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Facebook page can reveal a lot about you to anyone who visits. If your posts are Public, everyone can see whatever you share. There are ways to lock down your Facebook account, like making it harder for people to find or changing the privacy on all your old posts. But if you want to double-check what people can see, you can view your Facebook profile as someone else.
Update: Facebook no longer allows you to view a page as a specific individual, but you can still use “View as Public” to see how your page looks to the general public.
Go to your Facebook page and click the three dots next to your cover photo.
Select “View As” from the popup menu.
You profile reloads to show you how it looks to the public—so, anyone who isn’t your friend. For me, it’s mainly my old profile pictures and cover photos.
You can also view your page as a specific person. At the top of the screen, click View As Specific Person and enter the name of the person you want to view your profile as.
This is really useful if you’re hiding Facebook posts from one specific person. This is what my page looks like to my boss, Whitson.
While you can’t edit or delete any posts while you’re viewing your page as someone else, it will give you a good idea whether there’s anything you need to sort out. Checking every once in a while to see how your profile looks to others is a great little privacy checkup.
How to View your Facebook Profile as Public: The top ways to view your Facebook Timeline Profile as a public user in order to monitor users who see exactly what and what on your Facebook profile.
In conjunction with the upgrade of Facebook Timeline, Facebook has offered users the ability to release ‘public’ status update.
Without doubt, this function is a nice addition but, you might wish to have the ability to be able to keep track which of your posts on Facebook have been published publicly to ensure that you’ve not revealed certain information to the general public that you initially did not envisage.
Interestingly, Facebook in their generosity has provided a simple method to view your Facebook profile as a public user.
Below are steps to take in order to view your Facebook Profile as a Public User;
1. Navigate to your Facebook Profile page.
2. Click the ‘Icon’ beside the Activity Log Link.
3. Click ‘View As…’.
4. The next step is to have a look at the area above your Timeline profile. Click the highlighted word ‘public.’
5. With this, you will now be able to view your whole Facebook Profile as a public user. These includes; status updates, photos, likes etc.
6. Another option, is to type in a friend’s name into the available text box and view your profile the way your profile will appear to that friend.
7. If you notice a large number of your posts are been shown to the general public, you can follow my tutorial on how to restrict view of your posts to certain sets of users.
With the Facebook feature “View as,” you can see what your Facebook profile or page looks like to others. Advertisements
Let’s see how to use this feature on PC, Android and iPhone.
For your profile, follow these steps:
Log in to Facebook.
Go to your profile by clicking on the profile name at the top.
Hit the three horizontal dots button next to the “Edit Profile” button.
Click on “View as.”
That’s all. You can see your profile as it looks “Public,” and a notification at the top indicating the same.
Here is an alternate way to do it.
Log in to your Facebook account.
Click on the inverted triangle at the top right.
Go to Settings & Privacy > Settings.
On the left sidebar, click Public Posts.
At the bottom of the right side, you can find a link labeled “Want to know what followers can see? View your public timeline.” Click on it.
That’s all there is to it.
If you want to return to your view, click the “Exit View As” button in the notification at the top.
Alternatively, you can click on your profile name at the top to “exit.” In the pop-up, click on the “Leave Page” button.
For your page, follow these steps:
Log in to Facebook.
Go to your page by clicking on the page name in the top right sidebar. Advertisements
On the right side of your page, you can see your profile picture beside the three horizontal dots button. Hit it.
Choose your profile.
That’s it. You can now view your page as how it looks to others.
If you want to return to your view, refresh the page.
Alternatively, you can click on your profile picture beside the three horizontal dots button. Choose your page.
Android or iPhone
Watch the video to view your Facebook profile like someone else.
Open the Facebook app.
Tap the three horizontal lines at the top if you’re on Android or bottom if you’re on iPhone.
Tap your profile or page name.
For your profile, follow these steps: Hit the “three horizontal dots” button and tap the “View As” option.
For your page, follow these steps: Hit the View As beneath the cover photo.
That’s it. You can now view your profile or page as “Public.”
To get back to your view, follow these steps:
For your profile: Tap the “Exit View” option if you are on Android. If you are on an iPhone, tap “X” at the top left.
For your page: Tap the back arrow at the top left.
“Mirror, mirror on the (Facebook) Wall – who can see everything about me most of all?”
Have you ever wished for the ability to look into the mirror, and see yourself the way that others see you? Well on Facebook, you can! Here’s how to check what your Facebook profile (also called your Timeline) looks like when others view it. This is an easy way to make sure that your Facebook privacy settings are doing their job.
