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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      Sassenach1970 

      11 days ago

      how can the name used photo. I try google image didnt work. I used tineye.com didnt work either. what web site can get my solution pls

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      liza 

      11 days ago

      i do add pictures search in google didnt work. i used tineye.com didnt work either . can help me what best site can find this person real name used photo

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      shin 

      12 days ago

      I want to find fb id with help of profile picture. Can you please help me

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      genesis may lego 

      2 weeks ago

      How to find the missing person

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      liza 

      2 weeks ago

      i have someone pictures i want to know his real name and details pls

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      zah 

      7 weeks ago

      I have a photo of someone I want to know who's he

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      JoeCool 

      7 weeks ago

      none of these work and the ones asking for money are scams

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      Vina 

      7 weeks ago

      How can i put a picture to find detail of someone

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      Dimple 

      8 weeks ago

      Can we find person by image

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      sania 

      2 months ago

      hey

      I have person photo I don't know who facebook id is blocked him only photo

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      Umair akram 

      2 months ago

      I want to find fb id with help of profile picture. Can you please help me

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      gav 

      3 months ago

      how can i insert the photo?

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      Faisal Sami 

      3 months ago

      My picture

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      nygriego74 

      3 months ago

      Typo "First step is to took at the file"

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      Mohammad Aleem Shah 

      3 months ago

      I need a facebook frofil by only an pic can you help me plz

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      AB 

      3 months ago

      None of it works

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      kalkidqn Terefe 

      3 months ago

      no connent

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      Jubayer 

      3 months ago

      I want to find more information about a person

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      Goodseed 

      4 months ago

      I want to find someone name with his picture

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      Luis 

      4 months ago

      I want to find more information about a person

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      zarki 

      5 months ago

      thank you so so so so much .. God bless you..i finally find solution to my problem ... God bless you for me

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      Hii , I am mou 

      5 months ago

      I am telling you that , there are many people . They are so selfish . One of them is Monu Mahato of Gaitanpur . He did not invite me in his village fair

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      Ma Ma 

      6 months ago

      Good

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      sawklo 

      7 months ago

      i want to find one of my friend. But i know only his gmail.com and how can i find?

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      Recheal 

      7 months ago

      I am in leiu of searching a man, who was used in a scam.. he is a military man and i have been searching this person for 2 months...can you try to help how am i able to search him on facebook or instagram with the use of gis photos?

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      tsegaye Mekonen 

      7 months ago

      you are joking us help us please Hou van I add friend using pic with unknown name using face photo only

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      Masukmahi 

      7 months ago

      I want to find a person using picture, plz help

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      Jenny 

      7 months ago

      I have talking a guy from facebook for 8months wo like eachother and i have so many dream abt him .he keep asking me for many .i relized he may using other person profile to cheat me. I want find the real person on the picture. Pls help me.

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      8 months ago

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      Karan 

      8 months ago

      I have been chatting with this girl for sometime, but I liked her, how do I know if she's rwal or not, she refused to show me more of herself, but also keep asking me money. I need to find the person real identify so I can warn her. Please help me.

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      Noor 

      8 months ago

      Plzzz help me. I wanna find a person by picture...

      But I don't know how I can do it...

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      Ivana 

      8 months ago

      I am looking for a man, I have just his photo. How can I find him?

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      Kamrun naher 

      8 months ago

      Someone is using my photo and my name plz dlt the Facebook account

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      Nirmal 

      8 months ago

      Hello, i find a girl id because i like her but suddenly these girl delete her account plz sir help me to find girl's information or a contact number girl id name is aayat खान plz help me

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      Tine 

      9 months ago

      i tried to used google images but it doesn't help

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      Michael Glas 

      10 months ago

      I`ve lost track of how many image sites I have used and all of them totally useless.

      Most come up with, similar images only, not found or claim to have found the searched image and then ask for payments to see results, a complete scam.

      Unless doing an image search for famous people or well-known landmarks, you won`t have any success.

