TikTok privacy settings on Android: Medium level

Learn how to change your privacy settings on TikTok using Android. These steps adjust your privacy and security settings to Medium level protection.
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How to keep your account from getting hacked

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Disable password saving

What for: So that only you can log in to your account.

TikTok saves your username and password by default so you do not have to enter them every time you log in. This may be a convenient feature, but if your device falls into the wrong hands, you could lose your account. To avoid that, disable password saving:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Manage my account.
  4. Disable the Save login info feature.

Check the list of devices used to log in to your account

What for: So that no one else can log in to your account from another phone.

If you have logged in to TikTok from another person's phone or you suspect someone has learned your password, check the list of devices and remove any that you do not recognize. To do that:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Manage my account.
  4. Go to the Security section.
  5. Tap Your devices.
  6. Remove any devices that you do not recognize from the list. To do that, click the trash can icon next to the suspicious device name that you want to delete.

If someone else's devices appear on the list, change your account password as soon as possible.

Set a strong password

What for: So you do not get hacked.

You can log in to TikTok using your accounts with other services such as Facebook or Google. If you do that, you will not have to provide an e-mail address or phone number or create a new password. However, if attackers hack the account that you use to log in to TikTok, they will gain access to your TikTok profile. In addition, TikTok can view third-party account details such as your friend list and contact information. To prevent that, you can create a separate account for TikTok.

You need a secure password to keep cybercriminals out of your account. Use a strong password that:

  • Consists of 8–20 characters.
  • Contains lowercase and uppercase letters as well as numbers.
  • Is not an actual word or easy-to-guess phrase.
  • Is not the same as your password for any of your other social network accounts.
  • Does not contain information that strangers could easily find or guess (your name or the name of a loved one, pet's name, date of birth, and so on).

To create or change your password:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Manage my account.
  4. Tap Password.
  5. If you have not set a password yet, TikTok will ask you to enter your phone number or e-mail address. You will need them to log in to your account and to change your password. Then select Password again and create one.
  6. If you need to change your password, enter the code that TikTok sends to your phone number or e-mail. Then enter a new password and tap Next.
  7. Tap the confirmation icon.


Keep in mind that your TikTok password can be bypassed. If a phone number is linked to your account, you can log in to your profile using a code you receive by text message. Attackers can abuse that ability if they gain access to your phone or infect it with malware that intercepts SMS messages. Therefore, we recommend that you securely protect your device. For the same reason, you should make sure to unlink your phone number from your TikTok account if you change it.

Keep in mind that TikTok does not support two-factor authentication (the use of your username–password combination and a one-time code to log in).


How to defeat spammers and trolls

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Enable the comment filter

What for: So that you do not see any spam or offensive remarks in comments.

By default, TikTok automatically deletes comments containing spam and insulting remarks. You can add your own words to the standard list as well as check if the filter is enabled. To do that:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Privacy and safety.
  4. Tap Comment filters.
  5. Enable the Filter spam and offensive comments option.
  6. To create your own list of stop words or phrases, enable the Filter keywords option and tap Add keywords.

Restrict commenting on your videos

What for: To remove irrelevant comments.

If nasty messages and ads keep showing up, you can restrict everyone but your friends from commenting on your videos, or completely disable comments. To do that:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Privacy and safety.
  4. Tap Who can comment on your videos.
  5. Check the box next to Friends or No one.


You can also disable comments for specific videos.

To disable comments when you post a video:

  1. After you finish shooting a video and selecting filters, tap Next.
  2. Uncheck the Allow comments function on the Post screen.


To disable comments for an already posted video:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Open the video that you would like to disable comments for.
  3. Tap the three-dot icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
  4. Select Privacy settings.
  5. Disable the Allow comments function.


Note that if you disable comments in your general privacy settings, you will not be able to change the settings for specific videos.

Disable the Duet and React features

What for: To prevent others from using your videos for their own purposes.

Any TikTok user can record a response to your video in the form of either a duet or a reaction. However, people can abuse the feature to insult you or make fun of you. In addition to that, each follower of the reaction video's maker will see your video. That could be anyone including those you would rather not share your posts with.

To disable duets and reaction videos:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Privacy and safety.
  4. Tap Who can React to your videos and select Friends or No one.
  5. Tap Who can Duet with your videos and select Friends or No one.


You can also disable the Duet and React features for specific videos.

To do this when you post the video:

  1. After you finish shooting a video and selecting filters, tap Continue.
  2. Toggle off the Allow Duet and React feature on the Post screen.


