How To Refresh “Quick Add” On Snapchat?

The Quick Add feature on Snapchat suggests new friends and connections based on your contacts and interests. But the list can get stale over time. Here’s how to manually refresh your Snapchat Quick Add to populate it with new people and accounts to follow. With a few simple steps, you can reset Quick Add and see fresh suggestions for expanding your Snapchat network. Snapchat’s Quick Add uses algorithms to recommend accounts to follow based on your existing friends, contacts, location, and activity. Refreshing it manually prompts new recommendations.

Step #1: Go to Snapchat Settings

Go to Snapchat Settings

The first step is accessing your Snapchat settings to clear the app’s cache and data: 

1. Open Snapchat and tap your profile icon in the top left corner

2. Tap the Settings gear icon in the top right 

3. Scroll down and select “Clear Cache

4. Confirm clearing cached data and images

Clearing the cache removes temporary app files and forces Snapchat to re-load data. This resets Quick Add in the process.

Step #2: Clear Your Snapchat’s Cache 

Clear Your Snapchat’s Cache 

Along with the in-app cache, manually clear your entire phone’s Snapchat cache:

On iPhone: 

1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage

2. Select Snapchat and tap “Offload App”

3. Reinstall Snapchat from the App Store

On Android:

1. Go to Settings > Apps > Snapchat > Storage

2. Tap “Clear Cache” and “Clear Data”

3. Force stop the Snapchat app

This completely wipes the existing cache and data, forcing Quick Add to rebuild suggestions from scratch.

Step #3: Reopen Your App To Refresh the Quick Add List 

Reopen Your App To Refresh the Quick Add List 

The final step is simply re-launching Snapchat – this will generate a brand new Quick Add list:

1. Close Snapchat completely if it’s currently open

2. Re-open Snapchat – you may need to log in again 

3. Pull down on the Camera screen to reveal the Quick Add tab

4. Scroll through the refreshed suggestions for new accounts to follow

It may take a few minutes for the refreshed Quick Add to populate after clearing the cache. Close and re-open the app again if needed. The new Quick Add suggestions will be based on your contacts, interests, and activity history. Continue reading for tips on further improving Quick Add.

Tips for Getting New Quick Adds on Snapchat

Tips for Getting New Quick Adds on Snapchat

Along with manually refreshing, a few tips can help surface new Quick Add suggestions:

Enable Sync Contacts: Connecting your contact list provides more friend recommendations. Add More People: Quick Add favors accounts with large networks. Expand yours. Improve Activity Profile: Using Snapchat camera, chat, and stories helps tailor Quick Add. Connect Other Networks: Linking Instagram or Twitter accounts adds social graph data. Travel Locally: Changing locations prompts new geo-targeted recommendations

Combining these tips with periodically manually refreshing Quick Add provides the best results.

Enable Contacts Syncing

Allowing Snapchat access to your contacts gives it more data to connect you with friends of friends. Here’s how to enable it:

1. Go to your Snapchat Profile 

2. Tap the Settings gear icon

3. Select “Contact Syncing

4. Tap “My Contacts” and select all contacts or individual ones to sync

This shares your phone contacts with Snapchat (privately). With more connected contacts, you’re likely to receive more relevant Quick Add friend suggestions.

For iOS Users

On iPhone, optimizing your Snapchat data and location settings can improve Quick Add:

1. Enable Location Services for Snapchat in iOS Settings

2. In Snapchat, go to Settings > Additional Services > Manage 

3. Enable Nearby Friends, Location-Based Ads, Location Preferences

This allows Snapchat to factor nearby proximity and location into Quick Add suggestions. Also enable iOS Contacts syncing for your entire address book.

For Android Users

On Android, you can optimize data sharing with Snapchat:  

1. In Snapchat, go to Profile > Settings > Manage Additional Services

2. Enable Nearby Friends, Ads Preferences, Location Preferences

3. In Android Settings, confirm Location is enabled for Snapchat

4. Enable Contact Syncing for Snapchat in Android Settings

Syncing Android contacts and enabling location services gives Snapchat more signals to provide better targeted Quick Add friend recommendations.

Add More People on Snapchat

Having a large Snapchat network will prompt Quick Add to suggest more of their connections as potential friends. To expand your reach:

  • Swipe Quick Add daily and add new friends
  • Visit public Stories like Snapchat Spotlight
  • Join Snapchat Group Chats and add participants
  • Message Snapchat users you know directly
  • Scan Snapcodes publicly posted by users and brands

Following more accounts signals to Snapchat you want to expand your social graph, driving more Quick Add variety.


How often does Snapchat quick add refresh?

Snapchat does not have a set refresh rate for Quick Add. It dynamically generates suggestions based on your activity. Manually refreshing by clearing cache prompts a new list.

How do I get someone to show up on my Quick Add? 

Adding mutual friends in common with someone makes them more likely to appear as a Quick Add suggestion. Also connecting other social networks to Snapchat and enabling contact syncing improves relevance.

How does Snapchat decide to Quick Add? 

The Snapchat algorithm considers your existing friends, contacts, location, added accounts, app activity, connected networks like Instagram, and more. Enable data sharing for optimal suggestions.

Why is my Snapchat Quick Add empty?

Potential causes are having no contacts/friends, restrictive app privacy settings, no location access enabled, or needing to manually refresh Quick Add after prolonged inactivity.

Why do I keep seeing the same Quick Add suggestions?

Stale Quick Add lists need manual refreshing. Clear app cache and data to reset suggestions. Also expand your social graph and enable contacts syncing.


Snapchat’s Quick Add feature recommends accounts to follow based on your social graph and app activity. But the list can get outdated over time without periodic refreshing. By manually clearing your Snapchat cache and data, you can reset Quick Add to surface fresh suggestions. 

Combining that reset with additional tips like expanding your network, syncing contacts, sharing location, and linking other social platforms will populate Quick Add with more diverse and relevant people to connect with on Snapchat.

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