How to Change Your Age on TikTok in Just a Few Simple Steps

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Hey there! If you‘re like me, you may have accidentally put the wrong birthday when you made your TikTok account. No worries, friend – I‘ve got you covered!

Changing your age on TikTok is totally possible, but the process is a little different than it used to be. In this detailed guide, I‘ll walk you through exactly how to update your age on TikTok step-by-step.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Why you might want to change your age
  • How TikTok’s age requirements work
  • Step-by-step instructions to change your birthday
  • Understanding why TikTok removed the age edit feature
  • Expert tips to avoid issues with age restrictions

Let‘s get started!

Why You Might Need to Change Your TikTok Age

There‘s a few reasons why you might want to update your age on your TikTok profile:

  • You put the wrong birthday when signing up. It‘s super easy to accidentally tap the wrong date of birth when rushing to make a new account! Updating your age will fix the error.

  • To access more TikTok features. TikTok restricts some content from younger users. By changing your age to accurately show you’re over 18, you can use more effects, videos, and options.

  • To resolve age restriction problems. If your account is showing up as age-restricted incorrectly, changing your birthday can help resolve this issue.

  • To reflect your real age. Maybe you put in a fake birthday when you were younger to appear older! Changing your age will make your profile more truthful.

According to TikTok’s own statistics, over 30% of their active users are between the ages of 10 and 19. So it’s no wonder many users enter the wrong birthday by accident!

How TikTok’s Age Requirements Work

TikTok has age gates in place to protect younger users when accessing certain types of content. Here’s a quick overview of how it works:

  • The minimum age to use TikTok is 13 years old.

  • If you‘re between 13 and 18, TikTok automatically sets your account to private.

  • Once you turn 18, you can choose to switch your profile to public.

  • Users over 18 get access to more features like certain effects, profiles, direct messaging, and videos.

  • Entering the wrong age that‘s under 13 can get your account permanently banned. Yikes!

So in order to access everything TikTok has to offer, you need to make sure your age is listed accurately as 18 or older.

Step-by-Step Guide to Changing Your Age on TikTok

Previously, you could easily edit your birthday right in the TikTok app. But not anymore! Now you have to request an age change through customer support. Here‘s exactly how to do it:

1. Open Your TikTok Profile

  • Open the TikTok app and tap your profile icon on the bottom right.
  • Make sure you‘re logged into the account you want to update the birthday for.

2. Tap the Three-Dot Menu Button

  • From your profile, tap the three dots in the top right corner to open the menu.

3. Select “Report a Problem”

  • From the menu, choose the “Report a problem” option. This will start the process of contacting support.

4. Choose “Account and Profile”

  • Next, select “Account and profile” – it should be the second choice on the list.

5. Tap “Editing Profile”

  • Under the Account and Profile section, tap “Editing profile” to open profile settings.

6. Select “Still Have a Problem”

  • At the very bottom of the screen, select the “Still have a problem” button. This is how you directly request help.

7. Explain You Entered the Wrong Birthday

  • In the text box, write a message saying you accidentally entered the incorrect birthday when making your account. Make it clear you need support to change your age.

8. Send a Photo of Your ID for Age Verification

  • TikTok will likely respond asking for age verification. Send a picture of your driver‘s license or passport showing your real date of birth.

9. Wait for TikTok to Update Your Age

  • Be patient! It can take a few days for the TikTok team to manually update your birthday after verifying your age.

And that‘s all it takes! I know it‘s a few more steps than just tapping to edit your profile, but this way ensures your age gets changed properly.

Why TikTok Removed Direct Age Editing

In early 2021, TikTok removed the ability to directly edit your birthday within the app. This surprised many users who were used to being able to quickly change their age.

According to TikTok, the feature was removed over concerns about young users falsifying their ages. By taking away direct age editing, TikTok can better enforce age restrictions to:

  • Prevent underage access to mature content
  • Comply with children‘s privacy laws
  • Reduce inappropriate messaging between adults and minors
  • Improve video recommendations based on age

It adds an extra layer of protection and verification. While inconvenient, it ultimately helps protect the younger users on the platform!

Tips to Avoid Age Restriction Problems on TikTok

To keep full access to all TikTok features, here are my top tips to prevent age-related issues:

  • Enter your real birthday when creating an account. This prevents any problems from the start!

  • Double check your birthday is listed correctly. Inside TikTok, go to your profile > settings > privacy and safety to confirm.

  • Update your age ASAP if incorrect. Use the steps in this guide before you get age-restricted.

  • Don’t try to falsify your age. Entering an incorrect birthday that’s under 13 can get you banned!

  • Enable TikTok Family Pairing. This gives parents control over a child‘s account if under 18.

  • Make your account private if under 18. This is required by TikTok for users between 13 and 18 years old.

  • Contact support if you encounter issues. The TikTok team can manually review age-restriction problems.

Let’s recap:

And that covers everything you need to know about changing your age on TikTok! To quickly summarize:

  • You can‘t directly edit your birthday anymore – you have to request age changes through support.

  • Submitting photo ID is required for TikTok to verify your real age.

  • Changing your age to accurately reflect 18+ gives you access to more TikTok features.

  • Entering the wrong birthday can lead to age restrictions or bans.

  • Take your time when first creating your account to prevent age issues.

Hope this step-by-step guide helps you update your age on TikTok smoothly! Let me know if you have any other questions.


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.