Have you noticed his hand grazing yours recently? Your guy friend may be falling for you! Here are 27 signs he likes you as more than a friend.
As a little girl, I remember being told that if a boy was mean to me, it meant he liked me. It was one of those signs he likes me more than a friend. Later on, I’d be told something else entirely, though. Like, that he’ll write me a love song if he likes me. It can be a little confusing to keep up with all of these mixed signals!
Have you been there? You have a friend, and everything’s great between you two. But somewhere inside, you can’t help but wonder if there’s something more on his mind. Does he like you? Is he interested in being more than friends? Seriously, what is on his mind?!
Flirty friendship and Full-blown crush
Luckily for you, we came up with all the signs he likes you as more than a friend. This way, you’ll know right away if he’d like to take the next step towards a romantic relationship.
We’ve organized this article into two sections: flirty friendship and full-blown crush. The flirty friendship signs are those subtle changes he may be making to see if you like him in the same way. The full-blown crush signs are for when he’s really into you already!
If any of these sound familiar, he may be asking you out soon, so be ready, girl!
How to read the signs he likes you as more than a friend
There is one thing to keep in mind about guys. If he likes you, he’ll want you to know. If you pay attention, you’ll be able to spot the signs in no time. So, keep your eyes open for these signs he likes you as more than a friend!
So you two are friends, but is there some sexual chemistry in the air? Do you two enjoy some flirty banter and teasing, even though you’re both just friends?
1. You catch him looking at you
You know those eyes! If his eyes are peeking over at you from across the room or if he’s been glancing at you more than usual, this could be one of the signs he likes you as more than a friend.
Men tend to be more visual than women. They enjoy looking at pretty things, like you! When a guy sees something he likes, he’ll want to keep looking at it to absorb the image. If he likes you, he’ll want to admire you! So, if you find your guy friend looking at you more often than usual, take note! [Read: 20 unmistakable signs your friend is crushing on you]
2. Eye contact makes him nervous
Whenever you look at him, you notice him looking back at you before quickly looking away. If he’s a shy guy, he may not be able to keep eye contact for too long once he develops feelings for you, even if he knows you well already. It’s nerve-racking looking your crush in the eyes!
Just remember that if he can’t keep his eyes off you, he likely thinks you’re the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen. And you are! So, next time you find him looking your way, meet his gaze with a warm and welcoming smile. You could even lean your head in just a bit closer to his! [Read: How to let a guy know you’re interested without appearing overeager]
3. He doesn’t shy away from your touch
Is he casually grazing your hand while walking side by side? Maybe he’s touching your arm while telling you a joke. There is a reason for this. Touch is one of the five romantic love languages. For some people, it’s their primary way of showing love and one of the best signs he likes you as more than a friend.
In the same way men enjoy looking at beautiful things, he’ll also want to hold you, hug you, and be closer to you if he has feelings for you. If he isn’t shying away from your touch, he’s trying to tell you that he likes being near you. [Read: Is he attracted to you? 16 giveaways to watch out for]
4. He’s trying to make you laugh
Sharing a laugh is one of the sweetest ways to make you feel connected to a person. If he’s enjoying his time with you, he’ll be smiling and making you giggle. This is because people who are enjoying themselves, laugh often!
Think about it this way. If you have a crush, everything they say is just a little bit funnier, cuter, and more adorable than usual. You’re going to spend a lot of time laughing. Men are the same way! He loves making you laugh and seeing your smile.
If you notice him trying to make you laugh more often than usual, he could have a little crush on you.
5. He’s been teasing you a little
One of the most playful and fun ways to flirt is by teasing! Teasing is a way to connect with another person by allowing them to feel all kinds of emotions around you. It makes both people laugh and grow a little closer together.
Just remember, teasing is all about playing. It shouldn’t hurt your feelings or make you feel insecure, just playful jokes here and there to make you giggle. So, if he’s playfully teasing you, this is a great sign he likes you as more than a friend. [Read: 14 ways to show a guy you like him and still be a tease]
6. He changes the way he acts around other guys
Have you noticed him puffing out his chest around other guys in your presence? Is he being ultra-confident or guiding you as he walks to make it seem like you’re taken?
Guys do this when they have feelings for somebody. He’s trying to keep other men away. He doesn’t want you to get snatched up by another guy!
Luckily, the way he acts around other men is one of the easiest ways to tell if your guy friend has a crush. Even if you’re not together *yet!*, he’ll subconsciously be trying to make you his.
7. He’s suddenly nervous around you
Before, when it was just the two of you, he’d act how he always would: like a friend who’s comfortable around you. Lately, he’s been a little nervous when you’re alone together, though.
This is because he isn’t quite sure what to do with all his feelings just yet, a clear sign he likes you as more than a friend. This may be making him feel vulnerable or self-conscious. He may appear quiet, a little fidgety all of a sudden, or even just a bit awkward while saying goodbye.
