How to use Sarahah app, privacy policy and everything else you need to know

Sarahah, which has been created by Saudi developer ZainAlabdin Tawfiq has gone viral for a simple reason - it lets you send anonymous messages to people. The app is available in two English as well as Arabic for iOS and Android users. So, how does Sarahah work? We take a look.

Written by Hansa Verma | New Delhi | Updated: August 14, 2017 9:20 am
Sarahah, Sarahah app, Sarahah how it works, Sarahah send anonymous message, what is Sarahah Sarahah, which has been created by Saudi developer ZainAlabdin Tawfiq has gone viral for a simple reason – it lets you send anonymous messages to people.

We’ve all wanted to tell our friends or perhaps our bosses about their annoying habits. But most of us don’t have the courage to do this face-to-face. Well there’s an app that will let you deliver some criticism constructively. Sarahah, created by Saudi developer ZainAlabdin Tawfiq, has gone viral and allows anonymous messaging. But of course, the risk is that people will quickly start sending hateful texts to their friends, acquaintances and that’s already happening with Sarahah.

The idea is so popular, Sarahah was on top of Apple App Store in over 30 countries in July. The app has also become popular on Snapchat with people linking their Sarahah profiles to Snapchat Stories. According to a BBC report, this has over 300 million users already. So what is this viral messaging app all about? We answer everything you need to know.

What is Sarahah app?

“Sarahah helps people self-develop by receiving constructive anonymous feedback,” reads the apps description on Google Play Store. Interestingly, Sarahah means ‘honesty’ in Arabic, though this honesty is delivered anonymously. The app is available in English as well as Arabic for iOS and Android users.

So how does Sarahah app work?

Like any other app, after you’ve downloaded Sarahah, you’ll have to set up an account. Simply put in your username, name, email, and enter a password. This messaging app doesn’t require your mobile number, which makes sense given this is about anonymity.

Once logged in, you can share your Sarahah link (it usually reads xyz.sarahah.com) on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp or copy the link and post it to a different social network. Anyone who has the link will be able to send you messages. This could be friends, even strangers who are on the app or those who are not even on the app.

For sending a message, a user has click on the link, which will open a text box with a message, “Leave a constructive message.” Obviously, the constructive part is lost on most folks.  People can type in their message and hit send. When a user receives the message, they just get the text and don’t know who sent this particular message.

What else does Sarahah offer? Is it like a regular messaging app?

No, this is not a regular messaging app, and other than sending random anonymous messages to people it doesn’t offer much. The tabs on the app are limited to Messages, Search, Explore, and Profile. All received, sent and favourite messages appear in ‘Messages’ tab. When you receive a message you can favourite it or block the user or even report it. Though what happens after you report a message is unclear.

The ‘Favorite’ tab shows messages where you have tapped the heart symbol. Sent shows all the ‘constructive’ criticism you have been sending on the app.  Meanwhile ‘Search’ tab lets you search for people to send them anonymous messages.  Next up, there’s an ‘Explore’ tab which isn’t live yet. “SOON. This feature will be available next update, be alert!,” reads the page. We’re not sure what the developers plan to do with this.

Sarahah, Sarahah app, Sarahah how it works, Sarahah send anonymous message, what is Sarahah “Sarahah helps people self-develop by receiving constructive anonymous feedback,” read Sarahah’s description on Google Play Store.

Finally, the ‘Profile’ page lets you manage your profile. It shows a user’s profile picture along with Sarahah username, and number of messages received.

This app sounds like a nightmare. What are the privacy options? 

Sarahah is perfect territory for cyber bullying.  The problem is that avoiding some of the hate on the app is not easy. You can report a message, block user but what happens to those who send abusive messages is unclear.

Further you can go in the settings and disable the option to ‘Appear in search’. Another setting ensures that non-registered users can’t message you on the app. The big problem is there’s no way of knowing who’s sent you a message.

The app shows four icons below each message – a red flag to report message, block icon, reply, and a heart icon to mark message as favourite. Don’t mistake the reply button for actually replying to the person, who sent you the message. Reply, for some weird reason, lets you forward a message to friends via social media platforms such as Facebook, Messenger, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and more.

Sarahah, Sarahah app, Sarahah how it works, Sarahah send anonymous message, what is Sarahah, Sarahah viral app, Sarahah features, Sarahah download App Store, Sarahah Play Store, Sarahah news Sarahah is perfect territory for cyber bullying and in fact the app is popular with teens, who have been sharing their profile links on Snapchat.

Sarahah offers limited setting options as of now. While there’s an option to Logout of the app, we couldn’t find one to delete account on the app itself. To delete the account, you have to log into the website version of the messaging service and go to settings to remove accounts.

