android – Facebook – "Cannot query users by their username" solution-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I am developing an android app. I was using a HttpURLConnection to get profile pictures of facebook users. The URL looks like this:,username2,username3&fields=picture&type=square

But now, since v2.2 doesn’t let me to get profile pictures of users who are not using my facebook app, it throws an error:

{ “error”: {

  "message": "(#803) Cannot query users by their username (username1)",
  "type": "OAuthException",
  "code": 803    } }

I am not interested in using “Facebook SDK for Android”. Let’s say I use a pop-up webview to authorize my facebook app. What url would let me do the same thing? Is there a simple solution like this:,username2&fields=picture

How to solve:

Since v2.0 of the API, you are not supposed to use usernames at all – and that´s why you can´t query users by their username anymore. The only way to get access to data of a user is by authorizing that user and using the /me endpoint.

Main rule: Forget about users who did not authorize your App, you are not supposed to get any data of those for privacy reason.

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