While your posts, images, and maybe even events are meant to be shared with family and friends, what you post can also be made available for the general public to see. While there are settings you can choose to prevent the public from being able to see your posts, it can be a hassle to check every single post to see if they are set to Private. To remedy this challenge, Facebook has fortunately provided a way for you to see your Facebook profile as someone else would. This gives you more control over what content you make viewable to everyone. Keep reading to find out how to use this helpful Facebook viewer tool.

How to View Your Facebook Profile as Someone Else

Facebook’s feature for viewing your Facebook profile as someone else is called “View As.” This allows you to see what it looks like from the perspective of someone who isn’t your friend, and more specifically, lets you control what is and isn’t visible to the public. This feature is even useful for hiding particular details from specific people. First, log in to your Facebook page and go to your profile. Underneath your cover photo to the far right (next to the Edit Profile button), click on the three dots. From the pop-up menu, click on “View As.” You will now be able to see what your profile looks like to someone who isn’t your friend on Facebook. At the top of the screen, you will see the words: “This content on your profile is: Public.” There used to be a way to view your Facebook profile as a friend, however, that appears to have been removed from the “View As” feature.

Why You Should You Know How to See Who Views Your Facebook Profile

Social media, particularly Facebook, has significantly changed how people communicate with one another. While posting habits and thoughts may have become second nature, it’s important to keep in mind that what you post on Facebook can have security risks. There may also be posts that you just don’t want everyone to see, perhaps more personal posts just meant for family and friends. The amount of information that can be gathered from a picture is often underestimated. Even just the surroundings of your house or a landmark can give away your location to someone who is persistent enough. Viewing your Facebook profile as someone else enables you to easily and quickly view which posts are available for the public to see. No longer will you have to check the settings for each and every post.