Most people have smartphones these days, there are a multitude of options out there that let people connect wherever they are to their digital life and social media platforms. However, one of the big disconnects in our digital lives is the connection between mobile platforms and your computer, whether it is a PC or Mac.
I’ve run into an issue where I’m using Yik Yak on my iPhone but then want to switch to using Yik Yak online using my computer. At times, you want to put down your phone or it’s simply easier to use your laptop instead if you’re at work or in class and are supposed to be listening to the professor.
Luckily for you, there are several options you have to use Yik Yak on your computer, however, due to some features of the app you will be limited in some senses. I’ll go into those in more detail below.
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What Is Yik Yak?
You likely have heard of the app if you’ve made your way to this page, but if not I will familiarize you with the features and basic premise of the app.
Yik Yak is one of the fastest growing apps right now, growing incredibly fast among college campuses, with people in their late teens and twenties. When you download the app you don’t need to sign up or login, you simply accept for the app to use your location and you can start using it immediately.
What happens is Yik Yak will determine your location and draw a 1.5 mile radius circle around you that is your group. As you move, a new group is constantly redrawn. Then, anyone in that area can post new messages anonymously to the group. Everyone can see them and reply and upvote or downvote the post. You can see popular yaks in your area along with “peek” inside other college campuses or popular areas.
There are positives and negatives to the anonymity. The app has been used for bullying on high school and middle school campuses so they have been banned and not allowed to use the app while at school. A huge positive is that it builds a sense of community among those around you and let’s other people interact with their community without necessarily knowing them. It’s a great way to share knowledge or gripe about midterm exams, or shout out a cool new restaurant or bar.
Is Yik Yak Online?
Many people have asked me and tried to figure out whether Yik Yak is available online to the general public yet or if it is limited just to apps. As of right now, the developers of the app have only made it available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Often times, developers will start with their primary audiences which is app users on mobile devices and if the service or platform gets big enough they will expand to online or computer markets as well.
Therefore, there is no Yik Yak online that is supported and created by the developers of the app. However, this doesn’t stop us from being able to use the app online from your PC or Mac. There are a few tricks we can do to get access.
Yik Yak Anonymous Dillema
Before we discuss how to get Yik Yak online, it’s important to address issues around the anonymity of the app. When you initially download the app, you won’t need to sign up with a username and password. The reason for this is because the app’s primary niche is for anonymous sharing of statuses, similar to Twitter but completely anonymous.
This brings about the problem. Since there is no way to login to the app, you cannot save your yaks from one device to another unless you sync your yaks through iCloud or another device. Make sure you go into the settings of your app and turn on the “Sync via iCloud” or if you’re on Android make sure you sync your Yaktivity so you can access it from another device. If you don’t do this, you won’t be able to see your old yaks or old comments and your Yakarma score will be completely wiped away.
I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point Yik Yak creates an option where you can login and save your profile. It will still create an anonymous profile but you can see all of your activity and such. People switch phones all the time and want to have the flexibility to go from one device to another without having to back everything up and restore their yaktivity.
Yik Yak On Computer
Now let’s get into your options to bring your Yik Yak fun to your computer. The trick below works for both PC and Mac computers. You can also use an option where you don’t have to download anything, it will work completely online without any software installed. This is a good option if you’re not working on your personal computer.
NOTE: The trick below only works if you have access to an Android device so that you can sign up for a working Google Play account. As of now, Apple doesn’t let you download their apps to an emulator and they just recently developed techniques that block a popular “date trick” that allowed users to download apps not in the app store. Therefore, you will have to download Yik Yak through the Google Play store for it to work on the trick below. If you don’t have an Android device it’s easy to just borrow a friend’s Android device and use that for 10 minutes to get it working.
For this option to work you will need to use what is called an Android emulator that tricks the app into thinking it’s being run on an Android device but it’s really a computer.
ANDYROID: The best Android emulator out there is called Andyroid, which I recommend. It’s completely free and works pretty well. Follow the steps below to get up and running with your Andyroid emulator.
- Head over to andyroid to download their emulator.
