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Finding a Facebook Profile From a Picture

Updated on April 20, 2017

Did you have picture of someone and want to know more about them? Maybe you'd like to know their name, birth date, email address, where they work, or if they're single.

Using the method described below, you may be able to find their Facebook profile, and if they've made the information you want public, you'll find the answers you're looking for.

Is this creepy? Only if you're a creep.

Ways to Find a Person Via Their Photo

  1. The hard way: Locate the number Facebook uses to identify the photo and try to search Facebook for it (see instructions below).
  2. The easiest way: Use Google Images to find all the places where that photo is used online (see video and text tutorials below). Google Images will also find photos that are like the one you uploaded.
  3. Use Tineye to do a reverse image search. (Upload or paste the photo's URL.) Tineye will only return results for the exact same image.

Using a Photo to Find a Person's Profile on Facebook

  1. First step is to took at the file name of the picture. On most web browsers, you can right-click the photo and select View Photo or View Image.
  2. Find the file name. It might end with .jpg or .png and if it's from Facebook, it will have "fb" somewhere towards the beginning.
  3. See how the file has three sets of numbers separated by underbars (_) or periods? Locate the middle number. For example, you might see a URL that includes something that looks like this:
    fbid=65602964473589&set=a.101484896592068.2345.10000116735844&type
  4. Locate is the middle number. In the example above, I'm calling "101484896592068" the middle number. This number is the profile ID from a Facebook user's profile. In this example the number is 15 digits long, but yours might be longer or shorter. It shouldn't have a decimal, though.
  5. Copy and paste the following into your web browser's address bar: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=
  6. At the end, without a space, copy the profile ID number you found: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=101484896592068
  7. Go to the address and you should see the profile of the Facebook user from the picture!

Now you try. You have a photo with these numbers: 49231_618193578354315_9532_n.jpg. Can you find the profile on Facebook?

This method only works if they have a public Facebook account and the photo you have is one they've posted on Facebook. If their photos are private, then it won't work.

Using Google Images to Find Someone

  1. Go to Google Images.
  2. In the search bar, on the left, you'll see a little camera icon. When you touch it, a drop-down menu should say "Search by Image." Click that.
  3. You should see two choices: Paste the URL of the image or Upload. Choose one.
    a. If you already downloaded and have the photo on your computer, then choose "upload" and then browse your computer to find the image. After you upload, Google will search all its pages for a match.
    b. If you are using a photo you found online, then right click that image. Several options will drop down: Choose "Copy Image Location," then go back to Google Images and paste that in the search bar.
  4. Hit "Search" and you should see a list of all the pages where that photo appears. Scroll down and see if any of the sites give you more information about the person.

Can I Use Face Recognition to Find Someone's Identity?

Not yet... but several companies are working towards making this possible!

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      Hello there , 11 days ago

      How does this work ?

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      Adele L. Martin 2 weeks ago

      I can't google someone one from the uk

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      Harvey 5 weeks ago

      Looking to see if a woman is being true to me

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      great 3 months ago

      works. thx for tutorial

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      Gb 3 months ago

      I have a photo and need to know who and if real please please please please help

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      mousumi chowdhury 3 months ago

      i have existing account

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      Sarah 4 months ago

      I have a picture I took of a guy who broke into my husbands truck. The detective can't track him down. I want to try to find him but all I have is a picture of him and the truck he was driving but the truck isn't registered to him. I took the pictures so I know they aren't anywhere on the internet.

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      Amin 4 months ago

      What if i have a NON FACEBOOK picture???

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      Ayla Aktan 4 months ago

      this doesn't seem to work if the person has created a username for their page.....

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      NurR 5 months ago

      If I want to find page/group with photo from their post. Can this work?

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      mercy wilson 5 months ago

      Pls how can i find someone with a picture that was a screenshot? Google images is not giving me the right picture.

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      sandra 5 months ago

      Hey i got a picture with me and i want to know who exactly own the picture can you please find me the name

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      joy 10 months ago

      An scammer used this photo in fake facebook account. How can I trace the real owner of the photo? Please help me guys, this is really unfair for this person.

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      Dilshani 12 months ago

      I want to find a person using only an image

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      Minal 21 months ago

      I can't do this can you please help me personally please :(

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      KasiaAl 4 years ago

      If the picture is available for the public anywhere on the Internet, it is enough to upload the photo to the Google Image Finder (it doesn't work with Opera; you must try some other engine).

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      Tracy Smith 4 years ago

      I tried all of them and it does not work.

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      InternetPanta 4 years ago

      The link that Johnny posted above still works, thank you!

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      Internets 4 years ago

      Thanks bro, took way too long to find a working method!

