How To Reverse Image Search Facebook

Posted by Arch on November 9, 2018

Do you want to know the name behind a face? Or maybe you’ve tried unsuccessfully to look for a previous contact? Either way, you have a photo but you need a name.

There are two ways to go about this. Facebook itself doesn’t have a reverse image search utility, so you may have to research in other ways outside of the popular app.

Keep reading to find out your options. You may have to try both options to find the information that you want.

Option 1 – Use a Reverse Image Search Engine

One of the easiest ways to find information about an image is doing a reverse image search. You can try search engines like Google Images, TinEye, or RevImg.

To use a reverse image search engine, you need the image location or the actual image. Copy the image location by right-clicking on the image and clicking the image location option. Alternatively, you can also download the image and save it.

For search engines like Google Images, you can either paste the image URL or upload the image you downloaded and saved.

Keep in mind, though, that your search results may vary depending on the user’s Facebook settings.

Option 2 – Use the Facebook ID Number

Did you know that some Facebook images have a Facebook photo number embedded in the file name? Using this method is relatively simple. Just follow the steps below.

Step 1 – Locate Photo ID Number

First, you need to locate the Facebook photo ID number on the image. To do this, right-click on the image and choose View Image/Photo. Doing this may reveal the original link for the image.

Alternatively, you can also right-click on the photo and choose “Copy Image Address.” Paste the copied address to a text or notepad document to see it better. You can also open another browser tab and paste it there if that method is more convenient for you.

Somewhere near the beginning of the link, you might see the letters “fb.” That stands for Facebook, and it confirms that is where the image came from. But you’re not done yet.

In the link address, you should see three sets of numbers followed by “jpg” or “png.” For example, you may see a URL that looks similar to this:


The sets of numbers may also be broken up by underscores to look like this:


Either way, it’s the second or middle set of numbers that you want. This is the profile number for the person’s photo on Facebook. In this case, it would be: 105484896xxxxx

Step 2 – Opening Up the Facebook Page with the Photo ID

Your next step is using that second set of numbers to locate the Facebook page where the image originated. To do this, open up another tab and paste the following link with the photo ID number:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=[insert photo ID number here]

Make sure that there are no spaces or decimals when you copy the id number. The actual number of digits may vary from the example, too, so you may get one that’s shorter or longer.

Press Enter to open the Facebook profile that the image may have originated from.

About Searches via Facebook Photo ID

If you do choose to use this method, however, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, the profile you’re led to may not be the person in the photo. It may only be the originator of the photo. What that means for you is that they may have posted or reposted the photo without really knowing the subject in the photo.

Also, it’s important to keep in mind that you may get to a Facebook profile but the information you see may be limited. It depends on the person’s privacy settings. For optimal results, the profile needs to be public.

Finally, Instagram’s and Facebook’s name formats are similar because the former is owned by the latter. However, this method only works for photos originating from Facebook. If they are from Instagram, it won’t work.

Final Thought

Using a reverse image search may be the easiest way to look up information. It’s not the most comprehensive, though, especially for social media websites.

Instead, check out the name format. See if the photo comes from Facebook or another website. If it is from Facebook, you can try locating the photo ID and using the generic URL to bring you to the right Facebook page.

Keep in mind that neither method is completely reliable. Both results may vary depending on many factors. But you may luck out and be one step closer to putting a name to a face, and that’s a step closer than you were before you tried.

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