Learn how to find deleted TikTok videos using this step-by-step guide.
In this post, we cover several crucial points you absolutely need to know when managing your client’s TikTok accounts.
TikTok doesn’t have a built-in feature that lets you view or recover deleted TikTok videos from the native app.
However, you can still recover deleted TikTok videos from the device they’re uploaded from.
If your client is having trouble finding a deleted video, guide them with these instructions:
Modern smartphones all have a photo gallery app where all images and videos are kept.
For Android devices, look for the ‘Gallery’ app or something similar. On iPhones, this is simply the ‘Photos’ app.
Use the device’s photo gallery app to find the TikTok folder where all uploads are saved automatically.
The easiest way to do this is to use the search tool and enter the keyword “TikTok.”
By default, Android saves your uploads under a folder called “TikTok.” On iPhones, just tap ‘See all’ to view all saved TikTok videos.
Find the deleted video from the gallery and repurpose it as you wish.
Spice it up by incorporating TikTok quotes, experimenting with new hashtags, or using a different music track.
Testing new strategies is the best way to perfect your TikTok marketing strategy—and that will help you learn how to become a TikTok influencer.
If you can’t find the TikTok folder, make sure you’re checking the device used to upload the original video. Also, check your gallery app’s “recently deleted” folder to check if the videos are there.
If none of these work, the device’s TikTok app may have the “Save to device” feature disabled, which means you can’t recover deleted TikTok videos this way.
Before restoring a deleted TikTok video, ask your client to clarify the reason why it was removed.
They might have deleted the video to avoid violating TikTok’s community guidelines. Or, they may have found the content irrelevant or misaligned with their brand voice.
As a rule of thumb, only restore deleted videos as per your client’s request. You can also restore videos if they were accidentally deleted.
Other than that, here are three additional tips to remember
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Saving backups of TikTok videos on your device is a healthy habit for active TikTokers.
Make this the standard in your agency if you handle client TikTok campaigns.
The manual method is to save your client’s videos manually to your device.
Fire up the TikTok app and go to your client’s profile page.
Open the video you want to save. Open the three-dot menu to the right and then tap ‘Save video.’
That’s it—the video is now saved to your device’s camera roll.
Double-check to see if TikTok videos are automatically saved to your device from the post editor.
When creating your post, scroll down and tap ‘More options.’ From there, enable the ‘Save to device’ toggle and you’re done.
If your client already has a huge library of TikTok videos you want to back up, you can save their videos in bulk using Repurpose.io.
This is a more efficient method than saving your TikTok videos one by one.
On your Repurpose.io dashboard, go to “Connections” and click ‘Add a New Connection.’ Select ‘TikTok’ from the list of options when they appear.
Configure your TikTok connection by giving it a name and signing in via the pop-up window. Repeat the same steps to connect your Google Drive account to have both services linked to Repurpose.io.
Next, go to “Workflows” and click ‘Create a New Workflow.’
Create a workflow with TikTok as your source and Google Drive as the destination. Be sure to select ‘Upload Video’ as your workflow action and create a new folder to make your videos more searchable on Google Drive.
Click ‘Done’ to finish your workflow and get back to the Repurpose.io dashboard.
On your “Workflows” page, look for the workflow you just created and click ‘View Content.’
Switch the toggle to ‘Auto’ to automatically upload your TikTok videos to Google Drive. To manually choose which videos to back up, use the ‘Publish’ button next to the content.
Why do you need to keep TikTok backups?
First, it makes it easier to recover TikTok deleted videos in the future.
If you’re wondering how to get my TikTok videos back after being banned (or, if your country bans TikTok), saving posts to your device is also a foolproof solution.
Figuring out how to get 1,000 followers on TikTok requires a lot of trial and error.
TikTok drafts come in handy for this purpose.
By saving posts as drafts, you can compare different editing techniques and tactics side by side.
Drafts can also be used to implement an approval system between you and your client. Rather than posting or scheduling TikTok posts yourself, save them as drafts and have your client give the final go-ahead.
To find saved drafts on TikTok, follow these steps:
For more TikTok marketing tips, read our guide on how to get more views on TikTok after posting.
Prevent your client’s TikTok videos from being intentionally or accidentally deleted with these tips:
Consider following these best practices to help ensure that your client’s TikTok videos remain safe and secure from accidental or intentional video deletion.
Also, consider implementing an approval process before your team can delete TikTok videos to avoid accidental deletions and disasters.
Check your device’s gallery app and search for the “TikTok” folder to see if your TikTok posts are saved there. Regularly create backups of your TikTok videos to easily restore deleted or lost videos in the future.
Yes—deleted TikTok video files are removed from the app permanently. Only backups that were automatically saved or manually created will remain.
TikTok drafts that were deleted through the native app are lost permanently. Consider uploading posts privately instead to make drafts downloadable before deleting them.
Uninstalling the TikTok app from your client’s device will delete all the saved drafts.
Uninstalling the app can be necessary if the app keeps crashing for instance.
However, remember to ask clients to save the TikTok drafts in the device’s internal memory before uninstalling the app so you have backups and don’t lose the drafts.
Recovering TikTok deleted videos is easy to do, especially if you practice creating backups of your TikTok content.
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About the Author
Jimmy Rodela is a social media and content marketing consultant with over 9 years of experience, with work appearing on sites such as Business.com, Yahoo, SEMRush, and SearchEnginePeople. He specializes in social media, content marketing, SaaS, small business strategy, marketing automation, and content development.
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