How to Stop TikTok from Suggesting Your Profile


Do you love the creativity that TikTok affords, but you’re not so keen on being put in the spotlight? If you prefer a bit more privacy and want to stop TikTok from suggesting your profile to other users, you’re in the right place. In this video I’ll guide you through the steps to maintain your low-key presence on TikTok.

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Steps to Stop TikTok from Suggesting Your Profile

  1. Open the TikTok app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
  2. Tap “Profile” in the menu along the bottom of the screen.

  1. Tap the “Menu” icon at the top of the screen. A menu opens at the bottom of the screen.

  1. Tap “Settings and Privacy.”

  1. Tap “Privacy” in this menu.

  1. Navigate to the Discoverability section, and then tap “Suggest Your Account to Others.” The next screen shows you options associated with who TikTok suggests your profile to.

  1. Tap to toggle off any of these options you don’t want your TikTok profile suggested to. Your changes will take effect immediately.

5 Reasons to Stop TikTok from Suggesting Your Profile

1. Privacy Concerns

Many people prioritize their privacy and prefer to keep their social media activities discreet. TikTok’s suggestion algorithm can inadvertently expose users’ profiles to a broader audience, increasing visibility among strangers. This could lead to unwanted attention or scrutiny. Individuals concerned about their personal information or activities being widely accessible might opt to stop TikTok from suggesting their profile. They may take such steps to ensure that their content remains only within their intended audience, thus maintaining control over who sees their posts and interacts with them.

2. Avoiding Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is a significant issue on social media platforms, including TikTok. When a profile is frequently suggested, it becomes more visible and can attract malicious interactions. Users who have experienced or are wary of cyberbullying may decide to limit their profile’s visibility to avoid potential harassers. By stopping their profile from being suggested, they can reduce the likelihood of encountering negative or harmful comments. This measure serves as a protective step to foster a safer online environment for themselves.

3. Professional Reputation

Professionals often use social media to network and share content relevant to their fields. However, if TikTok suggests their personal profile in contexts that are not professionally appropriate, it could harm their professional reputation. Concerns about being presented in an unprofessional light might prompt individuals to restrict their profile from being suggested. They aim to keep their personal and professional lives distinct and ensure that their professional image remains untarnished by unrelated or casual content.

4. Control Over Audience

Users who create content on TikTok might have specific audiences in mind. They may want to control who sees their content to ensure it reaches the right people. If TikTok suggests their profile to a broad and untargeted audience, it could dilute the impact of their messaging or lead to misunderstandings. Users might stop their profiles from being suggested to maintain the integrity and relevance of their audience. This targeted approach helps in building and sustaining an engaged and appropriate community.

5. Reducing Spam and Bots

Profiles that are frequently suggested on TikTok can attract spam and bot interactions. These unnecessary engagements can clutter the user’s notifications and affect their experience negatively. To combat this, users might choose to make their profile less visible by stopping it from being suggested. By doing so, they can decrease spam and bots, ensuring that their interactions are genuine and meaningful. This action helps maintain the quality and authenticity of their social media interactions.

About Max

Max has nearly 20 years of experience working in IT across three different industries in project management and management capacities: publishing, telecommunications and healthcare. He holds the following degrees and certifications: BS Communications, MA Communications, MBA and Project Management Professional (PMP). His tutorial-focused YouTube channel earned more than 100,000 subscribers in its first four years, and currently has more than 160,000 subscribers, 110,000,000 video views and an insane 2.4 million hours of watch time. Max enjoys learning new technology, reading and collecting comic books, listening to audiobooks and playing video games.

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