How to Find Someone in Discord: 5 Methods

Are you having trouble finding someone on Discord? With millions of users on the platform, it can be a daunting task. But don't worry, we've got you covered! Here are five different methods to help you find someone on Discord easily:

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With millions of users on the platform, finding someone on Discord can certainly become a daunting task. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here, we’ll discuss five different methods for you to learn how to find someone in Discord easily. You’ll learn to search Discord users by using both built-in features and third-party tools.

TL;DR: To find someone on Discord, use the platform’s search function (by clicking on the search bar at the top) and type in the person’s username. If you don’t have this information, keep reading! We’ll discuss 4 alternative ways of finding Discord users easily.

Discord User Search: How Usernames and User IDs Work

In Discord, a username refers to your chosen alias, which recently, with the platform’s new usernames, became unique. On the other hand, the display name is the name that appears in a user’s profile, and it can be common among many users.

The username serves as a unique identifier, ensuring that even if there are a thousand ‘LoneWolves’ as display names, only one can claim the username ‘LoneWolf’. So, display names are not unique, but usernames are.

Lastly, the user ID is a string of numbers assigned to you by Discord that remains constant, even as your username shifts over time. User IDs are also unique and can be used to find someone on Discord.

So, is very easy to find someone on Discord if you already have their username, display name, or user ID. In these cases, you can use the Discord user search feature or third-party tools. Here’s how:

How to Search Discord Users

Discord has several native features that can help you search for someone without even leaving the platform.

Method #1: Discord Username Lookup

One of the easiest ways to find someone on Discord is to use the Discord username lookup feature to search for someone using their username. Simply click on the search bar at the top left corner of the Discord window and type in ‘@’ followed by the person’s username. Discord will then display a list of users that match your search query.

how to find someone in discord

However, this involves asking the person for their full username. If you don’t have this information, don’t worry. There are additional methods to search Discord users:

Method #2: Using the Nearby Scan Feature to Find Discord Users

Discord’s nearby scan feature (available on mobile) allows you to find other users who are physically nearby.

To use this feature, go to the ‘Friends‘ tab (tap on the icon of a person raising a hand at the bottom). Then, click on ‘Nearby scan‘ to start searching for your friends (via Bluetooth or WiFi).

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Discord will then display a list of users who are nearby. You can then click on a user’s profile to send them a friend request or message.

Method #3: From Your Phone Contact List

By syncing your phone contacts with Discord, you can easily find and add friends who are already on the platform.

To do this, open the Discord app on your phone and click on the ‘Friends‘ tab. Then, click on the ‘Find your friends‘ button.

syncing your phone contacts

Then, grant permission to Discord to access your phone contacts. The app will scan your phone and display a list of users who are on Discord.

Method #4: Finding Discord Users Through Common Groups and Servers

If you are a member of a group or server that the person you’re looking for is also a member of, you can find them by searching directly in the group or server’s users list.

To do this, click on the search bar and type in the name of the group or server you share with the other person. Then, search through the list of members at the right-hand side of Discord’s window.

How to Find Someone on Discord Without Their Username

If you don’t have a person’s username and the other methods neither worked, there are still ways to find them on Discord. However, here we’ll have to turn to third-party tools and you’ll need to have the user ID to search for them.

These tools are more useful if you want to get information on a specific Discord account without adding it to your friends list. For this, you can right-click on a user’s profile, click ‘Copy User ID‘, and then head on to the following tools:

Method #5: Third-Party Discord User-Finding Tools

There are several third-party tools available that can help you find someone on Discord with their user ID. One of them is DiscordLookup. To use this website, simply paste the user ID and click on ‘Fetch Discord Information‘ to get their account data.

discord user lookup

Another tool that does exactly the same is Unofficial Discord Lookup. Similarly to before, to use this tool you need to paste the user ID and click on ‘Lookup‘ to get their account information.

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With these tools, you can search for information on anything that has a unique ID number. This includes users, individual messages, or servers.

FAQs

How Do I Find a Specific Person on Discord?

To find a specific person on Discord, ask them for their username or user ID. Then, use the platform’s user search feature or third-party lookup tools. Also, there are other ways, like using the nearby scan feature, their phone number, or a mutual server. We covered all of these methods in the blog post.

How Do I Find Someone on Discord With Only a Username?

Recently, Discord updated its username policy. It’s now really easy to find users if you have their username since every username will be unique. If you have their display name, on the other hand, it can be more challenging, as other users may have the same one. In this case, you can manually shift through different users, try searching within mutual communities, or ask the individual for their full username.

How Do I Find Someone on Discord Without Their Username?

If you don’t have someone’s username, you can try finding them through common groups or servers, or by using third-party tools (but you need their user ID for this). You can also use the nearby scan feature or sync your phone contacts to find someone on Discord.

How do I find people in my area on Discord?

To find Discord users who are physically near you, use Discord’s nearby scan feature or search for groups or servers that are specific to your area.

Can Someone Find You Through Discord?

Yes, if someone knows your Discord username, your phone number, is nearby you, or if you share a server, they can find you.

How Do I Find Someone’s Discord Profile Without Adding Them?

You can use third-party tools like DiscordLookup or Unofficial Discord Lookup to get information on someone’s Discord profile without adding them.


With the methods discussed in this blog post, you should be able to find your friends on Discord. Now, read this guide to add your friends to Discord and start enjoying the platform together.

Paola Baselica

Paola Baselica

Hey there! I'm Paola, and I like to call myself a word wizard. Since 2018, I've been writing content for diverse places across the web. Now I'm rocking it with Unita's copywriting crew, where I get to explore, write, and polish up the coolest communities you'll ever find on the web. It's been a wild ride, and I'm here to make every word count and every story pop 🎨✨📚