Have you been making use of the TikTok drafts function to save your content before uploading them, but now your drafts are gone?

TikTok gives you the option to save videos in a folder only you can see before uploading them onto your page for other viewers to see.

Are you thinking to yourself; ‘My TikTok drafts are gone’, and you are not sure how to go about getting them back?.

We have created this easy-to-read guide for you, to provide you with the necessary knowledge required to find where your drafts have disappeared to on TikTok, and what to do to prevent this confusion from happening again in the future.

Why did my drafts disappear on TikTok

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When you create a video on TikTok, you would save your draft by;

Step 1. Recording your video

Step 2. Clicking on ‘Next’

Step 3. Selecting ‘Drafts’ at the bottom of the screen next to ‘Post’

The drafts will then appear on your profile page. With videos stored in the ‘Drafts’ folder, you will be able to go into them and make changes, load them up onto your TikTok page, or delete them.

So where did TikTok drafts go?

When you save a video into your drafts folder, they do not get saved onto the TikTok server, but rather onto the device that they were conveyed on, meaning they are saved ‘locally’.

With your pending content not being saved on their servers, it can make it seem like your drafts have disappeared off of your account due to how they are kept.

For example;

  1. If you uninstall your TiktTok app off of your device, removing all the data along with it, your drafts will be included in this data, and will not stay saved on your account.
  2. You have saved a piece of content in your drafts folder on one device, and you have now logged in to your TikTok account with a different device. That piece of content will not show up in the drafts folder on the other device.
  3. Pending videos cannot be moved between two different TikTok accounts, so you may be trying to access your drafts by transferring it to a different handle, which will not be available to you.

TikTok may also be experiencing issues on their server, resulting in your TikTok account playing up.

You can check the status of the server by using this link. Keep in mind, if TikTok’s server is down, either due to planned maintenance, or because there is an outage, you cannot do anything to fix this, as this is an issue on TikTok’s side.

How do I download TikTok drafts

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How do I get my TikTok drafts on my new phone

If you are using an Android or iPhone mobile, and you are wondering to yourself; ‘How do I save a TikTok draft to my phone without posting it’, there are steps you can take to have this completed.

Step 1. Go into your TikTok account and click on the ‘Profile’ button

Step 2. Select the ‘Drafts’ button

Step 3. Choose the video you want to save and click on it

Step 4. The ‘Settings’ page will come up, and press on the ‘Who can watch this video’ (there will be a ‘lock’ picture)

Step 5. Select this option to say ‘Private’

Step 6. Now click on ‘Save to device’

This will give TikTok the go-ahead to have availability in your device’s gallery.

Step 7. Now click on the ‘Post’ button and then the ‘lock’ picture

The video you posted will now be saved to your gallery folder, and no other viewers will be able to see it as you changed the settings to ‘Private’.

You can now reverse these settings back to normal, so the next time you post actual content, viewers will be able to see it.

Why can’t I post my drafts on TikTok

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Why are my TikTok drafts not posting

TikTok may not be posting your drafts as video content on your account, because the app is experiencing issues.

This may be due to your device having internet connection problems, as an unstable connection will hinder the successful running of the app. If the app cannot get a strong clear connection on the TikTok servers, it will start to perform sporadically.

Your app itself may be experiencing issues with its software or being incompatible with the device it has been loaded onto.

How to fix TikTok not posting drafts

TikTok may be playing up when you’re trying to post your draft videos into actual content, but it does not mean you aren’t able to fix this issue.

1. Restart your device

Restarting the device you are trying to post on will help reconnect your TikTok to a better internet connection on the device that you are using.

If you are making use of Wifi, it is also beneficial to turn your router off and unplug it. Wait a few minutes before plugging it back and switching it on.

Note, you can check your internet speed by clicking here.

2. Clear cache data

Clearing the cache data off of your TikTok app will clear out any corrupted files and create more space so your app can perform better.

If you are wondering; ‘Will clearing my TikTok cache delete my drafts?‘, the answer is no. Completing this step does not cause you to lose any data that is related to your profile, and the content.

Step 1. Click on the profile button on your TikTok page

Step 2. Select the 3 dots button

Step 3. Go into ‘Settings and Privacy’

Step 4. Now choose ‘Clear Cache’

The cache files will now be empty, and you will still have all of your content.

3. Update software

Ensuring all software is updated is an important tool in making sure your app runs without any glitches.

You can confirm your TikTok app is up to date by going onto your app store and checking to see if an ‘Update’ option is available.

Your device’s software should also be upgraded, as this will aid in the compatibility with the data from TikTok.

Software updates will be under the ‘Settings’ section of your device.


TikTok is one of the most popular apps used worldwide. It brings people all over the world together as a community from giving the account holders the freedom to post content of all different things (as long as it fits their community guidelines).

Without being able to see your drafts, to edit, publish or delete, makes the process of creating content that much harder.

We hope this guide has assisted you in helping fix this issue with your TikTokaccount, and that you are now able to see your drafts where they should be.