A Random Person Added me on Snapchat by Search. Why and What to do

Did a random person added you on Snapchat and you can’t figure out why? Here are the main reasons for strange users to add you on Snapchat by search

  • Your profile might be suggested on the Quick Add feature on Snapchat for people who you have mutual friends with.
  • Another reason could be that one of your posts has gone viral and gains a lot of impressions in a short period of time
  • Bots are running all across the web and across all social media sites and add users to later spam.
  • If you have a large following on other social media sites and you post your Snapchat profile there you might get an influx of new followers on Snapchat

In this post:
Quick Add Feature
Viral Post
Shared profile on other platforms

If you want to read more about each reason a random person added you on Snapchat one by one, read below

Random Person Added Me on Snapchat by Search Explanations

The Quick Add Feature

One of the most common reasons random people add you on Snapchat is because of the Quick Add feature.

The quick add feature is basically a similar feature to the old familiar ” suggested friends ” feature you know from Facebook, only obviously for Snapchat.

The feature will recommend you to add or follow certain people based on if you have mutual friends and other similarities.

So, if the algorithm recommends your profile a lot, you could be added as a friend by many random people you don’t know.

NOTE – This also happens when you add a lot of friends on the platform quickly. Some users might also use that as a tactic for growth. When you add a lot of friends the algorithm has more suggested friends to show your profile too.

How to stop your profile from being suggested in the Quick Add Feature

Here’s how to stop your profile from being suggested on the Quick Add feature:

  1. Open Snapchat app
  2. Tap the Bitmoji on the top left corner of the screen
  3. Tap the Settings icon
  4. Look for See Me on Quick Add
  5. Now uncheck the box next to Show Me on Quick Add

Your profile will not be shown in the Quick Add feature from now on

Viral post

Another reason that you might see a bump in the people who add you as a friend is one of your snaps has gone viral.

As the nature of social media, sometimes the algorithm favores you and your posts and while one of your posts goes viral and potentially can reach millions of people, a lot of them will start following you or add you as friend.

Bots are adding you as friend

Almost all people who use social media know that a certain precentage of users are fake, and while fake can mean different things, we are talking about bots.

A bot is basically just a script on a computer, a program that has commands and actions to do.

Most social media bots generally just run across the platform and do a specific set of actions that the programmer wants.

Some might program the bot to just randomly add people as friends, and then start sending them spam or promotions you didn’t even hear about, so you might be one of them.

If you wish to limit how random users add you, here’s how:

  • Open Snapchat
  • Tap the Bitmoji and then Settings icon
  • Look for Contact Me option
  • Tap My Friends

Now only people who are on your friends list can message you.

NOTE – Please don’t turn this option on if you wish to be available for anyone on the platform

Cross platform promotion

If you are very popular for example of Instagram, but not a lot of people on Snapchat, if you post on Instagram and share your Snapchat handle and ask your audience to follow you, they might do it.

As a result, you might get a lot of new friends that you do not know but in reality you initiated the promotion.

How to share your Snapchat profile

  1. Open Snapchat
  2. Tap the Bitmoji icon on the top left corner
  3. Click on the yellow card next to your username
  4. When the pop up menu appears – tap on Share Snap code

Now you can share your Snapchat profile on different platforms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are random people adding me on Snapchat

Like we mentioned in the article in length. There are multiple reasons for people to add you on Snapchat, here are the four main reasons:

BotsYou shared your profile on other platforms
One of your posts went viralThe Quick Add Feature on Search

Are there really so many bots on Snapchat

YES, while we don’t know the exact number, it is known that Snapchat has a large number of bots pretending to be real people and mostly they try and promote various services or just gain more following to promote later.