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      johnny 4 years ago

      the middle number is a picture ID and it works using the link

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=XXXXX........

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      Worked4Me 4 years ago

      I have just tried to find someone and it worked.

      When it doesn't work, it is because the user you are looking for has made their profile unavailable to the public.

      OR, the photo you are using is in a private album. In either case, it will come back with Page Not Found.

      When the trick shared in this article does work, it is because that photo has a 'Public' setting on FB, which allows anyone to view it.

      The photo I just tried to use to find the user worked for me and it went to the user's Facebook account, so I guess they have not hidden their profile from searches.

      I may be wrong, but I have a feeling this is the reason why some photos work while others don't. If you have an FB account yourself you can test this.

      Good luck!

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      Sam Azgor 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      super theory :) thanx for hub

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      4 years ago

      I found it.... people... it seems that you need a specific picture to do this, and it has to have the 5 number groups (i guess its a profile picture).

      Use the third group as ID, www.facebook.com/people/@/thirdgroupnumberID , it will lead you to a profile, i don't know why but the profile was from another person who has the person i was looking for as his/her friend.

      cheers

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      Waldo Pulanco 4 years ago

      this is working till now. i tried it to the other picture that was save on my pc was downloaded on facebook last year. boom its work great..

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      pat 4 years ago

      None of these are working for me with the middle number. Says page not found.....can someone help me

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      amit thapa 4 years ago

      can we find someones id if photo is not taken from her id profile or outside

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      ThatKid 4 years ago

      This works with your photo, using the middle number https://www.facebook.com/488040231227715

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      Andrew 4 years ago

      @Robin use the 3rd number, instead of second.It worked for me !

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      fafafasf 4 years ago

      what if there are 5 numbers in the picture instead of 3....

      xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx.jpeg

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      Robin 4 years ago

      trying to find out if someone i met online is real trying to find out if it is someone else using a picture tried tiny eye it didn't work please help

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      Amir 5 years ago

      Really thank you, it was long time that I was searching for such a solution.

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      sadia 5 years ago

      hay friend plzz help me i have a picture of a girl but on facebook many people make a fake id's and use this girl picture as a profile i want to find real id of that girl plz for god said help me :( actually i also copy this picture from a fake id,and now i searching for this girl's real id plzzzzzz help me can i found her or not plzz tell me????

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      whut 5 years ago

      the middle number is a photo id.. that is you type facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=xxxxxxxxx to get to the photo... now unless the photos are open to the public you won't be able to see them.. how to get to the profile id, idk

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      Sonia 5 years ago

      This dis doesn't work any longer effective today.. FB has changed their coding yet again.. Someone again give me a brain storming idea.. PLZ....

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      MoRGu 5 years ago

      Hiii! is there any other way to find someone using a photo???

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      KasiaAl 5 years ago

      What about the FB profile is closed for the public? Does it work as well? I´m asking because I also noticed that the middle numbers differ (means it´s not the profile number but it´s specific for each picture). Anyway, when you use http://www.facebook.com/ and the middle number, it takes you to the user´s album picture.

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      Tester 5 years ago

      Tried it and its not working..

      I don't think this is possible now, since if you look at the upload photos under 1 account, the middle number is unique for each photo, thus, it could not be the profile number.. Checked my own account and the images does not reflect my own profile number..

      Let me know if I'm wrong Pork22. Thanks!

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      pork22 5 years ago

      The URL changed! Article has been updated with the new link. The new one to use is http://www.facebook.com/people/@/ and put the ID number at the end!

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      HEY 5 years ago

      MMMMMMMMWAH, i got another way but it worked

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      Aud Irene T√łnnesen 5 years ago

      I have tried the profile id, but it's not available. I got it from a picture link , is it that's the reason ?

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      erer 5 years ago

      this doesn't work anymore. they changed the url of the photos lol

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      Dan 5 years ago

      nice..you are great..!! Thanks

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      bigd10003 5 years ago

      wat if there is only 1 group of numbers

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      Pasach KL 5 years ago

      Thanks sooo Muuuch

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      rhonda 5 years ago

      i am looking for someone i have a picture of i think it was being used by a scammer how do i find the person it really is?

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      pork22 6 years ago

      You can try an image search at tineye.com, or look at EXIF data in the file that might give you clues. I don't think TinEye includes Facebook images.

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      Dwayne 6 years ago

      Well i actually have the photo and was wondering if i upload it wud i be able to find that person via Face recognition ???

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      David 6 years ago

      Question is, can you find someone's facebook from a picture off of say a social dating site? They haven't provided their name, just a profile name.

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      johnny5 6 years ago

      Ireland?

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      dtn2885 6 years ago from San Fernando Swap Meet

      I don't really use facebook, however this was an interesting read.