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How to Find Someone on Messenger

Last Updated on September 11, 2021

Long gone are the day when the only way to find contacts on people was through the yellow pages and white pages directories. Nowadays, all you need to do in order to find someone is go to social networks. This article will discuss methods that you can use on how to find someone on Messenger.


This article of part of a series which look at ways on how to find someone on all social networks free on the internet.

What is Messenger?

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Messenger is a messaging app that also lets users send photos, audio, stickers, videos, and files to other users. Users are also able to react to others users’ messages on the app. Initially developed by Facebook in 2008, Messenger had about 1.2 billion users by April 2017 after being separated from main Facebook app.

Can I find Someone on Messenger?

It is possible to find someone on Messenger. There are also a number of ways to go about such a process. Whether you are friends on Facebook or not, or you have the person’s number or they are in your contact list, there is a way to add friends on Messenger. They will be discussed in detail below.

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  1. Add Someone on Messenger from Facebook

Normally when you sign in on Messenger, all your Facebook friends are automatically added on Messenger. But for those friends that are not on Messenger but on Facebook, you can follow the following steps:

  • Launch the Facebook application and login.
  • Go to the profile you want to add on Messenger
  • Once it shows up, click on the Messenger symbol under the person’s profile.
  • This will launch messenger
  • Then click on the ‘Add on Messenger’ option.
  • The person would be added and you can now start chatting with them on Messenger.
  1. Add Non Facebook Friends on Messenger

It might happen that you want to start a chat with someone on Messenger who is affiliated with Facebook but you are not friends on Facebook with. The following steps can help you. Keep in mind that the person should be on the Messenger app too.

  • Launch the Messenger application and login.
  • Click on your profile photo at the top.
  • From the list that show up, click on the ‘Username’ link.
  • Copy the link and send it to the person you want to add on Messenger.
  • You can share the link with anyone you want through email, text, social media apps and more.
  • When they receive the link and click on it, they will be able to add you on Messenger with the ‘Add on Messenger’ option.
  • A connection message will then be forwarded to you so you can add them back.
  1. Add Someone on Messenger from Phone Contacts

It is possible to sync your phone contacts with Messenger. This will allow you to chat with friends or people on your contact list who are on Facebook and Messenger. To add phone contacts on Messenger:

  • Launch the Messenger app and login.
  • Click on your profile photo
  • Find the ‘People’ option and click on it.
  • Tap on the ‘Upload Contacts’ choice.
  • Click on the ‘Turn On’ option which will upload contacts to Messenger.
  • Once they are uploaded you can find and add them to your Messenger app.

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  1. Add Someone on Messenger by Phone Number

In a situation whereby you are looking to add just one number from your contacts, there are ways to do it. You can consider this another option on how to find someone on Messenger.

  • Launch the Messenger application and login.
  • Open ‘Chats’
  • Select the ‘People’ option at the bottom of the screen.
  • Select ‘Add People’.
  • Click on the add option or the plus icon (+).
  • Type mobile number for iOS device.
  • The Messenger number user will be detected
  • Choose ‘Add on Messenger’ to add them.
  1. Add Someone on Messenger with QR Code

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You can also take advantage of the QR Code feature as means to add someone on Messenger. This feature would very much be appropriate if the person you want to add is near you or their phone is near you. To add someone with QR Code:

  • Launch Messenger and login.
  • Click on your profile picture.
  • Your user code will be encircled by unique blue lines and dots around your profile picture.
  • Launch Messenger on the other phone and navigate to the People tab.
  • Select the Add option or plus sign (+) (top right) and the ‘Scan Code’ option.
  • Open phone camera and hold it over your device to scan.
  • A connection request would then be sent to you to add them.

These are some of the options you can take advantage of when it comes to ways on how to find someone on Messenger for a free people search. These tips are applicable whether the person you are looking to find is a friend or not on Facebook.


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