How To Add Friends in the Line Chat App
Group video calls and chats are one of the coolest features on Line. You can get a bunch of your friends on a single call and see them in a single window. Needless to say, this is perfect to stay in touch with your classmates or family members who live abroad. But for the call to work, those close to your heart need to be your friends on Line first.
Luckily, adding friends on Line is plain sailing. There are several methods to connect to your peers or family members via Line. This article provides you with a detailed guide for each method, so let’s dig in.
Adding Friends upon Installation
When you install Line for the first time, the step-by-step wizard asks for permission to access your contacts. Plus, there’s a window that allows you to turn on “Auto-add friends” and “Allow others to add me.”
This way Line picks up on all the contacts from your phone book who use the app and automatically adds them to your friends list. However, “Auto-add friends” and “Allow others to add me” are optional features and some users prefer to disable them from the get-go. Of course, you can always go back and turn on these options.
How to Enable “Auto-add friends” and “Allow others to add me”
There are two ways to reach the “Auto-add friends” and “Allow others to add me.” Here is the quick guide.
Tap Friends at the bottom left of the main Line window and select the gear icon at the top left. Scroll down the Settings menu and hit Friends. Tap the buttons next to “Auto-add friends” and “Allow others to add me” to toggle the features on or off.
You can preview the last auto-add from the same window, just tap on the Re-sync icon under the “Auto-add friends” button.
Tap the three horizontal dots at the bottom right to access the More menu and select the “Add friends” icon.
The first option that pops up is “Auto-add friends.” Tap on it to access the Settings menu to toggle the feature on or off, or you can just hit the Re-sync icon to refresh your contacts list.
Note: If your friend disabled “Allow others to add me,” you won’t be able to automatically add that person to Line.
Sending out Line Invitations
Another way to add friends to Line is via invitations. Tap on the three horizontal dots and select the Invite icon on the top left. There is also an “Invite a friend” button in the middle of the screen and you can use either option.
Once you tap Invite, a pop-up up window appears and you can choose to send the invitation via text message, email, WhatsApp, or Facebook.
Sending the invitation via text message or email is probably the quickest and easiest since there are fewer steps. Tap on either option, select a contact from the list and hit Send. Your friend will receive a default Line message together with a link and a QR code to make the connection.
The invitation through a message is similar on WhatsApp and Facebook. But you need to allow access to the apps, find contacts, or copy the Line link into the Messenger.
Adding Friends via Search
If your friend is already using Line, you can add him or her via Line Search. Select Friends at the bottom left and tap the silhouette icon at the top right. Hit the magnifying glass icon to initiate the search and choose one of the offered search options – Line ID or Phone number.
Type a friend’s ID or phone number, hit Search, and tap on Add next to the contact you are looking for.
Line provides you with friend recommendations based on your current contacts, groups, and previous chat engagement. To look for and add recommended friends, hit the silhouette icon again, scroll the Friend Recommendation list, and tap on Add next to the user ID.
Shake to Add
One of the coolest Line features is “Shake it!” since it allows you to instantly add a person by shaking the phone. For this to work, you and your friend need to be close and have the GPS or Location Services turned on.
To use this method, tap More (three dots), select Add friends, then tap “Shake it!” Now, you and your friend need to tap the screen or, of course, shake the phones. Your contact names will appear on each other’s screens and you should both tap Add.
Line has made it super easy to stay in touch with your friends. And you can try different methods to reach out to a person and become friends on Line. We especially like the “Shake it!” feature and would like to know which method is your favorite? So don’t hesitate to write a few lines in the comments below.