Can you really see who has viewed your Facebook profile?

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

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

Can you see who is viewing your Facebook profile?

Although this is one of the oldest and most common Facebook myths, many users still have hope. But the official Facebook word is: No, there is no way to verify who has viewed your Facebook profile.

Facebook confirmed this in an answer on its Help Center, by declaring:

No, Facebook does not let people know who is viewing their profile. Third-party applications are also unable to provide this functionality. If you come across an app that claims to offer this capability, please report the app.

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There are a lot of things Facebook tracks, including your location, browsing history, and a variety of other habits.

But the point is, Facebook doesn’t do all of this information tracking for you or your fellow users. It does this for the company’s advertising platform. Therefore, this information is not available for you to simply browse through.


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If Facebook offered this information, you would know it. Think about LinkedIn. Users who do not have a premium account often receive notifications that their profile has been viewed. To see who has viewed your LinkedIn profile, you can pay for the premium plan.

This fact is often announced by the network. However, Facebook does not provide this information to users. This is probably due to the fact that LinkedIn is a professional network, while Facebook is primarily personal.

Being able to see who has visited your profile on Facebook could be embarrassing for those who have, especially exes, secret admirers or acquaintances.

Providing the ability to display profile visitors on Facebook would likely deter people from using the service. The company therefore does not provide this information through a publicly available application or source code.

Apps to see who viewed your Facebook profile

So if there is no way to see who has viewed your profile, why are so many apps claiming you can? Much of this has to do with data collection.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal highlighted the amount of information that can be gathered through apps. Facebook has cracked down on a lot of questionable apps, but there are still some that slip through.

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The best-case scenario (which still isn’t great) is for these apps to use your data to sell to ad companies. The worst-case scenario is that apps are actually disguising malware. The latter case is particularly alarming, as malware can be used to gain access to credit card information and other sensitive data.

In both cases, none of these apps are legitimate. And Facebook recommends that you report any app that claims to offer this functionality.

If you have already installed any of these apps, there is 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.

What data can you see on Facebook?

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Although Facebook does not allow you to see who has viewed your profile, you can get other information from your profile. But this is done through native tools on Facebook’s website and not through third-party apps.

Over time, Facebook has become stricter with its data policy. As a result, many applications that provided summaries of profile information no longer work or have very limited functionality. Even well-known sites like Klout have closed their doors.

The market for these types of services has shrunk considerably. This is largely due to changing policies and people tend to be more wary of app permissions these days.

Despite this, you can still use a few Facebook tools to preview certain information. This information does not have the same depth as older services when policies were much more lax.

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 the drop-down menu next to the message icon. You will see the option to view your friendship history, as well as older features such as quilting.

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The See Friendship The page aggregates your photos, wall posts and the history of your mutual friendships. The amount of information on the page will be different 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 is accessible via the drop-down menu at the top right of the Facebook toolbar. Just go to Settings and privacy> Activity log.

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Here you’ll see a summary of your posts, tags, interactions, and other information. You can also search the log for specific activities, such as a location record.

If you have a Facebook Page with more than 30 likes, you can also go to the Facebook Insights tab to see more information about your Page’s reach and followers. However, it is important to note that a Facebook page is public, as explained in our Facebook page vs group introduction, and different from a personal Facebook profile.

The most comprehensive overview of the data Facebook has on you will come from the Your Facebook information page, which you can find in your settings.

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You can use the Access your information tab to get an overview of your activity on the platform, as well as other information that the social network has about you.

You can also request and download a copy of your Facebook data.

What else does Facebook know?

The only thing we know is that Facebook has tons of data on you. But that doesn’t mean that all of this information is available to users.

One thing is certain: Facebook does not allow you to see who has viewed your profile. And don’t trust any tool promising to give you this information.

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