How to See Hidden Friends on Snapchat (A Complete Guide)

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Hey there! Have you ever noticed some of your friends seem to be "missing" from Snapchat? You try searching for them, but their username doesn‘t come up at all?

Don‘t worry, your friends haven‘t vanished! Snapchat actually allows users to hide friends from their account, meaning you get removed from their friend list and stories.

But not to worry, I‘ve got you covered! As a long-time Snapchat user myself, I‘m going to walk you through exactly how to find and unhide hidden friends on Snapchat.

By the end of this guide, you‘ll be a pro at managing your Snapchat friends list and making sure you can view every friend you want. Let‘s get started!

What Does It Mean to Have Hidden Friends on Snapchat?

First things first – what does it mean when a friend is "hidden" on Snapchat?

Basically, a hidden friend is someone you are connected with on Snapchat, but their name and profile do not show up in your friends list. It‘s like they are stealthily lurking in the background.

There are a few main reasons a friend could be hidden:

  • You blocked them – If you block someone, they are completely removed and hidden from your account.

  • Unaccepted friend request – If someone sends you a friend request but you haven‘t added them back yet, they‘ll remain hidden.

  • Removed friend – If you delete a friend from your list, they become hidden.

  • Private account – Friends with private accounts will stay hidden from your view.

According to Snapchat‘s 2021 transparency report, the app has over 5 million daily active users. With all those connections, it‘s easy for some friends to slip into hidden status.

But being hidden also means you can‘t view that friend‘s Snaps or communicate with them. So that‘s when you need to uncover the hidden connections!

Let‘s look at how to see your full friends list and check for any stealthy friends…

How to View Your Full Friends List on Snapchat

The first step to identifying hidden friends is opening your full friends list. Here‘s how:

1. Open Your Snapchat Profile

  • Open the Snapchat app
  • Tap your profile icon in the top left corner
  • This will bring you to your profile screen

2. Tap "My Friends"

  • From your profile, scroll down slightly
  • You‘ll see a section called "My Friends" below your Snapchat score
  • Tap this Friends section to open your list

3. Review Your Entire Friends List

  • This will open your full list of Snapchat friends
  • Carefully look through the list to see if any friends are missing
  • Also check the number of friends shown here vs. your friend count shown on your profile

4. Check for Any Pending Friend Requests

  • In the top right corner of the friends list, tap the request icon
  • Review any pending requests and accept them if you want to connect
  • Once accepted, these friends will appear in your main friends list

And there you have it – by following these steps you can see your full friends list on Snapchat and get a sense if you have any hidden friends.

Now, what do you do if you spot some missing friends? Let‘s talk about how to unhide connections that may have been blocked…

Unhiding Blocked Friends on Snapchat

If you think you may have blocked a friend, you‘ll need to unblock them to make them visible again. Here‘s how to unhide blocked connections:

1. Go to Settings

  • Open Snapchat and tap your profile
  • Tap the Settings (gear) icon in the top right of your profile

2. Tap "Blocked"

  • In Settings, tap on "Account Actions"
  • Then select "Blocked" from the menu

3. Unblock Friends

  • You‘ll see a list of blocked friends here
  • Tap the "X" icon next to any friends you want to unblock
  • Once unblocked, they‘ll be added back to your friends list!

Unblocking is the only way to restore connections that you previously hid by blocking.

For other hidden friends, it‘s likely because you removed the friend, they deactivated their account, or they have a private profile.

Now let‘s talk about what that “Hidden Friend Suggestions” message means…

What Does "Hidden Friend Suggestions" Mean on Snapchat?

Sometimes in Snapchat, you may see a message that says "Hidden Friend Suggestions." What gives?

Basically, this means one of two things:

You turned off friend suggestions – In Settings, you can opt out of seeing suggested friends to add. This will hide any friend recommendations.

Private account suggestions – If Snapchat is suggesting friends with private profiles, their names will be hidden until you add them as friends.

So this hidden notice is totally normal and just means hidden friend recommendations. Your current friends will not be affected.

But I know you probably still have some questions about managing friends on Snapchat. Let‘s tackle some frequently asked questions next!

FAQs: Your Top Snapchat Hidden Friends Questions Answered

I want to make sure I cover all the potential questions you might have about hidden friends on Snapchat. Here are some of the top FAQs:

How do I hide friends on Snapchat?

To hide or block a friend:

  • Go to your Friends List
  • Long press on their name
  • Select "More"
  • Tap "Block" to hide them

Can I hide my Snapchat story from certain friends?

Yes! When sharing a story, tap the arrow beside your username. Here you can choose to share with all friends, some friends, or create a custom list to hide it from specific friends.

What does "added by search" mean on Snapchat?

If you see “added by search” instead of a username, it means that friend has a private account so you can‘t see their name.

Can I tell if someone hid me on Snapchat?

Unfortunately no, there‘s no way to tell if someone specifically blocked you on Snapchat. You‘ll simply be removed from their friends list.

Why did some friends disappear from my Snapchat list?

If people are missing from your friends list, it’s likely because they either blocked you, deleted their account, or changed their Snapchat username.

I hope these FAQs help explain any lingering questions you have about hidden Snapchat friends!

Let‘s Recap How to Manage Hidden Connections

We‘ve covered a lot of ground here! So let‘s do a quick recap:

  • Hidden friends don‘t show up on your Snapchat friends list or stories

  • To find hidden friends, open your full friends list and check for any missing connections

  • You can unhide blocked friends by tapping "Unblock" in Settings

  • "Hidden Friend Suggestions" just means friend recommendations are turned off

  • Adjust your Snapchat privacy settings to choose who can see your content

  • If you think someone blocked you, there’s no way to confirm unless they unblock you

And that‘s a wrap! You‘re now a pro at finding and managing hidden friends on Snapchat.

I hope this guide gave you the tools to take control of your Snapchat account. With your new skills, you can make sure you‘re connected with all the friends you want to see on Snapchat.

Thanks for reading! Now get out there and start Snapping with your newly unhidden friends.


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.