TikTok Notifications: Get To-The-Minute TikTok Updates

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Carolyn Howell

Last Updated: Mar 08, 2024

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There are many ways to stay up-to-date on the daily goings-on on TikTok. Want to stay on top of the hottest trends? Visit the TikTok Creative Center regularly. Are you curious about what your favorite influencer is up to? Follow them and engage with them frequently to see more of them on your feed. You can also customize your TikTok notifications to receive the alerts you want. 

Keep reading to learn more! 

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Why Am I Not Getting TikTok Notifications?

It’s always exciting to receive new notifications after sharing a new post. Perhaps it received a lot of likes and comments. Maybe you gained new followers from it. If you’re following your favorite celebrity on TikTok, you may also want to receive alerts about their latest videos. But there’s a problem: Why am I not getting TikTok notifications?

There are three ways to receive notifications for TikTok:

  1. TikTok push notifications.
  2. In-app alerts.
  3. Inbox notifications.

If you’re not receiving TikTok alerts, make sure you’ve set up your TikTok notification settings to your preferences. Here are other potential answers to the mystery of your missing TikTok alerts:

  1. You’re not looking in the right place: All TikTok app notifications go directly to your inbox. 
  2. By default, your device does not enable push notifications: You need to enable them manually. 
  3. You need to update your TikTok app: You may need to change your device settings so that it updates TikTok automatically any time an update is available. 
  4. You need to update your device OS: Again, your device may not have updated automatically when an update was available. 

TikTok is having system issues: If this is the case, you simply have to wait it out.

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TikTok Push Notifications

Don’t want to miss any activity updates from TikTok even when you’re off the app? You should enable TikTok push notifications on your device. You can do this via the push notifications settings on TikTok or your device. 

To enable push notifications on the TikTok app:

  1. Go to your Profile
  2. Tap the three-line icon in the top-right corner.
  3. Select Settings and privacy
  4. Under Content & Display, tap Notifications
  5. Tap Push notifications
  6. Tap the toggle button beside Allow notifications to enable the function.
  7. Customize your push notification settings according to your preferences. 

On your device, go to Settings>Notifications>App notifications>TikTok, or Settings>Apps>TikTok.

How To Manage Your App Notifications

You’ll find all your app notifications in your TikTok inbox. You can customize the notifications you receive in your inbox by going to your Profile>Menu>Settings and Privacy>Notifications

TikTok notification categories are as follows:

  1. Interactions include notifications for likes, comments, new followers, mentions and tags, profile views, and reposts. 
  2. Messages include notifications for all direct messages and direct messages preview. 
  3. Post suggestions allow you to enable/disable notifications for activity updates from accounts you follow.
  4. Personalized post suggestions allow TikTok to customize alerts based on your TikTok engagement. 
  5. TikTok LIVE notification settings let you choose whether or not to get LIVE notifications from accounts you follow. 
  6. Screen time settings let you opt in or out of receiving weekly screen time updates. 
  7. Other notification settings include alerts about people you may know, other customized updates, and email notifications. 

Tap the toggle for each option to turn notifications on/off. Your inbox app alerts will only show those options for which you enabled notifications. 

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How To Get Notifications on TikTok for a Specific Person

Do you want to know how to get notifications on TikTok for a specific person? Follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to your Profile
  2. Tap the three-line icon in the top right.
  3. Select Settings and privacy
  4. Under Content & Display, tap Notifications. 
  5. Scroll down and, under Post suggestions, tap Posts from accounts you follow
  6. Tap the toggle for Get post notifications from accounts you follow to turn it on. 
  7. Tap the accounts for which you want to receive notifications, and select the type of notification: All, Personalized, or None

What Are TikTok In-App Notifications?

TikTok in-app notifications are those alerts or messages that pop up while you’re using the app. For example, TikTok immediately notifies you of a new follower via a pop-up message on the screen while you’re watching a video. 

You can access your in-app notification settings by going to your Profile>Menu>Settings and Privacy>Notifications>In-app notifications

Select what notifications you want to receive ASAP via pop-up alerts on your screen while you’re on the app:

  • Likes
  • Comments
  • New followers
  • Mentions and tags
  • Direct messages
  • Activity status
  • Profile views
  • LIVE
  • Customized updates and more
  • TikTok Shop seller messages

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How To Turn Off TikTok Notifications

Are you receiving too many alerts from the app? You have several options for how to turn off TikTok notifications

  1. Turn off push notifications by repeating the steps above to enable push notifications. Tap the toggle beside Allow notifications to turn it off. 
  2. Schedule push notifications. This is a good option if you want to receive device alerts within certain hours only. Go to your Profile>Menu>Settings and privacy>Notifications>Push notification schedule. Select your desired Start and End times. 
  3. Turn off all in-app notifications. Repeat the steps above to enable in-app notifications and tap the toggle for all notifications that are turned on.
  4. Mute all inbox notifications. Go through the notification categories and tap the toggle for all notifications that are turned on. 

Stay Alert and Keep Up With TikTok News and Trends

Like other social media platforms, TikTok has a fast-paced, bustling environment. FOMO is very real for many avid users, but keeping up with the hottest developments can be overwhelming. 

Fortunately, you can cherry-pick creators, influencers, celebrities, and brands from whom you want to hear more. Simply turn on the notifications for your desired pages, and you’ll never miss an update from them. 

If you’re a brand or creator on the platform, managing your notifications is even more important. You must prioritize some updates over others, i.e., should you respond to post notifications first or your direct messages? Should you turn on post views and profile views to receive alerts and gain more insights into the viewers you’re reaching? 

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