How to Join a Private Subreddit on Reddit

This wikiHow teaches you how to send a private message to the moderators of a private subreddit and ask to join as a new member, using a desktop internet browser.

Edit10-Second Summary

1. Open Reddit in your browser.
2. Sign in to your account.
3. Click the envelope icon on the top-right.
4. Click send a private message.
5. Type “/r/name of the private subreddit” in the to field.
6. Explain why you want to join in your message.
7. Click send.
8. Check your inbox for a reply.

EditSteps

  1. Open Reddit in your internet browser. Type www.reddit.com in your browser’s address bar, and hit or on your keyboard.
    Join a Private Subreddit on Reddit Step 1.jpg
  2. Sign in to your personal account. Enter your username and password in the username and password fields in the upper-right corner of your screen, and click the login button.
    Join a Private Subreddit on Reddit Step 2.jpg
  3. Click the envelope icon next to your username. The white envelope icon next to your username in the upper-right corner of your screen will open your messages page.
    Join a Private Subreddit on Reddit Step 3.jpg
  4. Click . This button is located next to the inbox tab in the upper-left corner of your screen. It will start a new private message.
    Join a Private Subreddit on Reddit Step 4.jpg
  5. Type /r/name of the private subreddit in the “to” field. Entering the subreddit name here will send your message to all of this subreddit’s moderators.
    Join a Private Subreddit on Reddit Step 5.jpg
    • If you don’t know a subreddit’s /r/name, open the subreddit in your browser and check the end of its URL link in your address bar.
    • For example, if the subreddit URL is , you should enter into the “to” field.
  6. Enter a relevant subject line in the “subject” field. Make sure your subject line is brief and to the point.
    Join a Private Subreddit on Reddit Step 6.jpg
  7. Write a message expressing your desire to join the private subreddit. In the “message” field, politely explain why you want to join the private subreddit, and request an invite from the moderators.
    Join a Private Subreddit on Reddit Step 7.jpg
    • There is no guarantee your join request will be approved. Most private subreddits have very selective criteria for accepting new members.
  8. Click the button. This will send your message to all of this subreddit’s moderators.
    Join a Private Subreddit on Reddit Step 8.jpg
  9. Check your messages inbox for a reply. Give the moderators some time to read your message, and regularly check your inbox for a reply. If your request is approved, you may receive an invite link from one of the moderators.
    Join a Private Subreddit on Reddit Step 9.jpg
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