How to Find Friends in a Specific City in Facebook
Finding friends on Facebook isn’t too tricky when searching for someone’s name. But what happens when you need to narrow down your friend’s city? Unfortunately, Facebook doesn’t make finding friends in a specific city easy.
But it isn’t impossible. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps of finding new friends on Facebook by searching the city.
How to Find Friends in a City on Facebook
There are a few different ways to search your Facebook friends by city. These methods vary by device, so we’ll cover them here.
How to Find Facebook Friends by City – Web Browser
If you prefer the web browser version of Facebook, follow these steps:
- Open the Facebook website and log into your account.
- Click the Search bar in the upper left corner.
- Click People in the menu to the left.
- Click on City.
- Review the list of people to find your friend.
How to Find Facebook Friends by City – Mobile
The Android and iOS versions of Facebook are exactly the same. All you need to do to find friends is follow these steps:
- Open the Facebook app and tap on the Search icon at the top.
- Type your friends name at the top.
- Choose People from the menu at the top.
- Choose the filter icon in the upper right corner.
- Select City from the menu at the bottom of the page.
- Type the name of the city where you’re looking for your friend.
Review the list that appears for your friends.
Update Your City
Another method to find a friend based on location is to change your current city to the one you’re searching. To do so, you need to access your Facebook profile page, select “Edit Details” under Intro, and choose “Add current city.”
When you click on “Friends,” Facebook should prioritize the people from that city under “Friends Suggestions.” However, this isn’t exactly the best method because the social network giant might be factoring in your current geotags.
Therefore, the results could list an array of mixed suggestions—the ones from the city you’re looking for and the ones based on other parameters. This is the reason why it’s best to stick to the first method described.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to more questions you may have about finding Facebook friends.
How do I find a friend if I don’t know what their Facebook name is?
Sometimes people don’t use their real names on Facebook. These aliases make it exponencially more difficult to find your friends. The first place to look for your friends is a mutual friend’s account. Review their Friends’ list for the person you want to find.
Next, use the filter option above to search their school or work. If they’ve listed either one of these options, you’ll find them there. You can also search their phone number or email address.
Lastly, try Googling your friend and be sure to type ‘Facebook.’ Many search results will populate, hopefully helping you find your friend.
Can I search for new people to meet in a specific city?
Unfortunately, no. Facebook recently did away with this feature.
You’ve Got a New Friend
Despite the changes in Facebook’s demographics, it’s still one of the most powerful platforms. And even though the UI might seem a bit clunky, Facebook offers one of the most comprehensive search menus.