No matter what the reason is, when we lost connection with loved ones or even when we want to find hidden profiles on social networks, there are many challenges. But when it comes to accuracy, only a few search methods and tools work, so, in this guide, I’ll show you the best ways to find someone on all the social media networks using different details like his name, email, number, or even photos. So, follow the steps and make sure you try the right search strategy that’s better for you.
6 ways to find secret social media profiles
Because not everyone uses the same information to search all the social media sites simultaneously, some search tools accelerate the process and uncover any hidden URL in seconds. On the other side, some other ways work if you can spend the time on search engines and even the social media platform itself, so, choose the right option for you to find what social networks a person is on and see his photos, contact details, numbers, etc…
1. Search for their details
If you have the time to search using Google and even the social site itself, then, start with that option but it will take hours and even days to find the right person if you’re lucky, but if you want instant results, then, only the search tools that we talked about (in the navigation above) can help with advanced social media account finding technologies. You have multiple search options like the person’s name, email address, phone number, or even property like house, apartment, etc…
With such premium search tools, you can find hidden profiles on social media, and even more, there will be a list of friends on Facebook indirectly if you see their accounts. That can happen if their email address and data are public of course, in addition, if there is a secret account, you don’t know, you may find it on his social media tab in the report.
What works best is the name of the person or his email address, but also, you can find his social media accounts by phone number instantly.
Here is another tip to run a social media search by email address and find all the hidden profiles at once, if you know only one email ID, don’t stop here, instead, add that ID to email providers like Outlook, Yahoo, etc… By doing that, you can uncover any hidden email you don’t know about and so, finding the secret social profiles using that address will be easier.
What can make the difference here is that anyone who knows at least the basic details like username or name can find old social media accounts and thus, it’s all about details and some basic verifications.
2. Use search engines
When we talk about search engines, Google is the best of them, however, if you want to go deeper and find the specific profile that’s not visible for public access and details, then, use the advanced search system. It’s similar to the regular Google website, but with more search parameters and options like locations, websites, languages, etc…
The best thing about search engines is that you can add different search terms, so, start by typing the person’s full name, followed by the exact social network, and then, try a different domain if you find no results, here is an example:
full name site:facebook.com
Replace the full name with the first and last name of the person, and next, replace the Facebook domain with linkedin.com, twitter.com, instagram.com, snapchat.com, and any other platform you want.
3. Search by picture
Believe it or not, with a photo you can search on Google and also on other reverse image search engines such as TinEye and find the person behind it, but wait, we only need the social profiles. For that reason, visit the Google image search, then, click on that gray camera icon, that way, you enable the search using an image.
Now, there will be the Google search page using an image instead of words or text, upload the picture from your local computer or use its URL if you want, then, click on the Search by image button.
Wait for Google to upload the file and then, when the search results appear, see if you can find any known website on the social media platforms. Now, even if this method works for many, there are no dedicated options to limit the search for a website you look for like Facebook or Instagram.
Even if this is a good trick to find the hidden photos on Instagram that someone has, it’s always needed to double-check the results you find. Or, add other search terms like the person’s nickname, or date of birth if you know, inside quotes. That way, Google shows you only the exact match of the words you asked for and thus, it will be better to find the social media profiles.
Unlike browsing someone’s account directly, when you try Google images, there is a possibility to find more hidden photos on Facebook that are not easily searchable. But because of the site’s privacy settings, it all depends on many factors, and there is no guarantee to find social profiles that are not visible with the results, but giving it a try is not that hard.
4. Email lookup
Finding social media profiles by email address work well for those who use social media a lot with accounts on different sites. People may use the same email for all their accounts and even if they change that, sophisticated search tools can find them. So, use the button above to search by email.
If you already have the person’s email address, you can use a reverse lookup tool and find his linked social media accounts that are public or hidden. In fact, public data may be easily discovered by these algorithms, but sometimes, there are limitations for technologies and crawling, so, not all the tools work the same way and find the same number of secret social accounts.
For now, you can start with Google and Bing, I tried both search engines, instead of other details, you only need the correct email address, it does not matter if it’s Gmail, Yahoo, or whatever, so, use the following search parameter example for Google.
With that search expression, Google will return all the search results containing that exact email address found on Facebook, so you can change that to Tinder.com or any other site no matter if it’s a social network or a dating website.
5. Search by their phone number
Using step number 1 (button) above is the right solution to find someone on social media by his phone number, just type the number and look for sites like Facebook and Instagram.
The phone number is one of the most powerful ways to uncover people’s accounts on many social media sites that are not public, so, even if someone hides his profiles, there is always a possibility of being already discovered in many ways.
The easiest way is using the social platform itself to search for that number, all you need is the search feature or box, and then, see the results and click on them until you find the right account. On the other side, if you want to search all the dating sites at once, then, use Google’s advanced search as above, but this time, replace the search parameters with the cell number.
6. Search the site directly
Sometimes, Google will not index a page or a social profile, if it’s not listed publicly, however, you can search the site directly, and that works for many. For that, log in to Facebook and use the search icon from the top navigation, next, add the name, the location, or any other detail you know about them, then, filter the results by city or others, and make sure you check the “People” option and not pages or posts, that way, you get the Facebook profiles at are hidden for that exact person’s name.
LinkedIn is also powerful for social networking, anyone can search using different details, including his or her name, address, or whatever you have like information. Now, browse the different accounts you find on LinkedIn, and is it’s needed to filter them until you find the exact person. If there are no contact details there, you can copy and paste the username you already used on the LinkedIn profiles and search it on Google. If that username is used multiple times, you’ll find all the linked profiles on Facebook, Twitter, or others if that’s valid.
Now, you have the tools and tricks needed to discover and get any person’s social media accounts, you can use their emails or phone number to get the details, however, searching using their usernames or full name work also, but it’s not that accurate all the time like using email.
That being said, you have to keep in mind that when you get the search report in a premium tool or even when you use Google, the details are not the same, depending on what search entries you used, that’s why diversifying the search options is what works better to get as many accounts as possible.