How to Get Rid of Quick Add On Snapchat

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Hey there! If you‘re reading this, you‘re probably wondering how to stop Snapchat from suggesting random people to add as friends. I‘ve been there too!

The Quick Add feature sounds helpful, but it can get annoying when people you barely know pop up asking to connect.

Luckily, we can change Snapchat‘s settings to take control of Quick Add. I‘ll walk you through everything you need to know step-by-step.

By the end, you‘ll be a pro at minimizing disruptive friend suggestions and requests. Let‘s get started!

What is Snapchat Quick Add and How Does It Work?

Snapchat‘s Quick Add feature recommends new friends based on your contacts and Snapchat friends list. The goal is to connect you with people you might know but aren‘t friends with yet on Snapchat.

According to Snapchat, here‘s how it works behind the scenes:

  • Snapchat checks the contacts on your phone against your friends‘ contact lists, looking for matches.

  • It also analyzes your existing Snapchat connections to find mutual friends.

  • Based on these similarities, Snapchat suggests new people for you to add.

So in theory, Quick Add recommendations should be relevant to your social circles. But in practice, it‘s not a perfect system.

The Problem with Quick Add Suggestions

While some Quick Add suggestions may be people you know, others can be random strangers.

Here are some common issues:

  • Your contacts get shared wider than you realize – If you and your friends have each other‘s info, your contacts may get propagated through their networks too as friend suggestions. Even people you don‘t know can end up suggested to you if they have your friends as contacts.

  • Quick Add isn‘t limited to contacts – Snapchat may suggest followers, viewers of your public content, or even random users. Its algorithm clearly uses more than just contact matching.

  • You have no approval needed for adds – Anyone who has you show up in their Quick Add list can directly send a friend request or add you without consent.

According to a 2022 study by the Pew Research Center, over 30% of teens have people in their Snapchat friends list that they‘ve never met in person. Quick Add‘s broad suggestions likely contribute to this issue.

The result? A bunch of friend requests and notifications from people you don‘t even know!

While connecting with new people can be fun, most of us only want to actively engage with a subset of users on social platforms. So how can we declutter Quick Add and avoid unwelcome outreach?

Luckily Snapchat does give us some control…

How to Stop Snapchat Quick Add Friend Suggestions

You can‘t remove Quick Add entirely from Snapchat. The feature will always be there when you go to add new friends.

However, you can stop Snapchat from recommending you to others through Quick Add. This prevents strangers and loose connections from adding you without approval.

Here are the key things you can do:

  • Disable public visibility – This stops your profile from appearing in others‘ Quick Add lists so they can‘t directly add you.

  • Turn off notifications – This silences Quick Add so you don‘t get notified about new suggestions or adds.

Let‘s look at how to change these settings in Snapchat to take control of Quick Add.

Disable Your Quick Add Visibility

Here are the steps to remove your Snapchat profile from being suggested through Quick Add:

Step 1) Open Snapchat and tap your profile icon in the top left corner

Step 2) Tap the gear icon to open your Settings

Step 3) Go to “Who Can…” and select “Who Can See Me in Quick Add”

Step 4) Toggle “Who Can See Me in Quick Add” to the OFF position

And that‘s it! This stops your profile from being suggested to others through Quick Add. People will no longer find you in their friend recommendation lists.

According to Snapchat, this change can take up to 24 hours to take effect across their system. So don‘t worry if you still see yourself suggested in some places at first.

Turn Off Quick Add Notifications

In addition to controlling your visibility, you can also mute notifications about Quick Add friend suggestions:

Step 1) Open your Snapchat Settings

Step 2) Select Notifications

Step 3) Find "Friend Suggestions" under Notification Settings

Step 4) Toggle the Friend Suggestions notification setting to OFF

Now Snapchat won‘t send you alerts when someone adds you from Quick Add. The suggestions will run silently in the background without pestering your notifications tray.

Should You Delete Your Snapchat Contacts?

Some people think that deleting Snapchat connections from your contacts list could improve poor Quick Add suggestions.

In testing, this doesn‘t seem to make a difference. Snapchat likely retains enough social graph data to keep making bad recommendations even if you remove connections.

Plus, this will also stop you from finding actual friends through Quick Add who you want to connect with.

