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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 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 5 easy steps.

How to see your watch history on TikTok

To see your watch history on TikTok, you need to request your data file on the app.

Once your data file has arrived, download it and open the “Video Browsing History” file.

TikTok does not have a “Watch history” tab unlike other social media platforms like YouTube.

Hence, in order to see your watch history, you need to request your data file on the TikTok app.

After you’ve requested it, it’ll take about 24 hours to arrive, and you’ll be able to download it.

Your data file will contain your personal data such as your follower list, like list, login history, and more.

It also contains a “Video Browsing History” file.

In the “Video Browsing History” file, you’ll be able to see all the videos that you’ve ever watched on TikTok.

Below is a step-by-step guide on how you can see your watch history on TikTok:

  1. Navigate to “Privacy”
  2. Navigate to “Download your data”
  3. Request data file & download it after 24 hours
  4. Log in to your existing TikTok account
  5. Download your data & open the “Video Browsing History” file

1. Navigate to “Privacy”

TikTok three dots icon

Firstly, open TikTok on your mobile device.

You won’t be able to use TikTok on a desktop as it does not contain your settings.

Once you’re on TikTok, tap on the “Me” icon on the bottom navigation bar.

Tapping on the “Me” icon will bring you to your profile.

On your profile, you’ll see three dots on the top navigation bar.

Tap on the three dots to go to open the settings and privacy menu.

TikTok privacy settings

After you’ve tapped on the three dots, you’ll land on the settings and privacy menu.

On the menu, you’ll see several options such as “Manage account”, “Privacy”, “Security and login”, and more.

Since you’re looking to request your data file, tap on the “Privacy” option under the “Account” header.

This will open your privacy settings where you’ll be able to find your personalization and data.

Proceed to the next step to learn how to find your personalization and data.

2. Navigate to “Download your data”

TikTok personalization and data

After you’ve tapped on “Privacy”, you’ll land on the privacy page.

On the privacy page, you’ll see three headings including “Discoverability”, “Personalization and data”, and “Safety”.

Under the “Personalization and data” heading, you’ll see the “Personalization and data” option.

Tap on the “Personalization and data” option to view your personalization and data on the app.

How to find a TikTok video after refreshing

Tapping on the “Personalization and data” option will open the “Personalize and data” page.

On the “Personalize and data” page, you’ll see three options including “Personalized ads”, “Ads from third-party ad networks”, and “Download your data”.

The “Personalized ads” allow TikTok to serve personalized ads to you based on your activity on and off the app.

You can disable that option if you don’t want to see personalized ads.

Secondly, the “Ads from third-party ad networks” option allows third-party ad networks to serve ads to you using a limited amount of your data.

Lastly, the “Download your data” option allows you to get a copy of your data on TikTok.

Tap on “Download your data” to go to the “Download your data” page.

3. Request data file & download it after 24 hours

Request data file on TikTok

Once you’ve tapped on “Download your data”, you’ll land on the “Request data” tab.

On the “Request data” tab, you can request your data file at any time.

You’ll be able to download your profile (your username, profile photo, profile description, contact info).

You’ll also be able to download your activity (including your watch history) and app settings.

Tap on “Request data file” to request your data file, then wait for 24 hours for it to arrive.

How to see your watch history on TikTok

After you’ve requested your data file, tap on the “Download data” tab.

Instead of the “Download” button, you’ll see a “Pending” button.

The “Pending” button means that your data is still being processed by TikTok.

Your data file will typically arrive within 24 hours.

In the meantime, get off of TikTok and do something productive.

Once your data file has arrived, the “Pending” button will be changed into a “Download” button on the “Download data” tab.

Tap on “Download” to download your data file.

Do note that the file will only be available to download for 4 days, so make sure to download it as soon as possible.

Move on to the next step to learn how to download your data file.

4. Log in to your existing TikTok account

TikTok log in

After you’ve tapped on the “Download” button, you’ll be redirected to the login screen of TikTok (on a browser).

Log in to your existing TikTok account using the option that you’ve used to create it.

For example, if you’ve used Facebook to create your TikTok account, tap on “Log in with Facebook”.

On the other hand, if you’ve used Google to create your TikTok account, tap on “Log in with Google” instead.

TikTok Facebook verification

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.

This is a mandatory step for you to download your data.

Proceed to the final step to learn how to download your data and find your watch history on TikTok

5. Download your data & open the “Video Browsing History” file

How to find a TikTok video after refreshing

After you’ve verified your account, you’ll be prompted to download your TikTok data via a pop-up message.

Here’s an example of a pop-up message, “Do you want to download “TikTok_Data_1615015266.zip”?”.

Tap on “Download” to download your TikTok data.

If you’re using an iPhone, your TikTok data will be downloaded in the “Files” app.

TikTok video browsing history

Open the zip file after it’s finished downloading.

If you can’t open the zip file, send it to yourself via email/WhatsApp/Google Drive and open it on a desktop instead.

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

Scroll down to the bottom of the file until you find the “Video Browsing History” file.

TikTok history

Open the “Video Browsing History” file (it may take a while to load).

The “Video Browsing History” file contains all of the videos that you’ve ever watched on TikTok.

In the “Video Browsing History”, you’ll be able to see the date, time, and link of every video that you’ve watched.

Simply copy a video’s link and paste it on a browser to watch it.

You’ve successfully learned how to see your watch history on TikTok!

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.

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Lim How Wei

Lim How Wei is the founder of followchain.org, with over 7+ years of experience in Social Media. He has researched, tested, and written hundreds of articles ranging from social media platforms to messaging apps.