Social media companies have a social responsibility to protect young audiences from illegal content, spam, and other users. TikTok is no different, and you must be at least 13 to join or 18 to gift your favorite creators.
If you are younger than that, you cannot create an account, or TikTok will delete your account soon. This will happen because kids aren't allowed to share videos on TikTok – it's against the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. The social media company is notorious for deleting accounts with blatantly fake birthdays, so it might be time to update your actual birthday.
If you are wondering how to update your birthday on TikTok, it is not easy. There are no options in the app to update your date of birth. Depending on your age and the age of your account, it may be easier to create a new one.
Change your age on TikTok
Although it is not the easiest method, there is still a solution to fix your birthday on TikTok. You may have to wait a bit for your age to update as you rely on TikTok's support team to make the change.
Notes: If you can't access your TikTok account, send an email to [email protected] to request the change of account.
Here's what you can do — a tip from the TikTok team themselves.
- Launch the app on your phone.
- Open your profile.
- Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner.
- Scroll down to find the Support section.
- Tap Report a problem.
Why should you do this? When you report a problem with the app, you will also prove your age and TikTok will change it.
Unfortunately, you will need to upload your government issued ID or passport for verification purposes. These IDs are the only ones confirmed to be acceptable to the company, but it's worth asking if you can use school ID or another form of identification.
It's likely that TikTok's younger audience doesn't have this type of identification, but it's what the company uses to update your birthday. Most states allow minors to obtain an ID card at any age. If you don't have the proper ID, you can probably get it at your local DMV.
What if TikTok deletes your account?
Due to lawsuits, the company was forced to take a stand on young users. Unfortunately, this meant that anyone with an account under the age of 13 was deleted. According to some online forums, these deletions continue today.
So what can you do if your account has been deleted due to your age?
The first thing you'll want to do is click the "Report a problem" button in the TikTok app or on the TikTok website. This will allow you to fill out a form and file a dispute with TikTok. You will need to provide official ID proving that you are over 13 years old.
If TikTok deleted your account because you were under 13, it would send you an email with your videos attached. You can download them to your computer or phone. For anyone having trouble downloading their videos from that email attachment, there is a Chrome extension that can help.
While there's no official word yet on reactivating accounts once the user turns 13, it's not likely. TikTok permanently deletes deactivated accounts after 30 days, and many users have incorrect birthdays, including the year their accounts were created.
Edit your profile on TikTok
We are changing, so naturally you would like to change some information in your social media profile. You may have entered the wrong phone number or the wrong date of birth and want to replace it with the correct one.
How do you edit your profile details on TikTok? You can change several things, from your profile picture to your username. Here's how.
Changing your profile photo or video
Giving yourself a new profile picture is both fun and engaging. You can always update your picture in the Edit Profile section of your TikTok account.
The steps are simple.
- Go to your “Profile” and tap on the Edit Profile option.
- Select Profile Picture (or Video).
- Choose a new photo from your phone or take a new photo to set as your profile photo.
Change your username
Your username is something you're recognized by, and it's not recommended that you change it if you plan to build audience loyalty. However, you can still do this if you wish.
- Open your profile and go to Edit profile.
- Delete your current username and enter a new one.
Note that you won't be able to change it for the next 30 days.
Change your app language
Social media can be a great way to practice your language skills. If you want to change the language of your current application to another, here are the steps to follow.
- Open your profile.
- Tap the Settings icon.
- Find the Language tab and open it.
- Select the App Language option and choose the desired language from the list.
There were 39 languages available at the time of writing.
Deleting your account
Maybe you're tired of making all the changes and want to completely delete your account. The process is simple and you will be done in a minute. However, think about it first to make sure you want to do this before you lose all the data and content you posted.
- Go to your profile.
- Open Settings by tapping on the three-dot icon in the upper right corner.
- Find Manage My Account and tap on it.
- Select the Delete Account option.
Note that you will not be refunded if you purchased something in the app.
Add an account
Luckily, TikTok allows you to have multiple accounts. This means you can create a new profile without deleting your old account if you wish. Using another login, follow these instructions to create a secondary account (with the correct birthday):
- Tap "Me" in the lower right corner
- Tap the three horizontal dots in the upper right corner
- Scroll down to "Add Account"
- Sign up like you did with your original account with the right birthday
While this doesn't solve your birthday riddle, it does allow you to keep your old account and create a new one.
Frequently Asked Questions
We include more useful information in this section.
At what age can I send and receive TikTok gifts?
Due to controversies in the past, TikTok had to implement policies to protect young users from scammers. This is particularly related to their ability to send money to other people within the app. Unfortunately, TikTok's community guidelines prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from sending or receiving TikTok giveaways.
If you're under 18, you won't be able to send and receive gifts on TikTok. However, some users have found a solution to this problem. Many TikTok users put a PO Box address in their bios so other users can send them real gifts and even order things from their Amazon wishlists. Just beware; this method can be dangerous.
Why can't I go live on TikTok?
TikTok has two rules before users can go live. First, you must have at least 1 subscribers. Second, you must be at least 000 years old. Even if you've followed the steps above and TikTok successfully updated your age, you won't have access to these features until you're 16.
Check the information
When signing up for a platform, app, or something similar, be careful not to make any mistakes. Now you see how a simple typo can delete your account – you lose access to all your content and have to start all over again. Check everything, take your time and don't create an account when you're in a hurry.
What changes have you made to your TikTok profile? Let us know in the comments section below.