Have you ever wondered who’s watching your Facebook videos? With over 3 billion monthly active users, Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms for sharing photos, updates, and videos. However, this social media giant doesn’t have a built-in way to see exactly who has watched your videos.
While Facebook does show you general metrics like total views and shares the platform keeps individual viewers anonymous. However, some sneaky workarounds may give you a glimpse into who’s interacting with your videos. In this article, you’ll explore options to see who’s tuned into your Facebook videos. Let’s dive in.
Unfortunately, Facebook doesn’t let you see who has watched your Reels. While you can view metrics like total views, likes, comments, and shares, the identities of individual viewers remain private. Facebook prioritizes user anonymity for all video content, including Reels.
However, if those viewers engage with your Reel by liking, commenting, sharing, etc., you can see those interactions. You can also see individual viewers of Facebook Stories if they are your friends.
Similarly, broadcasting live streams lets you view who is watching in real time. However, the direct audience for recorded live streams and recorded Facebook stories will only be visible if they actively engage.
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While Facebook doesn’t show you individual viewers, a few ways exist to understand who’s watching your videos. Let’s find out:
You can see overall metrics for each video’s views, comments, shares, likes, and more. So, while you won’t see individual people, you’ll get an idea of how many users have interacted with your videos. The below-given steps can help you:
Step 1: Go to your Facebook page and click on the video post you want to analyze.
Step 2: You’ll see the total likes and comments on the left side. Hover over the likes numbers, and you’ll see individuals who have liked or reacted to your video. Study these metrics carefully to understand the video’s overall reach and engagement.
Bonus Step: To see detailed engagement on your video, go to Facebook Business Manager and log in with your page. Click Insights > Content to find all of your Facebook data. Click on the video to see the metrics in detail.
Facebook stories are a way to share updates with your friends and family. These stories remain for 24 hours and disappear later on. Wondering if you could check who has seen your Facebook story. The answer is yes! You can check your story viewers within 24 hours after you upload the story.
Follow the steps below to see who viewed your Facebook stories:
Step 1: Go to Facebook.com and open the story for which you want to see the viewers.
Step 2: Swipe up to open the audience selector menu. Here, you’ll find the Facebook profiles that have seen your video. You can scroll through the list to see individual viewers’ names and profile pictures.
Important note: Sometimes, you may see “Other viewers” rather than your friend’s names. This happens when someone out of your circle sees your story. Instead of showing their name, Facebook marks them as other viewers.
When broadcasting live, you can see a list of who is viewing in real-time. Live video shows you each viewer’s name and profile picture. To see the profiles, you can get help from these steps:
Step 1: Start a live video on Facebook by clicking the “Live button” or plus icon on the top right corner.
Step 2: Watch the little eye icon on the top-middle while your video is live. Based on their engagement, you’ll see the total number of people watching your video in real time.
Important note: Once the live video is stopped, you won’t be able to see the viewers. However, you can still see metrics, including likes and comments.
Here are some of the most asked questions from Facebook users:
Yes, you can only see someone’s Facebook if they have set the privacy to the public or the profile is a public page.
No, viewing Facebook stories is never anonymous. The person who posted it can see who viewed their story. However, if you are not friends, he won’t be able to see your name.
Yes, a person can see who has viewed his Facebook features, photos, or videos. However, the names of already friends will be revealed.
No, there is no way someone can see how many times you viewed their Facebook story. They can’t tell who has viewed their story repeatedly.
While Facebook keeps individual video viewers anonymous, some ways still provide a bit more insight. Analyzing metrics can show you the scope of your reach. Checking Stories views reveals which friends have tuned in and monitoring Live streams gives real-time visibility into who’s watching. But Facebook’s priority is user privacy, so individual identities are never fully exposed.
With some clever use of metrics and Facebook’s interactive formats, you can get a general sense of who’s engaging with your video content.