Social media companies have a social responsibility to protect younger audiences from illicit content, spamming, and other users. TikTok is no different, and you must be at least 13 years old to sign-up or 18 years old to give gifts to your favorite creators.
If you’re younger than this, you can’t create an account, or TikTok will soon delete your account. It will happen because children are not allowed to share videos on TikTok – it goes against the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The social media company is notorious for deleting accounts with obviously fake birthdays, so it may be time to update your actual birthday.
If you’re wondering how to update your birthday on TikTok, it isn’t easy. There aren’t any in-app options for updating your date of birth. Depending on your age and the age of your account, it may be easier to start a new one.
Changing Your Age on TikTok
Although it isn’t the simplest method, there’s still a solution to correct your birthday on TikTok. You may have to wait a bit before your age actually updates because you’re relying on TikTok’s support team to make the change.
Note: If you can’t access your TikTok account, send an email to [email protected] to request the account change.
Here’s what you can do – a piece of advice from the TikTok team itself.
- Launch the app on your phone.
- Open your Profile.
- Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner.
- Scroll to find the Support section.
- Tap on Report a Problem.
- Tap on Account and Profile.
- Tap on Editing Profile.
- Tap on Other.
- Tap on Need More Help?
- Let TikTok know that the age associated with your account is incorrect. Provide as many details as possible.
- Wait for a response email from the TikTok team.
When you report a problem with the app, you will also prove your age, and TikTok will change it.
Unfortunately, you will need to upload your government-issued ID or a passport for verification purposes. These forms of ID are the only ones confirmed as acceptable for the company, but it’s worth asking if you could use a school ID or other form of identification.
It’s likely that TikTok’s younger audience does not have this type of identification, but it is what the company uses to update your birthday. Most states do allow minors to get a state ID at any age. If you don’t have the proper identification, you can probably get it at your local DMV.
What if TikTok Deleted Your Account?
Due to lawsuits, the company had to take a stance on young users. Unfortunately, this meant that TikTok had to delete any account with an age listed younger than 13. According to some online forums, these deletions continue today.
So, what can you do if TikTok deleted your account because of your age?
The first thing you’ll want to do is click the “Report a Problem” button inside the TikTok app or the TikTok website. Doing this will allow you to fill out a form and file a dispute with TikTok. You will need to provide a Government ID proving that you are over 13 years of age.
If TikTok deleted your account because you are under 13 years of age, they would send you an email with your videos attached. You can download those to your computer or phone. For anyone having issues downloading their videos from this email attachment, there is a Chrome Extension that can help.
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Although there isn’t an official word yet on whether the company will reactivate the accounts once the user turns 13, it isn’t likely. TikTok permanently deletes deactivated accounts after 30 days, and many users had incorrect birthdays, including the year they created their accounts.
Editing Your Profile on TikTok
We change, so, naturally, you’d like to change some information in your social media profile. Maybe you’ve entered the wrong phone number or birth date, and you want to change it to the correct one.
How do you edit your profile details on TikTok? You can change several things, from your profile photo to your username. Here’s how.
Changing Your Profile Picture or Video
Giving yourself a new profile picture is both fun and engaging. You can always update your image under the Edit Profile section of your TikTok account.
The steps are simple.
- Go to your ‘Profile’ and tap on the Edit Profile option.
- Select Change photo (or Video).
- Choose a new photo from your phone or take a new picture to set it as your profile photo.
Changing Your Username
Your username is something your followers can use to recognize your account. Therefore, it’s not recommended to change it if you’re planning on building a loyal audience. However, you can still do it if you want to.
- Open your Profile and go to Edit Profile.
- Delete your current username and type in a new one.
Note that you won’t be able to change it again for the next 30 days.
Changing Your App Language
If you’d like to change your current app language to another one, here are the steps you should follow:
- Open your Profile.
- Tap the Settings icon.
- Find the Language tab and open it.
- Select the App Language option and choose a desired language from the list.
There were 39 languages available at the moment of writing.
Deleting Your Account
You may be sick of making all the changes, and you want to delete your account altogether. The process is simple, and it only takes a minute. However, think about it first to make sure you want to do it before you lose all the data and content you’ve been posting.
- Go to your Profile.
- Open Settings by tapping on the three-dot icon in the upper right corner.
- Find Manage My Account and tap it.
- Select the Delete Account option.
Note that you won’t get a refund if you’ve purchased something in the app.
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Add an Account
Fortunately, TikTok does let you have multiple accounts. This means that you can create a new profile without deleting your old account if you’d like. Using a different login ID, follow these instructions to create a secondary account (with the right birthday):
- Tap ‘Me’ in the bottom right-hand corner.
- Tap the three horizontal dots in the upper right-hand corner.
- Scroll down to ‘Add Account.’
- Sign-up just as you did with your original account with the correct birthday.
Although this doesn’t fix your birthday conundrum, it does let you keep your old account and start a new one.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’re including some more helpful information in this section.
At what age can I send and receive TikTok gifts?
Due to controversy in the past, TikTok implemented policies to protect younger users from scammers. This is primarily related to their ability to send money to other people in the app. Unfortunately, TikTok’s community guidelines restrict anyone under 18 years old from sending or receiving TikTok gifts.
If you are under 18 years old, you will not have the option to send and receive gifts on TikTok. However, some users have found a workaround for this issue. Many TikTok users put a PO box address in their bio so that other users can send them actual gifts and even order things from their Amazon wishlists. Just beware; this method may be unsafe.
Why can’t I go live on TikTok?
TikTok has two rules before users can go live. First, you must have at least 1,000 followers. Second, you must be at least 16 years old. Even if you followed the steps above and TikTok successfully updated your age, you won’t have access to these features until you’re 16 years old.
Double-Check the Info
When registering on a platform, an app, or anything similar, be careful not to make mistakes. Now you see how a simple typo can get your account deleted – you lose access to all your content and have to start all over again. Double-check everything, take your time and don’t create an account when you’re in a hurry.
What changes have you made to your TikTok profile? Let us know in the comments section below.