewing someone’s private Facebook profile is by sending them a friend request.

You may not like this option, but it’s the easiest and quickest way of achieving your goal. Once you befriend the other person, their profile will be fully accessible.

Be careful – the other person can set some of their content as “Only me“, which means not even friends can see the content.

And you won’t know this before sending them a friend request. It’s still a risk you must assume if you want to see their private content.

If you don’t like this solution, try another one on the list!

Befriend One of Their Friends

Another way of viewing someone’s private Facebook profile is to befriend one of their friends.

However, this will only give you access to the content that is marked “Friends of friends“. The “Friends“-marked content will be invisible to you.

Fortunately, you’ll be glad to know that when you post something on Facebook, the default visibility is “Friends of friends“.

Unless the other person has chosen the “Friends only” option, you’ll be able to see most, if not all, of their content by befriending one of their friends.

This solution gives you more leeway in selecting who to befriend. To not give yourself up, choose a less conspicuous friend of that person.

Don’t pick one of their closest friends because you may be exposed.

Create a New Facebook Account and Befriend Them

How about creating a new account if you don’t want to use your main account to send them a friend request?

This will keep your identity a secret, so the other person won’t know who you are.

The only downside is that it’ll be hard to convince them to accept the friend request. Why would they accept a stranger’s friend request unless they’re very public?

You have three options here:

  • Befriend the other person and create a second persona, slowly but steadily gaining their trust
  • Tell them you like some of their public photos and you’re a fan; if they’re a somewhat popular person
  • Tell them you know one of their friends and that you’d like to be their friend as well

While I don’t recommend any of these options because it involves lying and deceiving the other person, they are still on the table.

Whatever you choose, remember – it’s best to dispense with the secrecy and just send them a friend request instead of trying dubious things.

Honesty and transparency are how you win someone’s trust and friendship!

But if you just want to see someone’s private Facebook profile without exposing yourself, you can utilize some covert solutions!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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