TikTok will keep showing you the same videos because the app will take your ‘user data’ and personalize what you see on your ‘For You Page.’
Your data contains information about what videos you like, dislike, and if you watch the content until the end.
There are a few ways in which you can change up the categories of content you see on your FYP.
We have generated this easy to read directory to guide you through TikTok’s way of operating, and supply you with a few tips on how you can switch up the content you see on your home page so you can enjoy not only one category on TikTok, but many.
Why is TikTok showing me the same videos
TikTok is showing you the same videos because the app picks up on the categories you watch the most, from your ‘user data’ and start showing you similar content on your FYP (For You Page).
To better understand, we have broken this down;
What is your ‘User Data?’
TikTok will collect your data from when you use the app to improve your experience by showing you videos you show the most interest in.
This data is also known as ‘cookies’ and contains certain information, like;
- What device you are on
- Your location
- Search history
- The videos you have liked
- All the videos you have watched
- How long you view a video for
- Videos you have selected ‘not interested’ on
With all this information based from your activity on the app, TikTok can tailor your FYP to bring up videos that are better suited to your interests.
This is known as the TikTok ‘Algorithm.‘
Every time you access TikTok, the algorithm is updated with new data from what your latest activity included.
(Note, TikTok does this to purposefully keep you on the app for as long as possible, hence, why we end up scrolling for hours without realizing it.)
What is the FYP on TikTok?
The FYP (For You Page) on TikTok is the ‘Home’ screen for the app.
This page is unique to every user because the videos that show up here have been provided to you from your specific algorithm on the app.
The ‘for you page’ will show you videos from accounts you follow, as well as videos from creators you do not follow based on your interests and likes.
(Fun Fact; the average time spent on TikTok per day is 52 minutes.)
This page is also known as the ‘Recommendation Page.‘
TikTok will show you videos based on what you like, BUT, they don’t want you to get bored watching the same content (thus leaving the app), so they will show you ‘forced recommendation’ videos, which is content entirely different from what you have previously shown interest to, but think you might like.
Can you clear user data on TikTok
The user data you can clear on TikTok is your ‘cache files.’ These files do contain your search history, however, it is only temporary data stored on your phone, and will not reset TikTok’s algorithm on your profile if it has been deleted.
So, what does cache mean on TikTok?
The cache files from TikTok is temporary data that gets stored on your device to improve the app’s performance because it does not need to be downloaded every time you launch the service.
These files do contain the history of what you have previously watched, but it is only the ‘temporary data.’
What happens when you clear cache on TikTok?
Deleting the cache files off of TikTok will remove all the temporary data stored on your phone that makes the app load faster.
It clears up storage space and will help TikTok perform better.
Even though this data contains information about your previous search history, TikTok’s algorithm will still perform after you have cleared the cache.
Your drafts and posted videos will not be deleted.
How do I clear cache on TikTok
Step 1. Launch TikTok
Step 2. Click on your ‘Profile’
Step 3. Select the 3 lines at the top right of your screen
Step 4. Scroll down until you see ‘Clear Cache’ under ‘Cache & Cellular Data’ and press the ‘Clear Cache.’
Note, you may need to log back in after this step.
How can I change what I see on TikTok
If the content that is coming up on your FYP is becoming stale, there are a few ways in which you can change up what you see on TikTok;
- Start liking different types of videos
- Use the ‘Not Interested’ option
- Follow different accounts
- Watch new videos until the end
- Save and share videos
Completing these actions will update TikTok’s algorithm every time you access the app.
Why do I see the same videos over and over on TikTok?
Sometimes, TikTok’s server can go down, or the system can malfunction.
Your FYP page can get affected, where you will continue to see the same videos that you have already reacted to.
You can check to see if TikTok is experiencing issues by checking the status of their server.
If there are ‘possible problems‘ with the TikTok server, it’s recommended to stay off the app for a while until the problem has been rectified.
Tip, TikTok’s support page on Twitter will keep you up to date with the status of live issues.
Now that you have a better understanding of why TikTok keeps showing the same videos, you can use it to your advantage, and personalize your for you page with the content you want to see, by liking, disliking, and watching certain categories.
If you have any other issues you’d like some feedback on, you can check out TikTok’s Help Center.
For more serious concerns, you can email them at email@example.com or ‘Report a Problem’ via the mobile app; Profile > Settings > Support > Report a Problem.