5 Ways to Find People/Friends on Snapchat & Add Them

How to Find People on Snapchat

Snapchat has quickly become quite popular and beloved among the apps. With a single tap and you can send your friends quick, impermanent photos of you as you go about your day, making weird ugly faces, or see something hilarious in a crowd. It is wonderful for checking your friends updates, the moment something happens. It supports real time text and video chatting.


Snapchat is known to consume a lot of your phone battery but then it has also come up with a built-in feature which preserves your precious data and the mode is called travel mode. When enabled the feature prevents snap and stories from downloading automatically and instead users get to choose when they want to load a snap or a story. There are lots of Snapchat Alternatives to look for.

It is available for both Android and iOS users.

How to Find People on Snapchat & Add Them

Now installing it isn’t enough, you need to add people and friends with whom you want to share your snaps and as well as if you want to know what others are up to. There are too many ways you can add friends to your Snapchat friends list. You can send snaps back and forth and chat with each other once you have added people on Snapchat.

Adding Friends by Username on Snapchat

It is the best way people add each other on Snapchat. They have to trade their usernames with each other that is letting your friends know yours or getting to know theirs Snapchat username. This lets you to add people that aren’t in your phone’s contact list. You got to ask the person what their Snapchat username is and remember you ask for the right name because Snapchat has two names- Display names and User names.

The Display name is the name that appears first to other people, and can be changed, but is not used to add someone and will not meet your purpose. The Username is the user’s permanent account name. You’ll basically need the Username to add someone.

To know your own details you have to tap the Ghost button at the top of the Snapchat camera screen which will show your Snapcode, display name, username and Snapchat score. Tap “Add Friends” which will open the Add Friends menu.

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Now tap “Add by username” which opens the user search. Now type the full username of the person you want to add. Entering a partial username wont entertained because Snapchat won’t be finishing it for you.

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You cannot add or search by real name, phone number, email address, or any other name or address. [If you want to add someone using their phone number, add them to your phone’s address book first then refer to the next section of this article]. If you’ve typed the person’s entire username correctly then a “+Add” button will appear next to the user, click on this button. This will add the person to your friends list.

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Depending on the other person’s privacy settings you may need to wait to be added back

Adding Contacts from Your Phone

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Tap the Ghost button at the top of the Snapchat camera screen which opens your Snapchat profile screen, where you’ll see your Snapcode. At the bottom of the screen there will be “My Friends” tapping which will open a new screen with your current Snapchat friends.

Tap the “Contacts” tab in the following screen that displays a list of people in your phone’s contacts list that have their phone number associated with their Snapchat account. If prompted, give Snapchat access to your device’s contacts.

It allows Snapchat to check which of your contacts have their phone numbers linked with Snapchat profiles. Scroll through the list and click on “+” or “+Add” to add people to your friends list. The person you add will be added to your friends list, and notified that you’ve added them.

They’ll then be able to add you back if they wantBottom of the list shows all of your contacts that haven’t installed Snapchat, or don’t have their phone number linked with their Snapchat account. You can invite them by tapping on “+Invite“.

Scanning a Friend’s Snapcode

Scanning a Friend's Snapcode

Point your camera at your Snapchat camera at the Snapcode and simply scan it. Your Snapcode (a unique display of dots) is the yellow box surrounding your profile picture in the shape of a ghost.

Simply tap the Snapchat ghost at the top of your screen to pull up your personal snap code. You simply need to press and hold on the code in your Snapchat camera screen. This will scan the code and show the user.

Now you have to only tap “Add Friend” after scanning and just wait to be added back as per other person’s privacy settings. Snapchat has the feature to scan the pictures on your device and detect any that have a Snapcode on it.

When you click on “Add by Snapcode” you may be prompted to allow Snapchat to access your device’s photo storage. Select the picture that contains the Snapcode. Snapchat will scan the code and give you the “Add Friend” prompt.

Adding a Friend in the Same Room

Scanning a Friend's Snapcode

Tap the Ghost button at the top of the Snapchat camera screen to see your Snapcode and profile related information. Click on “Add Friends” to display the Add Friends menu. Tap “Add Nearby” and your device will start detecting other nearby devices.

Tell your friend to be on the same “Add Nearby” screen. You’ll see their username appear in your Add Nearby screen. Tap “+” or “+Add” next to your friend’s username. This will add them to your friends list. Your friend should do the same so that you can both start sending and receiving Snaps from each other.

Adding Back a Friend

Adding Back a Friend snapchat

Tap the Ghost button at the top of the Snapchat camera screen to see your Snapcode and your profile. Now click on “Added Me” which starts displaying users who have recently added you to their own friends list.

You’ll be notified for people that you already added to your own friends list, as well as people that you haven’t added before. These notifications won’t be shown again after leaving this screen, so if you don’t add someone back now, you’ll need to look them up later.

 Click on “+Add” right beside the person that added you to add them to your own friends list.

Now you can easily add whoever you want to using these steps. Although, an important point to remember, you cannot add someone to Snapchat using their email address or real name.

It is important to be aware of the fact that other users, your friends can take screenshots or photos of snaps you send them.

Despite its mysterious features and often unclear updates, Snapchat is an incredibly popular social media site with more than 6 billion photos and videos being sent every day and an infatuated teenage user base that often prefers snaps to texting or other messaging apps.

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