Where Sarahah’s privacy policy goes, the company says they won’t disclose the identity of the logged-in senders to users, except with their consent. So yes, if someone starts sending hateful messages or threats on the app, there’s no way of knowing their identity.

So should you be using Sarahah?

Sarahah is masquerading as a fun app to let friends or colleagues know their irritating public habits. But these things can quickly spiral out of control. The internet still remains a place which brings out the worst in people and with anonymous messaging there are grave risks attached.

Sarahah might remind some of apps like Secret, Whisper. The truth is that receiving rude messages will be a harrowing experience for most. While the app talks about giving ‘constructive feedback,’ remember even anonymous messages have the power to hurt.

For all the latest Technology News, download Indian Express App

  1. C
    Catherine
    Aug 22, 2017 at 10:10 pm
    if you need the help of a hacker to hack into your spouse phone contact billhackwizard dot com, or on his mobile number (314) 833-9209. He is good when it comes to hacking and he was able to hack into my husband's phone without physically getting hold of the phone and he was also excellent in helping me spy on my husband's social media, if you are interested in his services contact him and tell him i referred you to him his services are cheap and affordable. I an just another satisfied customer.
    Reply
    1. L
      LIZZY RYAN
      Aug 22, 2017 at 4:58 pm
      My Names Brayn Morgan I would like to tell the world about a very special man, he is spell caster DR Oyinbo. I found out about DR Oyinbo through the testimonials of others that the Dr helped with on various issues. I had contacted DR Oyinbo for help in bringing back to me my girlfriend/lover, we had split over a terrible fight, I tried to reconcile but to no avail. The DR said this was a easy thing for him to do, he said he would cast a love spell on her and this would bring her back to me. I was a little disbelieving because I never heardof such a thing, but he told me to trust him, so i put faith in what he was telling me. Sure enough, 3 days after the love spell was cast, my girlfriend/lover called me and we are now back together, all because of DR Oyinbo. He also cured my hiv disease, this was done by drinking a liquid that he creates and provides for the disease. I strongly recommend that if you are having any relationship or sickness issues, contact DR Oyinbo, His email is prop
      Reply
      1. A
        Akash
        Aug 22, 2017 at 12:10 am
        : indiatvhub /sarahah-app-how-to-use-sarahah-app-things-to-know-about-sarahah-app/ Please check it out great article about Sarahah App
        Reply
        1. S
          Susan Loveth
          Aug 21, 2017 at 9:03 pm
          I am Jessica by name. Greetings to every one that is reading this testimony. I have been rejected by my husband after three(3) years of marriage just because another woman had a spell on him and he left me and the kid to suffer. one day when i was reading through the web, i saw a post on how this great spell caster on this email address azaspellcaster ,have help a woman to get back her husband, i emailed him too and he told me that a woman had a spell on my husband and he told me that he will help me and after 24 hours that i will have my husband back. i believed him because i have no other choice and today i am glad to let you all know that this spell caster have the power to bring lovers back. because i am now. happy with my husband. Thanks to Dr Aza. His email: azaspellcaster or whatsApp him on his telephone number 2348107155060
          Reply
          1. B
            Brian
            Aug 20, 2017 at 4:28 am
            hi,i'm Brian, i had my friend help me hack my ex's email, facebook, whatsapp,and his phone cause i suspected he was cheating. all he asked for was a his phone number. he's email is (hotcyberlord425 )..IF u need help tell him Brian referred you to him and he'll help. Am sure his going to help you do it, good luck
            Reply
            1. A
              Allen James
              Aug 19, 2017 at 12:33 pm
              This is a great news that i must share with you all i have been looking for a way to break into my wife phone because she has a pass-code on her phone and always receiving late night calls and text messages i have been suspecting her for past 1 year then i contacted this hacker named Hack Don, who helped me hacked into her phone and got me results under 24 hours this hacker got me results of her call logs, text messages and even deleted text messages i was so happy to find out the truth about my wife i never knew she was a big time cheat until this great hacker helped me he is cheap and his prices are affordable contact him if you want to know more about your spouse. Email: hackdonstrong17 Whatsapp contact: 1 (628)204-4177
              Reply
              1. J
                Jasnoor Kaur
                Aug 18, 2017 at 8:17 pm
                hey, can i undo deleted messages on sarahah , i was actually bullied by someone can i undo it if yes please reply asap!
                Reply
                1. J
                  Jessica Caroline
                  Aug 18, 2017 at 3:14 pm
                  Hear from one of India's top counsellors why Sarahah can impact your child's /Teen's self-esteem. parentcircle /article/5-reasons-why-your-teen-should-not-use-the-sarahah-app/
                  Reply
                  1. Load More Comments