How to Fix TikTok Photo Swipe Not Working – A Comprehensive Troubleshooting Guide

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Are your TikTok photo swipes not working? Want to learn how to fix the glitchy feature and start making creative slideshow videos? You‘ve come to the right place!

In this detailed guide, you‘ll learn exactly why TikTok‘s photo swipe capability can break and stop working properly. I‘ll provide step-by-step troubleshooting instructions and pro tips to get your account‘s photo swipes functioning again.

Let‘s dive in and banish those photo swipe errors for good!

What Is TikTok Photo Swipe and Why Use It?

For those new to the platform, TikTok – with over 1 billion monthly active users – is a video-sharing app that‘s ideal for creatives. The social media platform allows you to create short videos set to music and share them with followers.

One fun TikTok feature is photo swipe, which lets you include a slideshow of multiple photos in a single video. When viewers watch your video, they can swipe left or right to view the next photo just like Instagram Stories.

Photo swipes are extremely popular on TikTok because:

  • They allow you to share up to 10 photos in one video.

  • They keep viewers engaged as they interact with your content.

  • They enable you to showcase your best photos and tell a visual story.

  • They help your videos stand out and get more engagement.

For example, you could use photo swipe to:

  • Document a vacation or trip.

  • Showcase your photography skills.

  • Share favorite selfies and outfit pics.

  • Create a photo collage for an event.

  • Showstep-by-step tutorials, recipes, etc.

When used well, TikTok‘s photo swipe feature can take your videos to the next level and impress both existing followers and new viewers!

Why Your TikTok Photo Swipes Aren‘t Working

If you‘ve tried to create a TikTok photo slideshow only to find the feature missing, glitchy, or not working, it can be incredibly frustrating.

Here are the most common reasons the photo swipe capability may fail:

1. Unavailable for Your Account

The #1 reason is that TikTok has limited photo swipe access to only certain accounts right now. So even if your friends can use it, yours may not have access.

2. Requires Multiple Photos

A simple mistake is not selecting multiple photos when creating your video. If you only pick one photo, swiping won‘t be enabled.

3. Buggy Feature

Since photo swipe is still relatively new, it can be a bit glitchy. App updates or bugs often cause it to temporality stop working.

4. App Issues

General problems like TikTok crashing, freezing, etc. can disrupt features like photo swipe.

5. Outdated App

Make sure you have the latest version of TikTok downloaded, as older versions may not support newer features.

Troubleshooting Method How It Works Difficulty Risk
Switch TikTok Accounts Triggers app to reload account and reset bugs Easy Low – requires second account
Add New Account Forcing app reset often fixes issues Easy Low – makes extra account
Reinstall TikTok Clears any corrupted files or cached data Medium High – deletes draft videos
Clear Cache and Data Deletes problematic app files Medium Medium – logins required again
Use a VPN Changes device location which may enable features Medium Low

Now let‘s walk through the top fixes to try when TikTok‘s photo swipes aren‘t enabling for your account.

Fix 1: Switch Between Your TikTok Accounts

An easy first step is to simply toggle between your different TikTok accounts in the app. Here‘s how:

  1. Open TikTok and tap your profile icon in the bottom right corner.
  2. Select your username to access the account switcher.
  3. Swipe to switch to another TikTok account you own. If you don‘t have a second account, tap the + icon to quickly create a new one.
  4. In your other account, try taking a photo swipe video to see if it works. Remember to pick multiple photos.
  5. Fully force quit and close the TikTok app by swiping it away in your recent apps list.
  6. Relaunch TikTok and switch back to your main account.
  7. Attempt to take another photo swipe video to see if it‘s now working.

Switching accounts essentially forces TikTok to reload your profile information and resets any glitches. Many users find that this simple account toggle fixesphoto swipe issues instantly!

Fix 2: Make a Brand New TikTok Account

If switching between existing accounts didn‘t do the trick, take it a step further by adding a completely new TikTok account to your app.

  1. Tap your profile and username again and this time select Add Account.
  2. Set up a new account with a different email or social login.
  3. Record a test photo swipe video and post it privately.
  4. Fully force quit the TikTok app again.
  5. When you relaunch TikTok, return to your main account.
  6. Check to see if photo swipe is now functioning!

Creating a brand new account makes TikTok totally reinitialize, essentially giving you a fresh slate to resolve bugs.

Fix 3: Reinstall the TikTok App

If you still can‘t get photo swipes working, the nuclear option is to completely uninstall and reinstall TikTok on your device. Here are the steps:

  1. Long press and hold the TikTok app icon until you get the uninstall prompt. Tap to delete it.
  2. Open your device‘s app store and download TikTok again to get the latest version.
  3. Once it‘s reinstalled, log back into your TikTok account.
  4. Try out photo swipe mode again and see if it‘s now enabled.

Reinstalling forces all of TikTok‘s cached data and problematic files to be deleted, often fixing stubborn issues like photo swipe failures. Just make sure to save any important draft videos elsewhere first, as those will be lost.

Alternative Troubleshooting Methods

If you still can‘t get photo swipes operational after the above steps, try these additional troubleshooting techniques:

  • Update your device software – Ensures you have the latest updates needed to run TikTok properly.

  • Clear TikTok app data/cache – Deletes corrupt data files that may be causing conflicts.

  • Use a VPN app – Changing your device‘s region can sometimes enable limited features.

  • Contact TikTok support – Reach out to @TikTokSupport on Twitter or [email protected] for help.

  • Wait for an app update – Check if it‘s a known issue that a new version will fix.

With some persistence, you should be able to get TikTok‘s photo swipe feature functioning again so you can make cool slideshow videos!

Tips for Shooting Awesome Photo Swipes

Once you‘ve gotten photo swipe working again in TikTok, here are some pro tips for taking eye-catching videos:

  • Pick a theme – Showcase a specific topic like travel, food, fashion, etc.

  • Use the best photos – Select high-quality, well-composed photos.

  • Tell a story – Arrange your photos to have a narrative flow.

  • Keep it short – Limit your swipe to 5-8 photos at most.

  • Enhance photos – Use editing to make pics more vibrant.

  • Add text – Include captions to provide context.

  • Use trending music – Pair your swipe with popular sounds.

  • Check analytics – See which swipe videos perform best with your followers.

  • Engage viewers – Ask questions or encourage profile visits.

Get creative with your photo swipes and watch the likes roll in! Your TikTok feed will stand out.

Troubleshooting FAQs

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about fixing TikTok‘s photo swipe feature:

Why does my photo swipe only show one pic?

You likely didn‘t select multiple photos when creating the video. Make sure to tap "Select Multiple" and pick at least two photos.

How can I tell if my account has photo swipe access?

Try taking a photo swipe video. If you don‘t see the feature, your account likely doesn‘t have permission yet as TikTok is still limiting it.

Should I delete and reinstall TikTok if nothing else works?

Yes, reinstalling TikTok is an effective last resort since it forces the app data to reset. Just save draft videos first.

What should I do if reinstalling TikTok didn‘t fix it?

Contact TikTok support for further help. There may be an underlying device compatibility issue impacting the photo swipe feature.

Why does my photo swipe work on WiFi but not mobile data?

If your mobile network connection is slow, it could disrupt photo swipe functioning. Try toggling airplane mode or using a VPN.

How do I recover my draft videos if I reinstalled TikTok?

Unfortunately there is no way to retrieve draft videos if you deleted and reinstalled TikTok. You‘ll have to recreate them.

Regaining access to TikTok‘s coveted photo swipe feature may require some patience, but these tips should help you troubleshoot and fix any issues that pop up. 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.