Brianne Hogan
February 27, 2018 3:13 pm

You’ve heard that Vero is THE new app you gotta try, so you downloaded it from the App Store (it’s #1 right now). But how do you find friends on Vero? Don’t worry. We got you.

Although Vero — which is being billed as a mashup between Facebook and Instagram, but with no algorithm or ads — has been around since 2015, it’s recently gained some major popularity. (Maybe Snapchat’s latest update is to blame *shrug*.)

New social media apps can be awesome, but they can also be a little lonely at first (especially if the key members of your squad are slow to join).

So how do you find friends on Vero?

The process is fairly straightforward: After your initial sign-up (pretty standard fare) the app automatically looks for friends and family through your contacts list to see if anyone you know has also joined Vero.

After you add your people, you’ll need to tell the app who they are to you. Are they a close friend, just a friend, or an acquaintance? This is actually key info, because your categorizations will determine what each person gets to see. (Remember how Google+ was supposed to work? Yeah, kind of like that.)

Like Facebook, you don’t need to be friends with everyone to enjoy their updates. You can just follow people, too, like celebrities. In these cases, you’d tap the “follow” button instead of the “connect” one.

To find people once you’re inside the app, you tap the little head icon at the top of the screen, and tap where it says “connections.” From there, you’ll want to tap the “+” icon — you’ll be able to search for people you know, as well as browse accounts that Vero thinks you might like.

Probably the most attractive part of Vero to social media-wary users is that its feed is organized chronologically, so “buh bye” to pesky algorithms trying to tell us what we should look at and when.

There is some controversy surrounding Vero that you should know about: First, the app’s servers have been overloaded since a spike in signups this week, so beware of technical difficulties ahead if you choose to download.

Also, some users have deleted the app or are boycotting it because the company’s co-founder, Ayman Hariri, was previously CEO of a construction company that went under and failed to pay thousands of workers months’ worth owed wages. So download at your own risk.

If you’re still interested in joining Vero but it seems a little complicated, just think back to when you first started using Instagram. Sure, it’ll take you a few tries before it becomes second nature. But you’ll go from zero to Vero expert in no time.