How to Log Into Someones Facebook Without Them Knowing

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How to Log Into Someones Facebook Without Them Knowing

This guide will walk you through some of the different ways that you can access someone’s Facebook account without them knowing.

These methods are not intended to encourage the breaching of someone’s private account for malicious purposes, but for concerned parents who would like to check their child’s activity on the application.

Can You Log Into Someone’s Facebook Without Them Knowing?

You can log in to someone’s Facebook without them knowing, though it can be rather difficult. Facebook is designed to have extreme security measures to keep access restricted from outside parties. Due to these restrictions, the methods for accessing someone’s Facebook account without them knowing are not always straightforward.

Luckily, this guide will provide you will all of the information that you need to successfully access someone’s Facebook account without them knowing. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully to ensure that your method of access is successful.

This guide is not meant to encourage fraudulent access to someone’s profile but instead offers ways to access pertinent information from a minor’s account for parents who are concerned about their behavior and activity on the application.

If I Log Into Someone’s Messenger, Will They Know?

If you log into someone’s Facebook Messaging application, they will likely be able to see that you have logged in. That being said, it might be difficult for them to figure out exactly who has accessed their profile.

When you access a Facebook profile from a location or device that is not recognized for your account, Facebook will send you a notification letting you know that your account has been accessed from a strange location or device.

Because of this, when you access someone’s Facebook profile from your mobile device and IP address, they will be notified of this strange activity on their account and your device and location will be displayed to the user.

They will not, however, see the name or account information of the user who has accessed their account. This can help keep a level of anonymity when accessing someone’s Facebook profile.

While they will be able to see that their account has been compromised somehow, they will not be able to accurately identify the identity unless they can match you with your location and device.

They will also be able to deduce that their Facebook Messaging application has been accessed by an unknown party if you read some of their unread messages. Unread messages will leave a notification for the user indicating that they have a message waiting to be read. When these messages are read the notifications disappear.

If the user notices that some of their previous unread messages have been read, then they will likely figure out that their account has been accessed by someone. They will still not be able to accurately figure out your identity unless they can match you with your location and device.

Does Facebook Notify When You Log Into Someone’s Facebook

Facebook notifies users when their account has been accessed from a strange location or device. Facebook has a record of the devices that you regularly use to access your account. When Facebook detects an unknown access point, the user will be notified that their account has been accessed.

They will not however be provided any information that could lead to your actual identity unless they can match your location and device. All the information that is provided in the notification will be the location of the IP address and the type of device used to access the account.

This will help keep some level of anonymity when accessing Facebook accounts that do not belong to you. People are likely to not be able to deduce your identity using only your location and device.

How To Log Into Someone’s Facebook Without Them Knowing

The next part of this guide will focus on the ways that you can attempt to access someone’s Facebook account or Facebook Messaging application without them knowing. Using this guide, you can find the method that is best for your unique situation.

Keep in mind that you should not access anyone’s Facebook account or Facebook Messaging application with malicious intent in mind. These access methods are intended for use by concerned parents with children on social media.

Due to the nature of social media and the vast amount of varying personalities and demographics present on Facebook, it can sometimes be dangerous for minors to use unattended. Cyberbullying, harassment, and predatory behavior are some of the things that could be encountered on the Facebook application.

1. If You Have Access to Their Email, Try to Reset Their Password and Get a Reset Password Link

One of the easiest ways to get into someone’s Facebook profile is to use their email address to request a password reset. You will need access to the email so that you can interact with the password request link that Facebook will send you.

You can request a password link on the login page by clicking the “Forgot Password” link. From there, you will need to enter the email of the account that you are trying to access, and then log in to the email so that you can interact with the Facebook password request link.

Click on the link sent by Facebook and follow the on-screen instructions to set up a new password for the account. Once this has been done, you will be able to log in using the new password that you have set up.

Keep in mind that the user will be able to tell their password has been changed when they try to log in next. This will not however give them any information about who has accessed their account, only that their password has been changed since their last login.

The user will receive a notification of the password change including the location and device used to make the change. This is a good option for those who have a shared email or access to the email of a Facebook account that they wish to log into.

2. Request a Password Reset Text Code and Check For the Code When It Comes Up on Their Lock Screen

You can also request a password reset through text that will send a code to the phone of the user that can be used to initiate a password reset request. To access someone’s Facebook account using this method, you will need access to the person’s phone.

You can request the password reset text code on the login page of Facebook but you will need the account holder’s phone to successfully get the code needed to finish the password request process on your computer or mobile device.

Once you have successfully requested the password reset text code, you should wait for it to pop up on the person’s phone or lock screen. Once you have the code, continue the password reset process by entering the code when prompted.

This method is generally easier than accessing someone’s email, as all you need is their phone for a few seconds to get the text code to continue the password reset process. While the user will still be able to tell that their password has been changed, they will be unable to properly identify you.

The notification that they will receive regarding the password reset request will only include information on your IP address location and the type of device that you used to access the account. This will help you keep a level of anonymity when accessing accounts on Facebook that do not belong to you.

3. Go On Their Laptop and Check

Many users of Facebook keep their login information saved in their web browsers. This helps users log in faster without having to enter their username and password every time.

Because of this, it is extremely likely that the person whose Facebook account you are trying to access has their login information saved.

This means that all you have to do to access someone’s Facebook account without them knowing is to have access to their laptop and use their web browser with the saved login information.

This will also keep your access to their account completely secret, as they will not receive the typical notification that their account has been accessed or their password changed.

