How to Add Friends On Facebook

By Techwalla Internet Editor

As a social networking site, Facebook encourages you to find old friends and meet new ones. As you find friends, you can add them to your account, opening up a range of options for sharing your news and daily happenings.

Things You'll Need

  • Facebook account
  • Computer with Internet access

Add Friends Quickly to Your Profile

Step 1

Log on to Facebook to start searching for your friends (see Resources below).

Step 2

Head to the "My Friends" page. You will see a list of your current friends with a few quick details about them.

Step 3

Click on either the "Friend Finder" tab or the "Search Your Address Book" link to import your contacts. Both will take your to a short form asking for your external email address and password.

Step 4

Enter your email address and password in the proper form fields. Only contacts from Hotmail, AOL, Gmail, MSN and Yahoo accounts can be directly imported, as you'll notice from the drop-down menu.

Step 5

Click the "Find Friends" button. You will be taken to a page with your external address book specs, including a count of the contacts who are already your friends on Facebook.

Step 6

Check the boxes next to the contacts you want to add and hit the "Add to Friends" button. Your request will be sent to your friend's account for their approval.

Find Friends on Facebook

Step 1

Follow the "Search" link after logging in to Facebook. You will be given the option of searching for people in and out of your network.

Step 2

Enter a name in the "Search For" box. You only need to enter two letters if you aren't quite sure of the spelling. Use the drop-down menu to select the network you want to search.

Step 3

Use "Advanced Search" if you want to find a friend based on criteria that include his or her email address, favorite activities and political views.

Step 4

Click on the "Add to Friends" link next to your friend's name. While you can't view his or her profile, you can use the photo and basic details to decide if you're adding the right person.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have an approved free email client, than you can upload your contacts from your email or address book program. Directions are on the "Friend Finder" page.
  • Head to the Help section if you need help importing addresses from your mail application on your computer (see Resources below).
  • Remember, any friends you add will have access to your profile (and all of the private information on it) unless you add them to your limited profile list. After you import your address book, be sure to add people to the list that you don't want to share your entire profile with.