As one of the most popular social media apps and websites, TikTok has certainly made a lasting impression on the world. While primarily used for watching and sharing entertaining videos, TikTok can also be used for socializing with friends and even making new ones.
But, how exactly do you go about connecting with people? Surely you’re going to have to find them first. So, read on to discover how to find someone on TikTok.
How to Find Someone on TikTok From Your Phone Contacts
One of the simplest ways to find someone you already know on TikTok is to sync the contacts from your phone. This is handy because you don’t necessarily need to know their username to find them. Follow these steps to add your friends.
Step 1: Open the TikTok App
Open the TikTok app and tap the Profile button at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
Step 2: Go to the Add friends menu
Here, tap the Add friends button on your profile to be taken to the page for adding friends.
Step 3: Go to Your Contacts
Now, you can tap Contacts to sync your contacts from your phone. You may see a prompt pop up where TikTok is asking for permission to sync your contacts. Tap OK and then tap Allow to continue.
Step 4: Add Your Desired Contacts
Here you’ll see suggested contacts from your contact list to add. TikTok can recognize your contacts by phone number and email address.
Simply tap Follow to the right of the profile picture and username to add that person to your friends. Once you are friends, you can now message this person from the Inbox menu at the bottom of the home screen.
In the following brief video, Technoist demonstrates how to find and add people on TikTok using their phone number.
How to Find Someone on TikTok From Your Facebook Contacts
This method is very similar, but allows you to add and connect with people that you know on Facebook. The below steps will detail how to get it done!
Step 1: Go to the Add friends menu
As before, navigate to the Add friends option on your profile page.
Step 2: Give TikTok Permission to Access Facebook
You’ll need to tap the Facebook friends option just underneath Contacts, and, like before, give TikTok permission to access your Facebook account and contacts.
Step 3: Select Your Friends to Add
Now, you can follow any of your Facebook friends by tapping the Follow button and interact with them afterwards.
How to Find Someone on TikTok Using their Username
If you know the username of the person you want to find, this makes the process a whole lot easier. This method is outlined below.
Step 1: Open the Search Page
Open the TikTok app, and locate the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner. Tap this.
Step 2: Enter the Person’s Username in the Search Bar
Here, you’ll see a search bar at the top of the screen. Tap this, and type in the name of the person you want to find.
Step 3: Find the Profile and View
Suggested accounts will appear as you type, but if not, finish typing the username or their name and hit the search button on your virtual keyboard to search for the name.
Tap the username or profile icon and you’ll see their account page. Here, you can view their content or follow them. You can also tap the down arrow next to Follow to see suggested accounts as well.
How to Find Someone on TikTok Using a QR Code
Yet another method for finding someone on TikTok, particularly if you know the person, is to scan a QR code. This way, you don’t need to enter their username to find them. This method is more for the person you wish to add, as they’ll need to generate their own code. Find out how they can do this next.
Step 1: Go to Your Profile
Open the TikTok app and tap the Profile icon in the bottom right.
Step 2: Go to the Settings Menu
Tap the hamburger menu in the top right corner, which looks like three horizontal lines, to open the Settings and privacy menu.
Step 3: Generate the Code
Here, you can tap My QR Code. This will bring up a new page with your personalized QR code. You can now share this by different apps or email by using the menu along the bottom or even save it to your phone as an image for someone to use later.
How to Find Someone on TikTok From a Video
An alternative way to find someone on TikTok is if you’ve already viewed one of their videos. Perhaps you really liked their content. You can use their videos to find the user, but you have to make sure you’ve either liked the video first or added it to your favorites. Follow these steps to find this user.
Step 1: Like or Favorite a Video
Firstly, once you find a video you like, you’ll have to tap the heart icon to like the video, or the bookmark icon to add it to your favorites. It’s worth mentioning, this will bring up a prompt that says the creator will be notified that you’ve added their video to your favorites.
Step 2: Go to Your Profile
After this, tap the Profile icon in the bottom left to go to your profile page.
Step 3: Find the Video in Your Favorites
Next, tap the bookmark icon third from the left to find your Favorited videos.
Step 4: Find the Video in Your Liked Videos
Alternatively, tap the heart icon on the far right to find the video in your list of Liked videos.
Step 5: Open the Video and Tap the Username
Now, you can open the video and tap the creator’s username at the bottom of the video. This will bring you to their profile page where you can interact as you wish.
After reading, you can see you have a few options for finding someone on TikTok, whether you know their username or not. The easiest methods are probably syncing your contacts from your phone or Facebook account, along with simply scanning someone’s QR code. Searching for a username or name can be a bit trickier, but helpful if you can’t meet up in person or you’re not sure of their details. As long as you remember to like or favorite content that you want to find later, it’s quite simple to find a creator this way, too.
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