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      Jana 

      10 months ago

      Aron those that keep asking for money, well... chances are its scam.. online love scam.. be careful

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      Flipcute 

      11 months ago

      Thanks a lot

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      Aron 

      11 months ago

      I have been chatting with this girl for sometime, but I liked her, how do I know if she's rwal or not, she refused to show me more of herself, but also keep asking me money. I need to find the person real identify so I can warn her. Please help me.

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      Michelle turner 

      11 months ago

      We're my facebook photos album now

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      Jenny 

      12 months ago

      How do I look up a person if I only have a memory of wat the person profile looks like I Kno the picture of I saw it again just need to find the picture need to scroll threw profile pix

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      Devendrapathak82@yahoo.com 

      12 months ago

      My facbook is not open with otp mobail number

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      Janine 

      12 months ago

      months ago

      Hi I have a picture of a guy that I had a good time in may 29 but I don’t know what is his name all I know he lives in China can someone tell me if there’s any way to find him by only his picture ? Please !!

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      Khush 

      13 months ago

      Hallo I have one picture I wanna find that girl Facebook user name ya just information about her

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      freddy 

      13 months ago

      i have not tryied the paid version, but all the free version got me no results.

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      Keynan 

      15 months ago

      How can search a photo as a profile

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      JOSI 

      15 months ago

      I also need help. I would desperately like to know who the real person is so I could warn him he is hacked. How do i go about it.

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      angel0202 

      15 months ago

      Laura, Theresa and Inthitra ...I faced the same issue last week. I also would like to help that person who is in the photos but not sure how ..if u all have already found the solution pls let me know . I pity that guy and his kid photo used by the fake guy.Thanks god I was alert on the scam and didnt send any money .

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      Finance Guy 

      16 months ago

      Anyone who has been contacted by someone who then is asking you for $ it's a 411 Nigerian scam or a Love Scam, don't send money to people you don't know.

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      Laura 

      16 months ago

      Hi there, I just recently found out that a person id been speaking to was using pictures that were not his own, i am now desperately trying to find out who the person is in the photos, one to let him know someone is using his photos, and also because I began to really like this person, can you help????

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      Aastha 

      16 months ago

      Cool

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      GOPAL SINGH 

      16 months ago

      I met someone on facebook, i think he is not the person in the picture, he has asked me for huge amount of money. Can you please help me find this person or the real person in the photo. Thanks

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      micheal becker 

      17 months ago

      thanks for that

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      norine 

      17 months ago

      can you help me find this man I think I am being scam on FB he is using and sending me pictures

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      Jay Chandra 

      18 months ago

      I want to see

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      Theresa 

      18 months ago

      I met someone on facebook, i think he is not the person in the picture, he has asked me for huge amount of money. Can you please help me find this person or the real person in the photo. Thanks

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      Kubermohanta 

      18 months ago

      Good

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      Natasha Hyneman 

      19 months ago

      Belive im being scammed by a man using a military picture. Says he is in the air force and is stationed in Syria? How do i find out if he is real or fake?

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      john lutta55 

      19 months ago

      good

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      Brenda 

      19 months ago

      Hi I have a picture of a guy that I had a good time with last Sunday, but I don’t know what is his name all I know he lives in Seattle Washington, can someone tell me if there’s any way to find him by only his picture ? Please !!

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      SaifThaha 

      20 months ago

      I have a picture of this particular girl. If I search her picture using Google search by image, will she know? Is there any chance of her knowing that I searched her image?

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      Saif 

      20 months ago

      I have a picture of this particular girl. If I search her picture using Google search by image, will she know? Is there any chance of her knowing that I searched her image?

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      Inthitra 

      20 months ago

      Someone else used this poor man as a profile on the Instagram, sending me all the pictures of his children's including hims self. Manipulate many women for money.

      This honest man doesn't know he has been taking advantage of. So, I would like to find him and share with him the story.

      Hope you can help me to find this nice Army Major.

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      Nym 

      20 months ago

      I have photos of a man I am desesparately trying to identify. Could someone help me if I publish said photos?

