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How to find a user on Reddit in 2 ways, and see their complete posting history


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How to find a user on Reddit in 2 ways, and see their complete posting history

To find a user on Reddit, you can use the search bar at the top of the site.If you can’t find the user you’re looking for using the search bar, you can also use a workaround to go directly to their profile page.Once you find a Reddit user’s profile page, you’ll be able to see…

How to find a user on Reddit in 2 ways, and see their complete posting history
  • To find a user on Reddit, you can use the search bar at the top of the site.
  • If you can’t find the user you’re looking for using the search bar, you can also use a workaround to go directly to their profile page.
  • Once you find a Reddit user’s profile page, you’ll be able to see their full comment history, as well as send them a direct message.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Reddit is a massively popular social media site, centered around sharing links and photos. Reddit users, also known as “Redditors,” tend to be devoted users of the website.

If you’re a Redditor who finds a fellow Reddit user in the wild, be sure to grab their exact username.

Why? Because unlike some sites, Reddit doesn’t have any sort of directory where you can find a specific user you’re looking for.

Instead, you’ll need to search for their exact username, or input it into a URL.

Here are two ways to find a user on Reddit, using an internet browser on your Mac or PC, and the mobile app for iPhone and Android devices.

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How to find a user on Reddit

Using the search bar

This works both on the desktop website and in the mobile app.

1. Navigate to Reddit.com using any internet browser, or the Reddit app.

2. Using the search bar at the top of the homepage, type in the exact username of who you’re looking for, and search.

3. On the results page, look for the “Communities” or “Communities and Users” heading. Under it will be a list of users and subreddits that match your search. You’re going to want to look for the one that starts with “u/” followed by the username you’re looking for. So, if you’re looking for a JohnDoe, you’ll look for u/JohnDoe.

4   How to find a user on Reddit

Any result that starts with “u/” is a user.

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4. Click on that name to be brought to their profile. Here, you can see their comment and thread history, or send them a message.

This is the easiest way to find someone, but not all users show up when you search for them, even if you have the right name.

In this case, there’s a workaround you can use.

Using a profile URL

For this, you’ll need to be using an internet browser.

1. Open any internet browser and click or tap on the URL bar at the top of your browser window.

2. Every Reddit profile has a similar URL. Type in https://www.reddit.com/user/insertnamehere. Replace the “insertnamehere” with the exact username of the person you’re trying to find. So, a user named JohnDoe would have “https://www.reddit.com/user/JohnDoe” as their URL.

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1   How to find a user on Reddit

You can go straight to a user’s profile by changing the URL.

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3. Go to that URL, and you’ll be brought to the profile of the user you’re looking for. Here, you’ll find their posting history, and you can message them.

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