Every user on Facebook has a unique profile id. Whether you are a Facebook app developer or a regular user, there are several reasons why you would want to know the Facebook profile user id of someone. Let’s take a look at the different ways you can find out the profile id of someone.
Method 1 : Identifying the profile id from URL
If you have been using Facebook for some time, by now, you have probably realized that each user has a unique profile URL that allows you to go directly to that person’s profile page.
You can extract the profile id from anyone’s profile URL, whether they have customized their profile URL or not.
- Non-customized Profile URL
When you sign up on Facebook, you are given a profile URL with a long series of digits appended to it. For example, here’s the link to my profile page:
As you can see, the profile id is
- Customized Profile URL
Facebook allows you to customize your Facebook profile URL by adding a username to it. Let’s take a look at Mark Zuckerberg Profile link:
This is an example of a customized profile link. In this case, the profile ID is not visible but worry not, all you have to do is replace
graph in the URL i.e
Navigate to this page to get the profile id of Mark Zuckerberg.
Method 2 :Extracting Profile ID from photos
If you have ever saved a Facebook photo to your computer, you may have noticed that it contains a series of numbers separated by underscores. One of these numbers contain the profile id that points to the user who uploaded the photo.
Right-click on the profile picture, select
Copy Image Location and paste it in your favorite text editor (Notepad or MS Word). The second set of numbers in the photo name is actually the profile id.
Method 3 : Dig up your old Emails
This method is pretty handy if you are unable to go to the person’s profile in certain circumstances, for example, if the person has blocked you or disabled his profile. You might want to find out his or her profile id in order to verify if your friend is still on Facebook or has blocked you.
Assuming that you do not delete your Facebook email notifications, head up to your email and search for the email when Facebook notified you that you are now friends with that person. If you got zillions emails like me and is struggling to find that mail, a common phrase to search for is “
wants to be friends with you on Facebook“. Open that mail and copy the link of the
Confirm Request button link in a notepad.
That’s all folks! If you know of any other method let me know in the comment section below 🙂