How to search for friends on Facebook

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Search for friends on Facebook from a computer (from a web browser)

By name

Do you use the social network mostly from a computer and are you interested in finding out how to search for friends on Facebook by name? Then you need to log into your account to begin with. To do this, start the web browser you generally use to browse the net, type www.facebook.com in the address bar and then press the button Submit on the keyboard. Then fill in the fields displayed at the top of the screen by typing the e-mail address and password associated with your Facebook account and click on the button Log in.



At this point, all you have to do is type the name of the person you want to find in the search bar located at the top and click on one of the suggestions that appear below it.

If the person you are looking for is not listed among the suggestions that appeared under the search bar as you type, click on the item Find more matches for [typed name] placed at the bottom then click on the item People on the left and manually scroll through the search results pages to find the right friend.

You can also help you with the filters that you find at the top of the page with the search results in such a way as to display only people with certain mutual friends, those coming from specific places or those referring to a given school, university or company. .

Once you have found the person of your interest, click on their name to access their Facebook profile and then click on the button add to friends that you find at the top, in correspondence with the space dedicated to the cover image.


Upon request, all you have to do is wait for the person contacted to accept your friendship and you will be ready to reconnect with her.


Through suggestions

You can also search for friends on Facebook by relying on the friendship suggestions given by the social network itself based on the information that each member chooses to provide about themselves and on the basis of friendships in common. To search for friends on Facebook through friendship suggestions, all you have to do is go to the main page of the social network, click on the button depicting two men located in the upper right part of the blue bar of the same and scroll through the list of people you may know.

If you can't find people you think you know among the proposed friendship suggestions, click on the item Show all placed in the lower part of the box that has gone to open on the screen in such a way as to be able to view all the friendship suggestions available.

From the new Web page that will be shown to you at this point, you can refine the results using the filters and search tools that are located on the right, in correspondence with the section Look for friends. By doing this you can find friends related to different periods and / or aspects of your life, for example based on the hometown, the one you are in now, the employer, the degree obtained, etc.

When you find one or more people you know and would like to add to your Facebook contacts, click on the button add to friends that you find in correspondence with its name and that's it.


Through contacts

In addition to the systems that I have already indicated to you in the previous lines, you can also search for friends on Facebook using your contacts (e-mail addresses and telephone numbers). To search for friends on Facebook in this way all you have to do is go to the main page of the social network, press the button depicting two men located on the blue bar at the top right and click on the item Find friends present at the top of the menu that opened.


Then locate the section Add personal contacts located in the upper right part of the new web page that is shown to you, select, by clicking on the relevant icon, the system through which you want to search for friends on Facebook using the contacts (eg. iCloud, Outlook.com o Yahoo!) and provide the requested data by filling in the appropriate fields visible on the screen.

Just type in your e-mail address and, if requested, the access password associated with it, log in and authorize the import of the contacts. If you have chosen to search for friends on Facebook through a generic email service, you will instead be asked to export the contacts to a CSV file and then upload the latter to the social network.

To conclude, click on the button Find friends and Facebook will import the contacts from your account on the previously specified service. Once the import is complete, you will be shown a list of all the people in your address book who are registered on Facebook. To send them a friend request, put the check mark next to their photos and click on the button located at the bottom right.


Note that you will also be asked if you want to invite contacts who are not yet registered on the site to Facebook. If you deem it appropriate, bypass this operation by clicking on Salta.

Search for friends on Facebook from a mobile device (from the app)

By name

In addition to your computer, you can also search for friends on Facebook from a mobile device. You ask me how? I'll explain it to you right away. If you already know the name of the friend you intend to search for on the famous social network, the first step you must take is to affirm your mobile device, access the screen of the same where all the apps are grouped and press the icon of the Facebook application.

Then tap on the search field that is located at the top of the screen you see, type the name and surname of the person to find and then tap on one of the names that appear in the search results screen.


If the person you are looking for is not indicated in the suggestions attached to the search results screen, tap on the item See other results placed at the bottom. Then, he presses on the card People and manually scroll through the search results screen to find the right friend.

Once you have found the right person, tap on their name to access their Facebook profile and then press the button add to friends that you find under the cover image.

Through suggestions

If, on the other hand, you are interested in understanding what you have to do to be able to search for friends on Facebook through suggestions by acting directly from your smartphone or tablet, the first step you must take is to press the button with the three lines horizontally located at the bottom right, tap on the item Friends and press on the card Suggestions ... which is located at the top right.

You will then be shown the complete list of all the people registered on Facebook that you may know. Scroll through it and when you find a person you want to be able to add to your friendships on the social network, press the button Add that you find in correspondence with its name. Very simple, don't you think?

Through contacts

Do you want to search for friends on Facebook via mobile contacts? I have good news for you: it can be done. You ask me how? I'll explain it to you right away! First of all, access the main screen of the social network and then press the button with the three lines horizontally which is located at the bottom right. Then tap on the item Friends and, in the new screen that is shown to you, presses on the card Search.

At this point, type in the search field that shows you the mobile number or the e-mail address of the person you want to find on the social network and add to friends and tap the button Send / Search attached to the keyboard displayed on the screen.

Alternatively, you can press on the tab Contacts always present at the top of the Facebook app screen and tap the button Start to search for friends on Facebook by uploading your contacts stored in the phone book.

In both cases, scroll through the list of search results that is shown to you and press the button Add that you find in correspondence with the name of the person of your interest.

Keep in mind that, after carrying out the above operations to search for friends on Facebook, you may be asked if you want to invite contacts who are not registered on the site to the social network. If you prefer, you can easily skip this operation by pressing on the item Salta that you find placed at the top.

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