[Instructions updated January 2013 and again May 2015]
View your Timeline as someone else
1. Click on your name to get to your Timeline, otherwise known as your profile page.
2. Towards the right of your large cover photo, you’ll see a few buttons – Update Info, View Activity Log, and three little dots. Click the dots and choose “View As….”
Or, you can use the Privacy Shortcut button near the top right, as shown here. Choose “Who can see my stuff?” And then “What do other people see on my timeline?”
3. You’ll now see your timeline as if you were a member of the “Public”. In this case public means someone who is logged into Facebook who is not your friend or otherwise associated with you.
If you’ve set privacy settings judiciously there should not be much shown here. (If you see more information here than you are comfortable with, go back to your Timeline, click Update Info and then edit the privacy settings for any portion of your profile.)
4. Now click “View as Specific Person”. Once you start typing a name, you can choose from the names as they appear. Then you’ll scroll down to see what your friend would see when viewing your timeline.
Why preview your Facebook profile or Timeline?
With all the changes Facebook makes, reviewing your privacy settings on a regular basis is a good idea. Some of the changes might expose information that you thought had been private. You can control who can see the information you choose to share. For example you can set up a Friends List, add friends to the list, and then use that list to restrict those friends from certain content. So to make sure the privacy settings are working, preview your Facebook timeline as someone else from time to time.
This does not work for me. There is no view as or edit button. i use the old version. but recently i downloaded a thing that now allows me to dislike statuses and ever since then i can no longer see comments when i post them until the page has refreshed and also, if there are more than 4 comments and i click on show comments, they all disappear entirely!
There is a new setting now that you can also use. Click on the little icon next to the word Home in the upper right. This is the privacy shortcut I recently wrote about. Then click Who can see my stuff and then click What do other people see on my timeline. This should work for you but is also sounds like you added some kind of app or add-on (to dislike statuses) that is causing other problems. You might want to try deleting or uninstalling that to see if it fixes your problem.
nope, only goes to post privacy link, there is no more view as in mobile
Yeah, looks like you can only do the “View as” from desktop.
Slight tangent here but cant find the answer..when i view my timeline as one friend i see my ‘about’ (where im from etc.) instead of ‘recent activity’ (friends added, pages liked etc.) Viewing it as anyone else it shows ‘recent activity’. Any ideas why? Have i blocked them or them me in some way?
Sounds like maybe you have blocked them or maybe added them to a list that you have set to not share with as your default. You can check, go to their profile, hover over the “Friends” button, click “Add to another list” and then just see if there is a checkmark next to any of those lists. If there is, maybe you are not sharing activity with that list. That would be my guess anyway!
This was very helpful! Now I know how to avoid awkward conversations with my family whom also happen to be on Facebook lol.
Laurie Quenneville says
I am on my husband’s laptop and I went into my facebook page now I can’t return to his facebook page. It will show him in the top tab with his name but it is still under me
Make sure to log out of your account completely, then close your web browser, then go back in and log back in as him.
Stian Presthus says
How do you do this in the Facebook phone app, though?
I have followed the “view as” steps successfully in the past. Now Facebook replaces the person’s name I selected with my email address automatically. There is a picture of a key next to my email address in a drop down under the spot where you enter the person’s name who you would like to “view as”.
Can anyone help?
I’m still able to “View as” on desktop (not mobile Facebook app).
I’m curious to know if my boyfriend has limited what I see on his fb. Is there a way that I can check that out?
See What Other People
See On Your Facebook Timeline
While you can NOT determine WHO has viewed your profile on Facebook recently (unlike on LinkedIn)…
You CAN easily find out what another Facebook user would see if they DID visit your profile.
And this simple little step has important implications both for security and marketing.
Why Check Out Your Profile As Someone Else Might?
1. Security – Make sure your friends are seeing the right stuff, your friends of friends are only seeing the allowed stuff, and the public is not seeing too much. This is also a way to ensure that someone you have blocked or “suppressed” using the granular privacy settings is not seeing more than they should.
2. Marketing – Those of us in marketing are “within the public sphere” and it means that we need to additionally be aware of how the “public at large” (other Facebook users who are not yet our friends) sees us. Often, a little “sculpting” or “manicuring” is called for.
