How to Tell if Someone Viewed Your TikTok Profile
As of this year (2021), it’s estimated that the Chinese app, TikTok, has had over two billion downloads. Needless to say, it’s incredibly popular. Anyone can create a phenomenal, comical, or entertaining video thanks to the app’s built-in features.
Some controversies have punctuated its growth, but more importantly, it has become the go-to app for a series of celebrities, comedians, athletes, and brands. If you’re familiar with TikTok, you probably remember the days when the app sent you alerts letting you know that someone viewed your profile. But that function no longer exists.
In this article, we’ll discuss other ways to determine if someone is visiting your profile. We’ll also discuss how you can prevent unwanted snoopers from having access to all of your TikTok content.
How to Know Who’s Viewing Your TikTok Profile
Unfortunately, TikTok no longer shows users who visit their profiles. We’ve left the instructions on how to do it below for anyone still using an older version of the app.
But, for those of us who updated our TikTok app, we can only see who added us, commented, liked, and shared our videos and posts. If the other user doesn’t interact with our content, we’ll never know they were there.
We aren’t sure if TikTok will ever bring this feature back, but like most other social media services available today, we can’t see who’s checking us out, taking screenshots, or even stalking our profiles.
If you’re looking for analytics-type information (not who is watching, but how many people are watching), TikTok did introduce the TikTok Pro accounts. This provides information on how many people you’re reaching and gives you insight into which videos are performing better so you can get more followers!
But even TikTok Pro analytics won’t give us specific details about who is visiting our profiles. Analytics are only used for understanding interactions and engagements.
Let’s Get Started!
Before we delve into the exact steps you need to follow to check who’s viewing your profile, let us get acquainted with the app first. Some of you who’ve never used TikTok might find it hectic and all over the place, but fear not, there’s nothing there you can’t navigate.
The first thing you’d need to use TikTok is a pair of headphones. Music is essential to the app’s success, and it’d be sterile without it. So we recommend you get a pair of headphones handy before downloading the app.
There’s no need to create an account on the app if all you want to do is browse videos. But we guess that you’re here because you want to post your content, as well. To become able to post your content, you should create an account using either your email, your phone number, or your Facebook account.
Once you sign in, the app will assign you a generic username. You can change it later by tapping on the profile icon located in the lower right-hand corner of the app. It looks like a little person and says ‘Me.’
Click on Edit Profile, and you’ll get options to change your picture, bio, and even set a default TikTok Profile video.
Now that you’ve created your profile, you’re all set to post your videos. Just tap the Plus icon on the bottom of the screen, and the camera will open. A red button will then appear; tap on it to start recording a video clip. You can add a song before you start recording if you want to lip-sync, dance, or do something else. TikTok also allows you to skip this process and add a song later.
How Do I Check My Profile Views?
Unfortunately, TikTok’s latest update completely removed our ability to see who is checking out our profiles. This means you’ll need to think outside of the box to see who is snooping around on your profile. Before the update, you would receive a notification that someone viewed your profile. But that no longer exists.
Despite the update, there are still a few signs that someone is visiting your profile. For example, if you receive consecutive notifications that someone likes your videos, they’re almost certainly on your profile. Of course, comments can indicate the same thing.
However, follow requests are not a sign that someone is on your profile because they can tap the ‘+’ icon on your video to follow you instantly.
Control Who Views Your Account
If you’re here because you’re concerned someone is viewing your profile, and you don’t feel comfortable with it, let’s review some ways to secure your account here.
First, you can set your account to ‘Private.’ If you want to become TikTok famous, this probably isn’t the best solution, but it’s the perfect option for casual users. Setting your account to ‘Private’ means that no one can see your content unless you approve their follow requests.
To set your account to Private, all you need to do is tap on the ‘Me’ icon in the lower right-hand corner of the app. Then, tap the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner and tap ‘Privacy.’ From here, you can toggle the switch to make your account private.
Of course, this option won’t work for everyone. So if there’s only a handful of users you feel are stalking your profile, you can block their accounts. This is the best possible solution for those who want to keep their accounts public. Of course, nothing is stopping the user from stalking your account in other ways, as we’ll discuss in more detail below.
You can easily block someone on TikTok by visiting their profile, tapping on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner, then tapping ‘Block’ in the pop-up window.
How to View Profiles Anonymously
There may be times when you’d like to view someone’s TikTok content without alerting them. If you’re logged in to your TikTok account and use the app to search for a certain profile, it will notify them that you were checking out their content the next day.
You can always like or comment on their videos, letting them know you’re only checking their profile to enjoy their content. Assuming that’s not creepy, there’s no need to worry about viewing someone else’s TikTok content.
If you’d like to remain anonymous, you’ll have to view their profile when you’re not logged into your account. You will have to use the application to do this. The web browser version of TikTok does not allow you to search for another user. To search up a profile, do this:
- Visit your profile on TikTok and click the three horizontal dots in the upper right-hand corner.
- Scroll down and click ‘Logout.’
- Confirm that you’d like to sign out of your account – Be sure you know your username and password so you can log back in.
- Go to the home page of TikTok and click the magnifying glass that says ‘Discover’ at the bottom of the screen.
- Type the username of the account you’re looking for and hit enter.
Once you’ve located the account you’re interested in, you can anonymously view all of the users’ content. If you don’t find their account, it’s likely because it’s set to private.
Frequently Asked Questions
There’s always something new to learn about TikTok. If you have more questions, keep reading.
Can I see who is watching my TikTok videos?
No. TikTok will provide you with the number of views but not specifically who is watching. These stats are more for analytics (monitoring your success) rather than catching a profile stalker.
What does TikTok’s analytics feature do?
TikTok’s analytics feature will tell you how many views and impressions your TikTok content has. But, it won’t tell you who is viewing your content or your profile. If you have a TikTok pro account, you can use this feature to track your success and grow your account.
With TikTok being one of the fastest-growing apps in the world, it’s only natural that you’d want a piece of the cake too. And why not, because it’s so much fun! With elements of Snapchat, Vine, Twitch, and Instagram all rolled into one, TikTok is the perfect app for you to share your talents with the world.
If, however, you found any problems downloading the app on your phone or had trouble finding out who viewed your TikTok profile, don’t forget to tell us in the comments. Also, let us know if TikTok is as much fun as it claims to be or whether there are similar, more user-friendly apps.