When you look at someone's profile on Facebook will they know?

Updated April 17, 2017

Perhaps you have a crush on someone and want to gather the goods on her -- or simply worship the photo of her in a bikini. Or you might simply want to see what your boss is up to every day after work -- perhaps he's not as strait-laced as he appears in the office. Having these people discover that you click on their profile every day would be embarrassing, to say the least. Fortunately, there's nothing to worry about.

Profile Views

Facebook's Help Center definitely states that the site provides no ability to track who views your profile. This also includes portions of a profile, such as photos or notes. People also aren't able to see how many times their profile has been viewed. Rumours to the contrary are a result of either wishful thinking or malicious apps designed to collect personal information.

Leaving Clues

Just because Facebook doesn't tell people who has visited their profiles doesn't mean that the person whose profile you're viewing won't find out. If you suddenly become friends with several of his friends or like the same pages he does, if he sees your profile, he'll know you paid a visit. More obvious signs, of course, are if you decide to comment on photos he's tagged in or leave notes on his friends' walls.

Profiles and Privacy

If you're wondering who looks at your profile, you can make sure that it's hidden from unwelcome prying eyes. Click on the "Account" tab and click "Privacy Settings." Then click "Customize Settings." You see a list of options including "Relationships," "Birthday" and "Posts by Me." Click "Friends Only" to prevent people you don't know from viewing your personal information. For even more privacy, you can click "Customize" so that you can block parts of your profile from friends who you don't want to see that information.


According to Facebook, there are no applications that are able to allow people to detect who sees their profile. Nevertheless, several apps make this claim. According to the Huffington Post, the real purpose behind the apps is for unethical affiliate marketers to make money from gathering your personal information. Social media intern Andrew Robertson, writing on the SocialSafe Blog, points out that scammers can be very devious, even hijacking friends' accounts and sending messages to the effect of "Hey Andrew I just found out you were one of my top stalkers, you can find yours at" If you see a friend's post claiming that a profile view app works, or receive a message mentioning one, simply ignore it -- or contact your friend to let her know her account has been compromised.

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Elise Wile has been a writer since 2003. Holding a master's degree in curriculum and Instruction, she has written training materials for three school districts. Her expertise includes mentoring, serving at-risk students and corporate training.