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If you kept up with the news, you probably already know that TikTok has been banned or faced bans in various countries.
If you haven’t, here’s a quick refresher:
Why Is This Happening?
It’s hard to say. It’s likely due to political reasons since ByteDance (TikTok’s parent company) is a Chinese company. And China isn’t exactly getting along with other countries right now.
For example, the US doesn’t have the best relations with China, and neither does India (the country actually blocked TikTok following a deadly border clash with China).
Also, many governments are worried that TikTok is gathering user data and sharing it with the Chinese government.
There’s no exact “formula” for that. But we think they mostly rely on two methods:
It’s pretty simple – the service “hides” your IP address.
That doesn’t really make 100% sense right now, but bear with us. To really understand how that helps, here’s a quick look at how firewalls restrict your traffic:
And that’s exactly what a TikTok VPN lets you do. It routes your connections through a VPN server, which acts as a middleman between you and TikTok or Google Play and iTunes.
So instead of this:
Your Device → ISP Network → TikTok
Your connection will look like this:
Your Device → ISP Network → VPN Server → TikTok
Because you communicate with TikTok (or any other site) through the VPN server’s IP address, firewall rules will no longer apply to your connection. The only way they could restrict your traffic is if they would be applied to the server’s IP address.
VPNs are so good at this that usage has boomed in places where TikTok was blocked. Dozens of people used a TikTok VPN to avoid the ban in places like India, the US, and Japan.
Some countries that banned TikTok overturned the ban, but on one condition – that TikTok moderators would censor the content available in their specific region.
For example, TikTok eventually got unbanned in Indonesia, but only if ByteDance agreed to censor “negative content” in the country. So if you live there or visit the country and use TikTok, you’ll only see the content the censors want you to see.
We couldn’t find what exactly was considered “negative content,” but please keep in mind the Indonesian government previously banned TikTok for hosting “pornography, inappropriate content, and blasphemy.”
With such a vague description, pretty much any TikTok content could be misinterpreted and censored.
If you use a VPN for TikTok, though, you don’t need to worry about that. The app won’t have any reason to recommend censored content if it will think you’re from a different country where the app isn’t censored.
Can’t use TikTok at school? It’s very likely the school administration asked the network admins to block connections to and from the app with firewalls. The parents might have asked them to do that too.
Maybe because they’re worried students will be exposed to pornographic content under the teachers’ supervision (so they’re responsible for what happens). Or maybe they’re worried you’ll all be distracted from classes by the app.
They might have also blocked TikTok because the school has limited bandwidth. If dozens of students use TikTok at the same time, WiFi speeds will slow down for everyone on the school’s network.
Whatever the case, it’s not really fair for you. Maybe you’re just bored during a class because the teacher’s late, or maybe you want to laugh with your friends at some funny videos during your lunch break.
Normally, the easiest way to unblock TikTok at school would be to use mobile data. You’re using your mobile provider’s network instead of the school’s network that way, so the school’s firewalls can’t control your web access.
But you probably don’t have an unlimited data plan. And your parents might not be too happy seeing how much data you use every day on TikTok at school.
A much better option is using a TikTok VPN. It routes your connections through a VPN server, helping you bypass your school’s annoying firewalls so that you can enjoy TikTok as much as you want.
TikTok doesn’t specifically use geo-blocks, but the app does have a region-targeting algorithm. Because of it, you’re very likely to only see recommended videos from your country.
For some of you, that might not be a problem. But many of you probably want to use the app to see content from famous TikTok-ers from other countries.
Of course, you can always just look them up. But let’s face it – seeing them directly in your feed is much, much more convenient.
That’s where a TikTok VPN comes into play. Since it hides your geo-location from TikTok’s servers, it should help you get content recommendations from the VPN server’s country.
Other things to do besides using a TikTok VPN:
A VPN should help, but TikTok’s algorithm also relies on other things beside geo-location such as your language, preferences, video data (captions and hashtags), and device information. So here are other things you should try if you’re not seeing the videos you want: