How to view Facebook pages without being friends

Updated March 23, 2017

One of the great features of the Facebook social networking site is that you can use it to make new friends or track down people with whom you were once acquainted. While you can see a person's complete profile information once you are friends with them on Facebook, you can also view a limited profile of a stranger or someone with whom you are not yet friends. By using Facebook's search functions or a friend's list of contacts, you can view the Facebook pages of others without being friends with them on the site.

Navigate to the Facebook home page.

Type your e-mail address and password in the appropriate boxes.

Click "Log In" to access your account.

Click on the search bar at the top of the screen.

Type the name of the person whose profile you wish to view.

Click on his name in the drop-down list to display his profile. You can view whatever profile information he chooses to publicly display, even if he is not your friend on Facebook.

Click on your Facebook profile at the top left-hand corner of the screen if you want to view the profile of someone who is friends with one of your friends.

Click "Friends." Click on the profile of one of your friends who knows the person whose profile you wish to view.

Click "Friends" on your friend's profile screen to access his list of friends.

Click on the name of the person in your friend's list of Facebook friends to display the user's profile, even if you are not friends with the person. Like the search method, this will display whatever information a user has chosen to make publicly available.


While you can click on anyone's profile, even if you are not Facebook friends with them, you can only see the information they choose to display to the public.

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Michael Batton Kaput began writing professionally in 2009. He is an editor at two magazines and a freelance writer. He has been published in "Egypt Today," Egypt's leading current affairs magazine, and "Business Today Egypt," Egypt's number one English-language business magazine. He attended Denison University where he earned a degree in political science and English literature.