How To Find Someone On Snapchat (Snapchat Search) – The Ultimate 2800+ Word Guide

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Finding people on Snapchat can feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack. With over 300 million daily active users sending over 5 billion snaps per day, connecting with friends on the platform may seem daunting.

But don‘t worry – with the right tips and tricks, you can easily track down anyone on Snapchat, even with limited information.

In this comprehensive 2800+ word guide, I‘ll walk you through all the ways to find someone on Snapchat, from clever searching tools to handy shortcuts.

As a long-time Snapchat power user and social media geek, I‘ve mastered the art of finding friends old and new on the fast-growing app. I‘m excited to share everything I‘ve learned to help you connect with the people you care about, no matter where they are.

Let‘s dive in!

How To Find Someone You Know on Snapchat

Finding your real-life friends and connections on Snapchat starts with having the right details:

Search by Exact Username

This is the most straightforward way to find someone. Just tap the search magnifying glass on the Snapchat camera screen, type in their exact username, and select their account from the list.

But what if you don‘t know their exact username? Here are some tips:

  • Try their first and last name, with or without dots or underscores – "john_smith," "johnsmith," "john.smith" etc.

  • Try variations on their real name – "katies" instead of "katiebeth21"

  • If you know their old username, search that too as they may still be linked

  • Search any partial username you remember – "katieb" or "smithjohn"

With some creative searching through username variations, you can usually narrow it down.

Connect Phone/Email Contacts

If you have their phone number or email address, you can find them by syncing your Snapchat contacts.

Here‘s how:

  1. Tap the Add Friends icon > Add by Contacts > Continue
  2. Allow access to your contacts when prompted
  3. Snapchat will scan and match any contacts who also use Snapchat
  4. Tap the + to add any matched friends

This method works well if you have old emails or numbers saved for friends. Even if their username has changed, Snapchat will be able to match based on the connected contact information.

Browse Your Friend Suggestions

Snapchat automatically recommends friends for you to add, based on mutual connections and contacts. The more friends you add, the better suggestions you‘ll get.

Tap the Add Friends icon and browse the list – you may discover friends you didn‘t even know were on Snapchat!

Ask For Their Snapcode

Every Snapchat account has a unique Snapcode, similar to a QR code. If you‘re with the person in real life, ask them to open their Snapcode on their profile screen and scan it with your camera. This will instantly add them as a friend.

Search Nearby Users with Snap Map

If you want to find Snapchat friends when you‘re physically in the same area, open Snap Map (pinch the camera screen to zoom out) and tap the search icon.

Enter a location to see the Snapchat activity heat map. User icons indicate people snapping in that area. Tap any user to view their public Story or add them.

Just remember to have location services enabled in Snapchat to show up and search properly on the Map.

How to Find Someone You Don‘t Know on Snapchat

What if you have no mutual connections and limited information to go on? Finding someone completely new on Snapchat requires getting creative:

Google Their Full Name

Do a web search for their full name plus "snapchat" and see what comes up. Often people will list Snapchat usernames in bios, on other social media profiles, or even forums.

Check Their Other Social Media

Similarly, browse through their profiles on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook etc. There may be hints about their Snapchat or even linked accounts.

For example, their Instagram bio could say "DM me on Snapchat @katiesmith!"

Search Snapchat Support

If you have details like their full name, phone number, email etc. you can contact Snapchat Support for assistance finding their account.

Note they will not disclose private account details, but can help search based on the information you provide.

Find Them IRL

Ultimately, your best bet may be to meet up in person. You can quickly add each other by scanning Snapcodes, searching nearby users on Snap Map, or tapping Add Friends and selecting their account.

As Snapchat continues to grow, finding specific accounts gets more challenging. But with smart searching, contact matching and good old fashioned asking around, you can usually track down anyone.

Now let‘s dive deeper into the specific Snapchat search tools and tricks that will help connect you with friends new and old.

1. Search by Username or Name

Searching for a specific username is the most straightforward way to find someone on Snapchat.

To search by username:

  1. Tap the magnifying glass icon at the top of the Snapchat camera screen

  2. Type the username into the search bar

  3. Select the matching account from the list of results

  4. Tap "Add Friend" to send a request, or if they have an open profile you can immediately view snaps and stories

Even if you don‘t have their exact username, Snapchat‘s search function allows for some flexibility:

Search by variations of their name

You can try different versions of their first and last name. For common names, this often surfaces multiple accounts to sift through.

