How to Know If Someone Deleted Their TikTok Account

How to Know If Someone Deleted Their TikTok Account

A deleted TikTok will have all of its contents removed and will no longer be searchable using the TikTok search engine. You will also no longer be able to contact a deleted profile using the application and all of their comments made on the application will be removed.

It can be frustrating to find that one of your favorite TikTok profiles has been deleted or banned. That being said, it is extremely common to come across profiles that have been deleted or banned from the application. In some circumstances, the TikTok algorithm could still suggest your videos from accounts that are in the deletion process.

This guide can help you identify the different signs of a deleted TikTok profile and also offer some insight into possible reasons that it has been deleted. If you are no longer able to view a TikTok profile that you once could, it is a possibility that it has been deleted or banned from the platform.

What Does A Deleted TikTok Look Like

A deleted TikTok account can look one of two ways. The first and most common is a plain white page with all of the content deleted and a message that displays “This Account Is No Longer Available”.

When you see this notification on the page of a TikTok account, this means that the profile and its contents have been removed from the TikTok application entirely.

The profile picture of the user will also be removed, leaving a grey and white placeholder icon. This is another sign of a deleted profile. When the profile contents are removed from the TikTok servers, the profile picture of the account will also be removed, leaving the placeholder photo.

The other way that a deleted TikTok can look is the same as when it has been deleted only with the notification message changed to “Account Banned”.

When you see the “Account Banned” notification on someone’s TikTok profile, this is an indicator that the account has been found to be in breach of TikTok’s Terms of Service and has been removed from the application.

Both of these notifications will appear on the page in place of their old videos. If you see an account that displays these messages with all of their content and profile picture removed, you can safely assume that the account has either been deleted intentionally or by TikTok due to Terms of Service violations.

You will no longer have access to the contents of deleted accounts nor will you be able to message the user on the application. Deleted accounts will have to complete the sign-up process again under a different username before they will be able to use the TikTok application.

TikTok does not appear to issue IP bans, meaning that you simply have to change your username and email information to signup for a new account after being banned. That being said, it is likely that TikTok has ways to identify repeat offenders and keep them from signing up for multiple accounts on the application.

If an account that you follow has been banned recently, you should be on the lookout for accounts with similar usernames, as they could be the banned user signed up for a new account.

Keep in mind that if they are continually posting the same type of content that got them banned from their previous account, they are likely to incur further bans by TikTok for any new accounts made.

How To Know If Someone Deleted Their TikTok

The next part of this guide will focus on some of the key signs that you can look for to indicate that someone has deleted their TikTok account. This can be useful information when trying to figure out why someone you follow on TikTok has deleted all of their videos or is no longer available for messaging on the application.

As this guide will show, there are several things to look out for when trying to identify a deleted or banned TikTok account.

All of these signs will be discussed in detail in the list below. You should use this list to determine whether the profile you are attempting to view has been deleted from the TikTok application or if you have just been blocked by the user.

1. Ask Someone to Look for the Person’s Account

One of the easiest ways that you can determine if someone has deleted their TikTok account is to ask other people you know who use the app to look for the account. If you nor your friends can find the account on TikTok, it is likely that it has been deleted.

It is a possibility that a deleted TikTok could be recovered and reinstated as long as the owner starts the recovery process within 30 days of deletion. If you notice that a TikTok account you frequently view has been recently deleted, you should keep checking back within that 30-day period to see if the owner restores it.

Once the 30-day period has passed, the account will be permanently deleted and will no longer be eligible for reinstation. Until that time has passed, you and your friends could consider looking for the person’s account daily to see if it has reappeared on the application.

Accounts that have been banned will not be allowed to be restored and are generally permanently removed from the application. You will not be able to find a banned account using this method.

2. Create Another Profile and Try Searching For Them In Case They Blocked You

If you have been blocked on the TikTok application, you will no longer be able to search for the user who has blocked you or view any of their profile content. Because of these restrictions, when you are blocked, it can appear to you that the person has deleted their TikTok profile entirely.

If you suspect this is the case, you should consider creating a second profile to search for the username of the account you believe has blocked you. If you are able to view evidence of the user’s existence on the TikTok application, this means that you have been blocked on your other account by the user.

If you are still not able to find the user using a second profile, then you can safely assume that the user has had their TikTok account deleted for some reason. A deleted TikTok profile will eventually stop showing up in the search engine as it will no longer exist in the database of registered users.

If you are now the person outside of the TikTok application who has blocked you, you should consider reaching out to them through another social media application or by phone or email to get more information on the reason that they have blocked you on TikTok.

If you have been blocked on the TikTok application by a user, you will no longer be able to view their content, communicate with them through the application, or search for their account until you are unblocked.

This can be frustrating but it is important to try and appeal to the person who has blocked you to unblock you if viewing the TikTok profile of that user is important to you. There is no guarantee they will unblock you but there is no harm in asking.

