TikTok emerged as the ‘King’ of social networking platforms globally and had more than 2 billion users on the platform. It was launched in September 2016 by Bytedance company and is available in 40 languages. It was primarily used for making dance videos on trending songs. Those who became famous through their unique videos are now called TikTok creators, influencers, etc. There’s no doubt that TikTok also acted as an earning medium for people in the form of brand partnerships, promotion, etc which is the foremost reason why it became popular in no time.
Is TikTok Banned Worldwide?
As said TikTok ruled the social media industry in the past due to the availability of amazing features like attractive TikTok filters, different types of sounds, live video streaming, voiceover addition, and much more. More than 150 million people used TikTok in India and 291.4-655.9 million in the world but later 10+ countries banned TikTok and it wasn’t accessible by users anymore. The prominent reason which led to the TikTok ban was user data leakage. Yes, it’s true! TikTok was involved in stealing user’s data without their consent which resulted in negative consequences too.
Though, TikTok is banned in India and a few other countries like Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, Taiwan, United Kingdom but still there are users in other regions who use this app regularly for uploading, sharing and reposting TikTok videos. You must be wondering how to repost videos on TikTok? Well, just like you can repost posts or reels on Instagram it’s the same for TikTok as well. Sadly, if you’re in India the app and the repost button on TikTok won’t be available for you. However, if you reside in a region where TikTok is not banned then you can easily repost on TikTok if you want your friends to also see that video. In case, you can’t repost a video and are wondering the reason behind it then hold on we’ve got the answers for you.
Why Repost Button Not Working On TikTok?
In the world of social media, good content gets viral in no time and is shared by people across many platforms. Whether it’s a cute, funny, or heart-touching video, the joy of sharing a video, or meme gets doubled when you share it with your dear ones. On TikTok, there are videos available in varied genres like comedy, horror, romantic, sad, etc which you can repost on TikTok. Apart from this, you can also save someone’s TikTok video and they won’t even get notified about it. But make sure that you tag the person if you’re using their video on TikTok or any other social media platform. Now coming to the point of why you can’t repost on TikTok well the reasons for it are many which we have enlisted below in a detailed manner.
Reason 1: TikTok User Has Put Restrictions On Reposting Video
It’s said that you can eventually know a lot about a person from their social media profile. We agree with it. But in today’s date where social media is an open book people tend to use someone else’s work without their approval. In the past, fraudsters on TikTok used to download a popular user’s video and later uploaded it on their profile by removing the TikTok watermark. Many fake accounts were also made on famous TikTok creators and their videos were shared everywhere without mentioning them. To put a complete full stop to such illegitimate practices, TikTok rolled out a feature using which one can restrict their content from getting reposted by anyone else. Now, if someone doesn’t want their video to get reposted then there’s no way you can repost that particular video and that’s the reason you’re not seeing the repost button on TikTok.
|Quick Tip: If you like that video then you can get in touch with the user on TikTok and ask them politely to share that video with you. Although, if they don’t agree then respect their decision.|
Reason 2: Not Updated TikTok Application
With time all social media apps are getting transformed and new features are being added to enhance user experience. If any new feature gets launched then it’s made available to the users only once they update the app. Now if you’re seeing your friends using the repost button on TikTok and thinking why it’s not accessible to you, well it’s because you’re using the old version of TikTok.
|Solution: Go to Google Play Store or App Store and update TikTok to use the repost button. The steps to update TikTok are pretty simple and are listed below.|
- Step 1: Open Play Store or App Store on your device
- Step 2: Type ‘TikTok’ in the search bar
- Step 3: If there’s an update available then it’ll get displayed in the upper right corner. Tap on the ‘Update’ button and wait for a few minutes
- Step 4: Tap on the ‘Open’ button to visit the app. You can now also cross-check for the repost button. Updating the app will resolve your issue and you can easily repost unlimited videos on TikTok.
Reason 3: TikTok Server Error
Sometimes, you’re unable to use recent features of an application because it’s facing server issues or it might be possible that the developers are working on the app to fix a problem. Now server errors are quite normal and there’s nothing you can do about it except waiting until the server restores. For confirmation, you can check on Google News and DownDetector website whether the TikTok server is down or not. If you see the message ‘User reports indicate no current problems at TikTok’ then the server is working perfectly fine and the problem is something else.
Solution: Use a different TikTok like your friend’s or family member’s or your backup account (if created) and see whether the repost button is working. For guaranteed results, you can also switch your data and then check again. However, if there’s a server error worldwide then you have to wait until the issue gets fixed by the TikTok team.
Reason 4: Feature Was In Beta Testing Phase
Before launching a brand new feature to the app, it’s made available to selected users like celebrities, company employees, and a few normal users. Now if until a few days back you were using the repost button on TikTok and all of a sudden it vanished then it’s sureshot that the feature was in the beta testing phase. Under such conditions, the feature is permanently made available and after collecting the feedback on the feature it’s removed to fix the bugs or to make any additional changes in the feature as received from the people who used it. Here, you need not panic and just relax as once everything is fixed the repost button will be again added to the TikTok app.
Reason 5: Video From Following, Discover, Or Inbox Tab
TikTok allows you to repost videos only from the ‘For You’ tab. If you’re trying to repost videos from Following Tab, Discover Tab, or Inbox then it’s not possible. The repost option is not available on these three tabs except the For You tab. So if you’re struggling to repost a video and wondering why it’s not happening then it’s because this feature is not supported on these tabs.
Solution: To repost the TikTok video, go back to the For You tab and then repost the video. The video reposted by you will be denoted as ‘Reposted by friends’ and can be seen only by your mutual followers, i.e., the ones whom you follow and if they also follow you back on TikTok.
4 Simple Steps To Repost Video On TikTok
Now if you have tried the above methods and the repost button on TikTok is available on your profile then here’s how you can repost the TikTok videos.
- Step 1: Tap on the TikTok app icon on your smartphone to open it
- Step 2: From the ‘For You’ page search for the video you want to repost
- Step 3: Click the ‘Share’ button displayed at the right lower corner of the screen
- Step 4: Tap on the ‘Repost’ option just beside your Contacts
- Step 5 (Optional): Add a suitable caption for the video and also mention the person’s TikTok username whose video you’re reposting on TikTok
|Note: You can also remove a video if you have reposted it accidentally on TikTok.|
TikTok which was initially known as Musical.ly is a video sharing app and of course, you can save, and download videos too. But when you like a video and have that urge to share it with your friend because it’s too relatable then the repost button on TikTok is at your rescue. As of now this feature is available to users in unbanned countries only. However, despite trying relevant solutions if you’re unable to repost on TikTok then it’s possible that there’s a technical glitch hence it’s best to wait. Otherwise you can also try uninstalling the app and installing it again or clearing cache and data for a quick fix.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q) Why can’t I update TikTok?
Ans: You probably are not connected to a strong network connection and that’s the reason you’re facing issues while updating the application. Switch to a different network (Wi-Fi or hotspot) and then troubleshoot this issue again. There are higher chances that your app will get updated if you change your internet connection.
Q) Is TikTok app available in India?
Ans: TikTok and many Chinese applications were banned in 2020 and since then it’s not available on Play Store and App Store in India. Though users cannot use this application, TikTok still has access to their data.