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Mastering the TikTok Repost in 2023: A Step-by-Step Guide

Published August 10, 2023

To show support to their favorite creators on TikTok, most users hit the follow button and like the videos these influencers upload. However, sometimes, you may feel as if that’s not enough. Instead, you’ll want to share certain TikToks with your own audience and introduce them to the creator in question.

And luckily, TikTok’s repost feature makes sharing possible in just a few quick clicks, opening up a wealth of possibilities. Not only can you share other creators’ videos on your profile, but you can also repost your own videos across multiple accounts, exposing them to a wider audience!

The History of the Repost Feature

TikTok’s repost feature is actually among the newer options offered on the platform, as it was in its testing phase in late 2021 and officially launched in 2022. Since then, it’s become a popular way to share videos across the app, with many accounts dedicated to exclusively reposting other creators’ content.

In some ways, the repost feature is inspired by retweeting on Twitter and resharing on Facebook. However, the main difference is that the TikToks your repost aren’t immediately visible on your profile. Instead, they appear on your followers’ For You page, thus guaranteeing that your audience will see them.

How to Repost a TikTok

If you want to repost a video on TikTok, here is how to go about it:

  • Open the TikTok app;
  • Search for the video you wish to repost;
  • Tap the arrow-shaped Share icon in the screen’s bottom right corner;
  • In the panel that opens next, tap the yellow Repost icon in the first section.

Immediately, your profile icon will appear on the video right above the creator’s username, along with a You reposted notification. If you click on it, the comment section will appear, allowing you to comment on your repost. Both the reposted video and your comment will become visible to your TikTok followers as soon as you complete the action.

However, you may notice that your repost cannot be found among other videos uploaded to your profile page. That’s because the reposted TikTok is not actually yours; thus, it’s placed in a separate tab, marked by two arrows. Once you navigate to this tab, you will be able to view all your reposts and interact with them.

A reposted video doesn’t have to stay on your profile forever – removing a repost is as easy as reposting in the first place. All you have to do is:

  • Navigate to a reposted video in the tab with arrows and tap on it;
  • Press the arrow-shaped Share icon in the bottom right corner of the video;
  • Tap the yellow Remove Repost icon in the first section of the panel that opens.

And that’s it – your repost will be immediately removed, and you will no longer see the video in question in the Repost tab.

Can the Creator See Who Reposted Their Video?

For the time being, TikTok doesn’t allow the creators to see the usernames of people who have reposted their videos. In other words, reposts are entirely anonymous unless the TikToker whose video you’ve reposted is following you back.

That being said, creators do receive notifications letting them know their videos have been reposted. Thanks to that, they have an insight into their content shareability, which is crucial when trying to grow your following.

In addition, reposting someone’s TikTok doesn’t erase the original creator’s username, nor does it allow you to claim the video as your own. Even if your followers come across a certain clip thanks to your repost, they will still see who actually made it. As a result, concerns related to copyright are easily avoided.

How to Disable the Repost Feature on TikTok

Although the repost feature can be useful to some creators, others may not want their videos to be reposted without permission. In such a case, it’s best to disable this option by taking the following steps:

  • Open the TikTok app and navigate to your Profile in the bottom right corner of the screen;
  • Tap the three horizontal lines in the top right corner, then select Privacy and Settings from the pop-up menu;
  • Choose the Privacy tab in the Account section;
  • Scroll down until you find the Repost option and tap on it;
  • Toggle off the Video reposts to disable reposting on all your videos.

It’s worth noting that this method only works on iOS; currently, Android users can’t disable the repost feature on TikTok.

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Jessica is a writer who specializes in social media, marketing, and digital strategy. She is a graduate of Antioch College and earned her MBA at Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management, specializing in STEM Management. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals and mainstream publications. She lives in New England with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
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