Viewing Your Timeline (Profile) As Someone Else
There are 2 different ways to get to the “View As…” tool on Facebook:
1. (as an alternate to #2) Click on your name in the upper left hand corner of Facebook to go to your Facebook Timeline (aka Facebook Profile). Near the lower right hand corner of your cover image, you will see a gear (settings) icon. In this dropdown menu, select “View As…”
2. (as an alternate to #1) In the upper right hand corner of your Facebook, you will see a little padlock icon just to the right of your name. Open up this dropdown. Then select (click) “Who can see my stuff“, and then click “What do other people see on my timeline? View As…“
3. The “View As…” bar now shows up near the top of your Facebook profile and indicates which privacy group (Public… Friends of friends… Friends… etc) or individual you are currently viewing Facebook as. You can easily close it, when you are done, by clicking the X.
A popup reminds you to: “Remember: Things you hide from your timeline still appear in news feed, search, and other places on Facebook.” (If you want something to not be visible
What Items To Check When Viewing Your Facebook Profile As Someone Else
1. Check Your Timeline Itself. Look at individual postings
2. On the left sidebar of your timeline, look at different items such as “likes” and “places” and “tv shows”, etc.
3. Click on the About tab and look at your “city”, “home town”, “places” “photos”, “email address”, “phone number”, etc.
4. You can also check out the “Friends” and “more” tab but most of these items are accounted for in the left sidebar of the timeline at this time.
Who To Investigate How They See Your Stuff?
Start by viewing your profile as Public: Pay careful attention to this filter because this defines how Facebook subscribers and non-friends see your profile. This is where you want to be sure they are seeing the “right” things without seeing too much. If you have Subscriptions enabled and/or post publicly, this will have more “stuff” than if you do not.
However, if you are a marketer, be sure that this limited view still conveys your brand and how to reach you, etc. When you post to public, it means everyone, and you can not suppress the post from being seen by any trouble maker.
Consider friends of friends: These people are important because you can not directly control who they are… yet they are not exactly the public at large. Friends of Friends is the first level where you can use Custom Privacy to keep a person (or group of people – a list) from seeing an item. Unfortunately, the “View As” tool can not show you this view. However, keep it in mind.
Check an Individual to check the “Friends” filter: Regardless of whether or not you use this often (or rarely) you still want to take a look and make sure it’s contained. It only takes a couple moments to be sure . If you post regularly to the Friends filter, pay attention that the right posts are there… and that none of them are “bleeding over” into the Public or friends of friends without your knowledge. Select the name of a friend – preferably one that is NOT in a list that you publish specialized content to – to have a look at what they see.
Check an Individual to check on a Custom List: If, like me, you maintain custom Facebook lists, for selective posting…. you will need to view your profile as a member of that list would see it. (Keep in mind that that individual may be a member of multiple lists of yours so do not immediately freak out if they seem to see more than you think they should.) I have one very-important custom list, that I share very personal things with, where I do NOT want that content being seen by all of my friends in general.
Check an Individual to check on the “Restricted” List: If you utilize the restricted list on Facebook, to prevent a friend from seeing any non-public postings… then you will want to view one of those “friends” and be sure that they are only seeing public content rather than seeing content labeled for friends.
Check on any person you regularly do not share content with: The custom privacy box above lets us suppress content being shown to any friend even if they are not on the restricted list. If you take advantage of this (as many people do with an ex relationship partner) be sure to check it.
Know Your Settings!
Many people are familiar with the privacy options but don’t take great advantage of them. This is your chance to clean up, shift around, and make better use of them going forward.
Pay careful attention to that “Public” filter so that it gives off not only the right information but also the right AMOUNT of information. (You don’t want to have it only showing certain app postings and never showing that you post legitimate quality content.)
Cleaning this up is something you can do as little as once a year and feel great about because you know it lets the right “you” shine through!
Have you checked your privacy settings recently?
PS: Many apps give themselves permission to post at one privacy level and you might want to change that…. you need to go into App settings, into the individual app to change how it posts by default.
It’s back—sort-of. Facebook has officially resurrected its “View As” feature, a way to see what your profile looks like for people-who-aren’t-you. It’s a great privacy tool with some new, annoying limitations.
In its original incarnation, Facebook’s “View As” option was a great way to double-check if your privacy settings were working the way you intended them to, especially if you were trying to keep specific people (like your parents) from seeing various aspects of your life you’d rather they not. You could see what your profile looked like from the perspective of any one of your friends, and you could also see what information you were publicly sharing to any random internet user that stumbled across your profile.
