How to see mutual friends on Snapchat

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As with any social media app, connecting with more people online really improves your experience. There is no better feeling than discovering either old or new friends online and reconnecting with them. But, how do you find these friends if you do not know their usernames? Here’s the rundown of how to see mutual friends on Snapchat.

Most apps nowadays have clever features that can recommend you friends based on your current connections. These features pretty much work by suggesting you users who share the same connections with you. The logic that the more mutual friends you have with someone the more likely you are to know them is the general idea behind this technology.

This has actually been really successful in the past in reconnecting people, so let’s see how it would work on the platform Snapchat. It turns out that there is a way to see your mutual friends on the Snapchat app. Although it is not possible to see what new users your friends have recently added, you are still able to see which users share similar connections with you. Here’s how it works – open Snapchat and let’s get started.

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View your mutual friends on Snapchat

Snapchat has an “Add Friends” section within the app which enables you to add new friends, find new friends and also see mutual friends. We will show you where in the app you can find this in the steps below.

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Open the “Friends” section

Right, so let’s find your mutual friends. First things first, you will want to tap on your profile icon on the top-left side of your screen. This will bring up your username, Bitmoji, story settings and friends list. Scroll down to the “Friends” tab and select “Add Friends”.

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Find mutual friends in “Quick Add”

In the “Add Friends” section of your Snapchat account, you will be able to find new friends either by searching for their usernames or through Snapchat’s “Quick Add” feature. The Quick Add section is actually where you will find a list of potential connections including your mutual friends.

You will know someone is a mutual friend by the grey mutual friends counter under the user’s username. Unfortunately, you will only be able to see the number of mutual friends, not their usernames, due to Snapchat’s privacy policy.

If you encounter any names on your “Quick Add” list that you are not keen on, simply click the cross next to their name to remove them.

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Add your mutual friends

The higher the number mutual friends you share shows how many people you have in common with that other Snapchatter. This suggests that you may already know them or have met them before.

If you do decide to add any of these users on your “Quick Add” list, Snapchat will notify them that they were added via “Quick Add”, which helps to connect people together within in your own friendship circle.

Sending someone a friend request from “Quick Add” will not notify them that you share mutual friends. The only way for them to know is from viewing their own “Quick Add” list.

Will Snapchat tell you if someone has mutual friends?

Snapchat will not tell someone if they share mutual friends with you. The only way to find out if someone has mutual friends with you is by viewing the Quick Add menu in the app.

Here, you will see a list of suggested users from Snapchat’s algorithm. You will know if this is the case, if there is a number under their username, indicating how many Snap friends you share with them.

How to not show up in “Quick Add”

If your approach to social media platforms is more on the privacy-conscious side of things, you can opt out of appearing in the “Quick Add” feature.

To do this, open up your Snapchat profile and tap on the settings (gear icon) button in the top-right corner of the screen. From here, scroll down to “Privacy Controls” to find the option that says “Show me in Quick Add”. Next to this option will be a tickbox, which will be ticked if you currently appear in quick add. Untick this box to stop showing up in the quick add list and list of mutual friends of other Snapchat users.

Final Thoughts

So that is all you need to know about finding mutual friends on Snapchat. The app lets you see which users share similar Snapchat friends with you but not who these friends are. Nonetheless, the feature is still useful when trying to grow your social circle and reconnect with more and more people online. However, if these friends of friends feel more like random strangers, we’ve walked you through the few quick steps to make sure you don’t appear in the quick add feature.

If you found this article helpful, why not read another one of our ‘How To’ Snapchat guides?