How to use TikTok’s Watch History feature

TikTok is ahead of the curve in the vertical video/social media space. But one of its shortcomings is a fundamental feature for these video apps: a “Watch History” option. YouTube users are very familiar with this feature. It’s basically the archive or list of videos you’ve watched on the platform.

Believe it or not, this isn’t a feature available on TikTok. But the site is finally testing a Watch History, which social media experts spotted around the end of March. And we’re luckily seeing it on our OPPO Reno7 test unit.

Since it hasn’t been widely released yet, we wanted to give you a quick look at it. Of course, we have a TikTok video you can watch:

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Unsurprisingly, that video is getting high engagement because it’s a feature the platform’s users need. It’s unclear if this is the final look for it. But this is where you can check if you have it:

  • Open your Profile
  • Head to Settings & Privacy
  • Scroll down to Content & Activity
  • You’ll spot it underneath App Language

When you open the feature, you’ll see all the videos you’ve watched or swiped through on your For You page. You can choose to disable the feature or clear your history.

TikTok warns you that you can’t recover the videos on your Watch History if you choose to delete them from your device. But it says, “We’ll continue to keep a record of videos you’ve watched to provide you with more personalized posts.”

The company hasn’t really shared much about this feature. When asked by TechCrunch about its rollout, a spokesperson from the company just gave the boilerplate answer. “We’re always thinking about new ways to bring value to our community and enrich the TikTok experience,” they said. 

TikTok users right now have to use rather complicated workarounds to somehow get the lost TikTok videos. But when the company decides to roll this feature out, it’ll simplify that process. We need it, TikTok. Make it happen.


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