How To Find Deleted Friends in the Snapchat App

Posted by Jessie Richardson on November 2, 2019
Snapchat How to Find Deleted Friends

The beauty of nearly every social media platform is both the collection of friends and followers… and the inevitable block and delete of those who become bothersome.  It is fairly easy to delete friends from your Snapchat life. If you don’t want to follow certain users anymore, you can remove them from your list in a couple of taps. That being said, if a process is easy, it might be easy to make mistakes.  You might accidentally remove someone that you didn’t intend to.  Or what if you are able to patch up whatever conflict you had, but oops!  They’re already deleted!  Will this lead to terrible friend drama?

Not necessarily.  You don’t have to worry since you can re-add your friends right away. However, you will need to enter some information about their profile before you can add them again. So what happens if you aren’t able to remember their username?

Depending on the information you have about them, you can use different methods to re-add Snapchat friends. This article will explain four different methods of finding your deleted friends.

How to Find Deleted Friends

If you deleted a friend by mistake and you want to add them again, you can do it in a few ways. You can either add them by username, from a contact list, or by using a snap code.

One helpful feature of Snapchat is that friends often stay on your friend’s list even when you delete them, if even for a very limited time. So, if you can’t remember your friend’s username or contact information, and you just now, very accidentally deleted them, your first stop should be to check if they are still on your friends list.

Add a Deleted Friend from Your Friends List

If your friend’s username is still on your friends list, you can easily add them back. To do this, you should:

  1. Go to the Snapchat app.
  2. Tap on your user profile on the top-left of the screen.
    Snapchat How to Find Deleted Friend
  3. Find the ‘Friends’ section and select ‘My Friends’.
    Snapchat Find Deleted Friends
  4. When the list opens, you will see all the users that you follow and that follow you.

Even if you deleted several friends, they may remain on this list with a little plus sign on the right side of their name. That means they’re still following you and blissfully unaware of the huge mistake you just made. To re-add them, just tap on the plus sign. Your deleted friend will be your friend again.

Of course, this method will work only if that friend also follows you.

Add a Deleted Friend Using Their Snapchat Username

If you remember your friend’s username, you can quickly add them back. All you have to do is use the search option to find them. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Snapchat from the app menu.
  2. Select the ‘Add Friends’ icon from the top right side of the screen (profile with a plus sign above it)
    Snapchat Find Deleted Friend
  3. Start typing the username in the search bar.
  4. The profile should appear.
    How to Find Deleted Friends on Snapchat
  5. Tap on the ‘+ Add’ button on the right.

Snapchat will add your deleted friend back.

Add a Deleted Friend from Contacts

What if it’s a little more serious than that.  Maybe you’ve had a falling out, and you really don’t remember a user name… and you’re definitely not going to cop to the fact that you deleted your friend from Snapchat in a moment of passion.  If you have your deleted friend’s contact information on your phone, you’re lucky. Snapchat will sync all the contacts so you can easily find and add them via the app. Follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Snapchat app.
  2. Tap on the ‘Add Friends’ icon from the top right side of the screen.
  3. Tap ‘All contacts’ on the right side of the screen.
    How to Find Deleted Friend on Snapchat
  4. You will see a list of all your contacts that have a Snapchat account.
  5. Find your friend and hit the ‘Add’ button on their right.

If you can’t find a deleted friend in your contacts, and you know you used to have their contact info, there’s a chance they deactivated their Snapchat account. On the other hand, they might simply use a different e-mail or number for Snapchat.

Add a Friend with a Snapcode

Another way to find your friend is to use their Snapcode. If you own a photo of your friend’s Snapcode on your phone, Snapchat will easily find their profile. To do this, you should:

  1. Go to Snapchat.
  2. Tap on your profile icon on the top left.
  3. Select ‘Add Friends’ from the profile screen.
    Snapchat Find Deleted Friends
  4. Tap on the ghost icon on the right side of the search bar.
    Find deleted friends on snapchat
  5. Find the Snapcode image from the gallery.
  6. Tap on the image.

Snapchat will scan the code. If the image is possible to scan, the app will find your friend and add them.

Keep in mind that Snapcode has to be in its proper size. If the image is cut-out, stretched, or if anyone edits it, it won’t work.

You’ll Have Some Explaining to Do

When you delete a friend from your friends list, there will be no notifications. Your friends will not know that you removed them. However, once you add them back, they will probably receive a notification from the app indicating that “(Your Username) has added you!”

If this happens, you might need to explain that you deleted them by accident. Whether this is the actual truth or a little white lie is entirely up to you.  But hey, at least we’ve managed to restore things to the way they were before things got out of hand!

Have you ever accidentally deleted a friend?  What are some of the tips that helped you get things back on track on Snapchat?


4 thoughts on “How To Find Deleted Friends in the Snapchat App”

James says:
How do I download the data. open and extract the zip file and then open the index file.
Kevin says:
Use a web browser and log in to accounts.snapchat.com. Click on the My Data button and download the data. In your email, open and extract the zip file and then open the index file. Browse to the Friends option and you will see your deleted friends and their usernames.
Triston says:
I did that too
Alyson Bowman says:
Hi I removed a couple Snapchat friends but I didn’t mean to and I don’t remember there username is there anyway you guys can help me

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