TikTok is a video-sharing app that allows you to connect with creators and users from all over the world. And while you can have endless fun looking at content from different accounts, there’s also a way for you to find your phone contacts on TikTok.
This is great for people starting out on the platform as you can quickly and easily find your friends and phone contacts on TikTok without knowing their TikTok handles. That said, learning how to find phone contacts on TikTok can be quite a task.
Read on to learn more.
How to Find Phone Contacts on TikTok
Whether you’re a content creator or an average TikTok user, finding your phone contacts on the platform is a great idea. For creators, it allows you to touch base with more people and let them know about your account. And for average users, it allows them to find the profiles of people they already know, so that they can share content, communicate with each other, and see the videos they repost.
There are a few ways to connect with phone contacts on TikTok. And in this section, we’ll explain all of them. Keep reading to discover how to turn on contact sync, find your phone contacts, connect with Facebook contacts, and use a QR code to find new accounts on TikTok.
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Turn on Contact Sync
This is by far the easiest way to find phone contacts on TikTok. Turning this feature on allows you to sync all the contacts on your phone with the TikTok app. This allows you to import your contacts from your phone and your Facebook account, making it easier to find different TikTok users.
To start, you have to open the TikTok app and head to your profile. Then, tap the burger menu on the top-right corner of the screen and proceed to settings and privacy. From there, you need to go to the privacy menu where you can find an option to turn on contact sync for Facebook and phone.
When you turn this on, TikTok scans your phone contacts and Facebook friends to find accounts that match. Then, you can view all the profiles of the different people on your phone and choose which ones to follow.
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Find Phone Contacts on TikTok
To search only for phone contacts on TikTok, you need to go to the “Friends” option on the main page and proceed to the “Find Friends” feature by tapping the profile icon with a plus sign on the top-right corner. From here, you’ll see an option to look for phone contacts on TikTok which has a green icon with a phonebook inside.
Once you tap the phone contacts option, you’ll see a list of all the TikTok accounts that match the information on your phonebook. And just like with contact sync, you can choose which accounts to follow.
Find Facebook Contacts on TikTok
To find Facebook contacts on TikTok, use the same steps for finding phone contacts. However, instead of tapping on the phone book icon, you need to tap on the invite icon next to the Facebook logo. This will show a list of suggested accounts based on your Facebook connections.
Using a QR Code
If you’re already with a friend in real life and can’t find their TikTok account with their phone information, you can also use a QR code. This is very fast and easy to do, making it the primary way people add each other on TikTok.
To do this, you need to go to the “Friends’’ page and tap open the add a friend option. From there, you can find a QR code option. This will open your camera, which allows you to scan any TikTok user’s QR code or generate your own code for scanning.
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Can You Add Contacts from Instagram to TikTok?
TikTok’s current version only allows users to import contacts from Facebook and their phone. Sadly, this means you don’t have an option of adding your Instagram contacts to TikTok. There has been no news of TikTok planning to add this feature, so until then, all we can do is cross our fingers and hope.
Why Aren’t My Contacts Popping Up on TikTok?
While you can easily search for phone and Facebook contacts on TikTok, many users reported a problem with this feature. Basically, the issue was that many people trying to import Facebook and phone contacts only have an “invite” option next to the name and not a follow option.
Typically, TikTok is supposed to have a follow option for all your contacts that already have an account. And if there’s no associated account with that information, you get an invite option. Luckily, the recent updates for the Android version of the app have seemed to have solved the issue.
However, iOS users aren’t so lucky. As of right now, many iOS users report that this issue is still prevalent on the platform and prevents them from importing all the contacts they want. So, if you’re experiencing this problem, you might have to wait until the next available update.
That said, there are some things that you can currently do to resolve the issue. To start, you can try updating the app or clearing the cache. Or, you can even uninstall and reinstall the app as some users report that this fixes the issue.
This allows the TikTok app on your phone to “reset”. And sometimes, that’s all the app needs to start functioning properly again.
Why Your Contacts Aren’t Syncing on TikTok
The primary reason why your contacts may not be syncing on TikTok is that the app doesn’t have access to your contacts. As a security measure, many new phones prevent apps from accessing your contact data. So, you will have to manually reset the restrictions on your phone to allow TikTok to access your contacts.
Sometimes, an option to allow TikTok to access your contacts pops up when initially syncing. However, this isn’t always the case and many people can miss this option. So, if you have an Android phone, you have to go to settings > app management.
From there, you have to tap on the app list which shows you all the apps on your phone. Then, simply look for the TikTok icon and tap it. This opens up a menu with a permissions option, which you’re supposed to tap.
Once that’s open, you can see what permissions are allowed and disallowed for the app. If contacts are under the not allowed portion, this is the reason why your contacts aren’t syncing. So, you have to tap on contacts and allow TikTok to access this data.
After that, you should be able to open the TikTok app and start importing your contacts.
For Apple users, all you have to do is go to settings > app > TikTok and change the permissions yourself.
How to Stop Getting Suggested as a Phone Contact on TikTok
There are some people that want to use TikTok anonymously. And if people can find you using your phone contact data, this prevents you from doing that. Luckily, TikTok allows users to easily hide their accounts from suggestions. That way, no one can find your account unless they explicitly search for your username.
If you want this for your account, you’re going to need to change your account’s privacy settings. To do that, tap on the burger menu in the top-right corner of the homepage. Then, select privacy > account, then look for discoverability.
When on this tab, tap on the “suggest your account to others option”. From there, you can toggle the discoverability of your profile. So, you can decide whether or not people can see your profile from your Facebook data, phone data, if you have mutual contacts, or even if you share links with each other.
You can turn each of them on and off individually to fully customize your experience on TikTok.
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Do Your Contacts Get a Notification When You Join TikTok?
When you first open TikTok, your profile may be suggested to certain phone and Facebook contacts. If you’ve opened TikTok and ever received a notification that [username] has joined TikTok, the app probably got that information from phone and Facebook data.
If you’re looking for more people to connect with on TikTok, you can search for both phone and Facebook contacts on the app. To do this, you can turn on contact sync or search for them manually through the “add friends” options. This is really easy to do and gives you a vast range of accounts that you may want to follow.
That said, if you’re concerned about your privacy, you can always turn this feature off and on depending on your needs. That way, you can enjoy the TikTok platform exactly the way you want to.
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