How is the TikTok Towel challenge solved? We break down the unthinkable viral test

Watch closely, folks, to see the TikTok Towel challenge solved

Two young women lying on a towel a beach - TikTok Towel challenge solved
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We've watched it a dozen times, but how is the TikTok Towel challenge solved? The latest viral sensation to swarm feeds is about interlocking beach towels with a partner and attempting to escape without letting go. However, as with many a TikTok obsession, people have questions and doubts if it's even possible to beat the challenge. 

In the event that boredom strikes while you're at the beach, we took a gander at the latest social media head-scratcher that you can attempt in between dips in the ocean. Are you up for it?

What is the TikTok Towel challenge?

Going for a swim? Great! Snag two towels before you go, preferably ones that are mismatched so you can easily tell them apart. (And, it goes without saying, but find a friend—this is a dual effort.) As you grip your towel from each side, interlock it with your buddy's towel, which will be held in a similar fashion. Then, it's game on! 

You'll need some flexibility and ingenuity, but this is nothing you shouldn't be able to attempt. With a few twists, turns, and generous stretches, it appears that some have managed to escape and set their towels free. Considering #twotowelchallenge has garnered over 10 million views, people are likely attempting the TikTok towel trick during their pool and beach outings. Let's take a look at a few examples and see what we can debunk!

@vorostwins (opens in new tab)

It is possible!!! #fyp #twins #twotowelchallenge

♬ Iko Iko (My Bestie) (feat. Small Jam) - Justin Wellington (opens in new tab)

The brothers/partners in crime behind @vorostwins seem to have nailed the summer task. They took to the platform—armed with a pink and blue towel—to prove to their followers that they've cracked the code.

But their declaration of victory didn't seem to convince some users. While some followers found Operation Towel a success, others thought it was slightly convenient that the towel-hand combo was out of view from the camera in a few instances. 

"You can't fool us," one commenter wrote. "Well done hand switch, don't think I didn't see it," another added. 

Perhaps people wouldn't have been dubious if they didn't turn their backs to the camera? (opens in new tab)

if anyone cracked this tag them plz ! ##fypシ ##relationship ##HotwireHotelGoals ##twotowelchallenge

♬ Spongebob - Dante9k (opens in new tab)

Arguably more interesting than the challenge itself is this couple's interaction with one another. They've fully committed to untangling their fleece blankets but fall short...and end up right back where they started. 

Unlike with @vorostwins, the attempts are in plain view and users even point out moves they've should've made to unlock the blankets. If you're looking for outdoor date ideas or stay-at-home date ideas, add #twotowelchallenge to your to-do list. 

@fayeharveysmithx (opens in new tab)

This is harder than it looks… ##fyp ##towelchallenge ##couple ##twotowelchallenge

♬ Spongebob - Dante9k (opens in new tab)

Another couple, this time @fayeharveysmithx, gives the task a whirl...with hilarious results. Even if you can't figure out how to break free, it gives you an excuse to get close to your partner and do a little flirting. That's a victory in it and of itself. Forget breaking free! 

How is the TikTok towel challenge solved?

The verdict? It seems plausible to solve the TikTok challenge, but it all depends—how flexible are those who have accepted the towel challenge? How large are said towels? 

They do say if there's a will there's a way, but personally, this TikToker is going to skip out on the #twotowelchallenge and opt for the pesto eggs challenge instead. We're guaranteed to nail it! 

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara. 

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 

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