How to find out why TikTok recommended a video on your FYP

Georgina Smith
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A feature on TikTok that not many users know about is being able to find out why a specific video was recommended for you on your FYP. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

For most people, the majority of the content they consume on TikTok comes from their For You Page, which is an algorithm-based feed that allows you to scroll endlessly through content that has been recommended specifically to you.

The For You Page can differ massively from person to person, and depending on the content you seek out and the creators you interact with on the app, this will change the videos that appear on your FYP over time.

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In December 2022, TikTok introduced a feature that allows users to see why a specific video has been recommended to them on the app.

So, if you’ve been left wondering why certain content keeps popping up on your feed, here’s how to use the feature.

TikTok websiteUnsplash: Solen Feyissa
TikTok is a hub of viral video content.

To see why a particular video was recommended to you, you just need to do the following steps:

  1. Open TikTok.
  2. Find a video that you want to find out more about.
  3. Tap the share button on the right-hand side of the screen
  4. On the third row of icons, click ‘Why this video.’

The pop-up will then give you one or multiple reasons as to why this video has been recommended, including things like, “you liked similar videos,” “this video is popular in your country,” and “you commented on similar videos.

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If you want to learn more about how to use TikTok, you can check out our other guides here:

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About The Author

Georgina was formerly an entertainment writer for Dexerto. She covered all aspects of influencer culture on TikTok and more, including creators such as Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae. She also wrote about hit reality shows such as Love Island and Below Deck.