Why Won’t TikTok Let Me Like Videos?

As a largely sociable and interactive platform, TikTok’s ‘Like’ button is one of the most important tools on the app….

As a largely sociable and interactive platform, TikTok’s ‘Like’ button is one of the most important tools on the app.

It lets creators know which of their videos are being well received by followers and gives followers a chance to interact and show support to their friends, family, and favourite creators.

Which makes it all the more annoying when something goes wrong, and the ‘Like’ button stops working.

Here are some of the reasons why you may be unable to ‘Like’ a video on TikTok.

The Video Has Been Deleted

If a video has since been deleted, then you will be unable to like or interact with it at all.

This may not necessarily be a case of the specific video being deleted – it could also be caused by the creator’s account being banned or deleted by TikTok.

You’re Liking Videos Too Quickly

Too much activity is detrimental to your experience on TikTok. This is because TikTok monitors activity so as to limit spam and prevent fake and bot accounts from using the app.

If you like too many videos in a short space of time, or follow or share videos too quickly, then you may find that TikTok blocks further activity for a period of time. The app may even start undoing previous likes that you have shared on videos!

The Video Is Private

If a private account shares a video, then you will only be able to view and interact with that video if you follow the account and are part of their community.

So, if you see a video on someone else’s feed and go looking for it, you will only be able to find and like it if you also follow the creator. This is a core benefit of TikTok’s private setting, protecting the privacy of its users.

Can You Fix a Faulty ‘like’ Button?

While you may not be able to reverse a deleted video or unlock a private video, there are some issues that you may be able to reverse.

Poor connection can often stand in the way of a seamless experience on TikTok, with users able to check and establish whether their connection could be the problem. Similarly, if your TikTok cache has become overrun or corrupted, this can be cleared with relative ease via your settings.

Or why not try updating the app completely – bypassing any issues with your current version and hopefully reinstating your interactive buttons along the way.

Whatever the issue, if TikTok stops you from liking a video there are other things you can do – including sharing the video, adding it to your favourites, or commenting on it. All of these have similar benefits with regards to engagement and will help to boost the visibility of a video.