How to hide comments on TikTok live

Georgina Smith
TikTok logo on a phone screenUnsplash: Mourizal Zativa

If you’ve spent any time on TikTok, chances are you’ve watched a TikTok live before and seen the chat scrolling over the screen. But did you know there’s an easy way to hide the chat? Here’s how you do it.

Short-form video app TikTok is the biggest hub of viral content on the internet out there right now, with over a billion users and countless different communities constantly creating and interacting with content on the platform.

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Users can upload videos up to 10 minutes long, and when they reach certain account criteria, they are also able to live stream to their followers.

You may find yourself regularly tuning in to your favorite influencer’s live, or perhaps stumble across certain creators’ streams on your For You Page. Either way, if you’ve watched a live stream on TikTok before, you’ve probably noticed viewers’ live comments scrolling over the video.

If you’re finding that the screen is getting a little crowded and you want to make the viewing experience more comfortable, here’s how to hide those comments.

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TikTok is the center of viral content on the internet in 2022.

How to hide chat when watching TikTok Live

It might not seem obvious at first glance, but hiding the comments on a TikTok Live is actually a super quick and easy process once you know how to do it.

The first option is to tap on the ‘Clear Display’ button. This button can be found by first clicking on the share icon in the lower-right portion of the screen. Then on the box that pops up, tap on ‘Clear Display’ to clear the chat.

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If you don’t have this button or it’s not appearing for you, there is another method to hide the comments. Just follow these instructions:

  1. Open TikTok.
  2. Find the Live you want to watch.
  3. Swipe right on the screen to get rid of the comments. All that should be left is the name of the creator, the exit button, and the video itself.
  4. To bring the comments back, simply swipe left.

This can make viewing live streams on TikTok a much more comfortable experience, as you’ll no longer have to worry about comments blocking important parts of the screen.

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

How to duet on TikTokHow to Stitch on TikTokHow to go live on TikTokHow to find contacts on TikTok | How to use TikTok StoriesBest time to post on TikTok for more views and likes

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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.