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How Long Does TikTok Shadowban Last

By Pranab Sen

✎ Key Points:

» You can identify a TikTok shadowban through a sudden reduction in content visibility, often unnoticed, stemming from potential guideline violations.
» Try using some measures like reinstalling the TikTok app, switching to a pro account, or deleting videos that may breach community policies to address and potentially lift the shadowban.
» If you find yourself shadowbanned, wait for a while before reusing the TikTok app and focus on creating innovative content that aligns with community guidelines to avoid future bans.

How Long Does TikTok Shadowban Last?

TikTok shadowban is a situation that content creators on TikTok face where their engagement on the app is greatly reduced, which means that the number of likes, viewers, and comments they are getting on the content they are releasing is decreasing considerably.

This is because the TikTok algorithm lessens the appearance or visibility of the creator’s content on the “For you” page of the app’s other users. In simpler terms, you are temporarily and partially being banned from TikTok without your knowledge. The TikTok algorithm automatically does this to keep its users safe and protected from inappropriate content.

Some of the common reasons you might be shadowbanned are that the content you’re posting is spam, containing violence, hate speech, or even plagiarism. You might be shadowbanned even if some of your viewers reported your videos for the above reasons.

How Long is TikTok Shadowban Stay?

Tiktok shadowban is not permanent, but it does last very long these days. When TikTok had just begun, the TikTok shadowban would last for around 24 hours. But with the development in the TikTok algorithm, the duration of the shadowban is increasing and has now reached an excruciating duration of two weeks. This means that you will not be able to use certain hashtags or even post videos, sometimes,  for this duration. This is, to an extent, a helpless stage where you have to wait for TikTok to sort out the issue and lift the shadowban from your account.

How to Fix TikTok Shadowban:

You can fix the TikTok shadowban in the following ways:

1. Reinstall TikTok App

One of the ways to fix the TikTok shadowban is to reinstall the TikTok app. Go to your home screen and long press on the TikTok icon until it begins to get wobbly, then tap on the “Uninstall” option and remove the app from your phone.


Then go to your App Store and search for the TikTok app. When you find the app icon, tap on the “GET” option beside it.


This will install the app on your phone. Now open the app and log in using your account credentials. You will notice that your shadowban has been lifted. To understand whether or not it has been lifted, you can use a hashtag in your videos. If you can successfully use a hashtag, your shadowban has been removed, and your account engagement will go back to normal.

2. Switch to Pro Account

One of the most well-known ways to solve this problem is to switch your TikTok account to a Pro account. This will help you have much better access to all the analytics related to your account engagement. It will help you have much more information at hand and will, in turn, help you find out the root cause of your account getting shadowbanned so that you can avoid doing it in the future. 

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: To switch to a pro account, go to the TikTok app, and tap on the “Me” icon.

Tap on the Me tab

Step 2: Then tap on the three dots icon at the top right corner of the screen. This will open the settings window of TikTok; here, tap on the option “Manage my account”, and here you will find the option “Switch to Pro Account”.

Manage my account
Switch to Pro Account

Step 3: Tap on it. Here you will find categories in which you want your account to fall; for example, “Education”, tap on the option of your choice, and then tap on “Done”. Your account will be switched back to pro.

find categories

 3. Delete Contents that Violate Policy

 One of the common reasons why accounts get shadowbanned is posting videos that violate the community guidelines and policies of TikTok. Your video might have adult content, hate speech, etc.

If you think you may have done something like that, go to your TikTok profile and find the videos or videos that might have been likely to get reported and delete them. After doing this, exit the app and refresh again. Your account might immediately get rid of the shadowban, or it might take a while. 

Tips to not getting Banned:

There are some tips that you should maintain to not get banned again:

1. Wait a while Before Reuse (for 2 weeks)

One of the important tips for not getting shadowbanned is to wait a while after you begin to experience the effects of being shadowbanned before reusing the app. It is recommended that you wait for 2 weeks before using the app because this is the duration in which your account activity will be at its lowest.

Ensure you have deleted all the offensive content from your account before going off the app. Also, make sure you are using the latest update of the Tiktok app. This is a good time for you to think about what content you can make so as not to be shadowbanned again.

2. Post Innovative Contents

Always post innovative and original content, and try not to be hateful towards anyone or anything. Remember that social media is a very influential medium, and TikTok will do all it takes to influence young minds in the right way. This means that you are unlikely to get shadowbanned if you make meaningful videos that impart knowledge.

This is also a good tip if your account has been shadowbanned. 

There is a good chance that you have not figured out the root cause of your account getting shadowbanned, so you should now concentrate on creating very safe, original content to keep making videos to your heart’s content!

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Pranab Sen is founder and author of Techniquehow.com. He is a full-time blogger, everything that gets published is from Pranab's hand. He likes to be a 'social media geek' since 2011 to understand the problems of readers more deeply and giving the solution through his writing.

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