Snapchat, the hugely popular photo sharing app, certainly needs no introduction. Its 100 million strong members and the fact that over 400 millions photographs are shared through the use of the application every day are testaments to its growing appeal.
Although there is some talk about Facebook’s rival program, Slingshot, usurping the application, at present, Snapchat rules the photo sharing marquee. So, here is a look at how to find friends on Snapchat.
What will you need?
• A phone with the Snapchat app downloaded on it
• The Snapchat username of your friends (this can be found if not available)
• A couple of free minutes on your hands
How to find friends on Snapchat
Step 1: Launch the Snapchat app by clicking on the yellow “Ghostface Chilla” icon on the screen. On the top right hand corner, you will see the “gear” icon”, click on it to reach the settings menu. On the “my friends” page, click the “magnifying glass” icon to find friends.
Step2: Once you have a list of people on the screen, you can add them one by one by using the grey “add friends” icon next to their name.
Step 3: If you only want to find friends who have already added you to their Snapchat following, click on the “Snapchatters Who Added Me” tab. From here, simply use the “+” tab to add the contacts you want.
Step 4: You could also find friends from the contact list on your phone. Snapchat will ask for your permission to access the data held in the device. Once you allow the app to tap into the information, it will give you a list of your contacts with their Snapchat usernames on your screen, including those who have already added you. From here, follow step 2 and step 3 to include them in your friends circle.
Step 5: If you have the Snapchat username of your friend, the process becomes easier. Tap the icon of the “magnifying glass” on the screen and type in the username of your friend. Once you see the username in the list on the screen, you will need to simply tap on the plus tab to add this person.
A few hacks on how to find friends on Snapchat
The simplest way to find friends on Snapchat is to make sure that your contacts are synced with Facebook. This way, you will have all your Facebook friends in the contact list of your phone. This information will then be synced to Snapchat and you will easily be able to find those who are using the app.
It will be hard to guess the Snapchat username of a person you know, so start by either asking them for this information or simply find friends among the people who are already in your contact list.
There are also a few websites that allow you to find Snapchat friends. However, these are not people who you already know; rather, they are individuals who want to add to their circle of friends. If you are comfortable sharing your personal data with them, you could use these free websites. However, remember that these are third party portals, not owned or operated by Snapchat.
As you can see the instructions for “how to find friends on Snapchat” are incredibly easy. However, there are two things that you need to consider when exchanging pictures, particularly those of a personal nature, through the program. The first being the recent security breach which put the private information of over 4 million users out in the open; this just goes to show that you need to be careful with details that you offer through this app and others.
The second consideration is that although Snapchat claims to delete all pictures sent through the service within the time set by the sender, there are several programs which allow the recipient to retrieve these images. So, your photographs may not be as safe as you thought!