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      Romualda 

      21 months ago

      Msrk peter

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      dave 

      21 months ago

      In searching some scam dating the best option found so far, is to drag every questionable pic or copy using snipping tool, to www.tineye.com

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      brian 

      21 months ago

      finding a person that a friends sent me on my phone

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      Samantha Baillie 

      21 months ago

      Please can you help I have been speaking with this man for months now I only have his pictures I have tried everything to find him I don’t have a name though because he used a false name please can you help

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      virgil simmons 

      22 months ago

      i have multiple pictures of a female i have used a image editor to see if they have been edited one of them says it has and it says it was off of facebook i believe she is linked to a scammer she had a profile on facebook but they took it down i would really like some help to find out if these pictures belong to someone else on facebook an if this certain person is using them

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      Don Wilfred 

      22 months ago

      Thank you so much

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      Moody 

      22 months ago

      Thank you so much, it helps too much :)

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      Mangomoc 

      22 months ago

      I have a photo of my father who my mother had left and i would like some help to find out his identity. The only information i had ever was his name which was Kai, but I have some doubt that it is his actual his real name. I will not tell my real name only my surname

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      Alison Patterson 

      23 months ago

      I want to do identy check to get back into my Facebook account and messenger.

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      Kathy Reed 

      23 months ago

      I need to find out this guys name. He burned the flags at my first responders bar in winston Salem nc

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      Kathy Reed 

      23 months ago

      Need to try to tecognize this face. This guy burned our fags at my bar in winston salem nc

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      Rebecca 

      23 months ago

      Picturs for my facebook page

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      Oscar ambriz 

      2 years ago

      I can't login i can't find my profile

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      JOHNNYBOY333jh1 

      2 years ago

      &I am hoping to see she's the girl off my dreams+ my soul mate ❤♌♐

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      Md Mostafijur 

      2 years ago

      I Have A Photo ,Now i need to know her have any Facebook Account or not if have what is her name.

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      nygriego74 

      2 years ago

      Someone e-mailed me a picture with the fb image file name still in tact as a jpeg. How can I find the profile? I tried using that site but it said it can't find them.

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      Ammy 

      2 years ago

      Can we find anyone only with a personal image means not from Facebook or any social media, something like face recognize technique or something??

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      Priti 

      2 years ago

      I'd search

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      Ann kamau 

      2 years ago

      i like it

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      Vineet 

      2 years ago

      Hello,I have the pictures of a girl. I need to know who is she.Can you help me? Thank you

      Plzzzzz

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      Svetlozara 

      2 years ago

      Hello,I have the pictures of a man user by a scammer.I need to know who is the person in the pictures and I inform him.Can you help me? Thank you

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      Grace 

      2 years ago

      I have a picture of a man used by a scammer. I need to know who the person in the picture so i can inform him. Can you pls. help me?

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      Scott 

      2 years ago

      I have 12 photos of a person and I need to know it is.. I tried tineye and Google image with no luck. Any suggestions?

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      krutika barot 

      2 years ago

      I have a photo of a person and I want to know who is that person.

      I tried tineye, image search on google but something worked

      can someone please help me out?

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      Joya Khan 

      2 years ago

      This is my tamp mail id

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      missy 

      2 years 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 and I want to inform that person

      help me please as I tried tineye and google images search but nothing worked

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      missy 

      2 years ago

      I have a photo of a person and I want to know who is that person.

      I tried tineye, image search on google but something worked

      can someone please help me out?

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      Lici 

      2 years ago

      FULA - Choose "request desktop site" and select the word 'Image' at top right corner then it will show.

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      Fula 

      2 years ago

      I have pictures..but I can't search it in gpoogle because that camera icon not showing my Google search bar

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      hassan 

      2 years ago

      can't find using google image and tinyeyes. i have only pic and name how i can find on facebook id anyone can help me?

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      shoaib 

      2 years ago

      nice

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      sharad singh thakur 

      2 years ago

      nice

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      Shafique Ahmed 

      2 years ago

      Wow what the great idea very helpful idea its amazing. I found someone to make it.Thank you

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      daisy 

      2 years ago

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

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      Hello there , 

      2 years ago

      How does this work ?

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      Adele L. Martin 

      2 years ago

      I can't google someone one from the uk

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