Facebook allows you to share photos, videos, and other posts with your friends and family, all within certain guidelines. Like users on many other social media platforms, Facebook members frequently post photos.

Quick Answer: When you save a photo on Facebook, the owner of the photo isn’t notified. However, you will receive a brief notification on your device indicating the photo has been saved. Therefore, you can save photos on Facebook conveniently and without worry.

If you wish to post photos on Facebook and want to restrict their visibility or prevent them from being saved by other users, there are certain Facebook settings you should know about. These settings can help protect your photos from unauthorized access.

In the remainder of this article, we will disclose everything you need to know about backing up photos, protecting your Facebook photos from unauthorized access, and provide tips to help you track where your photos might be published on the internet.

Steps to save a photo to Facebook

  1. Find the photo you want to save on Facebook and click on it to open.
  2. In the upper right corner, click on the menu button (represented by three dots).
  3. Click on the ‘Save to device’ option.
  4. The photo will be instantly saved to your device.

How to Protect Your Facebook Photos from Unauthorized Access:

You can secure your Facebook photos from unauthorized access by following these steps:

  1. Open Facebook and click on the menu button in the upper right corner.
  2. Scroll down and click on “Settings & Privacy”, then select “Settings”.
  3. Click on “Privacy Checkup”, then choose “Who can see what you share”.
  4. Click “Continue”, scroll down the page, and click “Next”.
  5. Under ‘Future Posts’, click on the drop-down button and select either “Friends” or “Only me”.

How to Discover Stolen Photos on Facebook

With billions of Facebook users worldwide, anyone’s photos can be stolen for a variety of reasons, even when there’s no obvious motive.

Hence, it’s crucial to protect oneself by opting for strict privacy settings and limiting content visibility to the general web and individuals outside our friend circle.

To ascertain if someone has misappropriated one or more of our images and used them to, say, create a fake account on Facebook or other sites, there are several quick and simple methods.

Obviously, scrutinizing every photo uploaded to the social network is an impractical task. While it’s more convenient to rely on a friend’s or acquaintance’s tip-off, self-initiated attempts can also yield results.

Here’s how to detect the unauthorized use of personal photos on Facebook:

Google Images

Google employs facial recognition and various algorithms to look for the photo and will find either an exact match or content similar to the original.

To leverage Google for identifying if your photos are featured elsewhere on the web without your permission, navigate to Google Images and drag the photo of concern into the search bar. Alternatively, you can paste the photo link, but an image-based search is likely to be quicker and more user-friendly.


TinEye is another website that aids in uncovering identity theft. This precise image search engine allows you to upload a photo or insert the URL using the “Upload” button, and the site will scrutinize the image by comparing it with available content on the internet.

The results are ranked based on their resemblance to the original photo, taking into account any alterations. TinEye is beneficial not only for cases of profile photos stolen from Facebook but also for copyrighted Flickr photos.


Though primarily designed for detecting plagiarized web content (website texts, articles, posts, etc.), Copyscape can also be used, completely free, to scan photos for potential identity theft, as accompanying images might have been copied along with text.

Who stole my photos

This Firefox extension allows you to monitor the usage of your images on the internet. To employ this extension, download it to your PC. Once installed, a right-click of the mouse opens the following options in the drop-down menu:

  • Search Yandex.ru for an image.
  • Search an image on Teneye.com.
  • Search an image on Google.com.
  • Upload a local image to Yandex.ru.
  • Upload a local image to Teneye.com.
  • Upload local image to Google.com.

Choosing, for instance, “Search for an image on Google,” the inquiry will be made on the images present on this search engine. Selecting “Upload local image from Google.com” enables you to open an image stored on your PC to verify if it’s available on the Web.

How to Report Profile Photo Theft to Facebook

If we notice unauthorized use of our profile photos, the initial step is to request the “thief” to remove the content from the network.

If your request is disregarded, it’s time to report it to Facebook. The social network has a dedicated section in the help center for this issue. Instructions for reporting a counterfeit account or fake photo and virtual impersonation can be found at this link.


Facebook is a powerful and responsive social media site, but it doesn’t send notifications when you save a user’s photo. Every user of the platform already knows that photos posted on Facebook immediately have a backup function. However, you can have full control over photos on Facebook and across the web by following the guides above to the letter.