Introducing: Photos


Over the past couple months, we’ve been testing photos in Yik Yak by letting a few communities add pics to their yaks. If you were one of the herds that got to play around with this exciting feature, we can’t thank you enough for your help. You provided a ton of feedback to help us learn what you like best about having photos in your yaks — and you gave us some great ideas for what future versions of this feature might look like!

We’ve loved seeing all of the fun photos that make your herds unique. From showcasing the prime loot to be found at your local yard sale, to sharing the view of campus from your dorm window, to the yakker who used a pic to help locate the owner of a lost dog, it’s clear that photos can be a wonderful part of yakking about the world around you. And we want all of you to have the chance to visually share what’s going on nearby.

So today, we’re excited to announce that photos will now be enabled for everyone! Sure, you could describe that amazing Eggs Benedict your mom just made for breakfast (let’s be real, sometimes being home for summer has its perks), but it’s often more tantalizing to share a drool-inducing photo of it, too.


Photo collections within the Explore section of Peek also have a whole new look to better highlight your great stories.


We’re moderating photos before they appear in your feed, and there are a few guidelines to keep in mind — no inappropriate photos (anything you wouldn’t send to your mother), illegal content, or faces will be allowed in local feeds. However, we’ll still let you show off a pic of you and your bestie in photo collections within the Explore section of Peek. So be the person your dog thinks you are and only submit the good stuff.

Also in this release, we’re introducing phone verification to help combat spam and help keep your feed minty-fresh. You’ll only be asked for your phone number once (unless you’re a robot…) and the verification screen will appear before you post your next yak or reply. Nothing changes about how Yik Yak works, though — you can still remain anonymous to other users in the app, of course!

We’ll be rolling out photos to all herds over the next few days, so if you’re not able to post a pic in your feed right away, don’t panic! Rome wasn’t built in a day, ya know? We’ll also be doing a lot more with photos over time, so stay tuned — and keep the awesome feedback coming!