How to search for people on Facebook

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Search for people on Facebook by name

From computer

If you know the name and surname of the friend you intend to reunite with (at least virtually), you also know how to search for people on Facebook. All you have to do is, in fact, position yourself in front of your computer, start the Web browser that you generally use to surf the net, go to the main page of the social network, connect with your account, type the name of the person to find in the bar search located at the top and click on one of the names 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 See all results for [entered name] placed at the bottom then locate the box People attached to the new webpage that is shown to you, click Other… and manually scroll through the search results pages to find the right friend.

Once you have found the person of your interest, click on their name to access their Facebook profile and 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.

Give smartphone and tablet

If, on the other hand, you are interested in understanding what you need to do to search for people on Facebook by name by acting from a smartphone or tablet, the first step you need to take is to affirm your mobile device, access the home screen, press the icon of the application Facebook, press the search field that is located at the top of the screen you are viewing and type the name and surname of the person to find. 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.

If you can't find the person you want to add on Facebook and, name aside, you also have other information available, for example, the city where he lives or the school he attends or has attended, you can use the appropriate menu now in the part top of the screen that is shown to you to refine and filter the display of results.

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.

Search for people on Facebook via suggestions

From computer

Another valid way to search for people on Facebook is to rely on the friendship suggestions given by the social network itself based on the information that each member chooses to provide about himself and on the basis of friendships in common. To search for people 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.


Using the new Web page that is shown to you, you can also refine the results using the filters and search tools that are located on the right, in correspondence with the section Look for friends. In this way you can find friends related to different periods and / or aspects of your life, for example based on the hometown, the one in which you are now, the employer, the degree obtained and so on.


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

Give smartphone and tablet

Do you use the famous social network mostly from mobile and would like to understand how to search for people on Facebook by suggestion by acting directly from your smartphone or tablet? If the answer is "yes" immediately start the social network app on your device and then press the button depicting it two men that you find located at the bottom of the main screen of the app.

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. Easier than that?

Search for people on Facebook through contacts

From computer


Together with the systems that I have already indicated to you, there is also another way to search for people on Facebook: the one that involves entering and using their contacts (e-mail addresses and telephone numbers). To search for people on Facebook through contacts, 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 link Find friends present at the top.

Now, locate the section Add personal contacts located in the upper right part of the new web page that is shown to you, select, by pressing on its icon, the method by which you intend to search for people on Facebook through contacts, for example iCloud, Outlook.com, Yahoo! and so on and provide the requested data by filling in the appropriate fields visible on the screen.


Just type your e-mail address plus the password to access it, log in and authorize the import of contacts. For some services, such as Gmail, you are instead asked to export your contacts to a CSV file and then upload the latter to Facebook (if you don't know how, read my guide on how to export contacts from Gmail).

Then click 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.

Give smartphone and tablet

You can search for people on Facebook via contacts even from smartphones and tablets. How? I'll explain it to you right away. First of all, access the main screen of the social network by tapping on the Facebook app icon and then press the button depicting it two men which is placed at the bottom.

In the new screen that is shown to you at this point, tap on the tab Search for people at the top then 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 the social network 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 to friends you find in correspondence with the name of the person of your interest.

After carrying out these operations, you may be asked if you also want to send contacts who are not registered on the site to Facebook. If you prefer to avoid, safely skip this operation by pressing on the item Salta that you find located at the top on the right.

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