Seeing A Blank Facebook Profile? Here’s Why (And How To Fix It)

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When someone you’ve messaged before suddenly has a blank Facebook profile, you may find yourself wondering,

  • Will I ever see this person again?
  • Are they going through something difficult?
  • Is this just a glitch? 

It can be especially unnerving if the person is strictly an online friend. In this article, I’ll cover each possible reason for finding a blank Facebook profile and, if possible, what to do about it. 

Possible Reasons Why You’re Seeing A Blank Facebook Profile

Reason #1: You’ve Been Blocked 

When someone blocks you on Facebook, you’ll no longer be able to see their social media profile. Any old comments they left on your page will remain, but you won’t see anything they post after they blocked you. 

But to determine whether this happened, you’ll have to look for other clues. Here are a few:

Check Your Old Chats

1. Open a one-to-one chat you’ve had with that person.

Chat box in Messenger

2. If you can see their profile picture but can’t visit their page by clicking it, you may have been blocked. In this example, the person’s picture has been covered for privacy.

No profile photo in the chat

3. If you’ve been blocked, you won’t be able to send them a message.

Photo shows you've already been blocked in the chat

Ask A Favor

Ask someone to visit the profile in question. If they can see it, you might have been blocked.

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Start A Search

1. Enter their name in the search bar.

Enter their name in the search bar

2. If you’ve been blocked, you either won’t find the person at all or won’t be able to visit their profile by clicking the result.

You won't see the name of the person who blocked you

3. If you see the message, “Sorry, this content isn’t available right now,” the person may have blocked you or deactivated their account.

This content isn't available right now

Oops, My Bad!

To see if you’ve accidentally blocked someone or been blocked:

1. Go to Settings.

Go to settings and privacy

2. Select Blocking.

3. See if the person in question is on your Blocking list.

Manage blocking settings

4. If they are, select Unblock next to their name.

Select Unblock next to their name

Reason #2: Your Friend Deactivated Their Account

If someone has deactivated their account, you won’t see their profile picture in a chat box or in Messenger. Previously, you also couldn’t send them messages, but for some reason, this has changed.

Your Friend Deactivated Their Account

If a third party is also unable to see their profile, they probably deactivated their account. 

There are also other signs that an account has been deactivated:

Search Your Friends List

If your friend deactivated their account (but didn’t unfriend you first), they’ll still show up on your Friends list. To search your Friends list:

1. Visit your profile by clicking your name or profile picture.

Visit your profile by clicking your name or profile picture.

2. Select Friends.

Select Friends

3. Click the search icon.

Click the search icon

4. Type the person’s name.

Type the person’s name

5. If they show up, see if their profile picture is showing. If it isn’t, that’s a sign they’ve deactivated their account.

Type the person’s name

6. If you click their name and get this message, they’ve deactivated their account:

If you click their name and get this message, they’ve deactivated their account

Reason #3: Their Profile Is Private

If they prefer, Facebook users can make their profile posts, friends lists, and personal info invisible to everyone but their friends. If they want to be extremely private, they can even make these things visible to only some friends or themselves.

Techoist explains all of the privacy options on Facebook: 

If you can visit a person’s profile page but see nothing besides their profile picture, their account is most likely private. 

Reason #4: Your App Or Browser Is Malfunctioning

It’s possible that your Facebook app or browser is malfunctioning. 

If you’re using the Facebook app, try visiting the person’s page through a browser. If you’re able to see their page through the browser, update your app and see if that fixes the problem. 

If you’re on a desktop or laptop computer, try using a different browser. If this works, try updating the browser that wasn’t working properly. 

Reason #5: Your Friend Gave Their Profile A Blank-Over

For whatever reason, your friend may have decided to anonymize their profile. Reasons may include having a high-profile job or concerns over online safety. By choosing a blank profile picture and posting no visible content, they can enjoy Facebook without worrying about snoops. 

Because people can choose different privacy settings, this possibility overlaps with Reason #3.

FAQs

What does it mean if I click on someone’s Facebook profile and its blank?

There are five main reasons for seeing a blank Facebook profile:

1. You’ve been blocked.
2. The person deactivated their account.
3. They set their account to private.
4. Your app or browser is malfunctioning.
5. Your friend personally anonymized their profile.

If you can send the person messages, that eliminates the first two possibilities.

Why is my friend’s Facebook page blank?

If your friend blocked you or deactivated their account, you won’t be able to see their Facebook page. They may also have set their account to private or manually made it more anonymous. And of course, there’s always the possibility that your app or browser is malfunctioning.

A Quick Recap: Where’d My Friend Go?

If you encounter a blank Facebook profile:

  • To tell if an account has blocked you or been deactivated, open a recent chat with the person. 

If you were blocked, you’ll be able to see their profile picture but won’t be able to send them messages. If they’ve deactivated their account, the reverse will be true.

  • The person may have set their account to private or manually anonymized their profile. You can message private accounts (that haven’t blocked you).
  • Your Facebook app or browser may be out of date.

Got any questions? Please let me know in the comments!

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Cole Trahan
Cole is a freelance writer and former laptop repair technician with a knack for explaining how things work. As a remote worker and millennial, software and the internet are ordinary parts of his life. Cole’s pastimes include enjoying the outdoors, meditation, and listening to creepypastas on Youtube. To learn more about Cole’s writing, visit his website colescopywriting.com.

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