Shh, Can You See Other People’s Friends On Snapchat?

Jose "Jay" Carrillo

Snapchat has a lot of active users in the hundreds of millions. That is a lot of people so it comes as no surprise that some people are wondering:

Can you see other people’s friends on Snapchat?

In order to see someone else’s best friends, you’re going to have to use some creativity. Below you’ll find a number of ways if you’re dying to see someone else’s best friends on Snapchat.

You’ll need a Snapchat account so if you don’t have it. Go the app store and download the social media app for your laptop or the mobile app for your phone.

Plus, I also show you how to find your best friends on Snapchat just in case. And, without further ado . . .

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Snapchat Algorithm

Snapchat has a super secret algorithm to determine someone’s best friends but there is a simple way to understand how it works.

Snapchat basically looks at the people you interact with the most and then begins to build a list of best friends based on your snaps and activity. It’s actually a pretty good way for Snapchat to determine a users best friends on the platform.

This algorithm will be the basis for the methods listed below as it allows you to infer who other people’s best friends are.

Quick Add Section

This is a great way. I actually really like this method even though it isn’t a sure fire way to know for sure someone’s best friends on Snapchat. This is because the Quick Add Section allows you to see other people’s mutual friends. Chances are that some of these friends also happen to be on their best friends list.

In order to do this, you have to become friends with that person first. Once this connection happens, Snapchat will suggest to you their friends via Quick Add. Here’s how to do it:

Add Person

  1. Open Snapchat app.
  2. Type the person’s username into the Search Bar.
  3. Find them and add them.
  4. Once the other person gets the request and adds you, you’ll have access to more profile settings.

Go To Add Friends

  1. Wait 24 hours and open Snapchat app.
  2. When the Snapchat camera appears, tap on the head and shoulders icon with “+” symbol (Add Friends) at the very top.
  3. Two columns appear called “Added Me” and “Quick Add”.
  4. Review “Added Me” list which’ll show you who added you in their Snapchat account.

Review Quick Add List

Review the “Quick Add” list which shows you the friends of your mutual friend that you recently added. This is the best way to infer the best friends of your mutual friend on Snapchat.

  1. Go to the “Add Friend” section.
  2. Scroll down and under “Quick Add” you’ll see the list of friends.
  3. Optional: Add whoever you want from this list of people by tapping on the head and shoulder icon with “+” symbol labeled “Add”.

Smiley Emoji Power

Along with Snapchat’s algorithm, users have the ability to add emojis to their contacts and friends. This is another loose indicator of a person’s close or best friends on the platform. Chances are low that they’d spend time to add emojis if this wasn’t the case.

How to See Your Own Best Friends on Snapchat

I don’t want to assume that you know how to find your own list of best friends on Snapchat, so I’ve listed the steps below.

Besides, you won’t be able to find other people’s best friends on Snapchat if you can’t find yours, right?

First Method

  1. Open Snapchat app.
  2. Tap on the chat icon at the bottom of the page.
  3. Tap on “My Friends”.

Second Method

  1. Open Snapchat app.
  2. Swipe to the right.
  3. Tap on “My Friends”.

Connect With People: The Personal Approach

When people are curious to see other people’s best friends on Snapchat or another social media platform, they want to do it discreetly. Unfortunately, when this isn’t possible you’re going to have to resort to some less technical and creative ways to do this.

Of course, this doesn’t include going into someone’s phone while they’re in the restroom. I wouldn’t condone that . . . so we’re not talking about that type of creative.

Simply Ask

Nowadays, two people could be sitting side by side and not utter a word while texting each other. We all seem to forget that there was once a time when we communicated by word of mouth and nothing else.

In Person

If you see your friend in person often, then you could definitely use this strategy. Simply ask them if you could see their list of best friends on their phone screen. Most often than not they will be willing to. On the flipside, they may ask you to see your list of best friends too, so you need to be prepared for this.

It could also be a negotiation tactic if they aren’t willing to show you their best friends list at first. If you counter with, “I’ll show you my list of best friends if you show me yours.” then you are more than likely going to get the response you want.

