How to Check If Someone Has an Active Venmo Account

  • Venmo allows you to easily search for friends and contacts to see if they have an active account on the platform.
  • You can also connect your phone contacts and social media accounts to automatically find Venmo users you know.
  • If you’re with someone in person, you can quickly scan their Venmo QR code to add them instantly.

As an experienced writer covering personal finance and mobile apps, I’ve found Venmo to be one of the most convenient peer-to-peer payment apps available. However, one question that often comes up is how to determine if someone you know has an active Venmo account before trying to pay or request money from them. Fortunately, Venmo provides several easy methods to check this.

Search Directly Within the App

The most straightforward approach is to search for the person directly in the Venmo app. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the Venmo app and tap the profile icon (person silhouette) in the top left.
  2. Select “Search People” from the menu.
  3. In the search bar, enter the person’s full name, username, phone number, or email address.
  4. Tap the search icon and review the results.

If their Venmo profile appears in the search, you’ve confirmed they have an active account. Tap on their name to view their full profile and verify the details match who you’re looking for.[1]

Check Your Connected Contacts

When you first sign up for Venmo, the app prompts you to sync your phone contacts and connect social media accounts like Facebook. This allows Venmo to automatically detect which of your existing contacts are also Venmo users.

To check your connected contacts:

  1. Open Venmo and go to your profile.
  2. Select “Contacts” from the menu.
  3. Scroll through the list – anyone who uses Venmo should appear here.

You can then tap on their name to open their Venmo profile. This method only works if you’ve previously synced contacts and the person registered with the same phone number/email.[4]

Scan Their Venmo QR Code

Every Venmo user has a unique QR code on their profile that others can scan to quickly add them. If you’re with the person in question, this is the fastest way to confirm their account:

  1. Open Venmo and select “Scan Code” from the menu.
  2. Have the other person open their Venmo app and tap the QR code icon on their profile.
  3. Center their QR code in your app’s viewfinder to scan it.
  4. If their profile comes up, they have an active Venmo account! You can then add them as a friend/contact.[4]

Ask Them Directly

The simplest solution is to just ask the person if they use Venmo. Explain that you’d like to pay them back or request money, and see if they can provide their Venmo username or have you scan their code. If they seem unfamiliar with Venmo, they likely don’t have an account set up yet.[4]

Verify With a Merchant

If you’re trying to determine if a merchant or online business accepts Venmo payments, the process is very straightforward. When checking out on their website or mobile app, look for the Venmo button or logo alongside other payment options like PayPal or credit cards. Its presence confirms they are a Venmo-authorized merchant.[1]

Connect Contacts for Automatic Detection

To make finding Venmo friends easier in the future, I recommend connecting your phone contacts and social media accounts when you first set up the app. Venmo will then automatically detect which of your existing contacts are also users and add them to your “Contacts” list.[1]

For Android users, you can allow Venmo access to your contacts by going to Settings > Apps & Permissions > Venmo > Permissions. For iOS, open the Settings app, find Venmo, and toggle on “Contacts.”[1]

By granting Venmo access, you’ll also be automatically added to the friend lists of any contacts who are already using the app.[1]

Venmo’s Identity Verification Process

It’s worth noting that Venmo may prompt you to verify your identity before allowing full, unlimited access to certain features like maintaining an account balance. This is for compliance with anti-fraud regulations.[2]

To verify your identity on Venmo:

  1. Open the app and go to Settings > Security > Identity Verification.
  2. Enter your legal name, date of birth, and last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.
  3. Provide your current home address.
  4. Complete any additional security steps like uploading an ID document.[2][3]

Verifying your identity is a safe process that allows Venmo to securely authenticate your account and prevent unauthorized access or illegal activities.[2][3]

In summary, Venmo provides multiple convenient methods to check if someone has an active account, from direct searches to scanning QR codes. By taking advantage of these tools and connecting your contacts, you can easily determine which friends and merchants are on the platform before attempting any payments or money transfers.[1][4]