For example, searching "katiesmith," "kathysmith" and "katie.smith" may all yield results for someone named Katie Smith.

Search partial names or usernames

Type in whatever partial names or usernames you remember, with or without separators like dots or underscores.

Searching "johnsmith" and "john_smith" will often pull up matching accounts. You can also search "john" or "smith" to cast a wider net.

Search their old username

Even if someone changed their username, searching their old one can still help locate them. Snapchat‘s system still has their account linked.

Browse similar usernames

If you have a general idea of their username aesthetic, browse the suggested searches Snapchat provides.

For example if you think their username has "katie" somewhere, Snapchat will generate other usernames with "katie" to explore.

With some persistence and an open mind, you can almost always track down a specific account through username variations.

When username searches come up empty

If you have absolutely no luck with username searching, don‘t lose hope. There are still several other ways to find friends on Snapchat:

  • Connecting your contact lists
  • Checking out Snap Map user locations
  • Scanning Snapcodes in-person
  • Looking for hints on other social media profiles

Combining smart searching with these other methods ensures you can find any friend, even with limited initial information.

2. Sync Your Contacts

Connecting Snapchat with your phone and email contacts makes finding friends a breeze. Here‘s how to sync up and search for contacts:

  1. Tap the Add Friends icon in the top right of Snapchat

  2. Select Add by Contacts

  3. Tap Continue and accept the prompt to allow access to your contacts

  4. Snapchat will scan and cross-reference any accounts connected to the same phone numbers or emails

  5. Matched contacts will populate – tap the + icon to add any you‘d like to connect with

This method works well because even if someone changed their username, Snapchat can still match them through linked phone number or email address.

A few tips for syncing Snapchat contacts:

  • Sync your contacts regularly as friends join Snapchat
  • Check your full address book, not just frequent contacts
  • Connect multiple email accounts if you have them
  • Update your own contact info in Snapchat to help matching

With hundreds of millions of users, there‘s a good chance your friends old and new are already on Snapchat waiting to be found!

Syncing contacts finds friends who:

  • Changed their username
  • Signed up long ago without telling you
  • Recently joined Snapchat

So don‘t underestimate this easy search method. Even if you tried searching their username with no luck, syncing your contacts could instantly match with their linked account.

When syncing contacts comes up short:

If none of your contacts are syncing matches, here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Double check your contact details are updated in Snapchat under your profile
  • Re-upload contacts in case of any syncing issues
  • Manually search contacts you strongly suspect are on Snapchat
  • Search your wider social network by username

While connecting contacts is one of the quickest ways to find friends, it‘s not a silver bullet. Combining syncing with username searches, browsing suggestions, and other methods ensures the best success.

3. Check Snap Map for Nearby Users

Snap Map lets you search for – and be found by – Snapchat friends when you‘re physically in the same place.

If you‘re wondering "what Snapchat users are near me right now?" here‘s how to search:

  1. Pinch outward on the Snapchat camera screen to open Snap Map

  2. Tap the magnifying glass icon to open Snap Map Search

  3. Enter a location to center the map there

  4. Tap any user icon to view their public Story or add them

A heat map shows Snap activity in different areas, with individuals represented by Bitmoji or icons.

By allowing Snapchat to access your location, you‘ll also show up on the Map so friends can find and add you.

A few tips for Snap Map searching:

  • Make sure Ghost Mode is off in your Snapchat settings to appear on the map

  • Zoom into specific venues like restaurants, bars, concerts or parks to see who‘s there

  • Share your location in Chat to meet up easier

  • Only share your location with friends you know and trust

Snap Map is ideal for finding and meeting new Snapchat friends when you‘re out together in the same place. But be thoughtful about how and when you share your own location as well.

4. Scan Snapcodes to Add Friends Instantly

Adding friends in-person just got way easier with Snapcodes.

Every Snapchat account has a unique Snapcode under their profile that can be scanned to add them instantly.

When you‘re physically together, have them open their Snapcode and point your Snapchat camera at it to scan.

Voila! You‘ve skipped the whole username and contact lookup dance.

