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How to View Watch History on TikTok

You can easily access your watch history by following the steps in this guide


We know how it feels when you are watching an interesting video on TikTok, then you accidentally press the wrong button that removes the reel, and now you cannot find that video. This can be frustrating for those who do not know how to view watch history on TikTok.

Fortunately, you are among the lucky ones reading this guide, as we will uncover various ways to check your watch history and recover your lost videos. If this sounds good to you, stay with us till the end.

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What Is the History of TikTok?

Chinese tech giant ByteDance developed TikTok, which debuted as Douyin in September 2016 and was positioned as a social networking site for sharing videos comparable to Facebook and Instagram. In November 2017, ByteDance purchased another social media app, This app lets users, often known as Musers, make and share 15-second lip-sync videos on their platform.

Eventually, ByteDance shut down and integrated most of its functionalities into Douyin. In August 2018, ByteDance made the international version of Douyin available, which is what is known today as TikTok.

One of TikTok’s primary features is its complex algorithm, which rapidly determines users’ likes and tastes depending on how they interact with the app.

1. View Watch History on Windows

Viewing your watch history on Windows is quite tricky; however, you can easily do it by following the steps outlined below.

  1. Open TikTok on your preferred browser and sign into your account if you have not already done so.
  2. Select your profile at the top and choose Settings.
    Select settings
  3. Next, click Data under the Privacy section.
    click on data
  4. In the Select file format, choose TXT, then click the Request data button.
    Click on the request data button
  5. It will take a while for the file to be ready.
  6. Once the file is ready, download and unzip it.
    download and unzip the file
  7. Finally, go to the View Browsing.txt file to see all your watched videos.
    view watch history

2. View Watch History on a Mobile Device

The steps to view your watch history on your mobile device are not as difficult as those on a desktop device. You can easily view your watch history on the app by following the steps below.

  1. Open TikTok on your mobile device.
  2. Click on your profile option at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Click on the three horizontal lines at the top of your screen and select Settings and privacy.
    select settings and privacy
  4. Next, select Activity center.
    Click on activity center
  5. Now click on Watch history.
    select watch history
  6. Your watch history should now be displayed.
    watch history

3. Use a Shortcut (Mobile Devices)

You can also use a shortcut to check your watch history on mobile devices. Here is how to do it.

  1. Open TikTok on your mobile device.
  2. Click on the search bar and input a period (.) in the text field.
    input a period
  3. Once you do this, you should see the View your watch history option. Simply click on it.
    view history
  4. Once you click on this option, you will be taken to your watch history.
    watch history

Why Can’t I See My TikTok Watch History?

You might not see your TikTok watch history because TikTok removed this feature in June 2023. However, many users have been able to locate where the option is found. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you should be able to get your watch history. If you followed the steps above and still cannot see your watch history, your only option is to download the watch history data file.

TikTok Watch History Can Come in Handy

With the watch history feature on TikTok, you can rest assured that if you lose an important video, you can always get it back. This is an important improvement for many users who have expressed happiness over this update.

TikTok is a great app however, every application has its downside. You or your kids could be exposed to inappropriate content (violence or immorality). To safeguard against this, you should learn how to turn on/off restricted mode on TikTok.

Can You Rewatch TikTok Videos?

Yes, you can rewatch your TikTok videos by using the steps outlined in this article to access your watch history.

Will They Know if You Watched Their TikTok?

No, there isn’t a function on TikTok that lets creators know precisely who has seen one of their videos. The thumbnail on your profile page shows the number of individuals who have viewed your video, but it is impossible to view the usernames of specific users. You can only get a fair idea of who has seen your video if they liked it or commented on it.

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