How to Search People on Snapchat

by Lalithaa

Snapchat is one of today’s most popular social media apps thanks to its many features that allow users to send chats, videos, or pictures that disappear once they are viewed. Many people use the app to share snippets of their daily life and connect with their friends in a unique way.

If you’re just getting started using this app, you likely want to know how to search for people on Snapchat so you can add them and start sharing snaps. Our article gives you all the details about how to search people on Snapchat and find your friends’ Snapchat accounts.

Using All of Snapchat’s Features

When it comes to using Snapchat, you must be ‘friends’ with someone on the app before you can send them pictures and messages. In order to be considered friends, either you or the other person needs to ‘add’ the other’s account and the other party needs to accept.

Then, you will both see the other’s accounts listed on your friends list as an option to message or send videos and pictures to; the other person will also be able to see your Snapchat story unless you stop them from viewing it, something done by changing your story settings.

The first step to becoming friends on Snapchat is searching for the other person’s account and adding them or directing the other person to your account. We give you details on this process below.

Methods to Search People on Snapchat

The following methods are the best ways to search people on Snapchat and connect with your friends. If you can’t figure out one way, make sure to try them all, as you never know which one will work the best for you.

Sync Your Contacts

One of the easiest ways to search for people on Snapchat and find your friends is to sync your phone’s contacts with Snapchat. When you first download the app and set up your account, Snapchat will prompt you if you want to ‘sync contacts.’ Tap ‘allow’ or ‘ok’ for this, and the contacts in your phone will automatically sync into Snapchat.

You can then review your list of contacts in the Snapchat app and tap the ‘add’ option for anyone that you want to be friends with on Snapchat.

Keep in mind that the contacts in your phone will also need to have a Snapchat account for their profiles to appear when you sync the contacts with your personal Snapchat account.

Utilize the Search Bar

The search bar on Snapchat is another easy way to find people on Snapchat and add their accounts. For this method, you will need to know the username of the person you are searching for.

Open up Snapchat and navigate to the search bar at the top of the “add friends” page. Type the username of the person you are looking for in there; a list of profiles that match that user will appear and as you completely type the username, just that profile will be available. You can tap ‘add’ on the person’s profile to initiate becoming friends with them on the app.

The Snapchat search bar works best if you have someone’s username. You may be able to search for a profile by using someone’s name, but this only works if that is the name they are using on their account or if that name is somehow connected to their username.

Scan a Snapcode

Snapcodes are essentially a QR code that Snapchat provides each user for their account. By scanning someone’s Snapcode or having someone scan yours, you can easily locate the account of the person you wish to be friends with.

To scan someone’s Snapcode, open the Snapchat app and make sure you are on the page with the camera. Have the other person navigate to their own Snapchat account and tap the yellow box with dots found on their profile; this is how to access the Snapcode. The other person should then turn their Snapcode to you, and you can scan it with your camera.

Once the camera recognizes the Snapcode, Snapchat will pull up that person’s account and you can then tap the ‘add’ option. Alternatively, you can pull up your Snapcode for the other person to scan and then add your profile. After someone adds you on Snapchat, you must tap ‘accept’ for you to both be connected as friends.

How to Figure Out if Someone Has a Snapchat Account

Figuring out if someone has a Snapchat account in the first place can be a little bit confusing. If you can’t ask a person directly whether or not they are on Snapchat, you can utilize an online lookup. These tools help you determine whether or not a person has a Snapchat account so you can then get to work searching for their profile on Snapchat.

Finding Your Friends on Snapchat

Finding your friends on Snapchat is the first step in utilizing this app and making sure you are taking advantage of all of its features. Use the search methods in our article to find people on Snapchat or turn to easy online search tools to double-check that someone has a Snapchat account in the first place.

From there, simply add your friends and start having fun with this unique app.


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