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How to Find Someone On Venmo?

Venmo is a popular mobile payment service that allows users to send, receive, and request money from their friends, family, or other contacts. With Venmo, you can link your bank account or credit/debit card to make seamless transactions. What makes Venmo different is its features similar to social media  It provides a social aspect by allowing users to add comments, emojis, and even share their transactions publicly. It also adds features like splitting bills, paying rent, or reimbursing friends.

Venmo is a payment app as well as a social media platform to a certain degree you might want to search for friends. You will be able to do that as I will share the process here.

How to Find someone on Venmo? (Manually)

Finding someone on Venmo is not a tough job, and a proper approach makes it even easier. Here I am sharing a few steps you can follow to find anyone on Venmo:

Step1: Get Started

  • Open the Venmo app on your mobile device.
  • You can also open the website and can access the account from here.

Step 2: Sign in to your account

  • Log in to your Venmo account using your username and password. 

Venmo login

  • If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to create one first by clicking on “Sign up“.
  • Keep card details handy from the source you want to pay the cash.

Step 3: Search via the Search bar

  • Once you’re logged in, you’ll see a search bar at the top of the screen. Tap on it or click on it to start your search.

Venmo search bar

  • Type the person’s name/ username/email address or phone number into the search bar. Venmo will start suggesting matching results as you type.

Step 4: Review search results

  • Review the search results to find the person you’re looking for. The results will include the person’s profile picture, name, and username.

Step 5: Confirm the Account

  • Tap on the person’s profile to view more details and verify that it’s the correct user. You can check their transaction history, friends, and other information to confirm their identity.
  • Once you’ve confirmed the person’s identity, you can send them a payment or request money by entering the desired amount and a brief note.

Venmo transfer balance

How to See Friends List on Venmo?

You can check your friend list by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step1: Access Your Profile

  • Open the Venmo app on your mobile device. Make sure you have logged in to your Venmo account.
  • Simply tap on ‘Me’ at the bottom right corner when you land on the home page.

Step 2: Access your Friends list

  • On the first page itself, the account will show the number of friends.
  • In the menu, scroll down and locate the ‘Friends’ or ‘Contacts’ option. 
  • Tap on it to access your friend list.
  • On the Friends or Contacts screen, you should see a list of people you are connected with on Venmo. This list generally includes your friends, contacts, and people you have previously transacted with.
  • You can scroll through the list to view your friends or use the search bar at the top to find a specific person in your friend list.

How to Search in Venmo by Phone Number?

You do not have to search by typing in phone number if that’s what you want you can but there are alternate tactics as well. You can get the person directly on your friend list if you have the friend’s contact details on your phone. It shall not take enough time to sync your contacts from your phone in Venmo. 

Step1: Open settings

  • To open you need to tap on the Hamburger sign. Hamburger sign means the three parallel lines that exist on your profile page. 
  • Now move down through scrolling and then tap on ‘Settings’.

Step 2: Access friends and social

  • In settings go to ‘Preferences’ and choose ‘Friends and Social’.

Step 3: Toggle on the Phone Contacts and Facebook Connect

  • You can try adding both phone and Facebook contacts by toggling on ‘Facebook connect’ and ‘Phone Connect’ options.

Now, all the people in your Facebook friend have the number saved on your phone, if using Venmo, you will be able to see them.

Why Can’t I Find Someone on Venmo?

There can be many reasons for this. I have discussed some in a broader fashion.

Privacy settings

The person/user regarding whom you are searching may be a private person and wants to keep themselves anonymous.This means the user you are looking for may have strict privacy settings enabled on their Venmo account, which prevents them from appearing in search results. In this case, since privacy is a personal matter there is no recourse on this and access sensitive details.

Incorrect username or email

What method are you using to search a particular person, Is it email, phone number, or username? In case there is some error in these elements this could easily compromise your ability to search someone. For that make sure you have the correct username or email associated with the person’s Venmo account. Even a minor spelling mistake can prevent you from finding them.

Inactive account

Is the person that you are searching active on Venmo? If the person you’re searching for has not used Venmo for a long time or has deactivated their account, they will not appear in search results.They might also be banned by the platform if there transactions are found to be linked with fraud and money theft.

Limited network visibility

Venmo allows users to limit their network visibility to specific groups or friends, which means you may not be able to find someone if you’re not in their selected network.

Restricted geographic location

Venmo is still not available in many countries, especially from the developing world. Venmo may have restrictions on certain geographic regions or countries. If you have any of your international friends that you want to connect with via Venmo and he comes from an unsupported location, you won’t be able to find them.

User blocking

Is the user not in amicable terms with you? If someone blocks you then you cannot find them via simple search of email and phone number. If someone has blocked you on Venmo, you will not be able to find or interact with them on the platform.

