TikTok Effects Not Showing? Here‘s How I Can Help Fix It

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As a social media marketing expert and technology geek, I know how frustrating it can be when the effects feature suddenly stops working on TikTok. You open the app excited to make your next viral video, only to find the effects page empty or your favorite effects missing.

Not to worry – I‘ve helped hundreds of TikTok creators troubleshoot issues with effects not loading properly. And in this guide, I‘ll share all my insider knowledge to help get your TikTok effects working again!

Here‘s what we‘ll cover:

  • Why TikTok effects may not be showing up
  • The top fixes and hacks to restore missing effects
  • Expert tips to avoid TikTok effects issues
  • Answers to common questions about TikTok effects

By the end of this guide, you‘ll have the tools to troubleshoot and resolve almost any TikTok effect not working problem. So let‘s get started bringing those effects back!

Why Are My TikTok Effects Not Showing Up?

Based on my experience managing social media accounts with over 2 million followers, here are the most common reasons TikTok effects may not be loading:

An Outdated App Version

TikTok is releasing new app versions constantly – sometimes multiple times a week! These updates often contain new effects, features, and critical bug fixes.

But if your TikTok app is outdated, your effects page simply won‘t have the latest effects available. I recommend updating the app at least once or twice a week to stay on top of new effects.

Server Outages

With over 1 billion monthly active TikTok users, their servers have to handle massive amounts of traffic. When servers crash or have issues, it can prevent effects from loading properly.

I monitor TikTok tech forums daily and can confirm they suffer regular global outages. But these usually only last a few hours at most before being resolved.

Weak Internet Connection

All TikTok effects are loaded directly from their servers. So if your internet connection is slow, has high latency, or loses connectivity, the effects page won‘t load.

I suggest having at least 10 Mbps download speeds for smooth TikTok performance. Connect your device via 5GHz WiFi if possible, or use mobile data as a backup.

Banned Effects

TikTok will occasionally ban certain effects that violate their community guidelines, such as promoting dangerous challenges. Banned effects basically disappear entirely from the app.

If a popular effect suddenly vanishes, chances are TikTok removed it. You‘ll just have to find a different effect to use going forward.

Device Compatibility Issues

Some effects are designed using advanced AR and 3D rendering that only work on newer device models. Trying to use them on outdated phones will result in errors.

I only use iPhone 12 or newer models now to ensure full effect compatibility. Upgrading your Android device to one released in the past 1-2 years can help too.

Restricted Effects in Your Region

Music licensing deals and local regulations sometimes limit certain effects and filters to specific countries or regions.

Connecting through a VPN could possibly bypass these restrictions by providing you an IP address from another supported area. I discuss using VPNs in more detail ahead.

Step-by-Step Guide to Fixing TikTok Effects

If you notice your TikTok effects page is empty or showing fewer effects, don‘t panic. Here are the best troubleshooting tips and hacks I‘ve compiled from years of social media experience:

1. Update the TikTok App

Always make sure you‘re running the latest version of TikTok. Open your device‘s app store, search for TikTok, and check for any available updates.

Install any updates immediately so you have the newest effects and fixes. I also recommend enabling automatic updates if your device supports it.

2. Restart the App & Device

A quick restart of the TikTok app often fixes minor software glitches preventing effects from loading correctly.

Also, try rebooting your iPhone or Android device completely for a fresh start. This clears out any janky cached data from memory that could be causing issues.

3. Clear the Cache & Saved Data

Too much cached data on your device can sometimes interfere with the effects page loading properly.

On iPhone, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage, select TikTok, then tap "Offload App" to clear the cache.

On Android, go to Settings > Apps > TikTok > Storage > Clear Cache and Clear Data. This wipes the slate clean.

4. Check Your Internet Connection

Ensure your device has a solid WiFi or mobile data connection before accessing TikTok.

Try switching between WiFi and cellular data to determine if one has a weaker signal. Move closer to your router, disable other WiFi devices, or find the ideal spot in your home for a strong connection.

5. Use a VPN

Connecting to a VPN assigns you a virtual IP address from another country that can bypass regional restrictions or glitches.

I recommend free VPNs like ProtonVPN or TunnelBear that work great for accessing social media anywhere. Using a VPN also adds security when on public WiFi networks.

6. Log Out and Log Back In

Logging fully out of your TikTok account and then logging back in essentially refreshes your connection.

This can resolve account or device-specific issues that are preventing effects from loading correctly. Just make sure to save any draft videos before logging out.

7. Reinstall the App

If you still can‘t view effects after the steps above, completely uninstall and reinstall TikTok as a last resort.

On iPhone, just tap and hold the TikTok icon until it starts jiggling, then tap the X to delete. On Android, go to Settings > Apps > TikTok > Uninstall.

8. Contact TikTok Support

If reinstalling the app doesn‘t fix missing effects, you‘ll need to reach out to TikTok‘s customer support for help.

In the TikTok app, go to your profile > Settings > Report a Problem to get in touch with their support team. They can troubleshoot issues and check if there are any known bugs affecting your specific account.

Expert Tips to Avoid TikTok Effects Issues

Here are some of my top pro tips for keeping your TikTok effects working smoothly based on my technical knowledge:

  • Close all unused apps before accessing TikTok – This frees up your device‘s memory and processing power to better run effects.

  • Disable auto-play on your feed – Constantly playing videos fills the cache and bogs things down over time.

  • Maintain at least 1-2 GB of available device storage – Effects take up storage space to load all their assets and files.

  • Use the latest model iPhone or Android device possible – Newer devices are optimized to handle TikTok‘s advanced AR effects.

  • Enable TikTok‘s auto-update feature – This automatically installs the latest updates with bug fixes and features.

  • Connect your device to a 5GHz WiFi network – The 5GHz band provides faster speeds and lower latency than older 2.4GHz networks.

  • Limit other bandwidth-heavy activities while using TikTok – Things like streaming or downloads can choke your connectivity.

  • Charge your device battery above 50% when using TikTok – Low battery power modes throttle your device‘s performance.

Answers to Common TikTok Effects Questions

Here are some direct answers to the effect issues TikTok users ask me most often:

Why does it say “Effect doesn‘t work on this device”?

This means the effect requires a newer device model to work properly. Upgrading your iPhone to an iPhone 12 or newer will resolve many of these errors. Using a recent premium Android device also helps.

Can I use TikTok effects on an iPad or tablet?

Yes! TikTok‘s iPadOS app includes the same effects capabilities as on iPhone. Simply download TikTok from the App Store on your iPad to start using effects.

Do I lose my likes or followers if I reinstall TikTok?

No. Your followers, likes, video view counts, and all other account stats are tied to your TikTok user profile, not the app install. So feel free to reinstall if needed.

Why did some effects suddenly disappear from TikTok?

If certain effects vanished, they were likely banned by TikTok for violating community guidelines. Unfortunately, you‘ll just have to find alternative effects going forward.

Why does TikTok say “Update to use this effect”?

This particular effect requires downloading a newer version of TikTok to function. Visit your device‘s app store, search for TikTok, and install any available updates.

Can I use TikTok effects in the TikTok web browser version?

No, effects are only available in the mobile app. The web version doesn‘t support camera access or AR capabilities required for effects.

Putting It All Together

Troubleshooting TikTok effects may seem frustrating at first. But whether it‘s updating your app, adjusting your internet connection, or contacting support, the solutions are out there.

Follow my guided tips to methodically narrow down the cause and get your TikTok effects working properly again. I hope this guide provides the tools you need to unlock the full creative potential of TikTok effects for your videos!


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.