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How to Find Someone on TikTok: Step-by-Step Guide with Photos

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How to Find Someone on TikTok: Step-by-Step Guide with Photos

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 1: Open the TikTok App
Open the Tiktok app and tap on the Profile icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your 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 2: Go to the Add friends menu
Click Add 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 3: Go to Your Contacts
Go to your contacts

and click

OK

.

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.

Step 4: Add Your Desired Contacts
Click Follow next to the name of the person you want to add to your friends list.

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 1: Go to the Add friends menu
Go to your Profile then click Add friends.

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 2: Give TikTok Permission to Access Facebook
Grant Tiktok access to Facebook.

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.

Step 3: Select Your Friends to Add
Follow the people you want to be friends with!

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 1: Open the Search Page
Open Tiktok and click on the magnifying glass icon.

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 2: Enter the Person's Username in the Search Bar
Type in the person’s username you want to be friends with.

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.

Step 3: Find the Profile and View
Click on the account and, here, you can follow them and watch their content.

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.

find someone on tiktok
Open the Tiktok app and click on Profile.

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 2: Go to the Settings Menu
Click on the three horizontal lines in the top right-hand corner of your profile screen, then click Settings and privacy.

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.

Step 3: Generate the Code
Go to My QR Code and now you can download or share it with friends!

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 1: Like or Favorite a Video
Like or bookmark a video that you want to save (to your likes or your favorites, respectively) and the creator of that video will be notified with the above message.

Step 2: Go to Your Profile

After this, tap the Profile icon in the bottom left to go to your profile page.

Step 2: Go to Your Profile
Tap on the Profile icon to go to your profile.

Step 3: Find the Video in Your Favorites

Next, tap the bookmark icon third from the left to find your Favorited videos.

Step 3: Find the Video in Your Favorites
If you bookmarked the video, you will find it in your Favorites under the bookmark tab.

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 4: Find the Video in Your Liked Videos
Or, tap on the heart icon to go to your 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.

Step 5: Open the Video and Tap the Username
Tap on the creator’s name in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen to go to their account page.

Wrapping Up

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I find someone's username?

This could be because the person isn’t present on TikTok, or simply because they’ve changed their username. Once you change your username, the URL link of your account also changes, and you won’t be visible under that name. If you know this person, it’s best to ask them what their new username is. Rest assured if you still follow them, you’ll be able to find them too. Another reason is that their account has been suspended or made private, in which case you won’t be able to find this person.

Do I have to give TikTok access to my Facebook account?

You don’t have to give access to your Facebook, but if you want to sync with your Facebook contacts then you will have to. If you decide at a later time that you don’t want to do this anymore, you can stop syncing with your Facebook friends by going to your Privacy Settings under your Account Settings.

How can I stop people from finding me on TikTok?

Firstly, make sure your contact list isn’t syncing with your phone or Facebook contacts. Next, make your account private by going to your privacy settings under your account. This will mean that only people that you approve can watch your content and follow your account.

Can I find someone on TikTok without an account?

Although you can’t use any of TikTok’s features without signing up for an account, you can still open TikTok and search for a person in the search bar. This lets you watch their videos as well, but you won’t be able to interact with them.

Will people know if I've searched for them on TikTok?

No, if you look for somebody they won’t know that you’ve searched for them.

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