To disable the Duet and React features for your previous posts:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Open the video for which you would like to disable the Duet and React features.
  3. Tap the three-dot icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
  4. Select Privacy settings.
  5. Toggle off the Allow Duet and React feature.


Restrict contacts from sending you personal messages

What for: To avoid unwanted communication.

Spammers and cybercriminals can abuse direct messaging to spam you or steal your data. You may also grow tired of newbies sending you requests to follow them and individual users who want to make new friends. You can prevent anyone but your friends from writing to you or disable direct messaging altogether. To do that:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Privacy and safety.
  4. Tap Who can send you direct messages and select Friends or No one.

Block unwanted users

What for: So you can avoid running into unwanted people.

If a TikTok user is leaving offensive comments, sending you spam, or is otherwise annoying you, you can block this person. After that they will not be able to watch your videos or send you messages. If you change your mind, you can always unblock the user.

To block anyone on TikTok:

  1. Open the profile of the user you want to block.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Block.
  4. Tap Confirm.

The user will not be notified about getting blocked.

To unblock a user:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Privacy and safety.
  4. Tap Blocked accounts.
  5. Select the user to unblock and tap the Unblock button.


How to hide from prying eyes

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Make your TikTok profile private

What for: To hide your profile from strangers.

By default, all TikTok users, including those with whom you would rather not share your personal information, can see your videos and likes. To keep your info hidden from others, you can make your profile private so that only approved followers can see your likes and videos.

To make your profile private:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Privacy and safety.
  4. Enable the Private account option.


Note that your current followers will still be able to see your videos and likes.

To remove a user from your list of followers:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Tap the number of subscribers under your profile image.
  3. Tap the three-dot icon to the right of the name of the follower you want to remove.
  4. Select Remove this follower.


If a user is removed from your list of followers, they will not be notified about it.

Note that if you make your profile public again, all follow requests will be automatically approved.

Restrict your profile from being suggested to other users

What for: To prevent others from learning which videos you have rated.

TikTok users can see the list of videos that you have liked in your profile. If you do not want to share that information, you can make this section private. To do that:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Privacy and safety.
  4. Tap Who can view your liked videos and check the box next to Only me.


How to keep your videos from being stolen

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Restrict others from downloading your videos

What for: To ensure no one steals your content.

If you allow others to download your videos, anyone can save them and post them from their account. This feature is disabled by default, but we still recommend checking the settings. To do that:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Privacy and safety.
  4. Tap Allow your videos to be downloaded and make sure you check the box next to Off.

Download your data from TikTok

What for: To find out what kind of information the app collects about you.

TikTok collects and stores a lot of information about you. The app contains data that you have specified in your profile as well as information about your activity (for example, likes and purchase history) and all of your settings. If your account is stolen or blocked, this data will be lost. To prevent this from happening, you can request an archive of your data from TikTok and download it to your phone or computer. How to do that:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Privacy and safety.
  4. Tap Personalization and data.
  5. Tap Download TikTok data.
  6. Tap Request data.
  7. A link to download the archive will appear within four days in this section in the Download data tab.


Keep in mind that the file with the data will not appear right away, and it will only be available for four days after being created.


How to improve your TikTok experience

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Restrict the amount of time that you spend in the app

What for: To control the amount of time that you spend in TikTok.

If you are worried that you or your child waste too much time in TikTok, you can limit the amount of time that can be spent in the app. When you reach the time limit, TikTok will ask you to enter a security code to continue using the app. To set a time limit:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Digital Wellbeing.
  4. Open Screen Time Management.
  5. Tap Time limit and select how much time per day one can freely use the app: 40, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
  6. Tap the Turn on Screen Time Management button.
  7. Enter the security code and tap Next.
  8. Confirm the code and tap Next again.

Disable unnecessary notifications

What for: Less distraction

By default, TikTok will send you notifications if anyone liked your video or commented on it, as well as of recommendations, live broadcasts, and your friends' new posts. Constant notifications can be really annoying and distracting. In addition, certain notifications are even displayed on the phone lock screen, which means that they might be seen by strangers.

To disable notifications in the app:

  1. Go to the Me tab.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Push notifications.
  4. Disable notifications that you do not want.

To disable all TikTok notifications in the system:

  1. Open the Android settings menu on your phone.
  2. Go to the Apps and notifications section.
  3. Select TikTok in the Recently opened apps section and tap Show all apps and find it in the general list.
  4. Tap Notifications and disable this function.

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