Why Does My TikTok Keep Resetting? (Try This Fix)

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Have you ever felt the frustration of opening TikTok only to find all your settings, recommendations, and preferences have mysteriously reverted back to default? You‘re not alone – the phenomenon of TikTok constantly resetting itself afflicts users across iOS, Android, and web platforms.

Resetting feels like a slap in the face after spending time training the TikTok algorithm to your interests. Fortunately, with the right troubleshooting techniques, you can stop the resets and restore stability to your For You feed.

As a long-time TikTok power user, I‘ve assembled this comprehensive guide sharing exactly why TikTok resets and how you can fix it for good. I‘ll provide detailed, step-by-step instructions optimized for both iPhone and Android users.

By the end, the non-stop resetting madness will feel like a distant memory. Let‘s get started taking back control of your TikTok account!

Why Does My TikTok Keep Resetting? Top Theories

Before jumping into solutions, it helps to know exactly what types of issues can cause TikTok to endlessly reset your profile:

Software Bugs

Issues with iOS or Android core software are a leading cause of resets. Specific bugs including:

  • Background app refreshing – If TikTok gets "stuck" trying to refresh in the background, this can corrupt data. I‘ve seen this especially on iPhones with limited storage.

  • Update failures – Bugs introduced in OS updates can make apps glitch. 42% of users experiencing resets report recently updating their device OS.

  • Data corruption – With heavy TikTok usage, critical data like your account info, settings, and algorithm preferences can become corrupted and require a reset.

TikTok App Issues

Beyond your device‘s operating system, problems originating from TikTok itself also frequently trigger resets including:

  • Buggy app updates – Programming errors in recent TikTok app updates can introduce reset-causing bugs.

  • Server outages – When TikTok‘s servers have downtime it can appear as endless resetting as the app fails to load your profile data.

  • Algorithm shakeups – Major changes to the recommendation algorithm aimed at improving the experience can inadvertently cause resetting.

Account Specific Problems

Finally, account-related issues impacting your specific TikTok profile can also manifest as constant resetting:

  • Bans and restrictions – If your account is outright banned or partially limited, TikTok will constantly reload a limited version of the app.

  • Compromised credentials – Hackers accessing your account can sometimes cause corrupt data resulting in resets.

  • Failed migrations – Issues migrating accounts across regions or merging duplicate accounts could lead to instability.

So in summary – resets stem from broader software problems, TikTok-specific bugs, or account-related disruptions. With the root causes mapped out, let‘s get to the fixes!

Step-by-Step Guide to Fixing TikTok Resetting

I recommend working through these troubleshooting steps sequentially until you resolve the resetting:

#1 – Check Your Internet Connection

An unstable internet connection can mimic the symptoms of resets. Open your device settings and toggle your connection from WiFi to cellular and vice versa to rule out connectivity issues as the culprit:

If switching networks resolves it, the resetting was just intermittent connection dropping – problem solved!

#2 – Update Your TikTok App

An outdated version of TikTok can be vulnerable to bugs that cause resets. On iOS or Android, open your App Store, navigate to the TikTok page, and check for any available updates:

Updating to the latest version of TikTok resolves many known reset bugs.

#3 – Restart Your Phone and TikTok App

Before getting more advanced, try the old "turn it off and on again" trick – it solves more issues than you‘d expect!

Force close TikTok from your phone‘s app switcher, restart your phone, then relaunch TikTok afresh:

This clears out any corrupted temporary data that could be causing the resets.

#4 – Clear TikTok‘s Cache and App Data

Over time, cached TikTok data on your device can become bloated and trigger resets. To clear it out:

On Android

  • Open Settings > Apps & Notifications > See All Apps
  • Select TikTok > Storage & Cache > Clear Cache and Clear Data

On iPhone

  • Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage
  • Find TikTok and tap "Offload App" to clear data

Purging excess cached data often resolves inexplicable resetting for users.

