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How to Fix Story Feature Not Showing on TikTok

Is the story feature not showing or not working for you on TikTok?

The TikTok stories feature was teased in August 2021.

Multiple social media platforms have done the addition of stories.

Snapchat was the original creator of stories back in October 2013.

Other social media platforms started replicating the feature because of its success.

TikTok is no exception as it’s about to bring stories to the app soon.

However, many users claimed that they are unable to use the feature because it’s missing.

In this guide, you’ll learn what are TikTok stories, why can’t you see them, and how to fix the story feature not showing.

What are TikTok stories?

TikTok stories

TikTok stories are a new way to interact with your fans.

You can create stories using the new camera feature.

After you share a daily highlight, it will disappear after 24 hours.

TikTok stories are similar to Snapchat and Instagram stories.

TikTok’s goal is to keep its users on the app for as long as possible.

The stories feature is one way to accomplish that because it increases engagement on the app.

Currently, TikTok stories are in the beta-testing phase.

Why can’t I see stories on TikTok?

TikTok story not showing

You can’t see stories because it’s in the beta-testing phase and it’s not released to everyone yet.

Currently, only a selected number of users have the stories feature.

If you have the feature, you’re among the lucky few that’s part of the beta-testing phase.

It’s also not known when TikTok will release the feature to everyone.

In fact, they might even revoke the decision to launch stories.

This depends on how well the beta-testing phase goes.

Since the teaser in August 2021, TikTok hasn’t shared any new updates to the stories feature.

How to fix story feature not showing on TikTok

To fix the story feature not showing on TikTok, you need to wait for it to be released globally.

Currently, the feature is in the beta-testing phase and it’s not known when TikTok will release it.

The story feature was first discovered by @MattNavarra on Twitter.

Matt posted a bunch of screenshots about TikTok stories.

This includes how the feature worked and a sidebar that has user-created stories.

He also tagged @TikTokComms in one of his replies asking whether the feature is legit.

Here’s what he said, “I’m still not convinced this is legit. Can you confirm @TikTokComms?”.

Unfortunately, @TikTokComms did not reply to him via the thread, but many other users did.

@GarettSloane, @alex193a, @MosheIsaacian, and @aidanmilb12 replied that the stories feature is legit.

@aidanmilb12 also said that he has the feature.

However, TikTok communications later quoted this, “We’re always thinking about new ways to bring value to our community and enrich the TikTok experience”.

Followed by, “Currently, we’re experimenting with ways to give creators additional formats to bring their creative ideas to life for the TikTok community”.

Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, joined in the conversation by saying, “This was inevitable. ByteDance has been looking for ways to get into connecting friends for years. They’re talented, they move fast, and they are nothing but determined”.

There’s also a 44-second video about the TikTok Stories that leaked on Twitter.


Snapchat was the first app that came up with the stories feature.

Now, almost every popular social media app has it.

Twitter tried to implement a stories feature called “Fleets”.

However, they removed it shortly after because there wasn’t an increase in the number of people joining the conversation.

TikTok is late to the party as they haven’t rolled it out to everyone yet.

As of early 2022, it’s not known when TikTok will launch the stories feature globally.

This guide will be updated when there’s more information about it.

Further reading

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