How to See Someone’s Activity on Facebook the Easy Way

Have you ever wanted to see someone’s activity on Facebook? You’re not alone. In fact, there are a lot of people who want to know what their friends and family are up to online.

This article will give you all the information you need and it won’t take long at all!

By following this step-by-step guide, I guarantee that within minutes of reading this, you’ll know everything there is to know about their activity on Facebook.

I’ll cover how to monitor the Facebook activity of friends and people you follow plus I’ll show you how to go deeper and monitor all Facebook activity of your family, especially your kids. Several methods to suit all situations!

Let’s get to it.

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Viewing Someone’s Activity on Facebook without Them Knowing

The first method I’m going to look at is perfect for close family memebers including your children. The best bit is that this can be done without them knowing anything about it.

For this method you will need to have access to their cell phone and it works for Android and iPhone users on Facebook.

You may have many reasons for checking out someone’s FB activity. The most common is to keep an eye on what your own kids are up to online. Maybe you are concerned about online bullying or worried about their friends.

Wherever your reasons are, you still want to be safe and within legal limits so that you don’t end up getting into trouble. So, how do you go about it?

The best method in this scenario is to use a phone monitoring app for Facebook.

The Best Way to See Someone’s Activity on Facebook

Using a monitoring or spy app is the best possible way of tracking down someone’s activity. There is no point trying to find better ways of doing this in my experience. The main problem you’ll face is finding a reliable app to get the job done.

If you’ve read any articles here on AcisNI you’ll know I write a lot about using spy apps in legal and ethical ways. I have a lot of experience with testing and using these apps. And trust me, some are no better than simple scams.

Check out this article where I look at Facebook hacking apps that work – you’ll be glad you did!

In my experience, one of the best apps you could rely on is mSpy. It works effectively because it is a parental control app that is designed to help parents monitor their child’s social media and all online activities.

The scope of the app is very wide and you can monitor much more than just Facebook activities. You can see a bunch of other things including emails, browser history, text messages, phone calls and basically everything they do on their smartphone. Oh and now you can even see their Secret conversations on Facebook – a relatively new feature on the Messenger app.

It works on both iOS and Android phones and tablets. Start with a look at my main review of mSpy to see what it is capable of –

Key Features of mSpy

mSpy is an app that works wonders for parents. So, you can totally trust it to see someone’s activity on Facebook. Here is what is on offer:

  • Real-time data monitoring
  • Full reporting of Facebook and Messenger activity
  • Is completely hidden
  • Easy to install
  • great online reporting with easy access to all files

How to Use mSpy?

As mentioned above mSpy works on both Android and Apple iPhone devices. You will need access to the user’s phone for at least a few minutes to download and install the app. Don’t worry it is easy to install. See that guide for details.

The app is fairly simple to navigate and you only need to follow basic steps to get your job done. Here is what you need to do:

  • Create an account by going to the mSpy website.
  • Choose the device you want to use the app on.
  • Choose your preferred plan. There are several options available and if you want access to someone’s activity over a prolonged time period, choose your plan accordingly. Usually, longer plans are more value for money but it is totally a matter of choice and preference. So, you be the judge of this!

Once you pay, you will be able to install the app and see the activities of the account you have chosen. The setup is simple and does not take more than 10 minutes to get into action.

Pros of mSpy

  • Offers a broad range of features and extensive social media monitoring
  • Works with both Android and iOS
  • Simple to use
  • Easy installation and user-friendly control panel that works even for non-tech experts
  • Trusted by many – the most popular monitoring app today
  • You get a notification in case the user has removed the app from their phone
  • Competitive pricing options to suit all budgets

Cons of mSpy

  • Does not offer listening or recording features.
  • Sometimes the app may report issues with GPS tracking.

As I mentioned mSpy can do so much more than monitor Facebook activity. I have an article covering How to See Activity on Instagram – worth a look. The range of features available is really second to none.

For FB monitoring it can also allow you to see their private photos. A useful feature for parents!

Can Someone Find out if You Are Seeing Their Facebook Activity?

No, the target phone can never find out if they are being spied on. This is because parental control apps such as mSpy work in stealth mode. These apps are used not just by parents but also by employers at times.

User discretion is advised and you must have valid reasons for checking someone’s activity. However, if you are using these apps on phones that you don’t own or are not authorized to scan, it essentially is illegal.

How to Get Access to a Friend’s Activity Log Without Using an App?

Sometimes, you can check basic things without even downloading and paying for a minitoring app. This only really works if you are a Facebook friend with someone.

In some cases, you get a real-time notification if a friend likes or comments on something; so as a platform Facebook, is quite public. The notification center is also a useful resource.

Let’s look at how this works.

Follow these steps to find out what your friend or someone else likes on Facebook:

  • Go to their profile.
  • Choose the likes option on the menu.
  • As soon as you choose the like option, Facebook will display a list of items, things, places that the person has liked in the past. Be ready to encounter a range of interests, movies, pages, etc.

This you have to admit is very limited. You are not going to get much information about your friends Facebook activity using manual methods.

Be careful with some online guides claiming you can see detailed activity. What most are talking about is getting your friends phone or computer and using their account!

With their phone, most people stay logged in to the Facebook app so technically you could just look at everything in there. But this is definitely NOT Legal.

Make sure to check my tech articles – I cover lots of tips and tricks about Facebook and FB Messenger. Try – Who Am I following on Facebook for starters! Then maybe you want to see who unfollowed you?

Can I See Someone’s Search History on Facebook?

Facebook has pulled itself up on a lot of security and privacy breaches in the recent past. The platform is actively trying to make the browsing experience safer for all users and even if you have noble intentions, this does amount to some type of intrusion.

Therefore, it is not possible to see someone else’s search history on Facebook without using a monitoring app. With an app like mSpy you can see all activity, history, likes, comments and even messages sent in Messenger.

If you are worried about you security I suggest having a look at my guide – ways to find out if your Facebook has been hacked. Lots of useful information in there.

Are You Breaching the Law? Should You Be Concerned?

Let us be honest, sneaking into someone’s profile, no matter how close you are to them, is slightly creepy. You may also be concerned about any legal implications if you get caught. So, what is there to worry and how much should you be concerned?

To begin with, it might be slightly easier to see the activity of a friend on Facebook. If you are looking to get into someone else’s profile, who isn’t a friend and has a private or locked profile, it is going to be difficult.

It is also illegal and a breach of their privacy and Facebook is pretty strict about this. So, you need to tread very carefully. Besides, there should be a good reason for you to monitor someone else’s activity on Facebook.

Parting Words

That just about covers how to see someone’s activity on Facebook. Using manual methods you can see some details relating to the FB use of people you are friends with. You should take a look at my article – Facebook Messenger Symbol Meanings Explained – it covers what all the icons actually mean.

But to really get into the details of their activity you will need a monitoring app like mSpy. These apps can allow you to see their messages on FB and much much more.

This can be a great way to keep your kids safe online. But it can be open to abuse by jealous partners etc.

However, you must be mindful of their rights and should not take undue advantage of technology to breach someone’s privacy. It is wrong at multiple levels and may also lead to legal complications that are best avoided.

Author - Susan Kennedy

Hi there - I'm Susan Kennedy, a regular mom who has used spy apps for years now. I was fed up with spammy reviews and poor information so I started this website. I also teach you how to improve your online security and stop unwanted spy apps. Reliable information from a real person!

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