Temporary server issues

This is a very unlikely occurrence but mentioning it in case if it happens. Venmo’s servers might be experiencing temporary issues or maintenance, which can affect search functionality. In such cases, you may need to try again later. Make sure to take care of these issues.

Limited search results

Venmo’s search algorithm may have limitations on the number of search results it displays. If the person you’re looking for is not among the top search results, you might need to narrow down your search criteria. For that you can use filters.

Unregistered user

Are they using Venmo? They can be an unregistered user or have an issue with a non-active account. The person you’re trying to find might not have created a Venmo account at all. Ensure that they have an active Venmo account before attempting to search for them.

Changes in Account Details

If the person you’re looking for recently changed their username or email associated with their Venmo account, you may need to update your search criteria accordingly. You need to know if a person on their side has altered critical details, especially the detail about the phone number registered on the platform, and the email that they use for the platform among other things.

How to Find Someone on Venmo Without Phone, Email id?

If you don’t have a phone number or name to search for someone on Venmo, it can be challenging to find a specific user. Venmo primarily relies on phone numbers, usernames, or email addresses to identify and connect users. However, there are a few alternative methods you can try:

Username variations

If you have a partial or incomplete username, try different variations or combinations that the person might be using. For example, if their username is “Jake22,” you could try “JDoe123” or “JohnKK123.” These are simple tweaks and can make a strong impact in terms of bridging the difference between finding and not finding someone on this platform.

Mutual connections

A large mutual connection contact is always optimal. If you know someone who is friends with the person you’re looking for on Venmo, you can try searching for that mutual connection’s friend list. Sometimes, mutual connections may provide clues about the person you’re trying to find.

Transaction History

If you’ve made a payment to or received a payment from a person in the past, you can review your transaction history on Venmo. Look for any previous transactions with their username or any relevant details that could help you identify them. In fact, you can actually click on their profiles and access their transaction records without any issues. 

Social media

As you know Venmo is as much a social media platform as it is a digital payments platform. Here you can share your transactions with your audience by putting on a hashtag. Check if the person you’re searching for has shared their Venmo username on any of their social media profiles or posts. Look for any public mentions or tags related to Venmo that might help you track them down. You can use the hashtag followed by the perceived username and see if there are many mentions.

Contact Venmo support

If all else fails, you can reach out to Venmo’s customer support team and explain your situation. They may be able to assist you in locating a specific user or provide guidance on alternative search methods that you can try.

How to find someone from Venmo using Google?

Reverse Username Search

Just simply type the concerned user/friend’s name on Google and see if they use any platform. You can connect with them via that platform or find public contact details like username and email and use them on the search bar to scrap for results. Chances are you will get your friend, at least likelihood remains.

Reverse Image Search

You can also use image search. You need to open Google Search and tap on the photo option and use your friend’s photo. If results match search image’s source and then see relevant details and use it to get the details to find their Venmo profile.

Direct Contact Approach

The best approach that works without any hindrance is the direct contact method. Go and meet the person directly, and ask for their Venmo profile id.


Can you search Venmo by phone number?

You can search on Venmo by phone number. You can tap on the search bar and type in the number or you can use contacts integration method. Here are the options that you will be required to navigate and this includes: Tap the horizontal lines/hamburger icon and tap settings and now follow the list of options. Settings >> Friends and Social>> Toggle on Facebook and Phone Connect.

How to accept friend requests on Venmo?

Venmo actually does not provide any such feature. Venmo friends lists are automatically added and readded according to contacts you have connected with. You can also add friends manually by going to profiles and clicking on the ‘Add a Friend’ option.

add as friend on Venmo

How to see friends on Venmo iPhone?

The process is the same for iPhone and Android. From your home page on the app, first tap on ‘Me’now follow this trail. Me >> Friends

How to pay someone on Venmo?

The ‘pay/request’ option can be accessed easily. Here are the details on the steps.

  • Look for the bottom section you will see a Pay/Request icon on the home page.
  • Now add in the username that you want to pay to
  • Now enter the relevant amount and the note you want to send, if any.
  • Now tap ‘pay/request’ and follow all the desired processes of the transaction completely done.

Why can’t I find my friend on Venmo?

There can be many reasons actually for this, which I have mentioned above also. But in most cases, errors occur with spellings, usernames, phone numbers, and emails. This causes issues with the generation of a search account.


Venmo is a revolution in digital payment platforms since it has an x-factor to its work. The optimizing of the platform by associating with emotions, and social media-type restructuring has helped in enhance good will. It’s a great app, easy to navigate and use seamlessly. 

About the author

Atish Ranjan

Atish Ranjan is an established and independent voice dedicated to providing you with unique, well-researched and original information from the field of technology, SEO, social media, and blogging. He has in-depth knowledge of computers and tech as he pursued computer science.

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