Sounds great, right? It was, until Facebook reported that a vulnerability in “View As” that could have allowed an attacked to take over your account or log into a number of other websites as you (via Facebook’s single sign-on feature). This privacy mess affected at least 50 million users, and Facebook responded by immediately disabling the feature.
Facebook has now brought “View As” back to life—hopefully a bit more secure than before. However, you can only access it on Facebook’s Android or iOS app as of when we wrote this article, and it’s not quite as powerful as it used to be . You can’t see what specific friends can see on your profile, but you can at least make sure that you’re not sharing information publicly you didn’t mean to.
You’ll find “View As” on your profile page. Navigate over to there by tapping on the hamburger icon in the lower-right corner and tapping “View your profile” at the top. (Or, for a shortcut, just tap on your profile picture to the left of the “What’s on your mind” status box on the primary Facebook screen.)
LinkedIn is an American business and employment-oriented application that is available for use both via the website or as a mobile application.
So for those of you who are wondering how to View Your LinkedIn Profile As Someone Else? LinkedIn provides a feature using which you can see how your profile would look to someone else, viewing it as a recruiter or a possible connection.
Very often, we are nervous about how our profile looks and whether we have made all the right adjustments.
When it comes to a professional profile, we need to be careful about what we put in there as it has an impact on our career path. Some points to keep in mind would be:
- Keep your profile updated with the latest photo, resume, and description.
- The profile summary should be precise and clean so that it is easily understandable.
- Maintain connections and be an active user of LinkedIn.
The above mentioned are some of the tricks and tips to get noticed on LinkedIn, among many others. The best part is that you can review the changes you have made to your profile before anybody else sees it so that you can correct mistakes.
In this article, we are going to see How to View Your LinkedIn Profile As Someone Else. For starters, there is no longer a direct way to view your profile as someone else. In the article, I have mentioned other ways in which you could do that.
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How to View Your LinkedIn Profile As Someone Else
Back in 2016, LinkedIn had an option within the application to be able to view the profile as a third person. There used to be a “View Profile As” button, once you click on this you would be directed to a new page where you could see how your LinkedIn profile would appear to others.
Since the direct way to view profile as others is no longer available, let’s look at a workaround for this. There are two ways by which you could achieve this. We will look into each of these ways in detail.
SOLUTION 1 :
Follow the below-mentioned steps to view your LinkedIn profile as someone else.
- Navigate to LinkedIn via Incognito mode.
- You will land on the Homepage of LinkedIn, ensure that you DO NOT sign in.
- Click on Find a Person, you know.
- Type in your profile name in the search bar that appears. Click on Enter.
- You will see your profile come up in the search results. Click on the Profile.
- You will land on your Profile view, as it would appear to others.
Alternatively, you could just navigate to google.com and type “YourFirstName YourLastName” and press enter. Your profile would come up in one of the search results when you click on it the profile would open up.
This second solution is not a full-proof method. Sometimes it doesn’t work as expected, but you can try this method.
- Log in to your LinkedIn Profile.
- Click on the Me icon at the top right corner of the page.
- Click on “View Profile.”
- Click On Contact Info.
- Copy the link under “Your Profile.”
- Paste the link to an incognito tab. Your profile page will open up.
If the above mentioned solutions don’t work for you, double check the following :
- Ensure that all incognito windows are closed before you attempt the steps.
- Please copy the link and try it on a different browser, where you had not logged in previously.
I hope that this article gave you the right guidance on How to View Your LinkedIn Profile As Someone Else. The steps mentioned above are workarounds, as LinkedIn has no direct option.
Your Linked Profile has to look its best to stand out, learn How to Add Interests to improve the visibility of your profile. Also, learn How to see who has viewed your profile, so you know how excellent your visibility is.
Let’s wait around and see if LinkedIn brings back the option of viewing one’s profile from within the app sometime in the future.
Do you administer your own or someone else’s page and always like and reply to your followers as a Business Page? Here’s how you should change your perspective and start replying quickly from your personal account.
Replying to comments is essential to expand reach and engagement on social media and develop a stronger brand voice. To do so, you are probably often posting and commenting as your Facebook Page, a.k.a. a business profile.
A person’s response, instead of a brand, helps a business seem real and authentic. This approach is sometimes a good way to put a “face” behind a reply.
But if you are managing someone else’s Facebook page, then make sure you always respond or like the post as a business page. In situations like this, it is very unprofessional to answer from your private profile.
