Finding Your Friends on Instagram

Having friends and interacting with them is essentially what puts the “social” in social networks. Luckily, Instagram knows that you have already amassed friends on other social networks, so it’s easy for you to find your friends on Instagram.

Instagram is a great place to connect with friends, family and other bloggers. The good news is it's now easier than ever to find your friends on this social media platform!

How Do You Find Someone on Instagram?

  1. First, tap the profile image on the bottom right of the screen (looks like a contact card), then select “Find Friends”.
  2. You can search to see if your Facebook and Twitter friends are using Instagram, as well as search friends from your phone’s Contact List. (This will help you find the friends you are already connected with on Facebook and Twitter.)
  3. Once you see the list of your friends on those networks that already have Instagram accounts, you can click “follow” next to their name to start following them. If their account is private, you may have to tap “request” instead, so they can approve the connection. You can also follow some of Instagram’s favorite people by clicking “Suggested Users” or take a look at Instagram’s Notable Users Directory to find users to follow based on your interests.
  4. You also may have friends that aren’t on Facebook or Twitter, but DO have an instagram account. You can search for these friends by selecting “search instagram” from the profile tab as well. You can search either by name, username or search through Instagram tags to find people sharing photos you might enjoy.
  5. Lastly, you can find friends by tapping the “popular” tab to see some of the most interesting photos on Instagram. If you see a photo you like, you can click on the user who uploaded the photo and start following them too.

To tag a friend in a comment or in the image itself, simply use the @ symbol and type the user’s name directly after that. Such as @SITSGirls!

So go find your friends and enjoy some Instagram bonding!

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About the Author
Blogger's Help DeskSarah Kimmel comes from an IT background. Fixing technology, and helping women to understand technology is truly her passion, she started her blog Tech For Moms to help friends fix their own technology issues. As more and more of her fellow bloggers and friends came to Sarah for help with the technical aspects of their blogs she decided to branch off and start a business to help others fix, maintain, tweak, and setup their own blog called Blogger’s Help Desk. She is a mother to 2 crazy kids, and wife to one crazy husband. Follow her @Tech4Moms

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  1. So glad I came across this post! I had no idea how to search users and add them. I joined instagram and jumped right in without much research! I usually click on instagram photos that others tweet and find them that way. This is soooo much easier!

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  3. Alexis says:

    People won’t be able to find me via phone number if I don’t put my number in the private information part, right? They will only find me via email if I put the email address or if I am connected through Facebook?

  4. Just what I was searching for!!!…

  5. I am so addicted to Instagram! I never knew my phone could take such cool pictures!

  6. I still haven’t tried Instagram out. I’m still working on Pinterest lol

  7. Perfect timing! I just loaded Instagram to my Droid last night and needed a tutorial! So glad I stopped by today!

  8. I need to start following more people! :)

  9. Love these instagram tutorials. Also am loving following all the SITS instagrammers. I got my 4th of July challenge picture posted. Any more #sitssummer instagram challenges?

  10. How is it that my husband has an Instagram account before I do??? I better get on that! Thanks for the info!

    Hope you all are having a great day!

  11. Thanks for the reminder! I try to do this every couple of weeks because new peeps are joining all the time.


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