Does Venmo Add Friends Automatically? (The Complete Guide)

Lindsay Hayes

The Venmo payment app can automatically add friends for you, as long as you give it access to sync with the contact list on your Android or iOS device. It can also automatically add Facebook friends if you link your account on the social media platform to it. If you don't do either of these, Venmo can't add friends for you automatically.

Venmo is a payment app that lets you transfer money to people in seconds. However, Venmo users sometimes see that they have a full friends list out of nowhere. My mom started using the Venmo app and wanted to know where all those friends on Venmo came from. I was able to explain the situation to her, and helped her remove the friends she didn't want.

If you've been asking, does Venmo add friends automatically, I've put together this guide to answer all your questions. Let's get right into the details.


Does the Venmo App Add Friends to Your Account Automatically?

So, you're wondering, does Venmo automatically add friends to your friend list in the app?

Well, the answer is yes, but only if you let it access your contact list on your phone. The first time you start Venmo, the app asks whether you want to give it access to your contacts.

If you do, it will check through everyone in your contact list. If it finds that any of those numbers are linked to a Venmo account, it will automatically add anyone that is also a Venmo user.

However, if you don't, you'll have to simply add people to Venmo manually.

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How to Manually Add Your Friends to Venmo?

If your friend's Venmo account was not automatically added, you have the option to add them manually.

The good thing is that there are two ways to add a friend on Venmo.

Using QR Codes

Adding friends can be done in a few seconds if you're in the same location as them. All you need to do is scan your friend's QR code using the app.

  1. Open the "Venmo" application.
  2. You should be on the home screen of the app. Select the scan button in the upper-right corner. It's the one that looks something like a QR code.
  3. If you're the one adding friends, you'll be on the "Scan code" tab by default. The individual to whom you want to send money should switch to their "Venmo me" tab to display their QR code.
  4. Use your phone's camera to capture the other person's Venmo code. Make sure you center it on your screen.
  5. Once it is positioned in the viewfinder, the other individual's Venmo will pop up on your screen.
  6. You can now add them to your list.

Using Venmo Username

As long as you know the name or username of the person you want to add to your friends list on Venmo, you'll be able to add them.

To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Open "Venmo".
  2. Press the search bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Type in the name of the individual you're looking for. If you have their Venmo ID or username, you can enter that too.
  4. You might need to scroll through the list, but once you see their profile, tap it in the list.
  5. Double-check the profile picture and name, and press "Add Friend" on the same page to put them on your friends list.

How to Automatically Add Facebook Friends?

Similar to how you can have Venmo automatically add friends who are in your phone's contacts, you can also have the people friended by your Facebook account added automatically.

The only difference is that while Venmo prompts you to add contacts when setting up the app for the first time, it doesn't do this for your contacts on Facebook. You'll need to go into the Settings page to set this feature up by yourself.

Here's how:

  1. Open the "Venmo" application.
  2. Tap the "Me" button in the bottom-right corner.
  3. Select the gear icon in the upper-right corner to open the Settings page.
  4. Tap the "Friends and Social".
  5. Toggle the "Facebook Connect" option on.
  6. Follow the steps you're presented with to connect your Facebook account to Venmo.
  7. Once this is done, from the same page, toggle the "Facebook Contacts" option on.

That's it. Once you do this, you can watch Venmo automatically add friends that also have their Facebook accounts linked with Venmo.

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How to Remove Friends From Venmo?

Of course, Venmo might have automatically added friends that you don't want to have in your friend list. I can understand that, and fortunately, you can remove unwanted people from your friends on Venmo.

This is quite straightforward. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open the "Venmo" app.
  2. Go into the "Me" tab by clicking it at the lower-right corner. It's the option that has your profile picture in it.
  3. Tap the text that says how many friends you have on Venmo. This will open your friend list.
  4. Select the profile of the friend you want to remove.
  5. Press the "Friends" checkmark.
  6. Tap the "Unfriend" option.

That's all you have to do to take someone off your friend list.

Can People See My Friends List?

You might assume that your Venmo friend list is private, but it isn't. By default, other people can check your friends on Venmo.

But hey, the good thing is that at least it goes both ways. You can also check other Venmo users' friends lists.

How to Make My Friends List Private?

If you're not comfortable with other people being able to see your friends list, don't worry. You can make your friend list private if you don't want unknown eyes looking into it.

Make your Venmo friend list private by following these steps:

  1. Launch "Venmo".
  2. Go into the "Me" tab.
  3. Open "Settings" by tapping the icon in the upper-right.
  4. Select "Privacy".
  5. Now, select "Friends List".
  6. Choose "Private" so that no one else can see the people you have on your Venmo list.

In addition, you can toggle off the "Appear in other users' friends lists". This prevents others from finding you when they check other users' friends list, even if those lists are not set to private.

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Final Words

Does Venmo add friends automatically? The answer is yes. It does so if you've synced your contacts with the app, and will add anyone who also has Venmo. It can also do the same with people on your Facebook account, but you need to manually turn this on.

Of course, you can manually add your friends on Venmo in case you want to transfer money to them. You can do this either by entering their Venmo ID or username, or scanning QR codes. You also have the option to remove anyone from the list if you don't want them there.

We hope this article helped you understand how and why Venmo automatically adds your friends to the application. Take a look at our related articles to learn more.

Lindsay Hayes

Hi, I’m Lindsay, a techie from Kansas City. That’s right; I’m a born and bred Midwesterner. I learned to take electronics apart at my dad’s GameStop way back when, and I haven’t stopped since. I spend most of my time checking out new gadgets.
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