There are two main methods of adding someone on Snapchat: by username and by search.
By username – means they knew your username from somewhere
By search – they didn’t know your username, phone number, or email address
These methods have different implications and if you want to learn more about the person trying to find you using these methods, keep reading!
Added by Username
When someone adds you by username, they know your username from somewhere. Either someone else told them, or they know you well enough.
They may be a coworker, a schoolmate, or a secret admirer. Or they might have just found you by chance on Snapchat.
When someone adds you by username, it means you’re active on the app and don’t have a private Snapchat account.
When your account is private, no one can find you on the app when searching for your username.
If you want to learn more about finding people on Snapchat using their username or by searching, read the linked article.
Added by Searching
When someone is searching for you on Snapchat, it means that they don’t know your exact username or they don’t have your phone number on their phones.
They may not be close friends. They may be total strangers who want to send you a friend request.
You may decline a friend request sent by someone you don’t know. If you’re someone who adds others by searching for them on Snapchat, you should also keep this in mind.
The other person may not know who you are and may reject your friend request.
On the other hand, if you add them by username, they’ll start thinking that you know them from somewhere.
If you have any questions or you have other ideas about the difference between adding by search or by username on Snapchat, leave a comment below!