A few Snapcode tips:

  • Create a custom Snapcode with your username by tapping your profile > Snapcode > Edit

  • Open your Snapcode from your profile to share with friends

  • Scan Snapcodes at parties or events to grow your Snap network fast

  • Generate a shareable Snapcode image for your Brand Profile to reach new followers

Snapcodes make adding friends in real life as simple as scanning a product barcode. And creating a custom Snapcode is a great way to share your username and stand out.

5. Search Their Other Social Media Profiles

If your Snapchat search comes up dry, look to other social platforms for clues about their account.

Often people will mention or link to Snapchat from other social media in their profile or posts.

Check their:

  • Instagram or Twitter bios – These frequently have Snapchat usernames listed

  • Facebook – Especially the About section or any recent posts

  • YouTube – Channel descriptions and video descriptions often feature social links

  • Websites – Particularly influencer or brand sites may list Snapchat profiles

  • Forums – People often share Snapchat names on forums related to their interests

With some digging, you can pick up trails across the social web leading back to Snapchat.

Pro Tip: Use Google search operators like site: and " " to narrow down specific social media searches.

For example:

  • "Find me on Snapchat"

  • "Snapchat Username"

6. Ask Snapchat Support for Help

If your searching comes up empty, Snapchat Support can lend a hand in tracking down accounts in some cases.

Contact them via and be ready to provide:

  • The full name on the account
  • Any associated phone number or email
  • Context about how you know them
  • Why you need to find their account

Note that Snapchat Support cannot reveal private account details or info.

But they can search internally and contact the user if possible based on the information you provide.

7. Exchange Snapcodes In-Person

When all else fails, meeting in real life may be your best bet for connecting on Snapchat.

If you‘re struggling to find someone remotely, try:

  • Asking them in person for their Snapchat username

  • Having them open their Snapcode for you to scan

  • Meeting up and using Nearby Friends or Snap Map Search

  • Sharing your custom Snapcode so they can scan and add you

Ultimately Snapchat is designed for real life friends and connections. So don‘t be afraid to ask people directly how to find them!

Snapchat Search Tips and Tricks

Here are some top tips to master searching for friends on Snapchat:

Update Your Profile

Fill out your Snapchat profile details, especially your name and Bitmoji if you have them linked. This makes it easier for friends to discover and identify you.

Share Your Username

Tell your friends your exact Snapchat username to make finding each other a breeze.

Re-Sync Contacts

Sync your contacts regularly as new friends join Snapchat. Don‘t forget secondary email addresses too.

Customize Your Snapcode

Creating a custom Snapcode with your username makes exchanging adds easy.

Search Variations

Get creative searching different username combinations, with separators, abbreviations, etc.

Turn Off Ghost Mode

Keep this setting off to be visible in Nearby Friends, Quick Add and Snap Map.

Connecting your other social media makes cross-platform discovering easier.

Use Snap Map Selectively

Only share location with close friends, and check in before posting public geofilters.

Ask Around

Don‘t be shy! Asking friends directly for their username or Snapcode is often the fastest way to connect.

FAQs About Finding Friends on Snapchat

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about searching for and finding friends on Snapchat:

How do I find old friends on Snapchat?

The best ways to find old friends are searching their username (even old ones), syncing your contacts, checking Snap Map if you‘re nearby, browsing your Suggested Friends, or scanning their Snapcode in-person.

How do I find someone without a username?

If you don‘t have their username, try syncing your contacts, looking on other social media, searching nearby on Snap Map, or asking them directly for their Snapcode.

Why can‘t I find someone by phone number lookup?

Snapchat needs access to your contacts in order to match by phone number. Check that you‘ve permitted contact syncing in your Snapchat settings.

What does it mean if I can‘t find someone on Snapchat?

If you can‘t find someone by searching, they may have you blocked, don‘t use Snapchat, have private settings enabled, or changed their username. Keep trying by username variations, contact syncing, and other methods.

Is there a Snapchat search engine?

There‘s no public directory or external search engine. You need an account to use Snapchat‘s built-in search and lookup tools. Searching by username is the closest equivalent to a "Snapchat search engine."

Can you see someone‘s Snapchat without adding them?

No, you need to add someone as a friend to view their snaps. The exception is viewing "Our Stories" or public profiles of Brand accounts.

And there you have it! The ultimate guide to finding anyone and everyone on Snapchat.

With all these tools, tips and tricks, tracking down friends new and old on the platform should be a breeze.

Now get out there and start connecting! That best friend from elementary school or long-lost cousin is waiting for you on Snapchat.


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.