Why is my TikTok not working? – The reason

TikTok is a popular social media platform, which allows users to create and post their own short videos. TikTok has its own website, as well as its own application. You can download the app on both iOS and Android devices.

TikTok usually functions well, but there can be times where it stops working. There are a few reasons that could be causing this, some of which we’ll go through in this article.

Why is my TikTok not working?

The most basic reason for why TikTok would stop working is internet connection issues. TikTok requires a steady internet connection in order to function properly. If your internet isn’t working or you have too weak of a signal, this may cause TikTok to stop working.

TikTok may also be failing to work due to server issues. Sometimes, TikTok’s servers can be down due to maintenance or server problems. If TikTok’s servers are down, the platform may not be working properly.

Alternatively, TikTok may not be working due to an issue with your app settings. Each app should have its own permissions settings, where you can grant the app certain rights. If TikTok doesn’t have access to the right permissions, it could affect its functionality.

You may also be experiencing issues with TikTok because the app simply needs updating. If you’re using an outdated version of the app, you could experience bugs or glitches that stop it from working correctly. If an app has an update, it’s usually because there were issues that needed fixing.

If you’re having problems with getting TikTok to work, here are some solutions you can try out.

Check Internet

If you think TikTok is failing to work due to internet connection problems, try checking on your router. If any indicators are flashing red, your internet is probably down or having issues. Try restarting your router if this is the case.

If there doesn’t seem to be any issues with your router, try disconnecting from your Wi-Fi network, and reconnecting to it again. This can help refresh the connection and sort out any glitches that may be occurring.

Afterwards, try using TikTok again to see if the problem has been fixed.

Restart TikTok

If your internet connection seems fine, you can try restarting the TikTok app to see if it helps fix the problem. Restarting the app can help refresh everything, and solve any glitches that may have occurred.

To restart the TikTok app, simply close the app by double-pressing the home button and swiping up on the tab. If you’re on an Android device, press the tab option in the bottom left to view all your tabs, and swipe up on the TikTok tab to close it.


Then, open the TikTok app again by pressing on the app icon. It should be located on your home screen.

Restart Device

If simply restarting the TikTok app didn’t make it work again, try restarting your device.

For iOS

If you’re on an iOS device, long-press the lock button until the ‘shut down’ option appears. Slide the switch to the right to shut down the device.


Then, wait a few seconds, and turn it on again by long-pressing the lock button.

For Android

If you’re using an Android device, long-press the lock button until the ‘restart’ option appears. Press on the option twice to restart the device.


After restarting your device, go on TikTok once more to see if it’s working.

Update TikTok

TikTok may not be working because the app needs updating. You can check whether the app has an update available by going on the app store.

For iOS

If you’re on an iOS device, open the App Store and select your profile picture. Then, press the ‘purchased’ option. You should see a list of all your purchased apps. Search for the TikTok app.

If there’s an update available for it, there should be an ‘update’ option next to it. Press on the option to update the app.

For Android

If you’re using an Android device, open the Google Play Store and select your profile icon. Then, press the ‘manage apps and device’ option. You should see a list of your currently installed apps.

Press the ‘updates available’ tab to see a list of updates you can download. If TikTok is on the list, press the ‘update’ option next to it to update the app.

Once you’ve updated the TikTok app, try opening it once more to see if it works now.

Check App Settings

TikTok may be failing to work because it doesn’t have access to certain permissions. Check your app settings for TikTok and make sure that you’ve granted it access to things like your camera, mic, and storage. TikTok needs access to these things in order to work properly.

For iOS

On iOS, open the settings and scroll until you see the TikTok app. Press on it to see the app settings.


Toggle the switch on for the ‘microphone’ and ‘camera’ options.

For Android

On Android, open the settings and select the ‘apps’ option. Find the TikTok app and press on it to see the app settings.


Select the ‘permissions’ option.


Press on the ‘camera’ option, and select ‘allow only while using the app’. Repeat this step for the ‘microphone’ option.


Then, press on the ‘files and media’ option, and select ‘allow access’.

Now, launch TikTok again to see if it’s working. You can try and see who viewed your TikTok to determine whether the app is working or not!


In conclusion, there are many things that could be preventing TikTok from working. You could be experiencing Wi-Fi issues, or the app may need updating. There may also be issues with your app permissions that could be causing TikTok to fail. Try checking your internet, restarting or updating the app, or checking your app settings.

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