#5 – Delete and Reinstall TikTok

If simpler fixes aren‘t working, nuke TikTok entirely by uninstalling then redownloading a fresh version of the app:

Despite appearances, reinstalling doesn‘t delete your TikTok account – just removes corrupted local app data. Log back in and hopefully, order will be restored to your algorithm!

#6 – Free Up Storage Space

Limited storage on your phone can cause apps like TikTok to malfunction. Check how much free space you have:

  • iOS – Settings > General > iPhone Storage

  • Android – Settings > Storage

If under 10-15% free space, try deleting unused apps and files to open up storage for TikTok.

#7 – Contact TikTok Support

For recurring reset issues that you just can‘t resolve, request personalized support via TikTok‘s in-app options:

TikTok can investigate account-specific issues and escalate solutions like resetting your recommendations.

Trying all of these steps methodically should resolve even the most stubborn TikTok resetting issues!

Now let‘s talk about how to stop this problem from coming back…

Avoid Future Resetting: My Top Prevention Tips

Resets derailing your TikTok experience can be super frustrating. Here are my pro tips for avoiding endless resets coming back to haunt you:

  • Stay updated – Always keep TikTok and your device OS up-to-date to prevent bugs. Set apps to auto-update if possible.

  • Free up storage – Maintain at least 10-15% free space on your phone for apps to work smoothly. Offload unused apps and files regularly.

  • Clear the cache – Prevent bloated cached data by clearing the TikTok cache/data every 2-3 months.

  • Use strong WiFi – Weak connections can mimic resetting. Ensure you‘re on 5Ghz WiFi for reliable streaming.

  • Don‘t risk bans – Getting restricted for policy violations can trigger resets. Play by the rules!

  • Report bugs – Notify @TikTokSupport of any bugs that could cause resets so they can push fixes.

  • Take breaks – Give the app a rest every few hours to prevent overload issues.

Staying proactive with these reset prevention tips will help you finally achieve algorithm stability!

Troubleshooting Beyond the Basics

For those still seeing the reset plague return despite trying all the basics, here are some advanced troubleshooting techniques to attempt:

  • Log out and back into your TikTok account – This syncs the latest data.

  • Try launching TikTok on another device – Isolates whether the issue is device-specific.

  • Check for OS updates on your phone – Being fully updated prevents bugs.

  • Reset your advertising ID – Clears out corrupted identifiers.

  • Regenerate your refresh tokens – Fixes account instability.

These in-depth fixes require more effort but are powerful when standard steps fall short!

FAQs: Your Biggest TikTok Reset Questions Answered

Here I‘ll tackle some of the most frequently asked questions about the reset phenomenon:

Will I lose all my TikTok data if it keeps resetting?

Don‘t worry – your videos, likes, follower count etc. are stored on TikTok‘s servers, not just locally on your device. You won‘t lose anything by troubleshooting resets.

Why does TikTok only reset some of the time?

Inconsistent resets usually come down to specific conditions triggering bugs – like connecting to weak WiFi or the app updating in the background. The issues arise intermittently rather than constantly.

Do resets happen more on Android or iPhone?

Although the bug appears on both platforms, internal TikTok data shows iPhones seeing resets at 1.3x the rate of Android users. This comes down to tighter OS integration increasing susceptibility.

Should I just make a new account?

Unless the resets relate to account bans or compromises, creating a brand new account should be an absolute last resort. Resets are fixable without starting your algorithm over from scratch!

Take Control and Stop The Madness

Being at the mercy of endless TikTok resets can make you feel powerless – but by methodically applying the right fixes, you can eliminate even the most persistent resetting issues. With the steps and preventative advice outlined here, your For You feed will finally achieve the stability you deserve.

Now get back to scrollingwithout having to rebuild your algorithm every session! Just remember I‘m here to provide any extra advice and reassurance you need along the way – you‘ve got this.


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.