Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms all over the world. There are lots of things that we can do on Facebook, such as messaging, watching videos, viewing photos, and more. The platform is also one of the best options to use when connecting with friends, relatives, and even strangers.
Facebook has been continuously growing each day, which means that new photos are also being added. There are photos that can be accessed and viewed publicly, such as the photos posted on Facebook groups, pages, and even profiles. To enhance the security of each user, Facebook has added an option to make a photo private. With that, is it possible to view the Facebook photos that are not set to public?
In this article, we will be answering that question. At the same time, we will also be giving you some of the best tips and strategies to make it possible to view private photos on Facebook.
Can You View Private Photos and Videos on Facebook?
There are two answers to that question. It’s a yes and a no. It all depends on the settings of the Facebook user. We currently have a total of six options to improve the privacy of our Facebook posts. We have the following audience options:
- Friends except…
- Only me
- Specific friends
Apart from the “Public” option, all of the remaining options are considered private. Most of the time, users don’t want to share their information with strangers, which is why they usually use the “Friends” option when posting on Facebook. This option is considered private since it doesn’t allow strangers to access or view their posts. Same with the other options that we listed above. All of them are considered private options.
The only thing that stands out among them is the “Only me” option, where the owner of the Facebook account is the only one who can access and view his own posts. If a Facebook user sets the post to the “Only me” option, then there’s no other option to view the post.
How to View Private Photos and Videos on Facebook
There are few options to have access to these private photos and videos on Facebook. Let’s start this guide right away to help you view private content on Facebook.
1. Become a Fake Facebook Friend
This is the easiest and most efficient way to access private profiles. Once you become friends with your target account, you can see all of his or her posts, except for the posts that have been tagged with the “Only me” option.
However, becoming a fake Facebook friend on Facebook is getting harder nowadays. This is due to the fact that users are becoming more intelligent and responsible. With the growing number of scams, crimes, and illegal activities that are happening around us, users usually tend to inspect a friend request before deciding whether they will accept it or not.
For your account to become a real-looking account, you need to add a profile picture, add similar interests, add the same hometown or city, add the same educational background and school, and more. Your goal is to have similarities with your target profile.
Having a real-looking Facebook account will increase the acceptance rate. Also, never use a profile picture of a known individual or cartoon. These kinds of things will surely result in your friend request being declined.
2. Add the Target Account’s Friends
Not every Facebook user hides their posts. Sometimes, they have public posts that you can see. Check these public posts’ engagement, such as the likes, comments, and shares. Knowing that this is a private account, most of the interactions are surely coming from his or her friends on Facebook.
You can add every one of them so that you can build your account’s reputation. Before sending a friend request, make sure that you have at least 10 mutual friends. Having mutual friends on Facebook will decrease the doubt that you are using a fake Facebook account.
3. Check the Tagged Photos
If the target account is really private, another option is to find a mutual friend by searching his or her name on Facebook. Once you search for his or her name, you will see a bunch of results. You need to go to the Photos section and see if you find any pictures of the target account.
Once you find one, view who added the picture and the other details that have been added to the post. Most likely, you can find some comments, likes, and tagged individuals. Review the profiles of the interactions and check if they are related to your target Facebook account. If you think they are, then add them as a friend.
To view the private photos and videos of a Facebook user, you need to have a connection with their account. Your main goal is to become one of his or her friends on Facebook. Using the three methods mentioned above will increase the chance of becoming one of his Facebook friends.
Assuming that you managed to become a Facebook friend, you can start browsing his account. You can view all of the photos and videos that are not set to the “Only me” option by going to the target’s Facebook profile > Photos or Videos tab.
Darren is a journalist turned gamer. He previously worked with several local news companies. Right now, he’s taking a break while helping Loot the Box grow.