How to View a Friend’s Photos on Facebook
Although uploading a photo album is a good skill to have, you’re actually going to spend much of your time on Facebook looking at other people’s albums. There are basically two ways to view an album (not counting the preview you see in News Feed or on a friend’s Wall): the album view and the photo viewer.
Facebook creates albums on behalf of users (like the Wall Photos or Profile Pictures Albums). Sometimes, you’ll click a photo of a friend and find you’re looking at photos of that friend from a third person’s album.
The album view
The album view is the grid of miniature photos that you see when you click the name of an album or click a View Album link. Most average screens can fit about 16 photos in this view, and as you scroll down the page, more and more photos appear until you reach the end of the album.
If you’re someone who likes seeing what people are talking about most, look on the top-right corner of the album view for a series of buttons. The default grid view is selected, but the other button next to it, called comment view, shows you only the photos in the album that have comments alongside those comments.
Beneath the last photo, you can read the album description (if there is one). There are also Like and Share links. If a friend has posted an album of really fun or beautiful photos, clicking Like on the whole album lets them know that you enjoyed seeing it. Clicking the Share link allows you to post the whole album to your own Wall, send it to a friend as a message, or post it to a group Wall.
There’s also a comment box (it says Write a Comment in the text box) at the bottom of the album view. Type your comment text into it and press Enter to leave a comment on the album as a whole.
The photo viewer is an overlay on top of Facebook that allows you to quickly browse photos and leave comments. The top part of the viewer is where the photo actually is. Clicking anywhere in the photo viewer screen progresses the album from start to finish, although you can also go back by clicking the gray arrow on the left side of the viewer.
The bottom section of the photo viewer provides some information and several ways for you to interact with a photo.
This section includes the following information about what you’re viewing:
Album Name and who it’s been shared with.
Album Creator or Owner (that is, whose album it is).
Which photo you’re looking at and how many photos are in the album.
Who is in the photo (that is, who has been tagged in the photo).
Any captions or descriptions that the owner has added.
Names of people who have liked the photo. (You can add your name to this list simply by clicking Like.)
Any comments people have left on the photo. (You can add your own comment simply by typing into the comment box and pressing Enter.)
Additionally, this section contains five action links:
Tag This Photo: Just as you can tag your own photos, you can tag friends’ photos. Your friend, as well as any people you tag, is notified that you added a tag.
Add Location: You can update your photo to indicate where the picture was taken, and Facebook tries to tag it with a location in its database.
Download: You can download specific photos to your computer if you want to save them for another use.
Make Profile Picture: If you are tagged in a photo, this link allows you to turn it into your Profile picture. You’ll be able to crop photos that you make into your Profile Picture, so if there are more people than just yourself in your photo, you’ll be able to focus on just you.
Delete This Photo: Again, hopefully this won’t be something you do often, but if you decide that you don’t want this photo in your album anymore, you can delete it using this link.
If you’re tagged in a photo and you don’t want to be, look next to your name for a link to Remove Tag. Clicking this removes the tag from the photo, and your friend will be unable to retag you.