TikTok Code Reveals Plans to Launch an Instagram Rival App

By Editorial Staff

In the ever-evolving landscape of social media platforms, TikTok has undeniably established itself as a powerhouse in the realm of short-form video content — creating and dominating the industry. With its addictive scroll and endless stream of entertaining clips, TikTok has captivated millions worldwide. However, rumors have suggested that TikTok is trying to rival Instagram with a photo-sharing app of their own – introducing, TikTok Photos. 

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The TikTok Code

The author behind The SpAndroid blog was the one to crack this case wide open. Behind the most recent version of TikTok’s code, 33.8.4, they found a string of code suggesting that TikTok was creating a completely new app entitled “TikTok Photos.” 

Source: The SpAndroid

The blogger reminds readers of TikTok’s current feature where users upload photos to the platform and the photos are shared as a video despite them being in a slide show similar to Instagram carousels. Because TikTok already has this feature, coupled with this most recent TikTok code, a new, Instagram rival app seems to be on the horizon. 

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The writer of The SpAndroid goes on to discuss even more code that they found within TikTok’s latest update, suggesting that a TikTok photo app to rival Instagram is not too far away. 

Source: The SpAndroid

These strings of TikTok code indicate that TikTok will be wanting to launch their new photos app sooner rather than later. Additionally, it seems evident that TikTok will also be looking to sync any photo posts from TikTok onto their new photos app. 

Lastly, the TikTok code revealed the possible logo for what a TikTok photos app would look like. Note that the possible icon has the same/a similar color scheme to the current TikTok logo. 

Source: The SpAndroid 

Why it Matters

TikTok has over 1 billion active monthly users. Many creators have enormous and loyal fan bases on TikTok that would follow them to most any social media platform to get as much content from their favorite creator as possible. 

Additionally, from the various strings of TikTok code shared, many boasted that TikTok is trying to help creators: 

  • “Reach other like-minded people who enjoy photo posts.” 
    • TikTok Photos will try to help creators grow their audiences further. 
  • “TikTok Photos will be launched soon, we hope to help you gain new audiences in the new app.” 
    • The algorithm on this new photo app seems to possibly be different to TikTok itself, allowing for creators to reach new audiences altogether. 


At its core, TikTok has always been about fostering community and connection through shared experiences. With the coming introduction of the Photos app, this sense of community is further amplified as users soon come together to celebrate the beauty of visual storytelling in a completely new way for TikTok

Closing Thoughts

TikTok Photos represents a bold step forward in the evolution of visual storytelling and communication. By combining the power of photos and short-form video content, TikTok has once again demonstrated its commitment to innovation and creativity. Whether you’re a seasoned content creator or a casual user, TikTok Photos will invite you to explore the endless possibilities of expression and connection in the digital age. 

I know I can’t wait to see what TikTok Photos has in store!

This article was written by Alyssa Micalizzi

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