How to Set Your TikTok Account to Private

You don’t have to make your profile public on TikTok and can instead switch to a private account.

Many social media users focus primarily on growing their accounts. For most of them, that means keeping their profiles public to attract followers more easily.


But not everyone wants to have hundreds of strangers following their every move. If that sounds like you, consider making your TikTok private for peace of mind.

How to set a private account on TikTok

Private account settings are useful when you want to stay anonymous on TikTok. It’s a good choice when limiting your video’s audience isn’t enough.

Here’s how to change to a private account on TikTok:

  1. Open the TikTok app on your phone.
  2. Tap Profile in the lower right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap the three-bar menu in the upper right corner of the screen.
  4. Select the Settings and privacy option at the bottom.
  5. Finally, tap Privacy and enable Private account.

2 images TikTok mobile settings and privacy page Private accounts are enabled in TikTok's privacy settings on mobile devices

Having a private account also helps you stay away from scams on TikTok, although you may still encounter scammers’ accounts on the app.

If you want to see fewer videos from scammers and unrelated accounts, change your TikTok For You (FYP) Page to suit your preferences. This will teach TikTok what you like so it can show you more relevant content.

New TikTok users who are still finding their footing may benefit from making their profiles private. You can also make your profile private if you’re not pursuing a career as a content creator.

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For example, maybe you like posting videos of your family members to an audience of friends and family. It’s normal and prudent to not want to reveal them to strangers online. After all, some people just want to post for fun and stay away from cyberbullies as much as possible.

What changes when you have your own account?

Making your TikTok profile private will change how people can interact with it. When you have a private account, you approve new followers, so you won’t encounter any surprises. Non-followers can’t see your profile, videos, likes, live videos, or follower and follower lists.

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Additionally, others can’t Stitch, Duet, or download your videos. These restrictions allow you to control the reach of your videos, which is unlikely with a public account unless you adjust your privacy settings.

You can block TikTok accounts that you no longer want to interact with. However, your followers can still screen record and take screenshots of your videos and share them with anyone they want. Strangers can also view your profile through people who have followed you.

But that’s the downside of posting content online. If that’s still not good enough for you, maybe it’s time to shelve it and try TikTok alternatives.

Make TikTok your way

You don’t have to use TikTok like everyone else. When it comes to social media, it’s best to do what works for you. Maybe you’re a private person and like to keep your circle small—even on social media. Or maybe you’re still testing as a new user.

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Regardless, you shouldn’t have a public account if you’re not comfortable with random people visiting your profile and interacting with your posts. Once people have access to your profile, it’s difficult to control how they interact with you unless you limit comments on your posts. Making your TikTok account private is a way to enjoy the app peacefully. You can always switch to a public profile at a later stage if you change your mind.

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