If you do not want to make your TikTok account completely private, anyone who uses the app – with or without an account – can see your profile and all videos of you performing new dance moves, singing on popular songs and recreating your favorite TV scenes. Even worse ̵1; they can download these videos.
Allowing the public to see your profile can lead to more supporters on the social media platform in the long run, but there is no reason you need to let them save your videos for offline viewing. If they can download them, they can also upload them to their own account, where they get credit instead of you. It may also be inconvenient to know that your video is living on a stranger's smartphone. Creeps and stalkers are definitely a cause for concern.
To disable downloads of your videos on TikTok, in Android or iPhone app, tap the profile icon in the navigation bar. Then click on the ellipsis icon at the top right, go to "Privacy and Security" and then press "Allow Download."
By default, all accounts have downloads "Enabled" on this page, so tap "Off" to make sure other users – whether they are family, friends, colleagues or strangers – can no longer save your videos their own phones. End the settings, and you've just protected your videos without having to go private. This setting will also block users from saving "Live Photos" of your videos, but not GIFs for any reason.
Blocking downloads does not affect your downloadability of your own videos, so you can still download your media to be used offline or upload to one other service, such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook or Messenger. However, blocked downloads for other users will only work in the app. If someone uses a third-party app, they can bypass your limitations and save the video anyway, just so you know.
This article has been produced under the Gadget Hack's special coverage of becoming a social media expert on your phone. Check out the entire Social Media series.
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