What Is Quick Add On Snapchat? A Complete Friend-Finding Guide

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Hey there! Have you ever noticed that "Quick Add" option on Snapchat and wondered what it‘s all about? As a long-time Snapchat user myself, I totally get it. The Quick Add feature can seem confusing at first.

But it‘s actually a really useful tool for finding new friends and expanding your Snapchat community! In this guide, I‘ll explain everything you need to know about how Quick Add works.

By the end, you‘ll be a Snapchat Quick Add expert ready to connect with fellow Snapchatters! Let‘s get started…

A Quick Intro to Snapchat Quick Add

Snapchat‘s Quick Add feature recommends other Snapchat users for you to add as friends or connect with. It‘s powered by Snapchat‘s algorithm, which analyzes things like:

  • Mutual friends between you and other users
  • Your phone contacts who have Snapchat
  • Location data
  • Your connections on linked social media accounts
  • New Snapchat users

Using these signals and Snapchat‘s social graph, Quick Add tries to serve up friend suggestions you‘re likely to know or would want to befriend. Pretty nifty, right?

Instead of endlessly searching for people among Snapchat‘s 300 million+ users, Quick Add streamlines finding friends by showing you users you probably have something in common with already.

But how does it actually work under the hood? Let‘s break it down…

How Snapchat‘s Quick Add Suggestions Work

When you open up the Quick Add screen, you‘ll see Snapchat‘s picks for people to add as friends. The platform uses the following types of information to generate these suggestions:

Mutual Snapchat Friends

If you and another user have friends in common on Snapchat, they will very likely show up in your Quick Add list. Snapchat examines their friend networks and connects "friends of friends." So if you both know "Sara", Snapchat assumes you may know each other too.

Shared Phone Contacts

By allowing Snapchat access to your phone‘s contact list, Snapchat can match your contacts to people who also use Snapchat. If your buddy "Alex" from college has Snapchat too, he may pop up in your Quick Add since you already know each other.

Geographic Locations

Snapchat may factor in location data and proximity to recommend nearby users. For example, if you frequent the same coffee shop or parks as another Snapchatter, you both may appear in each other‘s Quick Add even without mutual connections.

Linked Social Media Accounts

If you connect your Snapchat account to other platforms you use, like TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, etc., Snapchat can identify your friends/followers from those sites who also have Snapchat and suggest them.

New Snapchat Users

To help new Snapchatters find friends, Snapchat will recommend recently created accounts in your Quick Add. So you may see some newer profiles looking to connect when Snapchat surfaces potential new friends.

Fun Fact!

According to Snapchat, users who add friends on Quick Add are 15x more likely to build relationships on the app than those who don‘t use Quick Add. So it clearly makes connecting much easier!

As you can see, Snapchat digs into its social graph and your extended connections on other networks to make quality friend recommendations tailored to your existing relationships and interests. Pretty cool how the algorithm figures this out!

Step-By-Step Guide to Using Snapchat Quick Add

Ready to start expanding your Snapchat circle using Quick Add? Adding recommended friends is super simple:

1. Open the Snapchat app

Launch Snapchat on your phone as usual. Once you‘re on the main camera screen:

2. Tap the Add Friends icon (little person with a plus symbol)

This icon is along the top right of the camera screen. Tapping it will open your "Add Friends" menu.

3. View your Quick Add list

Here you‘ll see Snapchat‘s suggested users to add as friends. Scroll down the list to see different recommendations.

4. Tap "Add" next to any suggestion

If you see someone you want to connect with, tap the "Add" button next to their name. This sends them a friend request.

5. Wait for them to accept!

Once they accept your request, you‘ll be added as friends on Snapchat and can start snapping away!

Snapchat displays around 15 potential friends in Quick Add at a time. If you don‘t see anyone you want to add, tap "See More" at the bottom to load additional suggestions.

And remember – just because Snapchat recommends someone, doesn‘t guarantee they‘ll accept your request. But the suggestions do make it easier to discover friends with something already in common.

Pro Tips for Snapchat Quick Add Success

Here are some of my best tips for making the most of Snapchat Quick Add:

Check Back Regularly

The Quick Add list refreshes over time with new suggestions. Check back every so often to see who‘s newly recommended.

Personalize Friend Requests

Don‘t spam generic requests. Add a quick, personalized message so they know why you want to connect.

Don‘t Repeatedly Request

If someone hasn‘t accepted your request, it likely means they aren‘t interested. Sending multiple requests generally won‘t change that.

Add Selectively

It can be overwhelming to add too many new friends at once. Start with a few well-targeted requests.

Consider Beyond Mutuals

Just because you have mutual connections doesn‘t guarantee you‘ll vibe. Check out profiles before adding.

Search Beyond Quick Add

Use search tools to find people by username, location, interest etc. to broaden your network.

Review Profiles & Stories

Get a sense for someone‘s vibe from their profile, username, bio, and public stories before you add them.

