Social Media Snapchat How to Add Friends to Snapchat by Scanning Their Snapcodes Codes make adding friends quick and easy by Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated on March 07, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Snapchat The Ultimate Guide to Snapchat Introduction Snapchat Basics What Is a Snapchat Story? What Are Snapchat Scores? Find People Take Screenshots Use Snapchat Maps How to Update Snapchat Snappables: How to Play Snapchat Games Snapchat Tips for New Users How to Use Snapchat on PC Sending & Deleting Snaps Send Snapchat GIFs Add Clickable Links Include Music in Your Snaps Delete Stickers on Snapchat Unsave Messages on Snapchat Delete Conversations, Snaps & Stories Engaging With Other Users Use Snapcodes to Add Snapchat Friends Save Snapchat Videos Replay Photos and Videos on Snapchat Upload Saved Photos or Videos Start a Group Chat Open a Snap Without It Saying 'Opened' How to Mute a Story About Snapchat Filters Use Filters to Make Silly Faces Create a Snapchat Filter Apply a Snapchat Filter Make a Snapchat Geotag Create a Geofence in Snapchat Snapchat Account Management Delete a Snapchat Account Reset Your Password Change Your Snapchat Username Delete or Change Best Friends Is Snapchat Down? Contact Snapchat Customer Service Essential Snapchat Privacy Tips How to Know If Someone Blocked You Make a Story Private Block Someone on Snapchat Unblock Someone Essential Snapchat Privacy Tips Snapchat Tips & Tricks How to Get Snapchat Trophies Streaks on Snapchat Explained Use Snapchat's Group Video Chat What to Do About Third-Party Apps Snapchat Emoji Meanings Funny Ideas to Make Your Friends LOL Tweet Share Email Snapchat's QR codes—known as Snapcodes—allow users to add new friends easily and quickly without having to search for their usernames manually. QR codes are those small, strange black and white boxes printed on product packaging, advertisements, magazines, and other consumer items. Each Snapchat account has a Snapcode. You can use yours to add friends by publishing it on social networks, sending it via text, or letting friends scan or take a screenshot of it. Snapchat is more private than other social apps such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, so this extra feature goes a long way to help you connect with friends. Snapcodes are also useful for celebrities, brands, media outlets, and the like. These high-profile accounts can simply share screenshots of their codes to broaden their audiences. Adding Friends Using Snapcodes You can use Snapcodes to add friends in several ways: Take a screenshot of a Snapcode in the Snapchat app to add the associated friend.Take a snap of your friend's Snapcode as it's displayed on their device.Take a snap of your friend's Snapcode in a message or email they've sent you that contains it. A little tab will appear at the top of the screen to confirm that your friend has been added. Sharing Your Snapcode With a Friend Likewise, your friends can add you to their Snapchats using your Snapcode. Here's how to find and share your code. Navigate to the camera tab, where you should see a little ghost icon in the top center of the screen. Tap the ghost icon to see a new tab dropdown with your Snapcode and a few other options. To share it, take a screenshot of it and send it to the friend who wants to add you. To take a screenshot, simultaneously press the power and home buttons (on an iPhone) or the power and volume buttons (Android). Your device will most likely make a photo snap sound and your screen may flash, signaling that the screenshot was taken successfully. It will automatically be saved to your camera roll, screenshot folder, or whatever other default photo folder you have. Your friend can then take a snap of your code to add you to their Snapchat friend list. Bonus Tip: Adding an Animated Selfie If you've never accessed your Snapcode before, you'll probably notice a little note beneath it telling you that you can add an animated selfie to personalize it. Simply tap the ghost to pull up the camera, and tap the camera button at the bottom so Snapchat can automatically take five selfies of you to create your animated selfie. Your animated selfie will fill the center area of the ghost in your Snapcode. If you'd rather not add a selfie, you can just leave it blank; your Snapcode will still work.