How to Find Friends on Facebook Without Them Knowing

By Ashley Hay

Facebook, with over 500 million active users, is one of the most well known social networking sites available on the Internet. Most people either have a Facebook page or are at least familiar with what it is. When it comes to searching for family, friends, co-workers, classmates or even ex-partners, you can do so without anyone knowing what you are looking at.

Step 1

Log in to your Facebook account by entering your email address and password. If you do not have a Facebook account you can register on the Facebook homepage by following the on-screen instructions.

Step 2

Click on the "Search" bar on the top of the "News Feed" page, which is your account homepage.

Step 3

Type in the name of the friend who you would like to search for and press "Enter" on your keyboard.

Step 4

Click on the "People" link on the left side of the page once the "All Results" page loads. This will reduce the search results to list only people instead of other pages such as company pages, musician pages or celebrity pages that may share the same name.

Step 5

Type in the city or region the person resides in, under the "Location" search bar, to narrow the results. Press the "Filter" button to filter the results to include only people with that name in that location.

Step 6

Scroll through the results and click on the picture or name of the individual you want to look at. Depending on the person's privacy settings, you may only be able to view a limited version of their profile. The person cannot see who views their page. The only way they will know you viewed their page is if you send them a message, click on the "Poke" button or click the "Add as Friend" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not have a Facebook account and do not want to make one, you can still search for people but your results will be limited.