Why is My TikTok Video Not Showing Up for Others?

I had finally mastered making TikTok videos, and if I’m being honest, it didn’t happen overnight. To say I’d put in the work would be an understatement.  In my opinion, my videos were engaging and followed along with current trendy content. 

However, despite all the effort, I’d put in, my videos weren’t getting views. I was discouraged and didn’t understand why TikTok wasn’t showing my video to others. 

If your TikTok video is not showing up for others, make sure that you do not have any network connection issues, your TikTok app is up to date, and you do not have a VPN enabled on your device. You should also ensure that you’re posting engaging content that doesn’t go against the community guidelines. 

Creating videos that no one will see can be discouraging. Luckily, in the article below, I’ll give you all the information needed to ensure your video is shown to others. 

Reasons TikTok Video is Not Showing Up for Others? 

1. Video Under Review 

If TikTok’s automated system detects something potentially offensive in the video you uploaded, it will flag it for review. When this happens, you’ll have to wait on the video to be reviewed by a member of the TikTok team. 

A few things that will cause your video to be flagged include nudity, weapons, or offensive slurs. To prevent this, you can review the community guidelines to ensure that you do not attempt to upload content that TikTok doesn’t find acceptable.

Once a video has been flagged, even if it was in error, it will not be shown to other users until TikTok has cleared it.

2. Shadowbanned 

If you’ve noticed a sudden drop in your interactions or views, there’s a good chance your profile has been shadowbanned. If certain types of content are detected, the algorithm will limit how many people your content is shown to, if it’s shown at all. 

To avoid your TikTok profile being shadowbanned:

  • Be genuine when creating your content. Don’t make videos, post comments, or interact with other accounts in a way that will make your account appear to be spam. 
  • Avoid overposting. If you post too often, it won’t take long before you find yourself shadowbanned. 
  • Dress modestly, and don’t show much skin in your videos. This will cause your video to be flagged for nudity or sexual content. 
  • Avoid using any phrases that could be considered offensive. The involves anything sexual, violent, racial slurs, etc. 
  • Don’t have weapons in your videos.

If you believe your profile has already been shadowbanned, it could last anywhere from a day to two weeks. If you remove any videos that could have been flagged, it could speed up the process, but it isn’t a guarantee. 

Once your profile is shadowbanned, the only thing you can do is clean up your content and wait it out. 

3. TikTok is Down 

Another thing that could affect your video being shown to others is TikTok’s servers going down. The server is what processes the data that runs the app. 

So, if you try uploading a video while the servers are down, it can’t be processed and added to the platform. Additionally, other users affected by the outage will not be able to view content while they are down, which means that content you’ve already uploaded will not get as many views during the outage. 

The easiest way to find out if the servers are down is to see if others you know are having similar issues. 

4. Wifi Isn’t Working 

If the device you’re using TikTok on is connected to your WiFi, it may be that your internet connection is causing the issue. For example, if your internet connection is lagging or unstable, it may prevent your video from uploading fully. 

Additionally, it could be that the poor connection is not allowing you to load your interaction notifications. If this is the case, your video could be getting views and interaction, and you just aren’t able to see it yet. 

5. Using a VPN?

To protect themselves and their users, TikTok blocks activity from those who are using a VPN. 

Some countries have bans prohibiting TikTok, and people from these countries use VPNs to get around the ban so they can still use the app. 

In turn, TikTok blocks activity that comes from a VPN to ensure they encounter no legal repercussions from allowing users from these countries to use their app. 

Troubleshooting: Why Aren’t My Videos Visible to Users?

1. Check Your Internet Connection 

If you have a poor internet connection, there’s a good chance that your video did not upload properly, or you aren’t able to see real-time interactions. If this is the case, you will need to fix your internet connection, then try to upload your video or check your interactions again.  

An easy way to check your connection is to perform a speed test. If the result isn’t close to the speed your internet package should get, you likely have a connection issue. In addition, your router has indicator lights that will usually let you know if there is a connection problem. 

If you find any issues with your internet connection, rebooting your router will likely fix the problem if your network provider is not experiencing an outage. To reboot your router, you must unplug it from the wall for thirty seconds. 

Once your router is rebooted, check your TikTok app to determine if you’re still experiencing problems. 

2. Turn Off Your VPN 

If you have a VPN enabled, you’ll need to turn it off before your app will function properly. The problem with your videos will likely be resolved once you turn the VPN off. 

