How to Find People on Snapchat

You can't add your friends if you can't find them

What to Know

  • There are several ways to find someone on Snapchat.
  • Syncing your contacts is the fastest and easiest way to find someone on Snapchat.
  • Other ways to find people on Snapchat include using search, a Snapcode, and Quick Add.

There are four ways to find people and add them as friends on Snapchat. This article shows you how to find them with your contacts, search, a Snapcode, or using the Quick Add feature.

Sync Your Contacts to Snapchat to Find Someone

This is perhaps the easiest and fastest way to find people on Snapchat and add them as friends. You can automatically add people from your contacts in bulk.

  1. Open the Snapchat app on your mobile device.

  2. Tap your profile icon in the upper-left corner.

  3. Tap Add Friends.

  4. Tap All Contacts in the menu at the top.

    The profile icon and "Add Friends" and "All Contacts" buttons in Snapchat
  5. If you haven't given Snapchat permission to access your contacts, follow the on-screen instructions to let it access your contacts from your device settings.

  6. People in your contacts who connected their phone numbers to their Snapchat accounts appear at the top along with their name, username, and profile or Bitmoji icon. Tap Add beside any contact to add them as a friend.

    When you want to see who might be on Snapchat from your device contacts, go to the Contacts tab from the Add Friends button on your user tab. Because you allowed Snapchat to access your device contacts, you'll see a list of the most up-to-date Snapchat users from your contacts.

    The Add button in Snapchat
  7. People who haven't connected their phone numbers to their Snapchat accounts or who may not be Snapchat users appear at the bottom. Tap Invite beside any contact to invite them to join Snapchat.

Search for Someone's Snapchat Username to Find Them

Snapchat usernames are unique and can never be changed. If you know someone's username, you can search for them and add them as a friend.

  1. Tap the search field at the top of the screen on any of the three main tabs (marked by the magnifying glass icon).

  2. Type a username into the search field.

  3. User results automatically display beneath the search field. When you find the correct user match to the username you searched, tap Add beside their user listing to add them as a friend.

Scan Someone's Snapcode to Add Them

Every Snapchat user has a unique Snapcode that can be scanned through the Snapchat app to quickly and automatically add them as a friend.

  1. Have your friend open Snapchat and navigate to their Snapcode by asking them to tap their profile or Bitmoji icon. Their Snapcode is represented by the yellow square with the dotted pattern.

  2. Open Snapchat on your device, then go to the camera tab by swiping right or left from the Conversations tab or tapping the circle button in the bottom-center area of the screen.

  3. Point your camera at your friend's Snapcode so that you can see it in the camera viewer on your device.

  4. Tap and hold the Snapcode on your device screen, then let go after a second or two. This prompts the app to scan the Snapcode and display the corresponding user.

    You don't need to scan Snapcodes from the Snapchat app on another device. You can also have someone send a screenshot of their Snapcode, open it on a computer or other device, and then scan it from there.

  5. After you successfully scan the Snapcode and find the corresponding user, tap the purple Add Friend button to add the user as a friend.

    Depending on the user's privacy settings, you might not see an Add Friend option after scanning their Snapcode. Instead, you might see a Subscribe button, which only allows you to see their publicly shared content (such as stories).

An Alternative Way to Add Friends by Snapcode

An alternative way to add friends by Snapcode is to upload a photo of their Snapcode to Snapchat.

  1. Take or save a photo of a Snapcode with your device.

  2. Tap your profile or Bitmoji icon in the upper-left corner.

  3. Tap Add Friends.

  4. Tap Snapcode in the menu at the top.

  5. Tap the photo of the Snapcode from the grid of photos. Snapchat scans the Snapcode in the photo and displays the corresponding user.

    You might need to give Snapchat permission to access your photos if you haven't done so already.

  6. Tap the Add Friend button to add them.

Find People When They Show up in Quick Add

Quick Add is a feature that displays users to add in various sections throughout the Snapchat app. These users are suggested to you based on mutual friends and people you subscribe to.

  1. Find the Quick Add section in Snapchat. Quick Add might be displayed in these areas:

    • At the bottom of the Conversations tab.
    • In the center of the Discover tab.
    • When you search for a username in the search field.
  2. Tap the Add button on any user to add them as a friend.

    Look beneath the user's username for more information on your connection to that user. For example, if Snapchat suggests a user to add because the app has identified them in your device's contacts, you should see a label beneath their username that says In My Contacts.

  3. Tap the X in the upper-right corner of any user to remove them as a suggested friend.