3. Their Name In Your Notification Disappear

Your notifications can also give you clues to whether or not someone has deleted their TikTok. If you have notifications that involve the user whose profile has been deleted, their name will no longer show up in the notifications.

If you notice that someone’s name is no longer displaying in your notifications then this is a strong indication that their TikTok account has been deleted for some reason. You should check your notifications for any involving the owner of the profile you believe has been deleted and check if their username is still visible.

Keep in mind that if you have recently cleared your notifications or if it has been a while since you received any involving the user, you may have trouble using this method to obtain the information that you are looking for.

You can view your recent notifications and activity on TikTok by clicking the Inbox icon at the bottom of the screen. This will bring up your TikTok inbox where your messages are stored. In this menu, you will see the Activity menu where all of your notification activities will be displayed.

Instagram only stores notifications dating back a certain amount of time. If you are unable to find the notification that you are looking for, you will have to consider one of the other signs in this list to determine whether or not someone has deleted their TikTok profile.

4. Check If They’re Still Tagged In Your Videos

You can also use your own TikTok videos to help determine whether or not someone has deleted their TikTok profile. To do this, simply check any videos that you have uploaded where you have tagged the user who you believe has deleted their profile.

If the user is no longer tagged in your videos, this is a strong indication that their TikTok profile has been deleted. When a TikTok profile is deleted from the application, all video tags that they are in will be removed and the link to their profile will no longer function as intended.

This is an easy way to determine if someone on the TikTok application that you have tagged in videos has had their profile deleted. As long as the user has not been deleted or untagged themselves from the video, they should still be visible with a useable hyperlink to their profile in your video.

5. Does Their Account Say ‘Account Banned’?

If you see the Account Banned text on someone’s TikTok profile, this means that they have been found in breach of the Terms of Service set in place by TikTok. Accounts that are banned have been deliberately removed from the application by TikTok due to some form of unacceptable account behavior.

Some of the most common behavior on the TikTok application that will get an account banned is harassment, hate speech, explicit video content, and the use of third-party software to farm likes and follows.

It is likely that the banned account you are trying to view has been found to be exhibiting at least one of the above account behaviors. You will need to consult TikTok’s Terms of Service for a more complete reference to all of the behaviors that can get your account banned.

It is not possible to opt-out of these Terms of Service. All users automatically agree to be bound by these terms when they sign up for the TikTok application. You will not be able to contact or view the content of a banned account.

It is possible for a banned user to create another TikTok account using another name. This is extremely common and is what most banned users on the TikTok application will do when banned. This may make being banned seem inconsequential but when an account is banned, they also lose all of its followers and account privaleges that they have earned.

This means that they will have to start over and reach the milestones necessary to use all of the TikTok functions available. This makes it extremely inconvenient to be banned, especially for accounts that have worked hard to accrue a large following.

6. Does Their Account Say Tik Toker Instead of Their Username At the Top?

If you notice an account that you follow no longer displays the proper username at the top of its page, this is an indication that the account is in the process of being deleted. A common placeholder username for accounts that are being deleted is simply “TikToker”.

If you see a profile whose username has recently changed to “TikToker” this is an indication that the profile has been deleted and will soon be removed from the application entirely. Once a username has been deleted from the TikTok application, it will generally be made available for someone else to use after some time.

7. Your Following Count Went Down By 1 When You Noticed That Their Account Was Deleted

If you pay close attention to your following count, you could notice that your number has gone down by one around the same time that you noticed the account was deleted. When a TikTok account is deleted or banned, it will remove that account from all following lists for all of the users it was following.

This will cause you to lose a follower once the account has been deleted or banned. If you are aware of your current number of followers and notice it going down by one, you should check and see if the account has been deleted.

8. Ask Them

One of the easiest things you can do to get more information about a potentially deleted or banned profile is to simply ask the owner of the account for more details.

The owner of the account will be able to provide you with more information regarding their account status and the reason why it has been deleted.

If the account has been banned, the owner of the account will be able to provide more information regarding the cause of the ban. This is a viable method to consider if you know the person outside of TikTok or have them added as a friend on another social media application.

This can be a more difficult method to use if you do not know the person outside of the TikTok application. Once an account has been deleted you will no longer be able to contact that person using the application. This will make it hard to track them down to ask them for any details about their account deletion.

Final Thoughts

This guide has provided you with all of the information that you need to accurately determine whether or not someone has deleted their TikTok profile. It can be confusing to no longer be able to view a TikTok profile that you recently could. The most likely cause for this situation is a deleted or banned account.

Using the information in this guide, you now know how to accurately identify the signs of a deleted or banned profile and understand more about what happens to an account once it has been deleted. There is unfortunately no way to view the contents of a deleted account once the process has begun.

You should use the key signs listed in this guide to help you identify a deleted profile and better understand what will happen should you decide to one day delete your own profile from the TikTok application.


Brady Klinger-Meyers is an experienced tech writer and marketer who currently writes for Techzillo as well as other popular sites like MakeUseOf. At Techzillo, he focuses on consumer technology in general with his interest being Android OS. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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