How to view hidden private profile picture in Facebook

Social networking giant Facebook is used by one and all to be in contact with our friends,colleagues,family and loved one’s.With social media we always need some privacy and Facebook provides us the same via Privacy Settings.Privacy settings in Facebook help the users to hide or lock their profile pictures and other pictures from public or specific people.This setting is pretty necessary to use looking at the increase in users of Facebook so that unknown user/stranger is not able to get access to your profile picture or other albums.However,even after using this setting there is a way where one can view hidden profile picture in Facebook.In this article we are going to share how to view hidden private profile picture in Facebook.

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View hidden private profile picture in Facebook

There are two ways to achieve this and view anyone’s profile picture in Facebook even though they might have locked them.

Method 1 has stopped working after an update to Facebook API in June 2015. However, Method 2 is working perfectly fine.

Method 1- View Hidden Profile Picture in Facebook

  • Log in to your Facebook account
  • Go to the Profile of the user whose profile picture you want to view
  • Right click on the Profile Picture and select Copy Image URL
View hidden profile picture-copy url
Copy Image URL
  • Paste the URL anywhere(MS Word,Notepad or in address bar in new Tab)you like.
  • Edit the URL-Remove the part in the URL starting from “/hprofile-ak“till “160×160

For example if the URL is-

https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-xfa1/v/t1.0-1/p160x160/385743_10151157205939407_1558287225_n.jpg?oh=c169ad2252b3d0c96c8591334bc8c0a8&oe=54BA81B8&__gda__=1425577842_534791d8cbd55aa5b51832a09f1a7259

Note:If you copy this URL paste it in URL address bar and Hit Enter you will see the Profile Picture in small dimension(160 X 160) as in Facebook profile of that user.

Change/Edit this to-

https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/385743_10151157205939407_1558287225_n.jpg?oh=c169ad2252b3d0c96c8591334bc8c0a8&oe=54BA81B8&__gda__=1425577842_534791d8cbd55aa5b51832a09f1a7259

If you observe “/hprofile-ak-xfa1/v/t1.0-1/p160x160is removed from the above URL.

  • Copy the edited URL and paste in URL Address Bar.Hit Enter or just Hit Enter if you copied and edited the URL in address bar itself

There you go! You will view full hidden private profile picture of the Facebook user whose Profile Picture URL you copied.

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Method 2- View Hidden Profile Picture in Facebook

  • In this method, you need to know the User ID of the user whose profile picture you want to view.
  • Log in to your Facebook account and visit the Profile of the user whose profile picture you want to view.
  • When viewing his/her profile in the address bar you can see the username of the user.
View Hidden Profile Picture-Facebook User ID
User ID
  • You can follow our article on find Facebook User ID or visit the following website  – Get Facebook User id from username to get the User id from the Username
  • Enter the Facebook profile URL of the user whose profile picture you want to view and click Find Numeric Id
  • Use the User Id in the below link

http://graph.facebook.com/userid/picture?width=2000&height=2000

For example, if user id is  1111111 then you modify the above link to-

http://graph.facebook.com/1111111/picture?width=2000&height=2000

  • Copy this link in URL address bar of your browser and Hit Enter.

With these two methods you can view hidden private profile picture in Facebook of anyone.However this was just for informative purpose and you should not view others personal data.

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10 thoughts on “How to view hidden private profile picture in Facebook

  1. I received this error{
    “error”: {
    “message”: “(#803) Cannot query users by their username (username)”,
    “type”: “OAuthException”,
    “code”: 803
    }
    }

    1. This trick worked perfectly fine earlier. However, the error is because of an update that came a few days ago by Facebook which has changed the security. Now it is not possible to get information of users based on Usernames because of the update. Hence the trick does not work anymore. However, we will update as soon as we find a new trick. Keep following!

  2. Hi, Hemant, I tried method number 2 but that’s what shows afterwards:

    {
    “error”: {
    “message”: “(#803) Cannot query users by their username (zaida.g.navarro)”,
    “type”: “OAuthException”,
    “code”: 803,
    “fbtrace_id”: “EFjcDp1fUji”
    }
    }

    Do you know what might be happening?
    Thank You

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