How to make your TikTok account private
TikTok allows you to make your account private at any time. Here’s how to set it up.
Similarly, if your privacy settings permit, other TikTok users can Duet, Stitch, and download your TikTok videos at will.
However, if this gives you the creeps, you can prevent it by making your TikTok account private. Once you do that, only your existing followers and those you approve can view and interact with your account.
TikTok allows you to make your account private at any time, and it can be done in a snap.
Making your TikTok account private
You can make your TikTok account private using the web (desktop and mobile web) or the TikTok mobile app.
How to make your TikTok account private (desktop)
Here’s how to set your TikTok account to private via your desktop browser:
- Sign in to your TikTok account on your preferred desktop browser and mouse over your profile picture in the top-right corner of your screen.
- Click on Settings from the pop-up menu
- Go to Privacy and enable the Private account switch. It will turn green, indicating that your TikTok account is now private
- To make your TikTok account public again, simply toggle off the Private account switch
Note that if you make your private TikTok account public again, all pending follow requests will be automatically approved.
How to make your TikTok account private (Mobile app)
Here’s how to make your TikTok account private using the TikTok mobile app. The process is similar for Android and iOS.
Launch TikTok on your Android phone or iPhone
Tap on Profile in the bottom-right corner of your screen
Then, tap on the three-line hamburger menu in the top-right corner
Tap on Settings and privacy
Under Account, tap on Privacy
Toggle the Private account switch to your right and watch it turn green
To revert to a public account, tap on the Private account switch
Review the warning message, tap Switch, and voilà, your account is public again
And there you have it! You have successfully turned your TikTok account private.
Pros and cons of a private TikTok account
So, should you make your TikTok account public or private? Honestly, that’s up to you. But to help you decide, we’ve put together the pros and cons of a private TikTok account.
Pros: Benefits of a private TikTok account
The primary benefit of a private TikTok account is that you can control who can see your videos, your Lives, bio, likes, the people you’re following, and your followers.
Also, it’s important to note that private TikTok accounts are different than blocking someone on TikTok. Making your TikTok account private also helps you to maintain a small circle with more privacy.
Therefore, if you’re privacy-first, you should consider making your TikTok account private.
Cons: Negatives of a private TikTok account
There are several disadvantages to keeping your TikTok account private. The most obvious ones are a limited number of followers and video views.
Likes and comments will also be limited to your circle. Most importantly, you won’t be eligible to make money on TikTok like other influencers.
Going private will also prevent others from dueting and stitching your videos or joining Live videos. You’ll thus run the risk of recording little engagement.
If you want to be TikTok-famous, you may want to reconsider.
How to identify a private TikTok account
So, how do you identify a private TikTok account? Well, in Nas’ voice, “it ain’t hard to tell.”
Simply open TikTok and search for any username. If the account is private, you’ll get a message like the one shown below.
Also, a TikTok account is probably private if you can’t follow it, view its videos, Live, bio, likes, followers, and people it is following.
Additionally, not being able to Duet or Stitch videos from the creator is a good sign it is private.
Control who can see or interact with your TikTok account
In addition to making your TikTok account private, you can also limit the audience for your videos via your Privacy settings in the mobile app.
With this, people will be able to search for your account, but you can limit what they see and how they interact with it.
You can still choose who can comment on your videos, DM you, and whether or not your account should be suggested to others.
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