If you woke up and worryingly wondered, "Why are all my TikTok videos gone?" you are certainly not alone.
Some of the best TikTok songs and most clever TikTok beauty hacks have seemingly been swallowed up in the cyberspace abyss. Beginning March 9, app users attempted to see their creations and were met with blank pages instead of a content-packed grid. Unsurprisingly, chaos ensued.
The phenomenon seems to be taking place in a variety of locations and it doesn't discriminate: both iPhone and Android users have reportedly faced the same conundrum. Needless to say, those who frequent the platform are curious about what's going on and, most importantly, how to get their videos back.
POV: you wake up and all your tiktok posts are gone. #tiktok #tiktokdown pic.twitter.com/NLDVZJefO1March 10, 2022
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Why are all my TikTok videos gone? An explainer
The app seems to be experiencing a tech glitch, though none of its social media handles or newsroom updates have addressed the issue. My Imperfect Life reached out to TikTok regarding this trend. At 5pm ET on Thursday, March 10, TikTok's representatives confirmed the issue has been cleared.
If you're worried what to do should something like this happen again, here are a few pointers.
1. Report the problem
Visit TikTok Support (opens in new tab) and lodge a complaint. According to the support page's Twitter account, @TikTokSupport, they're "here to help 7 days a week, 8am - 5pm PST."
2. Log out and reopen the app
Though it doesn't necessarily work every time, log out of your app, shut down your phone and, if necessary, clear your cache. This might be one way in which to retrieve your information.
Do give your device some time to decompress: if you go through these motions, don't reboot immediately.
TikTok tips moving forward
If you're really passionate about your content, be sure that you're saving your videos elsewhere in the future.
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.
When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)