TikTok privacy settings on Android: Relaxed level

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

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Set a strong password

What for: So you don’t 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:

  • Is at least 8 characters long;
  • 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 Profile tab;
  2. Tap three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the screen;
  3. Select Manage account;
  4. Select 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.

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. This can be abused by attackers 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.

Enable two-factor authentication

What for: So you definitely don’t get hacked.

When you sign in to your account, TikTok may ask for an additional one-time code or require you to enter a password, depending on which login method you choose. For example, if you log into your account using SMS, the application will ask you to additionally enter a code from an e-mail or a password.

To enable two-factor authentication, you must specify at least two ways to verify your identity. As a verification method, you can select a code from SMS / e-mail or a password from your account. To enable additional protection:

  1. Go to the Profile tab;
  2. Tap three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the screen;
  3. Go to the Security section;
  4. Tap 2-step verification;
  5. Specify how TikTok will verify your identity. To do this, select at least two options from the list:
  6. SMS;
  7. Email;
  8. Password;
  9. Click Turn on;
  10. Enter your account password; Assign a phone number or e-mail address to your account, if necessary.

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 found out your password, check the list of devices and remove any that you do not recognize.

  1. Go to the Profile tab;
  2. Tap three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the screen;
  3. Go to the Security section;
  4. Tap Manage devices;
  5. 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.

Make sure your account is safe

What for: To take timely security measures.

Cybercriminals could try to hack your account by, let's say, sending you a text, allegedly from the TikTok security team, asking you to share your password. Checking security notifications in your app could keep you out of trouble. By doing so you will always be able to take necessary measures when your account integrity is actually at risk.

  1. Go to the Profile tab;
  2. Tap three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the screen;
  3. Go to the Security section;
  4. Select Security alerts and take proactive measures if necessary.


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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.

  1. Go to the Profile tab;
  2. Tap three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the screen;
  3. Go to the Privacy section;
  4. Tap Comments;
  5. Enable the Filter spam and offensive comments option in order to prevent TikTok from showing you insulting comments;
  6. To create your own list of stop words or phrases, enable the Filter keywords option and tap Add keywords.

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 three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the screen;
  3. Select Block;
  4. Tap OK.

The user will not be notified about getting blocked.

To unblock a user:

  1. Go to the Profile tab;
  2. Tap three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the screen;
  3. Go to the Privacy section;
  4. Tap Blocked accounts;
  5. Select the user to unblock and tap the Unblock button.

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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.

  1. Go to the Profile tab;
  2. Tap three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the screen;
  3. Go to the Privacy section;
  4. Go to Downloads and make sure you switch it 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, that data will be lost. To prevent that from happening, you can request an archive of your data from TikTok and download it to your phone or computer:

  1. Go to the Profile tab;
  2. Tap three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the screen;
  3. Go to the Privacy section;
  4. Go to Download your data;
  5. Tap Request data.
  6. 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.


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Restrict the amount of time that you spend in the app

What for: To control the amount of time 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 Profile tab;
  2. Tap three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the screen;
  3. Select Digital wellbeing;
  4. Open Screen time management;
  5. Tap Set a time limit and select how much time per day one can freely use the app: 40, 60, 90, or 120 minutes;
  6. Go back to the previous screen using the arrow and tap Turn on;
  7. Enter the security code and tap an arrow;
  8. Confirm the code and tap Next again.


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