Many TikTok users covet the verified badge as a way to prove their identity and as a mark of achievement for their growth on the platform—but how exactly do you go about getting verified on TikTok?
TikTok has seen rapid growth in its popularity over the past couple of years, and with that, thousands of creators are flocking to the platform to share content with millions of viewers and try to build a name for themselves there.
Even countless celebrities have ended up joining the app, and with that, TikTok implemented a verification feature like other websites such as Twitter and Instagram to prevent fake accounts. This system has been far from perfect, however, with fake accounts for celebrities such as Squid Game’s HoYeon Jung being mistakenly verified by TikTok.
However, unlike Twitter, on TikTok you currently are not able to go through an application process to get a verified badge, and there also aren’t any set objective criteria people have to meet to qualify.
So, how do you get selected for verification on TikTok?
What does being verified on TikTok mean?
According to TikTok, “a verified badge means that TikTok has confirmed the account belongs to the user it represents. It appears next to a TikTok user’s account name in search results and on the profile as a visible blue check mark.”
However, as mentioned above, this system has proven to be unreliable in some cases, with examples of fake accounts being falsely verified and fooling hundreds of thousands of people.
They note that verified badges can only be applied by TikTok, so if someone doesn’t have a badge below their username but they do have it somewhere else on their profile such as their bio, then that is not a legitimately verified account.
How to get verified on TikTok
On TikTok’s website, regarding verification, they explain: “There are a number of factors considered in granting a verified badge, including whether the notable account is authentic, unique, active, and – of course – adhere to our Community Guidelines and Terms of Service.”
Social Media Strategist Rachel Pedersen claims that the main criteria for getting verified include daily follower growth on a consistent basis, along with growing watch time. Additionally, you are more likely to get noticed if your videos are going viral on a regular basis.
Aside from that, being verified on other platforms or getting media coverage can also aid you in making yourself eligible for the badge.
The entire process is a little less concrete than it is on other sites, but if your content performs consistently and your account is on the rise, you have a good chance of being selected for verification.