How to see who views your Facebook profile who are not friends with you

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Facebook allows users to interact with each other in a variety of ways including liking posts, commenting on pictures, direct messaging and even ‘poking’ them. The app is multi-functional and that alone is one of the biggest reasons why it has become the beast that it has.

One thing that many Facebook users have always speculated on is whether the app lets you know who has been spying on your Facebook profile. There are some decent arguments to suggest that it subliminally does but is there a way to find out for certain who has been looking at your account?

In this article we are going to explore this question while also looking at how you can prevent certain accounts from being able to view your profile. Let’s get started.

How to see who views your Facebook profile who are not friends with you – Is it possible?

Officially, it is impossible to know who is viewing your Facebook profile – both in the case of people you are friends with on the platform and with people you aren’t. On their official website, Facebook states that “Facebook doesn’t let people track who views their profile”. It also goes on to warn users against downloading any third party apps which claim to offer this functionality – a sentiment that we would echo.

Having said that, Facebook’s official stance hasn’t stopped people all over the world from speculating that Facebook actually does subliminally tell users which non-friends have been looking at their profile. The theory speculates that the users who appear in your ‘people you may not know’ list are the Facebook users who look at your account the most.

Facebook has denied this, stating that the ‘people you may know tab’ is made up of people who you share common interests and/or mutual friends with. However, this has done little to dissuade these conspiracy theorists, leaving many absolutely convinced that they are being spied on – mainly due to the appearance of accounts with zero mutual friends appearing in certain ‘people you know may know’ lists.

We wouldn’t want to commit one way or the other, but I guess we should take Facebook’s word for it, right? Right?!

Another possible way of finding out who is viewing your profile

The ‘people you may know’ list isn’t the only method that people use to try and figure out who has been viewing their Facebook profile. Another way is to go in to Facebook’s source code and input a bit of data. Again, Facebook has debunked this theory, but we’re going to tell you about it anyway because millions of Facebook users swear by it.

Please follow these steps to *potentially* find out who has been looking at your Facebook profile:

  1. Log on to your Facebook account via a web browser.
  2. Navigate to your profile and then right click on the page and select ‘view page source’.
  3. Press CTRL+F and type in ‘buddy_id’.
  4. Next to each instance of ‘buddy_id’ on the source code you will see a person’s name. These names are rumoured to be the names of the Facebook users who view your profile the most. Please note that this is pure speculation.

Figuring out who is looking at your profile yourself

Just because there isn’t a guaranteed, proven way to discover who has been looking at your Facebook profile doesn’t mean that you can’t gain a good idea for yourself. While this method will only work for people you are friends with on the platform, it is still something worth doing if you want to figure out who spends their time on your profile.

The method is really straightforward – simply keep tabs on which users interact or engage with your posts the most and the quickest. If you are finding that certain accounts are liking/commenting on your stuff shortly after you’ve posted then it’s fair to assume they spend more time than most on your profile. Conduct the experiment over a couple of months to gain an even clearer picture.

How to stop people from viewing your Facebook profile

If you are concerned that a certain Facebook user is viewing your profile, and you really don’t want them to, then you are able to do something about. The block function on Facebook essentially makes your profile hidden and inaccessible to users you add to your block list. To add people to your Facebook block list, please follow these instructions:

  1. Log on to Facebook via the mobile phone app.
  2. Select the the three lined icon on the bottom right hand side of the home page and select ‘settings and privacy’, followed by ‘settings’.
  3. Scroll down to ‘privacy’ and select ‘blocking’.
  4. Select ‘add to blocked list’ and then type in the name of the person you wish to block.
  5. Once you have found their account, simply select the ‘block’ button to the right of their account name.
  6. This person will now be unable to view your profile.


To conclude, there isn’t a section on Facebook, or a third party app, that is going to provide you with a list of Facebook users who have been snooping on your profile so if that’s what you’re looking for then forget about it. However, with the ‘conspiracy theories’ and investigative methods we’ve outlined above, you may well get a better idea on who does look at your profile, even if you won’t have concrete proof when it’s all said and done.

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