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How Do I Update TikTok?

Written by, Bojana Atanasovska

Updated September, 14, 2022

If you want the full user experience and access to every new TikTok feature, then you’ll need to regularly update the app on your smartphone.

But how do I update TikTok on my device?

In this article, we’ll explain how to do that, step by step, both on Android and iOS devices.

Let’s dive in.

How Do I Update TikTok?

There are two ways to update TikTok on your phone: you can manually update the app every time a new update is released or set up automatic updates that will allow your phone to download the latest version of TikTok.

Did you know? TikTok users have to be at least 13 years old to create an account with the platform. Here’s how to change your age on the app.

How To Update TikTok on Android

To manually update your TikTok app on Android:

  1. Open the ‘Google Play Store’ app.
  2. Tap on your profile picture in the top right corner.
  3. Tap ‘Manage apps & device’.
  4. Select ‘Updates available’.
  5. Find TikTok on the list and tap ‘Update’.

Alternatively, you can search for the app in the search box and tap on the green ‘Update’ button on the right, next to the TikTok logo. 

How To Update TikTok on iPhone

To manually update your TikTok app on an iPhone:

  1. Open the ‘App Store’.
  2. Type ‘TikTok’ in the search bar.
  3. Tap on the app to open it.
  4. Tap the ‘Update’ button next to the TikTok logo.

If there’s no ‘Update’ button, then your TikTok app is already up-to-date.

How To Automatically Update TikTok

If you have sufficient space on your smartphone and you don’t want to have to keep checking whether TikTok has released any new updates, you can set up automatic updates of your TikTok app.


To set up automatic updates on your Android phone:

  1. Open the Play Store app.
  2. Tap on your profile icon in the top right corner.
  3. Select ‘Settings’.
  4. Scroll down to find ‘Network Preferences’ and select it.
  5. Tap ‘Auto-Update apps’.
  6. Choose whether you want the app to automatically update ‘Over any Network’ or ‘Over Wi-Fi only’.


On iPad and iPhone devices, apps downloaded from the App Store are automatically updated by default. You can turn off that function at any time.

If automatic downloads have been disabled on your phone, here’s how to turn it on:

  1. Go to ‘Settings’.
  2. Find the’ App Store’ application.
  3. Toggle  ‘App Updates’ and ‘Automatic Downloads’ to turn the function on or off. 

When automatic downloads are enabled on an iPhone, your phone will automatically download apps over Wi-Fi connections.

Bottom Line 

Bug fixes, security, new features, and interface updates (like a new icon) are some of the many reasons why it’s important to keep your apps up-to-date. If you’re wondering ‘How do I update TikTok?’ the answer is there are two ways to do it: manually and automatically. Automatic downloads are usually set by default but you can enable or disable them at any time.

Bojana is my name and writing is my game. I am a content writer from Bitola who is always interested in the latest research in almost all areas of life. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English literature and a perfectionist character, both of which help me find the most accurate data and information available. Although I have my head stuck in studies and reports most of the time, I still have a bit of free time during which I enjoy knitting and watching classic 90’s Disney movies.