If you do not want to set up your TikTok account for home users, anyone using the app – with or without an account – can share your profile and all videos from watching new dance moves, singing to popular songs and creating your favorite TV series. Worse, you can download these videos.
Viewing your profile to the public can lead to more followers on the social media platform in the long term, but there's no reason why you need to save your videos for offline viewing. If you can download them, you can also upload them to their own account, where they can get credit instead of you. It can also be uncomfortable to know that your video is playing on a stranger's smartphone. Creeps and stalkers are definitely a cause for concern.
To turn off downloading your videos to TikTok, tap the profile icon in the navigation bar in the Android or iPhone app. Next, click the ellipsis icon (•••) in the upper-right corner, go to Privacy & Security, and then tap Allow Download
. By default, all accounts are "Enabled" on this page. Tap "Off" to make sure that other users – whether they're family, friends, colleagues or strangers – can no longer save their videos to their own phone. Finish the settings and you have protected your videos without having to go private. This setting also prevents "live photos" of your videos from being saved, not GIFs.
Blocking downloads does not affect your ability to download your own videos, so you can continue to download your media to use offline or to upload to another service like Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook or Messenger. Blocking downloads for other users works only in the app. If someone uses a third-party app, they can bypass their restrictions and still save the video just so you know.
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