This is one of the best methods for keeping your access to someone’s Facebook account completely secret. This is also a good method for parents to consider when they wish to check in on the Facebook activity of their children.

4. Use Their Phone When They Are Not Around

Another simple way that you can access someone’s Facebook account completely anonymously and without them knowing is to use their phone when they are not around.

Using their phone to access their account will keep any Facebook notifications being sent to them notifying them of outside access to their account or password changes. You will simply need to wait for them to not be around and use their phone to gain access to their account.

This is only a viable access method if you are often in close proximity with the person whose account you are attempting to access. This is a good method for parents of children with smartphones who are active on Facebook and Facebook Messenger.

You might run into issues with someone having a lock on their phone that you must bypass before you are able to gain access to their Facebook account. If this is the case, try and get to the phone before the lock screen is enabled or turn their password lock off.

5. If It’s Your Partner, Ask For Their Phone to Look At Something Then Check

If the Facebook account that you are trying to access is your partner or someone you live in the same house with, a clever way that you could access their account is by asking them to use their phone and logging in while you have access to it.

Using this method, you will be able to secretly log in and view their Facebook account without them receiving any type of notification indicating that their account has been compromised or that their password has been changed.

This is one of the easiest methods for gaining access to someone’s Facebook account if you live in the same house as them. It will likely not be hard to convince someone in your household to let you use their phone.

6. Look Over Their Shoulder When They Are Typing In Their Password

If you can catch the person whose profile you are trying to access while they are actively entering in their password, you can use that to access their Facebook account. This method might take some patience and proper timing but can be a good way to gain access to someone’s Facebook account without having to do too much work.

Try and pay close attention to their keystrokes and highlighted letters as they type in their password. These can help you decipher and memorize the password to their account more easily.

It will be difficult to tell exactly when you will have an opportunity to gain access to someone’s Facebook account this way but if you are patient and observant, you will be able to get their password.

This method is likely not the best one to consider for parents of minors who are active on the Facebook application. Parents should consider a more straightforward approach like some of the ones listed above.

If you are able to gain access to someone’s Facebook password using this method, they will still be notified that their account has been accessed and your IP address location and the device will be displayed to the user. They will not be able to easily identify you using only this information.

7. Phishing

Phishing is a software technology used to extract sensitive data from users, usually under false pretense. Keep in mind that some forms of phishing are illegal and can result in serious jail time if you use it for criminal activity.

That being said, using a phishing scam to access someone’s Facebook account will not likely result in jail time unless you are using it for some type of other malicious behavior. Phishing scams are based on gathering input from users by pretending to be another website.

If you were to use phishing to gain access to your Facebook account, you would first set up an email that appears to be sent from the official Facebook website. The email would generally ask the user for their login information under the guise of some sort of official and believable reason.

Once the user has been fooled into entering their information into the fraudulent email data system, it is then logged and can be accessed by the creator of the phishing scam. As previously stated, the laws differ around the world regarding phishing scams.

If you are using a phishing scam to steal credit card or bank information you will likely receive some serious jail time if you are caught. While logging into someone’s Facebook account using a phishing scam is not likely to land you in jail, it is still not an advised method.

You will need some technical knowledge to run a successful phishing attack as most of the code will need to be written by hand.

8. Brute Force Attack

A brute force attack on a password system is a type of program that generates and enters an infinite number of passwords to try and force entry through randomization. Brute Force Attack databases are made up of massive password combinations and all of the words in the English language.

Using extremely advanced randomization and generation based on information on commonly used passwords, a brute force attack will likely gain you access to any account that you want over time.

You will need some technical and coding knowledge to successfully run a brute force attack program but they are relatively straightforward to use. You can find brute force attack programs online.

Keep in mind that it can take quite a long time before a brute force attack finds a successful password match. Since the options for password combinations are basically infinite, you should keep your expectations realistic.

9. Use A Keylog

If you have access to the same device that is used to log in to the Facebook account that you wish to access, you could consider using a keylogger to automatically log the password.

A keylogger is a software that is installed on a device and keeps track of all of the keystrokes that are typed. The data is then stored for access later on. You can install a keylogger on the person’s device and extract the data from the logged typed words later when they are not around.

You might have to be sneaky to install the keylogger on the person’s device and it could be tricky gaining access to it when they are not around. If you are able to successfully install and access the key log data then you will be able to use the password you find there to log in to their account successfully.

10. Get A Phone Monitoring App

If you are a parent and have a child who frequently uses Facebook or Facebook Messenger, then you could consider installing a phone monitoring app on their phone. A phone monitoring app will help you keep track of all your child’s online activity, including their Facebook activity.

A phone monitoring application will give you access to all saved passwords and user data that is associated with any type of online account. Using the phone monitoring app, you can access all of this data in one place without the need for any complicated access methods.

While this method is only viable for parents with children on social media, it is still a good method to consider for ensuring the online safety of minors. You may not believe that you need to monitor your child’s internet activity this strictly, so consider all of your other options first before committing to something as strict and invasive as a phone monitoring app.

Final Thoughts

This guide has broken down all of the common ways that users have successfully gained access to someone’s Facebook account without them knowing. While these methods could be used for malicious intents there are some legitimate reasons that you could need to access a Facebook account that is not yours.

The most common reason for needing access to a Facebook account that is not yours is a parent wanting to check in on their child’s online activity. This guide can help ensure that you are doing all that you can to stay on top of your child’s online safety.

Although Facebook is a great place to chat and make friends, it can also be dangerous to minors. Because of this, it is important to be able to access their accounts when you need to.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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