Recent developments with Facebook have people wondering how private your account is. It is quite easy to access your past emails if you are smart about it, however, some clues can help you determine that.
There are several ways to check your old email accounts via Facebook. Some of them seem pretty sneaky, but they work! This article will go over all the methods and what can be done with each one.
Note: Many of these tips require you use Google as a tool to look up information or do something tedious like creating an account to prove yourself. That is not required here, though. Simply know who Aaron Garcia is to fully understand this piece. 😉
Reminder: All of these strategies should be performed before May 2018. These days, there is no guaranteed way to totally hide your past online activity.
Use your phone’s record history
Recent apps you have opened can sometimes be revealed when you try to access an app’s tools or settings. If you open the Settings app on your smartphone, then close it, the website AndroidLeaks.com will give you a link to the last site you visited, which usually includes your email account.
You don’t need to have internet access to use your email program, so this works even if you’re using WiFi or another data connection. (Some people call this “web browsing without a web browser” because it doesn’t require accessing websites with a browser like Chrome or Firefox.
Check your email history
If you have access to your computer, you can check your old emails by either clicking onto an online mail server or using a software program that checks them for you.
You should definitely do this! Looking back through past emails is a great way to remember what things you did with your phone last week and making sure everything gets deleted from Facebook now will help keep yourself more organized in the future.
It’s also helpful to be able to see who contacted you while you were still active on Facebook so you know what happens to your personal information.
There are some easy ways to check your old messages easily and quickly.
Use a tracking tool
There are many ways to check your old account information. Some ways include using another social media site, doing a search through your past emails, or simply creating an account with us at Spark!
Tracking apps and tools can help you track down all of your lost information. Many have free trials that allow you to test out their features before being asked to pay for a premium plan.
We recommend trying out TrackMyInfo’s Free Trial first as it is one of the most popular and trustworthy sites.
Keep a log of your usernames
It is very easy to see what email you used to create an account with any major website, including Facebook!
All too often we get distracted by other things and forget to check our accounts in a while. This can happen frequently if you use social media to interact with friends or do research about how to make your business run more efficiently.
It’s a good thing to remember is that everyone has a username and a password for every site. These are linked together so when you login to one site, like Facebook, you automatically enter your credentials into the others as well.
This makes it simple to access all of your accounts from anywhere because you only need to enter your facebook information once. (You still have to confirm your own email address at each individual site however.
Look for patterns
It’s not easy to track down all of your old account information, but there are some things you can look into to determine whether someone has an email account linked to their Facebook profile.
If you ever notice that someone has changed their display picture or cover photo, it is likely because they have upgraded their own personal Facebook profile.
This is also very common if someone has deleted their Facebook profile, which usually means deleting their email as well.
By looking at their other social media profiles, such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, we may be able to deduce what their email address was.
For example, if you see them tweeting about how great their new job is or posting pictures with friends, then it is probably safe to assume that they no longer use their original Gmail address as a login.
Use the memory card of your computer
If you are able to access your old emails, then use that! Most email providers these days have a mobile app or website version which can be accessed via your smartphone.
Some sources suggest downloading all of your social media data from various sites using their own apps or tools before deleting your account completely. But this is not necessary if you just want to see what you were logged into with at any given time.
Your browser will save the login information and store it in either a local cache (like your web search bar) or online (think: Google Chrome). Plus, some accounts may offer users an option to download your saved data as well.
Use the memory card of your phone
If you are able to access your old emails through your smartphone, then use that! Many people keep their phones with them at all times, so this is possible.
You can also download every bit of information off of your FB account via your computer. But it’s much easier (and safer) to go into the settings area of your facebook app and look through your past activity.
There you will be able to see which accounts you used to log in to facebook, as well as what time you logged out. All of these things help determine how we were able to connect with the proof we have that you used fb back then.
Freeze your cookies
Many people start by looking at the Browser History, which is usually accessible through Settings or Privacy settings in you browser. The Browsers that offer this are Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
But there’s one very common feature that most Browser Histories have!
You see all of those visits? All of those pages you browsed before? They’re almost always accompanied with an “X” next to them. That means you can’t remember what they were, so you made it easy to identify and just don’t visit those sites anymore!
By going into Your Account -> Security -> Freeze my account, you’ve actually started using a free tool for identifying your past online behavior.
Now, let’s talk about how to see what email accounts you used to use for facebook!
Freeze doesn’t work for google products like Gmail and Google Plus, but if you’re able to get access to these, you should be able to look up your old gmail address pretty easily.