How to permanently disable or delete your TikTok account

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  • You can delete your TikTok account using either the app or a web browser.
  • Before deleting your account, make sure to back up your TikTok data and favorite videos.
  • Deleting your account will first deactivate it for 30 days before it is permanently deleted.

Whether you have privacy concerns or you’re worried about what short-form videos can do for your attention, there are valid reasons why it might be time to delete your TikTok account.

If you choose to delete your TikTok, keep in mind that all your videos will be deleted unless they were saved or downloaded by another user. So before you do the deed, make sure you save your favorite videos on your phone.

Once you’ve backed up the videos you want to keep, here’s how to say goodbye to TikTok forever.

What you need to know before deleting your TikTok account

Once your TikTok account is deleted, all your videos will also be deleted. This means that you don’t have to go through the tedious task of deleting them yourself. The same applies to all messages in your inbox – they will also be gone forever.

How to backup TikTok data before deletion

If you don’t want to lose your TikTok data, it’s really easy to back it up. The data that TikTok can back up includes your profile information, activity and app settings.

1. Open TikTok on your favorite web browser and log in to your account.

2. Click on your profile picture in the top right and select Settings.

The TikTok home page with the profile icon and

Navigate to your TikTok settings page.

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3. Click on in the Privacy section Data to access the Download TikTok Data page.


Click on “Data”.

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4. Below Select file format on it Request data tab (it is selected by default), select whether you want the data in TXT or JSON format. The former is a human-readable text file, while the latter is machine-readable. Then click Request data.


Choose the format you want TikTok to back up your data in.

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TikTok will then begin processing your request to back up your data, which may take a few days. Once the backup is ready, you can download it from Download data tab on the Download TikTok data page. It will be in ZIP format.

How to delete your TikTok account

Once you’ve decided whether to back up your data, you can delete your TikTok account.

On the mobile

1. Open the TikTok app and tap Profile button in the lower right corner of the app.

2. Tap the three-line menu in the upper-right corner of the screen, then select Settings and privacy.

TikTok profile page with three-line menu on the top right and

Go to your account settings.

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3. Press on Manage account from the list of options.

4. Press on Delete account, which is the last option.

5. Follow the on-screen instructions and press Continue again to confirm your decision.

After deleting your account, the last and final step to permanently delete TikTok is to uninstall the app from your phone.

On a web browser

If you are using a web browser, follow the steps below to delete your TikTok account.

1. Open TikTok on your favorite web browser and log in to your account.

2. Click on your profile picture in the top right and select Settings.

3. Below Account controlclick Delete to the right. TikTok will then take you through the steps to delete your account.


Click “Delete”.

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Why can’t I delete my TikTok account?

Sometimes TikTok will not allow you to delete your account. However, this does not mean that you are stuck with the account forever. Once you’ve resolved whatever is preventing you from closing that account, you should be able to do so without issue.

The most common reason many people fail to delete their TikTok account is lack of contact information. Please ensure that you have entered and verified your phone number or email address before attempting to close your account.

In some cases, if you are using the TikTok app, it may have suffered an error. Just force end the app and try again.

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