What are sneaky links on TikTok? The social media phenomenon explained

What to know about sneaky links, the racy hashtag that's taken over TikTok

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What's with the term "sneaky links"? It's one of the wildest TikTok trends, that's for sure. 

From life hacks and the best TikTok songs to the best TikTok dances and makeup tutorials, the video-sharing platform always seems to provide a wealth of information we never knew we needed. In some cases, the platform's viral trends skew towards risqué ideas, especially as of late. (Did you see those viral sex chocolates making the rounds?) 

The term "sneaky links" has raked in millions of views across multiple hashtags. But what exactly does this new slang entail? Allow us to fill you in. 

Essentially, this is social media's way of allowing quick hookups to come to fruition. "Sneaky links" let TikTok users arrange an in-person meet up for a casual fling, and some platform users go so far as to have a dedicated sneaky links schedule—commitment for the commitment-phobes.

You might be familiar with the "Sneaky Links" song that accompanies many a video. Catch the HXLLYWOOD (opens in new tab) track below. Of course, you've heard that song on your FYP. 

@han.lewis (opens in new tab)

♬ Sneaky Link - HXLLYWOOD (opens in new tab)

The sneaky link meetup is intended to be a secretive, no-strings rendezvous—think the kind of clandestine meeting one would set up with their side piece or forbidden lover. 

The truly dedicated #SneakyLinks followers also share their go-to beauty buys and intimate items and toys that they use the night of. (We told you to hold onto your hats!) And, according to a few videos under the #SneakyLinks hashtag, one of the most important rules is to never fall for said sneaky links—it's all about being casual.

When it comes to TikTok, sneaky links manifest as memes, lingerie shots, beauty go-to's and, at times, a bit too much information. See some examples of sneaky links below: 

@jesss_017 (opens in new tab)

VS haul😇💗 ##fyp ##foryou ##sneaklink ##haul

♬ Goosebumps_HVME_Remix - CATWALKER (opens in new tab)
@jesss_017 (opens in new tab)

good evening😴✨ ##fyp ##foryou ##showertok ##forthegirls ##victoriassecret ##sneaklink ##selfcare

♬ WE FOUND LOVE CHALLENGE - Carlo Torrijos (opens in new tab)

For those who are keen on sticking with TikTok's cleaning hacks rather than setting up any sneaky links of their own, there are still plenty of other ways to enjoy a steamy evening.

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If you're interested in taking things up a notch with your S.O., we did the difficult work of uncovering the best sex tips ever, straight from the experts. If you're caught up on your 2022 love horoscope, you know that love (and transformation) are on the horizon this year. 

No matter what steamy phenomenon has captured millennial minds—from the most popular sex toys to sneaky links Q's and everything in between—we're always here to help you learn more.

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara. 


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)