TikTok’s active users skyrocketed in the past few years with over 1.5 Billion active users and millions of videos being uploaded daily. In this chaos, clicking the wrong button while watching a video on the ‘For-You’ page and getting redirected somewhere else is a nightmare for any user on this platform. What makes it even worse is the absence of the History section in TikTok. There is no way you can find the lost video without getting help from TikTok.
Currently, the Watch History is available to a certain number of users. You can go to your profile, open the menu, and tap on the watch history to view videos you watched previously. TikTok, however, allows its users to request a data file consisting of their watch history. You can go to “Profile”, “Settings And Privacy”, and click “Download Your Data”. Now request the data and wait for up to 4 days in maximum for data to be available on your device, and you can open it.
If you want to avoid all the hustle, then the safer side would be to either like the video or save it to your favorite. Tracking your liked and favorite videos in TikTok is a lot easier, so let us learn how to find videos you watched on Tiktok.
See The Watched Videos From “Search” Tab
Tap on the “Discover” icon from the bottom part of the screen. Type anything and hit search. You will now see a “Filter” bar that looks like two horizontal lines on the right side of the search tab. There is a Watched videos option on the screen select it and hit apply on the right side. You will see the list of videos you have seen in the past 7 days. You may now find the video you were looking for.
Download Watch History In IOS And Android
Unlike YouTube, TikTok does not provide us with a “History” tab where we can tap and see all our browsing history. We need to request TikTok to provide us with the data that consists of what videos we watched and when we watched them for a watch history on Tiktok. For the more detailed process to access these data in iPhone and Android. Follow the steps below:
TikTok Watch History In Android
Android users can request their watch history data to find videos you watched on Tiktok by following the steps given below:
Step 1: Open TikTok
On your mobile device, find TikTok Icon and launch it.
Step 2: Go To Your Profile
You must log in or Sign Up to your credentials if you are new on TikTok. You will then be directed to Your “For-You” page. Click on the “Profile” option on the bottom right corner of the screen.
Step 3: Open Settings And Privacy
Tap on the three horizontal lines on the top right corner. You will then see Settings and Privacy on the top of the screen.
Step 4: Tap On The Privacy Option
Scroll down slowly until you see a “Privacy” option. Click on it and move to the next step.
Step 5: Open Download Your Data
Click on Download your data.
Step 6: Choose File Format ‘TXT’ or ‘JSON’
Choose the “TXT” or “JSON” option and click on the request data.
Step 7: Once It’s Ready Download The Data
The information will take at least 4 business days or less to arrive on your device.
You can now open the file and view the watch history.
TikTok Watch History In IOS (IPHONE OR IPAD)
There is a similar guided way for users on the IOS platform to access their Watch History Data to find videos you watched on Tiktok.
Step 1: Open TikTok
Find the TikTok icon on your device and launch it.
Step 2: Go To Profile
You must first log in to your credentials or sign up to make a new ID. You must then click on the “Profile” option on the bottom right corner of the screen.
Step 3: Go To Settings And Privacy
You must click the three dots on the top right corner of the screen to move to the “settings and privacy” section.
Step 4: Open Personalization And Data
Scroll down until you see the Personalization and Data menu. Click on it.
Step 5: Press Download your Data
You will now see an option to download your data.
Step 6: Request Data And Confirm
You will see two file formats on your screen. “TXT” and “JSON”. Select the preferred file type and confirm it.
You will see a pending option on the screen. You must wait for at least 4 business days to access the data file which you have requested.
How To Open Downloaded Watch History File In TikTok?
Some users have a difficult time finding the downloaded file on their devices. You must first extract the file on your mobile phone to see the data.
First, go to the “Files” icon on your device. Second, open the “Download” folder, find the downloaded file. You can touch long press the file and click on “properties”, you can see the extension of the file in properties.
The file you download is mostly in the ‘.zip’ format. So you must download the ‘.zip’ extractor from the play store. Open the app and you can extract the folder you just downloaded.
Once you opened the file you can see the “video browsing history” file. Open it and you will see the video link, date, and time of viewing the video.
If you could not extract it in your phone move it to your desktop and view the file.
Role Of Cache Memory In Finding Your Watch History
Catch memory is the temporary storage allocated for any application on the smartphone for better data accessibility and performance. If you watch any videos in TikTok, data related to your watch history is stored in the cache memory.
Cache Memory In TikTok
Catch memory helps the CPU access data faster. This is also the reason behind the faster performance. However, if cache memory is full or filled with irrelevant data, you can remove cache data to increase performance. Cache memory stores data related to your search and your user experience.
The cache is a crucial part of data storage in a smartphone. However, cache affects your privacy and performance of TikTok. If TikTok on your device runs slower then you can consider clearing the cache.
To clear cache you can go to the “Profile” section at the lower part of the screen and tap on the “three horizontal bar” at the upper right corner. Scroll down until you see “Cache and Cellular Data”, tap on “Free Up Space” and finally click on the “Clear” button at the right side of the Cache option.
Other Alternatives To Find Watch History
Once you form the habit of favorite or like the video you watched. It would be easier to find the video later inside TikTok.
Find Liked Videos
You can like a video by double-tapping on the screen or tapping on the like button. You must first go to your profile to see the liked video. Go to the heart icon on the center of the screen and you can see the liked videos.
This way it’s a lot easier to track your recently watched videos.
Find Favorite Videos
You can favorite a video by two methods. First, you can long-press on the screen to see an option to “Add To Favorite”. Second, you can also tap on the Share button on the right of the screen, and choose the “add to the favorite” option.
You can later find these favorite videos in the bookmark icon on your profile section. Go to “profile” from the bottom right corner, tap on the bookmark icon, and you will see the favorite videos list on the screen.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some frequently asked questions on how to find videos you watched on Tiktok.
Can You See Watched Videos On TikTok?
There is a watch history option available on the menu tab of the profile for a certain number of users. Others must request TikTok to provide them with their watch history result.
Go to the top of this article to see the detailed process.
How To Find Old Liked Videos In TikTok?
You should go to the “Profile” menu on the bottom right corner, You will see a heart icon on the middle part of the screen. You can click on that icon to find your liked videos.
The videos are listed in the newest to oldest order. Scroll down to the bottom to see your older liked videos.
When Was TikTok Launched?
TikTok, a Chinese company started back in 2016, initially known as Douyin, was launched into the market by Chinese tech company ByteDance. At that time there was a similar app on the market that was named Musical.ly, which was very popular at that time.
But Musical.ly later got sold to TikTok, that’s when TikTok started booming in the market. It’s user-interface, updates and user interaction were far better than its rivals which made it one of the grossing social media platforms on the internet.
How Safe Is TikTok?
TikTok isn’t considered safer than other social media on the internet due to its encryption. With the cold relations with China in the past few years, TikTok was banned recently in many countries.
The main reason behind this was also the security reasons in TikTok. In addition, you must not click any unknown links sent by unknown users in TikTok.
There is a “Watch History” option available to a limited number of users in TikTok. It is in its early development phase, so you may later see this option in TikTok. You need to request your data from TikTok for now, which is a lengthy process, as described in the article above.
TikTok collects the data mainly from the cache memory on our device. It is a secondary storage device built for better performance. The process of retrieving your data from TikTok and later viewing it is lengthy and difficult.
Therefore, as a safety, you must make a habit of liking the video as soon as you like them. This will save the video directly to Liked videos, which will make it more accessible. So, this is how to find videos you watched on Tiktok.