How to View Your Facebook Profile & Page As Someone Else or Public

View Facebook Profile As Someone Else or Public

This tutorial will show you step by step how to view your Facebook profile and/or page as someone else (friends or public) on a computer and on Android.

This way you can see how your timeline looks like to others and test your privacy settings or how your business or fan page looks like to your page's visitors.

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Facebook "View as" Option

Some things you only want to share with a few people or maybe not with a specific person and certainly not to strangers (non friends), so that's why Facebook has privacy settings.

You might want to test your privacy settings to see if they're set correctly, and that's why Facebook also has a "View As" option to let you see how your profile looks like to strangers (public) or a specific person.

And:

Facebook also has a "View as Page Visitor" option for your business or fan page, so that you can view how your page looks like to a visitor.

How to See What Your Facebook Profile Looks Like to Others using a Computer

1. Go to your profile (timeline).

2. Click on the [...] button located next to the "View Activity Log" button.

3. Click on "View As...".

view your facebook profile as someone else or public

4. Now Facebook will show you how your profile (timeline) looks like to the public (people who don't use Facebook). If you want to view your profile as a specific person, then you will need to click on "View as Specific Person" located in the black "This is what your profile looks like to:" bar at the top.

View Facebook Profile As Someone Else or Public

5. If you choose "View as Specific Person", then you will need to type a friend’s name and click on that person when he or she appears.

view your facebook profile as a specific person

6. Now you can check if your privacy settings are set correctly.

7. If you are done viewing your profile as someone else, then go the black "This is what your profile looks like to:" bar and click on the (x) icon to close the view.

How to See What Your Facebook Profile Looks Like to Others using Google Chrome on Android

(This will work on all Android smartphones, including Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia, Lenovo, HTC, LG, etc...)

The Facebook app on Android and the Facebook mobile website don't have the "View as" option, but there's still a little trick to view your profile as someone else by using a setting in Google Chrome.

1. Turn on "Screen rotation" on your Android smartphone, but you don't need to rotate your phone yet.

android screen rotation

2. Open Google Chrome.

3. Open the Google Chrome menu.

open google chrome menu on android

4. Check "Request desktop site".

request desktop site setting in google chrome on android

5. Go to Facebook.

6. Log into your account (if you're not logged in already).

7. Go to the address bar and change the m in the web address to web and tap on "Go" (keyboard/keypad). Example: https://m.facebook.com becomes https://web.facebook.com.

change facebook web address in google chrome on android

8. Rotate your smartphone, so that your screen will also be rotated.

rotate smartphone

Note: You might need to zoom in and scroll a little bit, to be able to easily find and tap the buttons and links.

9. Go to your profile (timeline).

10. Tap on the [...] button located next to "View Activity Log".

11. Tap on "View As...".

view your facebook profile as someone else or public on android

12. Now Facebook will show you how your profile (timeline) looks like to the public (people who don't use Facebook). If you want to view your profile as a specific person, then you will need to tap on "View as Specific Person" located in the black "This is what your profile looks like to:" bar at the top.

view your facebook profile as someone else or public on android 2

13. If you choose "View as Specific Person", then you will need to type a friend’s name and tap on that person when he or she appears.

view your facebook profile as a specific person

14. Now you can check if your privacy settings are set correctly.

15. If you are done viewing your profile as someone else, then go the black "This is what your profile looks like to:" bar and tap on the (x) icon to close the view.

How to See What Your Facebook Business or Fan Page Looks Like to Others using a Computer

1. Go to your business or fan page.

2. Click on the [...] button located below your cover photo and next to the "Share" button.

3. Click on "View as Page Visitor".

view your facebook business or fan page as someone else

4. Now Facebook will show you how your page looks like to page visitors.

5. If you are done viewing your page as someone else, then go to "This is what your Page looks like to a visitor. Switch back to your view to manage this Page." located just above your cover photo and click on "Switch back to your view".

How to See What Your Facebook Business or Fan Page Looks Like to Others using Google Chrome on Android

(This will work on all Android smartphones, including Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia, Lenovo, HTC, LG, etc...)

The Facebook app on Android and the Facebook mobile website don't have the "View as" option, but there's still a little trick to view your page as someone else by using a setting in Google Chrome.

1. Turn on "Screen rotation" on your Android smartphone, but you don't need to rotate your phone yet.

android screen rotation

2. Open Google Chrome.

3. Open the Google Chrome menu.

open google chrome menu on android

4. Check "Request desktop site".

request desktop site setting in google chrome on android

5. Go to Facebook.

6. Log into your account (if you're not logged in already).

7. Go to the address bar and change the m in the web address to web and tap on "Go" (keyboard/keypad). Example: https://m.facebook.com becomes https://web.facebook.com.

change facebook web address in google chrome on android

8. Rotate your smartphone, so that your screen will also be rotated.

rotate smartphone

Note: You might need to zoom in and scroll a little bit, to be able to easily find and tap the buttons and links.

9. Go to your business or fan page.

10. Tap on the [...] button located below your cover photo and next to the "Share" button.

11. Tap on "View as Page Visitor".

view your facebook business or fan page as someone else

12. Now Facebook will show you how your page looks like to page visitors.

13. If you are done viewing your page as someone else, then go to "This is what your Page looks like to a visitor. Switch back to your view to manage this Page." located just above your cover photo and tap on "Switch back to your view".

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