Meta's Threads app has a CHEAT CODE that lets you download it first

Meta’s ‘Twitter killer’ app Threads has a secret CHEAT CODE that lets you be one of the first to download it – here’s how to access it

  • Simple trick on Instagram provides a shortcut to download the Threads app
  • READ MORE: Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Twitter-killer’ will be released on Thursday

Meta’s new ‘Twitter killer’ app Threads is only days away from being released, but a cheat code lets you easily sign up. 

Threads is closely linked with an account on Instagram, which Meta already owns.  

To access the cheat code, all you have to do is type ‘threads’ or ‘thread’ into the Instagram search bar and you’ll see a small pink ticket emoji saying ‘admit one’. 

Clicking on this ticket will bring up an animation of a revolving promo card with the Threads logo on one side and your Instagram username on the other. 

A timer also counts down the seconds until Threads is released – at 3pm BST (10am ET) on Thursday, July 6. 

Type in ‘threads’ or ‘thread’ into the Instagram search bar and you will see a small ticket icon saying ‘admit one’ 

READ MORE: Meta launching ‘Threads’ app to rival Elon Musk’s Twitter

Pictured, Threads on the App Store

A QR code under your username can be scanned to take you to Threads on the App Store, while there’s also a button at the bottom you can tap to set a reminder when the app comes out. 

Threads is a free app that’s being described by Meta as a place where ‘communities come together’ to discuss topics through text – which sounds rather a lot like Twitter. 

‘Threads is where communities come together to discuss everything from the topics you care about today to what’ll be trending tomorrow,’ the app description says.

‘Whatever it is you’re interested in, you can follow and connect directly with your favorite creators and others who love the same things – or build a loyal following of your own to share your ideas, opinions and creativity with the world.’ 

Threads could prove a masterstroke from Meta because it will let users bypass a lot of the effort involved in signing up to a new app. 

This is because anyone who already has an Instagram account will be given a Threads account with the same username. 

Threads is a new app from Meta, the multi-billion company run by Mark Zuckerberg (pictured)

Pictured, the Threads logo on the revolving promo card.  Threads is being described by Meta as a text-based conversation app ‘where communities come together’ to discuss topics

READ MORE: Elon Musk announces limits on viewing tweets

Musk announced plans to limit how many posts users can see

Instagram already has more than two billion active users worldwide who have already handed over their details for the sign-up process. 

Rival Twitter, in comparison, has just under 400 million active users, according to analytics firm Demand Sage, so Twitter CEO Elon Musk may genuinely be worried. 

Musk has already been dismissive of Twitter rivals, including Mastodon, which saw dramatic peaks in new subscribers after Musk’s Twitter takeover.

But Threads could be a different kettle of fish because it’s backed by the multi-billion dollar heft of Meta, which owns Facebook and WhatsApp as well as Instagram. 

Threads has been nicknamed the ‘Twitter killer’ online amid animosity between the rival billionaires who have said they would like a cage fight with the Colosseum in Rome a potential venue. 

Musk appears to be more keen having repeatedly urged Twitter users to delete their Facebook accounts, calling the social network ‘lame’ in the past. 

Initially, Threads will only be available on iOS when it’s released on Thursday, so Android users will have to wait. 

MailOnline has contacted Meta about the release date for Threads on Android. 

Billionaire Twitter boss Elon Musk (pictured) just announced limits to how many tweets people can see

Musk revealed at the weekend that users who aren’t subscribed to its £11 per month subscription service Twitter Blue are limited to reading 600 tweets per day – although he later said this would soon increase to 800 tweets

It’s possible Meta has timed the release of Threads to capitalise on recent anger directed at Twitter, which has been putting more and more features behind a paywall. 

Musk revealed at the weekend that users who aren’t subscribed to its £11 per month subscription service Twitter Blue are limited to reading 600 tweets per day – although he later said this would soon increase to 800. 

It sparked the trending hashtag #RIPTwitter and caused ‘delete Twitter’ searches on Google to skyrocket 983 per cent in the UK, according to comparison service CasinoAlpha. 

Twitter dropped another bombshell this week when it revealed TweetDeck will only be available to people paying for Twitter Blue in less than a month’s time. 

TweetDeck – a desktop application that displays tweets in columns – was acquired by Twitter for $40 million in 2011 after operating as its own independent application.

Timeline of Elon Musk’s eventful time at Twitter so far 

October 27: Musk is officially made the new owner of Twitter, and tweets ‘the bird is freed’.

November 1: Musk confirms plans to change the system of ‘Blue Tick’ verification on Twitter, for a reduced subscription fee of $8 a month.

November 4: Musk lays off half of Twitter’s workforce as an alleged cost-cutting measure, claiming he had ‘no choice’. 

November 9: Musk launches the ‘Twitter Blue’ subscription service which verifies accounts for a monthly fee.

November 11: The Twitter Blue service is paused due to accounts purchasing verification and using it to impersonate brands and public figures.

November 12: Musk fires 80 per cent of Twitter contractors without warning.

November 15: Musk fires employees that posted negatively about him on the business messaging app Slack. The lawsuit between Musk and Twitter is dismissed.

November 16:  Twitter staff are told they need to sign a pledge to be able to stay on in their roles where they would be ‘working long hours at high intensity’ or receive three months of severance pay, resulting in a mass exodus.

November 18: A news-ticker was projected onto Twitter HQ in San Francisco dubbing Musk as a ‘space Karen’, ‘mediocre manchild’ and ‘bankruptcy baby’.

November 23: A Twitter user reported that 5.4 million phone numbers and email addresses leaked on the dark web, before his account was suspended. 

November 26: Financial Times revealed that 50 of the platform’s top 100 advertisers have paused their ads.

November 29:  Platformer reported that Twitter is in the process of reinstating around 62,000 banned accounts that each have more than 10,000 followers.

December 12: Twitter Blue is re-launched with new Blue Tick reviewing process.

January 11: Twitter starts automatically redirecting users to the ‘For You’ tab – its algorithmic feed of tweets – every time they open the app. 

February 8: Twitter expands the character limit to 4,000 for Twitter Blue subscribers in the US. Shortly after, the site encounters technical difficulties.

February 12: Musk orders staff to revamp Twitter’s tweet promotion algorithm after his Super Bowl tweet didn’t get enough impressions.  

February 15: Twitter announces it will remove SMS two-factor authentication (2FA) from the free version of Twitter – a decision a security expert labelled ‘absurd’ that will lead to ‘so many accounts hacked’.

February 25: Twitter reveals a fresh round of layoffs that brought its workforce down to under 2,000 – a sharp fall from the 7,500 employed when the billionaire first took over in October.

March 28: Musk announces it will stop people from voting in Twitter polls or having their tweets appear in the For You tab if they do not pay for Twitter Blue. 

April 11: Musk gives an interview with the BBC at Twitter’s San Francisco HQ where he says he’s been sleeping on the floor of the company’s offices. Musk also accused the interviewer of lying because he couldn’t back up accusations about hate speech on the platform. 

June 21: Musk says he is ‘up for a cage match’ fight with rival tech CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  

July 1: Musk announces limits on how many tweets users can see per day – 600 for people who aren’t signed up for Twitter Blue, and 6,000 for Twitter Blue subscribers.  

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