You want to convey a more professional approach and let the community know that you are a brand they can trust.
If someone is complaining about a particular issue on your page, it would be better to reply from your business account with the page’s logo.
In this blog post, we will show you how to switch between accounts and to comment as yourself or a Page itself on a Facebook company page you are managing. You will also learn how to do this from a desktop computer and a mobile phone (Android and iPhone).
How to comment on a Facebook page from a desktop computer 2021
Facebook lately changed the way to comment on a Facebook page from a desktop computer, but we got you covered. Here is the new way of switching between your private and business accounts:
- Log into Facebook and go to the page you administer.
- Above option “Create Post,” in the upper right corner is located your page’s logo – click on it and switch accounts.
- Select the name of the profile you want to comment as.
- Go to a post you want to comment on.
How to comment as myself on a Facebook page 2020?
It’s simple and requires just a few steps and clicks.
Whether you are a business owner or community manager, Facebook makes it easy to use the business page in harmony with your own Facebook profile.
If you are an administrator, Facebook allows you to write posts under your name and your private profile, instead of the Page name. This way, you can switch back and forth between posting with your name and posting as the Page name.
Each post you publish has a small icon at the bottom right corner where you can immediately see which account you are using to comment. By clicking on the drop-down list, you can change accounts in seconds and choose how you want to comment on a particular post.
How to comment on a Facebook page from a desktop computer
To comment as yourself, you will need to follow these few steps.
- First, log into Facebook and go to the page you administer.
- Find a post you want to comment on.
- As shown below, in the lower right corner, click on your profile icon with a little dropdown arrow next to the comment field.
- Select the name of the profile you want to comment as and write your comment.
How to change who you are commenting as on Facebook mobile
Steps for Android
Suppose you are administering a Facebook page or business profile from your phone. If you are using Facebook for Android, you may have experienced the frustrating situation of not being able to answer people’s comments on the page as “yourself” or you happen to like your own post as a Facebook page.
Unfortunately, Facebook has not made this easy to do on Android. Facebook app for Android doesn’t have an option to easily switch accounts and write comments from your personal Facebook profile.
Still, there is a way to get around it.
If you are trying to post a comment as yourself from mobile (in this case from android) on a post made by a page you manage, just follow the steps below:
- Go to the browser, search for m.facebook.com and log in with your username and password.
- Click on the three lines in the right upper corner and go to the page you manage.
- Find a post you would like to comment on.
- In the lower right corner below the post or photo is a circle with an arrow. Click on the arrow and select your profile in the “Liking and commenting as” section.
Steps for iPhone
If you have an iPhone, apply the same steps as for Android, i.e. m.facebook.com.
- Go to the page you administer.
- Find a post you want to like or comment as yourself.
- Click on the arrow under the post/photo and choose your personal profile.
If you follow these steps and everything goes well, your new comment posted from your personal profile should appear on the post of the page you administer.
And that’s it! If these tips & tricks were helpful, feel free to share them with the rest of the world!
By Jason Artman
Facebook is one of the most popular social networking websites, with more than 500 million active users as of 2010 according to Facebook’s official statistics. If you are an Internet user who has not joined Facebook yet, you might have searched the Web for the name of one of your friends and happened upon her Facebook profile. However, you were not able to view it. Before you can view someone else’s Facebook page, you must become a Facebook member. After joining Facebook and inviting someone to add you as a friend, you may view her profile.
Navigate to the Facebook home page. The page includes boxes for information required to create a Facebook profile. Fill in the requested information, such as your name, email address and desired password. Click the “Sign Up” button, and follow the steps displayed on the page to create a Facebook profile for yourself.
Return to the Facebook home page after creating your profile. Type your email address and password using the boxes in the upper right corner of the screen, and click “Login” to view your Facebook account page.
Click in the box labeled “Search” at the top of the page, and type the full name of the friend whose Facebook profile you would like to view. Press “Enter.” The “All Results” screen displays a list of all Facebook members with names matching the one you have typed.
Click the “Add as Friend” button next to the name of the person whose Facebook profile you would like to view. A pop-up window appears to ask you to confirm that you want to send the person a friend request.
Click “Add a Personal Message,” and type a brief message if you would like to remind the person of who you are and how you know each other. Click “Send Request,” and then click the “Close” button.
View your friend’s profile by clicking her picture under the “Friends” category on the left side of the screen after navigating to your Facebook account page.