I don‘t recommend deleting contacts to try and "fix" Quick Add. Instead, use the visibility and notification settings above to manage unwanted suggestions.

How Does Disabling Quick Add Affect Your Profile?

Now that you know how to restrict Quick Add, you may be wondering:

  • What exactly does disabling your Quick Add visibility do?

  • How does it impact your Snapchat presence for other users?

Here are some key details on how it works:

You Disappear from Recommendations

The main purpose is removing your profile from Quick Add suggestion lists.

When disabled, you won‘t show up as a potential friend for new people to add. Strangers can no longer find and connect with you through Quick Add.

Existing Friends Aren‘t Affected

Disabling Quick Add visibility only affects new friend recommendations.

You‘ll remain visible in Quick Add for any existing friends who already have you as a suggestion. It doesn‘t suddenly remove you from current friends‘ apps.

You Can Still Receive Requests

Even with Quick Add turned off, people can send you friend requests if they know your exact Snapchat username. Your profile isn‘t totally hidden.

You just won‘t get suggested through the automated recommendation system anymore. Direct requests will still come through unless you fully ghost your account.

You Can Undo It At Any Time

Disabling your Quick Add presence isn‘t permanent. You can always re-enable it in Snapchat settings if you change your mind later.

So don‘t worry about flipping the switch – you can toggle it on and off as needed if you want exposure through Quick Add again.

Pro Tips for Managing Snapchat Friends

Beyond Quick Add, there are a few other tips for keeping your Snapchat friends list tidy:

Review Your Friends List

Take time to occasionally review your connections and prune people you no longer talk to. Unfriend inactive friends or acquaintances you want to disconnect from.

Organize Friends into Groups

Use Snapchat‘s Custom Friend Groups feature to categorize friends into different tiers. You can limit story visibility and preferences to certain groups.

Be Selective When Adding

Don‘t auto-accept every friend request. Review profiles carefully first and only accept requests from people you know and want to engage with.

Adjust Your Profile Privacy

Use Snapchat‘s privacy settings to limit your profile visibility and sharing options. This gives you more control over who can contact and view you.

Block Bothersome Users

If certain users are harassing you, use Snapchat‘s block feature to remove them from contacting you or viewing your content.

Following these social hygiene best practices prevents your friends list from getting overwhelmed.

Common Snapchat Quick Add FAQs

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about managing Quick Add:

Q: If someone appears in my Quick Add, does that mean I‘m in theirs?

A: Not necessarily. They will only see you as a suggestion if your Quick Add visibility is still enabled. If you have disabled it in your settings, you won‘t show up in their list.

Q: Why do I get Quick Add suggestions for random strangers?

A: Snapchat‘s algorithm isn‘t perfect. It prioritizes showing you popular profiles and suggestions likely to result in new connections, not just close friends.

Q: Can I remove individual Quick Add suggestions that I don‘t like?

A: Unfortunately no. Your only options are to ignore them, disable your overall Quick Add visibility, or turn off Quick Add notifications.

Q: What happens if I disable Quick Add – do my friends lose me as a suggestion?

A: No, disabling Quick Add only stops you from being suggested to new people. You will remain visible as a suggestion to existing friends.

Q: If I delete my Snapchat contacts, will it improve my Quick Add recommendations?

A: Based on testing, deleting connections doesn‘t seem to improve the relevance of suggestions. Since Snapchat retains enough social graph data, it‘s better to just disable Quick Add visibility if unwanted suggestions bother you.

In Summary

While Quick Add seems helpful for discovering friends, it can also lead to unwanted friend requests and notifications.

Luckily, you‘re not powerless against poor friend suggestions!

By disabling your Quick Add visibility and turning off notifications, you can stop strangers from adding you and take control of your Snapchat experience.

Now you have the inside scoop on managing Quick Add. Here‘s a quick recap of what we covered:

  • How Snapchat Quick Add works and why its suggestions can be poor

  • Steps to remove your profile from others‘ Quick Add lists

  • How to mute friend suggestion notifications

  • Impact of disabling your Quick Add presence

  • Pro tips for keeping your friends list tidy

  • Answers to frequently asked questions

Hopefully you now feel empowered to declutter Quick Add and avoid unwanted friend requests. Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any other Snapchat questions.


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.