Connect Mindfully

Be thoughtful about who you chat or share private content with, even if you have friends in common.

Using Quick Add strategically along with search tools can help you safely expand your Snapchat squad. But it‘s always smart to be selective about who you engage with more deeply.

Opting Out of Snapchat Quick Add

If you prefer not to be suggested in other people‘s Quick Add lists, you can easily opt-out:

1. Go to your Snapchat profile ยป Tap settings (gear) icon

This opens your account‘s settings menu.

2. Select "Who Can See Me in Quick Add"

Scroll down and tap on this option to adjust your visibility.

3. Toggle "Show Me in Quick Add" off

This removes you from appearing in Quick Add friend suggestions.

Note that you‘ll still be able to use Quick Add to find new friends yourself, but you won‘t show up as a suggested user in other people‘s lists with this setting disabled.

Why Don‘t I See Someone in My Quick Add?

Wondering why a specific friend isn‘t popping up in your Quick Add suggestions? Here are some potential reasons:

  • They have a private profile – If their settings limit account visibility, Snapchat excludes them from Quick Add.

  • Your account is new – Quick Add works best once your account has established connections and friendships.

  • They opted out of Quick Add – As explained above, other users can stop themselves from appearing in suggestions.

  • No connections – Without mutual friends, contacts, location ties, etc., Snapchat‘s algorithm may not recommend them.

If there‘s someone specific you‘re trying to find, your best bet is searching their exact username using the Search bar. Quick Add works smarter based on connections, rather than showing random users.

Is Snapchat Quick Add Safe to Use?

Given how many people use Snapchat, is using Quick Add safe? Are there any risks associated with adding recommended friends?

The good news is Quick Add offers a safer approach to meeting new Snapchatters compared to random searches or adds. By surfacing friends of friends, contacts, and other connections, the chances of Quick Add suggestions being legitimate friends is higher.

However, it‘s still smart to exercise some caution when connecting with new people on any social platform, including Snapchat. Here are my top safety tips:

  • Review profiles carefully before adding someone new. Check for any red flags.

  • Start conversations casually to get a sense of someone before sharing lots of private info.

  • Don‘t feel pressured to add anyone back who makes you uncomfortable.

  • Use reporting tools if someone is harassing you or acting suspiciously.

  • Limit visibility settings on Stories and Snaps to "My Friends", especially early on.

  • Avoid linking Snapchat to public profiles on other social sites.

  • Turn off Snapchat location sharing in your app settings.

Basically, use extra care when interacting with new friends or mutual connections. Make sure they seem legit and you feel good about them before chatting too deeply or meeting up.

But in general, Quick Add does provide a safer route to expanding your Snapchat network than pure random adds or sketchy third-party apps.

Snapchat Quick Add vs. Search: What‘s the Difference?

Beyond Quick Add, you can also search for specific Snapchat users in the app‘s "Add Friends" section. But what‘s the difference between finding friends through Quick Add vs. Search?

Snapchat Quick Add

  • Uses friend suggestions algorithm
  • Recommends based on connections
  • Refreshes suggestions over time
  • Surfaces users you may know organically

Snapchat Search

  • Manually look up specific users
  • Search by username, name, interest, etc.
  • Helpful for finding users without connections
  • Requires knowing who you‘re looking for

Quick Add and Search are both useful in different ways. Quick Add works "behind the scenes" to recommend friends in common. Search gives you more manual control to find users that Quick Add wouldn‘t necessarily surface.

Use both features as complementary tools to expand your Snapchat network!

Fun Stats About Snapchat Quick Add Usage

Here are some fascinating stats about how people are using Snapchat Quick Add:

  • 58% of users have added friends through Quick Add.

  • The average user adds 5 friends via Quick Add per month.

  • Over 2 billion friend connections have been made via Quick Add.

  • Quick Add drives over 42 million new friendships per day.

  • Users are 15x more likely to form relationships with Quick Add friends vs. search/scan adds.

  • Over 70% of daily active Snapchatters tap into Quick Add each month.

Clearly Quick Add is making an impact! People are embracing it as an easy way to meet fellow Snapchatters within their extended social networks.

Snapchat Quick Add: Key Takeaways

Let‘s recap the key things to remember about Quick Add:

๐Ÿ” It recommends Snapchat users to add as friends based on connections like mutual friends, contacts, location, social networks, etc.

๐Ÿ“ฒ It provides an easy, quick way to find Snapchatters you likely already have something in common with.

๐Ÿค Over 2 billion friend connections have been made through Quick Add since it launched.

โž• To use it, simply tap the "Add Friends" icon and scroll through the suggestions.

๐Ÿ“‰ You can opt-out if you don‘t want to appear as a Quick Add suggestion to others.

๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Use Quick Add and Search tools together to safely expand your Snapchat network.

So in summary, Snapchat Quick Add can be super helpful for meeting new Snap friends with shared connections. I hope this complete guide gave you a better understanding of how it works!

Happy Snapping and adding new friends! 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.