Can I Grab Other People's Photos Off Facebook?

by Alan Sembera
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Many Facebook users enjoy sharing their photos with friends and others on their timelines. If you see a photo you would like to copy to your computer, it's a fairly easy process. There's even a built-in feature to share photos to your own timeline. Keep in mind that copying a photo without the owner's permission generally is considered bad "netiquette" and possibly even illegal if you publish it elsewhere.

Copy to File

Step 1

Navigate to the Facebook photo you wish to copy.

Step 2

Right-click on the photo and select "Save Image As..." If you are viewing a thumbnail image of the photo, you may first have to click on the image to enlarge it.

Step 3

Enter a new file name for the image if you don't want to use the default name, which is usually a long series of numbers.

Step 4

Enter the location where you want to save the file.

Click "Save."

Copy to Timeline

Step 1

Navigate to the photo on the other Facebook profile.

Step 2

Click the photo to bring it up in the photo viewer.

Step 3

Click the "Share" link at the bottom of the photo.

Step 4

Choose an option for how you want to share the photo from the Share options, such as "On Your Own Timeline."

Step 5

Enter any caption you would like to appear with the photo.

Click the "Share Photo" button.


  • Any time you "share" a Facebook photo from someone else's timeline to your own timeline, the original privacy setting will remain in effect. For example, if your friend set the privacy settings so that only her friends can view the photo, only her friends will be able to view the photo on your timeline.


Photo Credits

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About the Author

Alan Sembera began writing for local newspapers in Texas and Louisiana. His professional career includes stints as a computer tech, information editor and income tax preparer. Sembera now writes full time about business and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Texas A&M University.

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