Difference b/w ‘Added by search’ & ‘Added by username’ Snapchat

When you add someone, they will get a notification within the Snapchat app, and they’ll be able to view how you added them.

For instance, “Added you from search” or “Added you by Username” can appear underneath the user’s name in a message. The question is, what does this message really mean?

This page will clarify this notification’s appearance as well as a few additional notifications that you could encounter underneath usernames.

What does ‘Added by Username’ mean on Snapchat?

When someone adds you as a friend on Snapchat, it implies they searched for your username and found you. But this does not imply that they looked for your true name or any nicknames. Adding someone on Snapchat requires knowing their unique username.

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If a person searches for your Snapchat handle, they will get the option to add you by username. That suggests they either came up with it themselves or were given some kind of clue about your identity.

When you share a story to a public Snapchat channel, other individuals may be able to view your username. When a story is made public, the display name of the person who submitted the Snap will be shown. Everyone may view your username beside your Snaps unless you alter your display name to anything else.

What does ‘Added by search’ mean on Snapchat?

In most cases, when you get an “Added you from search” message, it signifies that the person who added you did so by entering your name into the search field.

It’s possible that a user added you by searching for your actual name if you’ve made both your username and your full name public on your account. If not, then they were probably trying to find your username.

A user may also be added using Snapchat’s recommendation feature, which will also trigger an “Added you from search” message.

Entering the “Add friends” section of your account, the application will recommend people it thinks you would get along with. These recommendations are located at the bottom of the page. Depending on factors like your shared connections, location, contacts, and more, Snapchat will recommend folks for you to add.

A similar “Added you from search” message will be sent to you if someone adds you via recommendations by hitting the plus symbol next to your username.

What is the difference between ‘Added by Search, and ‘Added by Username’?

Short Answer: When someone adds you on Snapchat, and it reads, “Added by search,” it indicates they typed in your name or a random username and discovered you. However, if it says “Added by username,” that suggests they went looking for your username in the search field before adding you.

There isn’t much of a distinction between them, and at first sight, you may not even notice one. However, if you look carefully, you’ll see that the “Added by username” section is more detailed than the “Added by search” one.

So that you may better understand, let’s pretend that your name is Jerry McGuire and your login is jerrymcguire007.

Added by Username:

For example, if someone wants to add you on Snapchat by Username, they won’t type in “Jerry McGuire”; rather, they’ll type in your username (jerrymcguire007).

Two possible interpretations come to mind:

1. They were able to add you since you provided them with your login directly.

2. They were given your username by a common acquaintance, which they then typed into the search field. They may have noticed your username on the phone of a common acquaintance and added you without your knowledge or permission.

On the other hand, if someone wants to add you through search, they’ll use your full name (Jerry McGuire), not your username.

That might also signify a few other things:

1. In order to add you on Snapchat, they probably recognized you from elsewhere, such as an educational institution or place of employment.

2. You’ve met them in person, but you failed to provide them with your username. As a result, they’ve been forced to refer to you by your actual name.

3. That person is a long-lost buddy of yours who just joined Snapchat in the hopes of reuniting with you.


Q1. What does Added you by Snapcode mean on Snapchat?

Snapcodes, the dotted symbols, often include usernames as well. Snapcode additions indicate that a user has scanned the user’s Snapcode using their mobile device. Your Snapcode must only be used to add persons to whom you provide it directly.

Behind every profile photo is a unique dot arrangement on a yellow backdrop called a Snapcode. In order to scan each other’s Snapcodes and become friends, users must be physically close to one another.

Q2. What does Added you by Mention mean on Snapchat?

To let others know that you were mentioned in a Snap, the user may add you as a contact from the ‘People’ option on the Snap’s right side. Then, with a click on the screen, you’ll be added to their list of friends.

When someone adds you through mention, you’ll get a notification and be able to see their name next to “Friends” on your list.

Q3. What does Added from Contacts mean on Snapchat?

Your Snapchat may be readily discovered by anybody who has your phone number saved in their phone’s contacts. An “Added from contacts” notification will appear underneath their username if you were added via their contact list.

Final Words

Hopefully, after reading this post, you will have a better understanding of the significance of the various notifications that you may have received.

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