This nervous behavior is a tell-tale sign of an early crush! [Read: 16 clear signs a guy likes you but is scared and unsure what to do]
8. He’s been complimenting you lately
Your laugh is adorable and he likes your hair half-up like that. He tells you how intelligent you are and how much he enjoys talking to you.
If he’s gone from seeing you as a friend to seeing you as more, you may notice him giving you little compliments here and there. This is because he really can’t help himself.
You are intelligent and you are the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen! And, he wants you to know this. He wants to make you feel good about yourself so you can see yourself the way he sees you.
He’s caring about you in a whole new way. [Read: 25 unique compliments for guys they’ll never forget, if you want to say something nice to him]
9. He wants to spend time with you alone
This is a good sign he likes you as more than a friend. If your guy friend has been wanting to spend time alone with you, he may be falling for you.
He’s trying to get to know you better without all the distractions of other people around. Spending time alone together makes it a little easier for him to open up to you, as well.
If he wants to spend time with you alone, he wants you all to himself. This is a very cute sign he’s crushing on you!
10. He’s actively listening to you
When you’re speaking, he’s actively listening to you. He’s fully engaged and focused, hanging on your every word. It’s almost as if he’s making mental notes! This is because he is. He’s trying to hear what you say so that he can remember it.
He wants to know everything about you! What you were like as a child, how you’re feeling today, what your dreams are… he wants to know it all! This is because he cares about you and is genuinely interested in you.
If you can see the gears turning in his head while you speak, he really likes you! [Read: Does he or doesn’t he? 30 guaranteed signs he likes you]
11. He asks you for advice
This is about trust and insecurity. When a guy asks you for advice, it means he trusts your opinion. If he’s making a life change, he’s going to want your input! He likes the way you think and he trusts you’ll give him good guidance. This is a good sign the connection between you two is strong.
If he asks about your opinion on how he looks, this may mean he’s become a little insecure around you. He wants to see what you like, what you find most attractive. If he’s asking if you like his shirt, this is a sign he likes you as more than a friend. By asking, he’s telling you he wants you to like it.
12. He touches your hair
Think about what happens right before a first kiss. Those subtle romantic eyes and your arms wrapped around him. He’s got one hand on your cheek and the other… in your hair!
One of the things guys love most about girls is their hair. Touching someone’s hair is one of the most romantic and sensual things you can do. It’s building a new kind of connection that’s intimate and sweet. If your friend is suddenly finding excuses to brush a piece of hair out of your face or casually run his fingers through it, he’s got a crush on you! [Read: When a guy touches you on a body part – How to decode his intentions]
13. He brings you a gift
This isn’t necessarily about the gift itself but more about the act of giving. Giving somebody a gift is a sweet way to show love. We have a natural desire to want to give and share and so when we like somebody, we often feel the urge to do just that!
A guy who’s a little more forward may give you flowers or a traditionally romantic gift like chocolates and a teddy bear.
Other guys may be a little more shy around girls they’re crushing on, though. So really pay attention to the little things! This could be a small gift like a funny drawing to make you giggle or your favorite candy bar!
Just remember, it’s all in the act of giving.
14. His hugs are a second longer than usual
You’d gotten used to his casual goodbyes. “See you around!” But then he started giving you hugs. And now it seems goodbyes are a much bigger ordeal than they used to be!
He’s been trying to keep the conversation going, his hugs are lasting a second longer than usual, and he says he’ll text you later. He’s got butterflies for you!
It can be nerve-racking to go from a friendship to a crush. He may be unsure if you have feelings for him too. This lingering behavior is a subtle way for him to get to be around you just a little while longer. [Read: Is he into me or just being nice? 20 differences to know for sure]
So now that you know the signs he likes you as more than a friend in all the subtle ways, let’s take a look at the bigger signs. If you notice these signs, it’s not just a little bit of flirting and teasing, he’s definitely gone from a small crush to a full-blown one!
15. Body language
Body language is a language all of its own! Did you know that 90% of our communication is said without words? This is called non-verbal communication.
Non-verbal communication includes all of those tiny little things we do, oftentimes without even noticing: facial expressions, lingering eye contact, hand gestures, touch, and even posture and body movements.
Try paying attention to your guy friend’s body language. This is an entire science within itself! That being said, if he’s facing you and leaning in towards you, he’s telling you he wants to be closer to you. This is most definitely a sign he likes you as more than a friend! [Read: Does he really like me? 18 ways to decode his subtle body language]
16. He’s getting a little jealous
Does it seem like lately, when you talk about other guys, he’s been acting a little off? If you told him about the date you went on last Saturday and he seemed almost sad, your guy friend is probably feeling a little jealous.
Before, when he saw you only as a friend, he was comfortable talking about things like this. He didn’t feel the need to compete or prove himself.
If a guy has feelings for you, talking about other guys in front of him may make him feel insecure. If you like him as more than a friend, make a point to not talk about other guys. Just enjoy getting to know him in this new and exciting way! [Read: How to tell if a guy friend is jealous – 25 signs he just can’t hide]
17. You have his full attention
As friends, you’ve always felt like you could talk to him when you needed to. He was there when you needed him. Lately though, it seems you always have his full attention. He’s there even before you need him!