Sure, this method isn’t discreet or high-tech but it can be really effective.

Remote or Long Distance

If face to face isn’t an option, then you should still be able to use this method.

Simply send them a message and ask of course. If they say yes, have them take a screenshot of their Snapchat best friends and have them send you the screenshot. This works most of the time but it also always means that you will need to share as well.

For this method, the options are limitless. Do it via FaceTime, video, text messages, email or even via phone calls. Heck, you could even use Snapchat messages.

Editor’s Final Thoughts and Last Words

As you can see, Snapchat makes it difficult to easily figure out who a person’s best friends are on the platform. Snapchat protects their user’s privacy and that’s not a bad thing. They take the privacy concerns of Snapchat users very seriously.

For this reason, there are only a handful of real ways to answer the question:

Can you see other people’s best friends on Snapchat?

The short answer to this is technically “no” because Snapchat removed this feature a while back. Currently, you can only see your own list of best friends from within the Snapchat app but no one else’s.

Of course, there are some not-so ethical methods that I didn’t go into such as physically going into someone’s personal mobile device (target device), accessing or guessing someone’s Snapchat login credentials, personal information or installing third-party software on their phone to spy on their activity such as KidsGuard Pro or a Snapchat spy app.

In the end, taking such an approach is probably not really worth the trouble and possible embarrassment. Besides, there is a good chance that you’ll lose your long time friend’s trust. There’s no need to lose a good friend just because you’re trying to find out who their best friend’s are on Snapchat . . . don’t you think?

Below you’ll find some informative FAQ’s related to this topic that will probably be of interest to you.


What is the difference between Snapchat+ (Snapchat Plus) and Snapchat?

There are a few key differences between Snapchat+ and Snapchat. Snapchat+ offers different features and options than Snapchat. For example, you can add filters, change your font, add stickers and more. It’s ad-free, so you won’t see any ads while using the app and it offers a premium subscription that gives you access to even more features. Finally, Snapchat+ is available for both iOS and Android, while Snapchat is only available on iOS.

What are some other features on Snapchat that might interest me?

Other features on Snapchat that might interest you include the ability to create custom filters and lenses, as well as the ability to view Snapchats from other users. You can also add friends and family to your Snapchat account, and view their snaps.

You might also be interested in “Ghost Mode”. When you put your account into Ghost Mode, Snapchat will no longer share your location with your friends on the snap map, only yourself. Personally, I believe this is the most interesting feature.

How do I turn off ghosting on Snapchat?

To turn off Ghost Mode on Snapchat, go to the settings menu and tap on the “Manage” option. From there, you can toggle the ghost setting off.

What are the privacy settings for Snapchat?

The privacy settings for Snapchat are designed to give users control over who can see their content and who can contact them. Users can choose to make their account private, which means that only people who they have approved as friends can see their content and send them messages. They can also choose to make their account public, which is the exact opposite meaning that anyone can see their content and send them messages.

Why does my friend’s face disappear when we send a snap together?

One possible reason why your friend’s face may disappear when you send a snap together is that they have their privacy settings set to only allow friends to see their snaps. Another possibility is that they have added you to their snap story, which means that your snaps will only be visible for a limited time.

Is there a way to permanently delete my account on Snapchat?

To delete your account permanently, you will need to contact Snapchat support and request that they delete your account for you.

How do I hide my friends list on Snapchat?

To hide your friends list on Snapchat, open the app and tap on the profile icon in the top left corner. Then on the profile page, tap on the “My Friends” option and select the “Private” option.

How do I make sure that my pictures and videos won’t be shared publicly on Snapchat?

If you don’t want your pictures and videos to be shared publicly on Snapchat, you can go to the settings page and change the “Who Can . . . ” setting to “My Friends”.

Is it possible to message or chat with my friends on Snapchat without them knowing that I am messaging them through the app?

Yes, it is possible to message your friends on Snapchat without them knowing that you are messaging them through the app. If you turn on Ghost Mode, your friends will not be able to see your location or messages.

What are Snapchat stories?

A Snapchat story is a collection of snaps (photos and videos) that you can share with your friends but they disappear after 24 hours.