4 Anonymous Social Networking Apps to Check Out

Confess your feelings and thoughts without sharing your identity

An image graphic of a shadowed figure looking at a laptop and a smartphone.

Photo © A-Digit / Getty Images

Long ago, back before our identities were so present online via social media, it was a lot easier to remain pretty nameless and faceless on the Internet. Today, however, with the range of popular social apps we use to stay in touch with friends and the mobile devices we take everywhere with us, it's pretty safe to say that being undiscoverable online is almost impossible. 

But there's a lot of pressure that comes with posting the right status update or selfie at just the right time in order to get the most likes and the most comments these days, and that's partly why several anonymous social apps have started attracting more interest lately. It's almost as if we've come full circle with social media and we're back at the beginning again, preferring the privacy and peace of mind that we don't have to keep up with our online identities.

Yik Yak was one of the first anonymous social apps to really take off — and for good reason. What could be better than sharing something without worrying about what other people will think of you?

If you like the sound of an anonymous app or are looking for apps like Yik Yak, here are a few you might want to check out.

Parents

Parents, always educate yourself and children on the dangers of online child predators. Learn how to monitor your child's activities online (on smartphones, too!), block access to websites or disable a webcam if you are concerned about your child having access to these and other similar sites.

01
of 04

Whisper: Create Short, Visual Confessions

Two screenshots of the Whisper app for Android.

What We Like

  • A fun way to get stuff off your chest.

  • More than 30 million users.

  • Join groups with like-minded people.

  • No user account needed.

What We Don't Like

  • Lots of ads.

  • Not very user-friendly.

Whisper lets you choose from one of their many photos and add text overlay of a confession or comment you want to put out there namelessly. You can even privately message other users you want to connect with, all while keeping your identity (and theirs) totally secret.

Works With: iOS and Android

02
of 04

After School: For Teens Who Need a Safe Space

Two screenshots of the After School app for iOS.

What We Like

  • Strong focus on safety and privacy.

  • Connect anonymously within your school.

What We Don't Like

  • Must connect to Facebook.

  • School verification required.

  • Software bugs.

After School is for the kids who aren't quite there yet. The app lets teens anonymously post anything to their school's private message board. Since users are so young, the app maintains a zero-tolerance rate for cyberbullying and incorporates a feature that lets kids chat with experts about school-related problems or anything that might be causing them stress.

Works With: iOS and Android

03
of 04

Anomo: Reveal Yourself When You're Ready

Two screenshots of the Anomo app for Android.

What We Like

  • Have fun with avatars and games.

  • Full control over what you reveal about yourself.

  • Easy to use and understand.

What We Don't Like

  • Community is largely inactive.

  • Spam bots.

  • Hasn't been updated in a long time.

  • No Android version.

Anomo is an interesting social networking app that starts you off completely anonymous, and then gives you total choice and control to reveal certain pieces of yourself to the people you interact with. Its location-based functionality lets you chat with people nearby, or you can use the "Mingle" feature to find people based on similar interests you have. You can also chat one-on-one privately, and play fun icebreaker games if you decide you want to tell people more about yourself.

Works With: iOS

04
of 04

Psst! Anonymous: Connect with Like-Minded People

Two screenshots of the Psst! Anonymous app for Android.

What We Like

  • Messages eventually disappear forever.

  • Anonymous and private chat.

  • Unique security features.

What We Don't Like

  • No iOS version.

  • User account required.

  • Requests your current location.

This app is all about helping people come together to have interesting conversations without being attached to a name, photo or any other personal information. You can freely and openly share news, opinions, secrets, confessionals, daily life experiences, photos and funny jokes with a huge community. You can alternatively privately message or text people as well, without sharing who you are. Anything you post to the community disappears after 48 hours, similar to Snapchat.

Works With: Android

Be Careful with Anonymous Apps

Warning

PARENTAL WARNING: When people have the option to hide behind a screen and let loose, things can get a little crazy. Many apps have had to deal with serious instances involving child predators, cyberbullying, threats, stalking and other scary stuff. Use these apps with caution, and report anything you think could be considered harmful or abusive.