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How to See Your Watch History on TikTok

Did you accidentally refresh your “For You” page while you’re watching a video?

If you did, you might want to know the video that you’ve last watched.

It can be challenging to find the video that you’ve last watched if you didn’t like it.

However, if you liked the video, you can find it on your liked videos.

To do so, simply navigate to your profile and tap on the heart icon.

If you didn’t manage to like the video, you have to use another way to find it back.

On social media platforms like YouTube, you’ll be able to see your history via the “History” tab.

However, does TikTok have a “History” tab?

In this guide, you’ll learn how to see your watch history on TikTok in the past 7 days or before that.

How to see your watch history on TikTok

To see your watch history on TikTok, tap on the menu icon on your profile and tap on “Settings and privacy”.

Once you’re in your settings, tap on “Watch history” and you’ll be able to see your recently watched TikTok videos in the past 7 days.

TikTok introduced a “Watch history” feature in March 2022 to allow users to easily find the videos that appeared on their “For You” page.

Before that, you needed to download your data file to see your watch history—which is a long and complicated process.

The feature is currently in beta mode, which means that not everyone has it.

If you don’t have the feature, you can either wait until it’s rolled out to you or use the second method instead.

1. Go to your settings

Firstly, open the TikTok app and log in to your account.

Tap on the “Profile” icon on the bottom navigation bar to go to your profile.

Once you’re on your profile, tap on the menu icon in the top right corner.

After you’ve tapped on the menu icon, tap on “Settings and privacy”.

2. Tap on “Watch history”

TikTok watch history option

After you’ve tapped on “Settings and privacy”, the “Settings and privacy” page will open.

The page contains multiple options like managing your account and push notifications.

Scroll down until you see the “Watch history” icon.

Tap on “Watch history” to open your TikTok watch history (if you don’t have this option, you need to use the second method instead).

3. View your TikTok watch history

TikTok watch history

After you’ve tapped on “Watch history”, you’ll land on the “Watch history” page.

Here, you’ll be able to see your TikTok watch history in the past 7 days.

This includes the videos on your “For You” page and TikTok profiles.

You can manage your watch history by tapping on the gear icon.

You can enable, disable, or clear your history there.

How to see your watch history on TikTok before 7 days

  1. Go to your TikTok profile and tap on the menu icon.
  2. Tap on “Settings and privacy”.
  3. Select “Privacy”.
  4. Scroll down and tap on “Download your data”.
  5. Tap on “Request data” and wait for 24 hours.
  6. After 24 hours, tap on the “Download data” tab.
  7. Tap on “Download”.
  8. Log in to your existing TikTok account.
  9. Tap on “Download” again.
  10. Open the file and navigate to “Video browsing history”.
  11. Copy and paste each video’s URL on into the URL field of a browser to watch them.
How to see your watch history on TikTok before 7 days

Using the method above, you’ll be able to see your TikTok watch history before 7 days (even months or years ago!).

After logging in, you might need to verify your account.

For example, if you’ve logged in using Facebook, you need to verify your Facebook account.

To verify your account, tap on the “Verify and Download” button.

Keep in mind that your data will be available to download for up to 4 days.

After 4 days, the file will expire and you have to request a copy of your data again.

TikTok video browsing history

After you’ve opened the zip file, you’ll see several “.txt” files that you can open.

The “Video browsing history” file can be opened using the “Files” app on iOS devices (it can take a while to load).

If you can’t view the file, send it to yourself via email, WhatsApp, or Google Drive and open it on a computer instead.

To watch a video, simply copy its link and paste it into the URL field of a browser.

You can use any browser for this—Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, etc.

Conclusion

Occasionally, you’ll watch a video on your “For You” page that stands out from the rest.

If you forgot to like it, or you’ve refreshed your “For You” page by accident, it’s hard to find it back.

Fortunately, TikTok allows its users to request a copy of their data.

In the data file, you’ll be able to see your video browsing history to find that one video that you’ve watched.

As of early 2022, TikTok launched the “Watch history” feature that allows you to see videos that you’ve watched in the past 7 days.

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