When you look at him, he’s looking at you. If another girl walks by, he’s watching you. When you ask him a question, he’s ready to give you advice!
The point is, he’s very focused around you. He’s not getting distracted by his phone or by people walking by. This is one of the clearest signs he likes you as more than a friend and is looking for ways to show you it! [Read: Hook, line and sinker – 20 signs he’s actually falling in love with you]
18. There is always time for you
This is a tell-tale sign that he likes you a lot! The thing about time is that it’s often sorted through our priorities. This is where the concept of making time for someone comes into play. If he’d rather spend time with you than be alone or watch the game with his buddies, he’s crushing on you!
If he likes you, he’ll find a way to make time for you.
19. Here’s wearing a new cologne
Or, his hair is styled a little differently. Is he wearing a new shirt? By changing his appearance, he’s trying to get you to see him in a new light. He’s trying to get you to see him as more than a friend.
This is a very common thing for all of us to do, and it’s an important sign to take note of! Try complimenting him on his new cologne, his haircut, or his new shirt. This’ll make him feel seen and appreciated. This is also a sweet way to take the next step into a relationship by letting him know you are noticing him, too. [Read: How to let a guy know you’re interested without appearing overeager]
20. He wants to help you
If a guy likes you, he’ll want you to feel cared for at all times. One of the ways to do this is by helping you! This could be a little thing like carrying your bag if it’s heavy or opening the door for you. Or, it could be more noticeable gestures like asking if he can help you on a project you’re working on.
Ideally, he wants you to see him as someone who makes life easier for you. He wants you to feel good around him. Helping you out with little tasks here and there is a thoughtful way to do this!
21. He’s protective of you
If it’s 3 a.m. and you need a ride home, he’ll be there for you! Does he shift his body towards you in public or guide you when it’s crowded? If so, he’s feeling the need to be protective of you. He wants to make sure you’re having a good time, that you always feel comfortable, and that you get home safely.
Of course, guy friends can be protective as well. If you notice him being more so lately though, he’s probably developed feelings for you and wants you to feel safe around him. [Read: How to attract men – The irresistible secrets no one ever talks about]
22. Your senses are telling you
You’re reading this, so it’s likely he’s given you some signs already! Trust yourself. If you feel like he’s into you, there’s a good chance he is. The fact that you’ve found this feature is a pretty sure sign in itself. Really try to listen to what your intuition is telling you.
It can be confusing to tell if your guy friend likes you because you’re so close already. So, try asking yourself why you think your intuition is telling you this and compare it to some of the signs we’ve mentioned here! [Read: 21 easy-to-recognize signs your male friend definitely has feelings for you]
23. He calls you
Do you feel your heart begin to race when you see his name on your phone? This is because it makes you vulnerable! Phone calls are so much more intimate than sending a text message. You get to hear the other person’s voice and listen to their laugh.
And, the conversation is more effortless as there’s less time to think about what to say and how to say it.
You need to be more focused while on a phone call, as well. If a guy is calling you rather than texting or waiting until he sees you, he’s making the effort to give you his full attention at that moment. This is also a classic sign somebody likes you, so knowing this, he’s probably trying to tell you something!
24. He initiates communication with you
If he really likes you, he’ll want to talk to you as much as he can. He’ll message you first, call you like we talked about, and make plans to see you. Simply put, he won’t care to play any kind of game. If he really likes you, he’ll take the initiative.
That being said, some guys really are quite shy! He may not initiate things right away, so pay attention to the other signs he may be crushing on you. [Read: How guys text when they like you – 28 things they do differently]
25. He remembers the details
Remember back when it was just a little crush and he seemed more engaged during conversation? If he’s remembering all the little details you’ve told him, it’s because he’s been listening all along and thinking about what you told him earlier.
By remembering the little details you told him, and talking about them, he’s showing you he’s been paying attention. In addition to being genuinely interested, he knows this will help you feel heard and appreciated, as well, and he always wants you to feel good around him.
This is a good sign he likes you as more than a friend because it’s showcasing all the additional effort he’s putting into his relationship with you.
26. He gives you ‘The Look’
You know that look. It’s subtle and can make anyone’s heart pound. You’re telling him a funny story about your childhood and you look up to find him giving you ‘The Look.’ It’s almost like puppy dog eyes, fully in a trance, maybe even a little in love. This is one of the most romantic things that happen in life and it’s so simple and effortless.
If you notice him looking at you in this way, it’s very likely he’s going to confess his feelings for you soon. [Read: Prolonged eye contact – What it means and how to do it right]
27. He tells you
If anything, if he likes you, he’ll tell you.
You’re probably thinking by now that men are complicated. But trust us, they’re really not. All you have to do is pay attention and look for these signs that he likes you more than a friend! Just remember, if he likes you, he’ll want you to know. So, notice the little signs he’s giving you. You never know what may happen next!