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How To Stop Strangers From Adding You On Snapchat

By Pranab Sen

Your Quick Answer:

» You can stop strangers from adding you on Snapchat by adjusting your settings. Open your Snapchat profile, tap on the Bitmoji icon, and access ‘Settings’ by clicking the gear icon.
» Go to ‘Contact Me’ settings and choose ‘My Friends’ to limit who can contact you. Additionally, set privacy by turning off the ‘Show me in Quick Add’ option under “See me in Quick Add” to disappear from Quick Add and minimize unwanted friend requests.

How To Stop Strangers From Adding You On Snapchat:

To stop strangers from adding you to Snapchat, the following are the best in-app methods. Follow the instructions and enable the settings.

1. Don’t appear on Quick Add

On Snapchat, the “Quick Add” feature is basically a section that contains a list of other Snapchat users who you might know. It is kind of like the “People You May Know” feature on Facebook & Instagram. Under this section, Snapchat will display a list of the people who you share mutual friends with. As a result, you will find that this “Quick Add” section is mostly full of “friends of friends”.

In short, if someday, any of your Snapchat friends tagged you on his/her story, the users watching your friend’s story will get a suggestion of your name on their ‘Quick Add’.

Those people are strangers to you but have the suggestion of your name on their Snapchat under ‘Quick Add’. Hence, to not appear on Quick Add on other people, turn OFF the ‘Show me in Quick Add’ option on your Account. This will restrict your name from being shown as a suggestion to other Snapchat users under ‘Quick Add’.

Steps to turn OFF the option ‘Show me in Quick Add’:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open your Snapchat app and click on your Snapchat profile picture, which is ‘Bitmoji/Avatar’, given on the top left corner of the camera screen.


Step 2: You will land on your ‘Profile’ page. There, in the top right corner, you will see a ‘Settings’ gear icon. Click on that and the settings menu list will appear on the screen.

you will see a Settings gear icon

Step 3: Scroll down the setting menu list and select > “See me in Quick Add”.

See me in Quick Add on snapchat app

Step 4: Now, tick OFF the ‘Show me in Quick Add’ option.

 tick OFF the Show me in Quick Add

That’s it. Your name would not appear on Quick Add from now.

2. Stop Others from Contacting You

Second, do not allow people other than your friends to contact you on Snapchat. Friends on Snapchat are those people who you have added back on your Snapchat and have allowed to connect with you on Snapchat. Hence, set ‘My Friends’ to who can contact me and this will stop other random users from contacting you and even adding you on Snapchat.

Steps to enable – Contact Me > My friends on Snapchat:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open your Snapchat account on the app and go to your ‘Profile’ page.

Step 2: Click on the ‘Bitmoji/Avatar’ given in the top left corner of the camera screen, to go to your profile page.


Step 3: On the ‘Profile’ page, you will see a gear icon, which is the ‘Settings’ option, on the top right corner. Tap on the gear icon and open the setting menu.


Step 4: On the menu list, come to the ‘Privacy Control’ section and select “Contact Me”. Tap on the “Contact Me” option and select “My Friends”. Tap on the “My friends” option and a tick will appear in front of it.

Contact Me on snapchat app
My friends section on snapchat app

This is how you can stop others from contacting you except your friends.

Why Should You Stop Strangers from Adding You to Snapchat:

Strangers are good, help us to explore new human beings, grow, and become friends, but not always. Especially on the Internet, strangers are not always good. Hence, for these and many other reasons, you should stop strangers from adding you to Snapchat and other social media platforms.

Let’s see why should you stop strangers from adding you on Snapchat, in detail

1. For Better Privacy

On social media like Snapchat, privacy is very important. Because, on Snapchat, people send snaps every day in which they capture what are they doing all day or where they went to eat, enjoy, or walk around, in short, every small to big detail of their day.

Also, people add stories of where they went adding locations their friends and family members’ pictures, etc. Apart from this, the Snapchat location feature is very on the dot.

It instantly detects your location when you open the app. When you are not even sending snaps or uploading stories, just simply have opened the app to check on other people, it captures your location and displays that you were at a particular place so and so minutes ago. All of this stuff of a person should be limited to his/her friends and family members and not to a random stranger.

Hence, you should keep all your details and username private, enable privacy settings to friends only, and not post your Snapchat username or snap code on another platform. You are posting so your friends can connect with you, but along with friends, all this personal information is visible to strangers as well. Thus, for privacy reasons, you should not let strangers add you to Snapchat.

2. Let People know you who Saved Your Number

You should make sure those only can see you on social media because of your contact details. Social media like Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Facebook, most of them, all have the option to connect with people who are in their contact book.

Hence, it is very must that you enable the settings where you instantly get a notification when people who have your contact number create a new social media account including a Snapchat account. Let people know, that they have your phone number saved in their contact and they can see your activity.

Also, you should be having knowledge of who is having your contact and who can watch you through social media.

You can enable the privacy settings on your Snapchat account, where you will get a notification if someone who has your number creates a Snapchat account. Along with this, enable the who can ‘Contact me’ settings to ‘My Friends’, so, only your friends can connect with your Snapchat and no strangers.

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Pranab Sen is founder and author of Techniquehow.com. He is a full-time blogger, everything that gets published is from Pranab's hand. He likes to be a 'social media geek' since 2011 to understand the problems of readers more deeply and giving the solution through his writing.

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