If you’ve been able to use the VPN in the past, it was likely because the specific VPN had not been detected yet. Now that it has, TikTok has blocked the IP associated with the VPN. 

You can find the option to turn the VPN off under your Network and Internet Settings. Once you’ve located these settings, select the VPN and disable it. 

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3. Restart Your Device 

Your video view decrease could be caused by a glitch with your device that doesn’t allow the app to refresh or connect to the network correctly. If this is your problem, restarting the device should remove these glitches. 

If you are using an Android device, follow these steps to reboot your device: 

  1. Press and hold the lock/power button on your device until the power menu appears. 
  2. Tap Power Off. 
  3. Leave your device powered off for at least 60 seconds.
  4. Hold the Power button until your device powers back on. 

If you are using an Apple/iOs device, follow these steps to reboot your device:

  1. Press and hold the lock and volume up buttons simultaneously until the toggle bar appears at the top of your screen. 
  2. Slide the toggle to the right to power off your device. 
  3. Leave the device off for 60 seconds. 
  4. Hold the lock button until the device begins to power back on. 

Once your device has powered back on, check your TikTok app to see if the issue has improved. 

4. Update TikTok 

Outdated app versions come with many unwanted and unexplainable glitches. Apps need updates to remove certain bugs and glitches that were present in the previous version. 

If you’re having issues with your videos not being shown to other users, one of these bugs related to outdated software could be the issue. A simple update will likely fix this issue. 

To update your TikTok app on an iPhone:

  1. Open the App Store. 
  2. Tap My Account. (Your profile photo.)
  3. Tap Available Updates.
  4. Check the list for the TikTok app.
  5. If Tiktok is on this list, tap it and select Update. 

To update your TikTok app from an Android device: 

  1. Open the Play Store.
  2. Tap your profile photo.
  3. Tap Manage Apps and Devices.
  4. Tap Overview.
  5. Tap Updates Available.
  6. See if TikTok is on the list. If so, tap it and select Update. 

If you do not see TikTok on your list of apps that need to be updated, you have the most recent version of the app. 

5. Make Your Account Public

If your TikTok account is set to private, only the people you have approved to follow you will be able to see your content. This will significantly decrease the number of views your video can receive. 

For your video to be shown to more people, you’ll need to change your account’s privacy setting to public. To do this:

  1. Open the TikTok app.
  2. Tap the profile tab. 
  3. Tap the three dots (or three horizontal lines) at the top of your screen. 
  4. Tap Privacy. 
  5. Locate the option that says Private Account. If the toggle is green, it means that your account is private. To make it public, slide the toggle to the left. 

If your account is already public, or switching to a public account doesn’t fix the problem, you can check specific videos to ensure that they are set to public. To do this, you will need to pull up a specific video, tap the three dots, and ensure your video is set to be shown to Everyone. 

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6. Clear App Cache 

Cached app data is notorious for causing many different types of issues. Clearing this data could easily fix many issues you may be having with your TikTok account, including your videos not being shown to others. 

To clear your TikTok cache in the TikTok app: 

  1. Open your TikTok app.
  2. Tap the profile tab.
  3. Tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen. 
  4. Tap Settings and Privacy.
  5. Under the Cache and Cellular Data category, tap Clear Cache. 

When you tap clear cache, the number to the right should change to zero. If it doesn’t, close the app, reopen it, and repeat the above steps. 

To clear your TikTok cache from your phone settings:

  1. Open your settings. 
  2. Locate your App settings, and select TikTok.
  3. Select Storage. 
  4. Select Clear Cache. 

For the best results, consider clearing the cache in both locations to ensure all possible issues have been removed. 

7. Your Content is Not Engaging Enough 

TikTok’s algorithm will only feature your content if it is among the most engaging. If you want to be featured on the For You page, which is where it will get the most views, you’ll need interaction and viewers watching your video until the end. 

To make your TikTok videos more engaging:

  • Capture the viewers’ interest within the first 3 to 5 seconds. 
  • Keep the video short and sweet. 
  • Give your video an exciting caption that will make them want to watch until the end. You should also include trending hashtags. 
  • Use popular sounds in your video.

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If you’ve gone through all the steps above and your video still isn’t receiving as many views as it should, double-check your videos to ensure that nothing could be labeled as offensive content and remove any that could contain this type of content. You should also make sure you’re utilizing trending hashtags and popular trends. 

If you continue to experience issues with others not seeing your TikTok videos, consider reaching out to TikTok’s support team