What is the age limit on TikTok?

Alice Sjöberg
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TikTok has been accused of being unsuitable for children and underage teens, making people wonder if there is an age limit on the platform.

As TikTok has grown into one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, discussions about whether or not the platform is suitable for younger children and teens.

Several countries have banned the TikTok app from being downloaded onto government devices, while the US state of Montana even tried to ban the app for everyone, but this was blocked in December 2023 with people arguing it was freedom of speech.

Some users have reported getting age protected messages, saying they need to be 18 in order to see certain types on content on the app. This made users confused as to whether or not there is an age limit on TikTok, and how old they must be to not see the age restrictive messages.

Here’s everything you need to know about the current age restriction on TikTok.

Is there an age limit on TikTok?

Yes there is an age limit on TikTok. All users must be over 13 years old in order to use the app, and the content will be restricted for all users under the age of 18.

TikTok has also issued a 60 minute daily screen time limit for all users under the age of 18. If the 60-minute limit is reached, teens will be prompted to enter a passcode in order to continue watching, requiring them to make an active decision to extend that time.

Despite users having to be aged 13 and up the age ratings for TikTok are, a little confusingly, 12+ on Apple’s App Store and “Parental Guidance Recommended” on the Google Play Store.

In December 2024, the Guardian also reported that TikTok moderators were being told to allow under-13s to stay on the platform if they claimed their parents were overseeing their accounts.

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About The Author

Alice is an Entertainment Writer at Dexerto, whose expertise include social media, internet culture, and Reality TV. She is a NCTJ qualified journalist that previously worked in local news before moving on to entertainment news with OK! Magazine and a wide variety of other publications. You can contact Alice at alice.sjoberg@dexerto.com