- Once downloaded, install and open the app to get started
- You’ll need to setup the emulator and walk through the initial steps to update the emulator if needed.
- Sign in to your Google Play account to sync all of your apps onto Andyroid, the same as your Android device.
- Once you sign in, you’ll notice that the layout is Android Vanilla and looks like a regular Nexus phone.
- Click on the search icon and search for Yik Yak.
- Once you find it, click download and install the app onto Andyroid.
- You will want to make sure you sync your Yaktivity on the app through your Android device so you don’t loose all of your yaks and comments and yakarma points.
Now, you will be ready to get started using Yik Yak for PC simply by using this emulator. This is a great option if you are at work or at school and don’t want to be on your phone all the time but still want the option to check your yak feed for any new posts or to see how your yaks are doing.
MANYMO: Another great option if you want to use Yik Yak online and not have to deal with installing and downloading an emulator is Manymo. This is because Manymo is strictly online and you don’t need to download it. It still uses an emulator so works in a very similar way as Andyroid does.
If you want to use Manymo, you will need to sign up for an account. It is free to sign up but you may need to pay eventually after you’ve tried it out for a while. Basically, what you can do is sign up for an account and then head over to Google Play and search for Yik Yak. Then, make sure you download the .apk file, which is the installation file for all Android apps. From there, upload the app to your Manymo online emulator and you can start using the app.
Note: one downside to this is there is no way I know of to sync your previous yaktivity to your Manymo emulator so you will have to start new each time. This can be a good option if you’re at an internet cafe, don’t want to download any software, or can’t install anything onto your work computer.
Yik Yak for Mac
You may be wondering what do you do if you have a Mac computer and want to use Yik Yak on your Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, etc? You don’t have to look any further, I’ll outline all of your options to get Yik Yak when you’re on a Mac and be able to post and have all of the features you enjoy using on a PC or on an Android device.
Luckily, the app Andyroid is available for both PC and Mac computers and therefore you can follow similar steps as above to get Yik Yak on your Mac. Keep in mind that you will still need to sign up for Google Play so that you can download the app’s apk file onto the Andyroid platform. The reason for this is because Andyroid is still an Android emulator so it will only work with accessing apps from the Google Play app store.
As of now, there are no options to have an iOS emulator and you’ll have to stick with the Android version of things in order to really get to use the app. Luckily for you, however, it’s all of the exact same features that you come to expect and you won’t be limited by using your Mac. You will still be able to view yaks, post your own yaks in your area, peek into other communities, colleges, interest groups, and more.
Keep in mind that you will need to allow the app access to your location so it can draw a geofence around you and locate your “herd” area, which is typically 1.5 miles radius around you. If you have less than 100 other people on Yik Yak within the 1.5 miles then the app expands the area so that you’re able to see a decent amount of yaks.
The Andyroid emulator should work just as well on a Mac as a PC and I personally tested it out to make sure it works properly. If you get any messages saying your graphics card is incompatible make sure your computer is up to date on all of the software. If you find that it still doesn’t work, another option is to look around for a different Android emulator that may work better with your computer. You can try BlueStacks, Manymo, YouWave, etc. These are all good options if you want to test out something a bit different.
Future Of App For PC
One of the most in demand feature or aspect of most apps is the ability to sync or use the same service on all of your devices, no matter whether they are an iPhone, Android, PC, or Mac. Apple has gradually developed their OS X operating system to more resemble their iOS system, indicating the push for all devices to look, feel, and interact similar to the mobile platform.
In the next 5 years, expect a huge push from computer developers to offer online alternatives for their users to login and connect on any device they own and online no matter where they are. One of the main limitations to apps currently is the inability for users to login to their profiles or account wherever they are. This will soon change as more resources, better functionality, and more demand grows to sync your devices from all aspects of your life. It’ll be great when everything you’re on works with each other in synchrony.
Let us know below if you have any other ideas or tips on how to run Yik Yak online or from one of your computers. It can be frustrating figuring it out initially so comment below if you’re having any trouble getting it to work. We’d be happy to hear about your successes and failures. Best of luck!