Why Won’t TikTok Let Me Save Videos?


TikTok is the most popular social media app among young people today.

But it’s rapidly gaining traction among older generations as well, and it’s become an essential marketing channel for big companies, vloggers, Instagram Influencers, and more.

If you run a business, don’t neglect TikTok as a tool for driving traffic to your other social media platforms or your website.

Popular videos on TikTok get a lot of attention. So if you can make a video go viral there, there’s a good chance that you’ll up your brand awareness.

In many ways, TikTok is more convenient than other social media platforms. For instance, it’s possible to save favorite videos even if you don’t own them.

Other popular social media apps and websites don’t allow you to do that.

When you see a video you like, you simply long press on the video and choose save video from the pop-up screen.

However, sometimes you’ll find that TikTok won’t let you save videos, whether they are your own or from other TikTok users.

Read on to figure out some of the common reasons why you won’t be able to save videos on TikTok.

The Servers Could Be Offline

Have you checked to see whether TikTok is down? There’s a chance that TikTok’s servers are offline, and that is what’s preventing you from saving videos as expected.

When the servers are down, you won’t be able to communicate with TikTok properly, and that prevents you from saving things. Figuring out whether TikTok is down or not is simple.

The easiest way Gis to go to the Downdetector website to learn whether TikTok is experiencing outages. You can learn about the current status of TikTok’s servers.

If the service is down, you’ll have to be patient and wait for them to come back up. Things should work once they’re back up.

Try Restarting Your Device

Occasionally, you’ll experience glitches when you haven’t restarted your smartphone in a long time.

So the first thing to try is restarting your smartphone, tablet, or other smart devices that you’re using to access TikTok.

Simply restarting the device might get TikTok to work better again. This is a simple trick that often works to solve issues with not being able to save videos.

Internet Connection Problems

Internet connection problems can prevent you from saving videos as well. Perhaps your internet is down or just really slow.

Running a speed test will show you how fast your internet is. Most go to Fast.com or Speedtest.net to learn this information. It’s simple, and it displays exactly how fast your connection is.

Many different things can cause internet connection issues. Here are a few common problems and how to fix them:

  • If you’re using mobile data, you might be in a spot in your home where you don’t have a good connection. Move your butt to another location.
  • You might have used up all of your cellular data included in the subscription, so your ISP has toggled your connection, so it’s extremely slow (try using Wi-Fi instead).
  • If you’re on Wi-Fi, your modem or router might be having problems – try resetting it. If that doesn’t work, try using mobile data connection instead.

The User Hasn’t Allowed Video Downloads.

Another possibility is that the user who posted the TikTok video didn’t enable video downloads. TikTok makes it so that content creators control whether people can save their videos.

If you’re unable to save a specific video, try to download a different one to see if that works.

If the save option isn’t available, it might simply be that the video you’re trying to save isn’t allowing you to do it because of the creator’s wishes.

In that case, you should respect that the user doesn’t want you to downloader their video.

Speaking of which…

How to allow your followers to download your videos on TikTok

If you plan to get a lot of TikTok followers and use the platform for your brand, you’ll probably want to let users download your own videos.

As soon as you publish a video with TikTok, you become a Creator.

If people can’t download your videos, you might need to enable the right setting. Go to the TikTok app and then navigate to your profile.

Go to the options tab in the upper-right corner and then to privacy. Tap on downloads and then enable the video downloads option.

Update TikTok

Are you using an older version of TikTok on your phone? There’s a chance that saving videos won’t work if you’re using an old version of the app.

Updating TikTok is simple enough:

  1. Open up App Store (iOS devices) or Google Play Store (Android devices)
  2. Tap your profile and navigate to your apps list
  3. Find the TikTok App in the list.
  4. Click “Update” if you see the option next to the app.

After updating, see if you’re able to save videos normally.

How to Save TikTok Videos to Your Phone

How to save video TikTok
Image Credit: TikTok

Perhaps you’re new to TikTok, and you simply don’t know how to save videos yet. This isn’t hard to do, but you will need to understand how to do things right.

First, it’s good to learn how to save your own videos. To do so is easy enough:

  1. Open TikTok
  2. Tap your profile button.
  3. Navigate to one of your videos
  4. Tap the three vertical dots, and hit “save video” at the bottom of the screen to download the video to your phone.

Downloading another user’s video to your phone won’t be hard either. Go to the video that you wish to save and press the share icon. This icon is located on the bottom-right of the page, and it looks like an arrow.

Tap “save video,” and the video will download to your phone so long as the user has enabled downloads. 

The video will be saved to your camera roll.

You can go to the camera roll and watch the video from there now.

How to Go Back to a Video On TikTok you’ve liked

Going back to a video on TikTok can be done in a few ways. If you received a notification for the video, you tap on the notification again to be taken to the video.

You can also download your data and go to your video browsing history to see which videos you’ve watched. Finally, you can search for the content creator if you know who made the video you’re looking for.

Downloading your TikTok data is easy.

  1. Open the app and go to your profile.
  2. Tap the three vertical dots and then go to privacy.
  3. From there, go to personalization and data.
  4. Now you can click “download your data” and select “request data.”

The data won’t be ready instantaneously. You’ll get a notification within four days saying that your data is ready. You’ll then be able to save it to your phone.

Can Users See That You Downloaded Their Videos?

Users aren’t notified whenever you download one of their videos. If they enabled video downloads, it’s simply expected that people will download the videos if they want to.

You don’t have to worry about someone getting notified that your account downloaded one of their videos. Whenever you save someone’s TikTok video, it counts as a share for the user.

If you’re wondering if you can see who viewed your TikTok profile and videos, there’s some good information in this article.

How to See Liked Videos On TikTok

Seeing liked videos on Tik Tok is simple.

Open the app and click on your profile icon in the bottom right corner. Tap on the video that you want to check and look for the heart icon.

The heart symbol will show you how many likes the video has accumulated.

How to share your liked videos

If you want to share what videos you’ve liked with your followers, you can do so as well under the privacy settings in the app.

  1. Go to your TikTok profile
  2. Tap the options menu button in the top right corner
  3. Tap Settings & privacy
  4. Tap Privacy
  5. Scroll down to Liked Videos and click it
  6. Choose who you’ll allow seeing your liked videos

Can You Download TikTok Videos to Your PC?

Yes, it is possible to download TikTok videos to your PC as well.

The easiest way is to simply go to the TikTok website, right-click on the video you want to download and choose “save video as…”

This will download TikTok video files, including the watermark.

But let’s say that you’ve been locked out of your account, but want to download your videos without the watermark so that you can upload the video again to a new profile.

For that, you need to use one of the many third-party apps.

To do so, open your internet browser and go to the SnapTik website. SnapTik is a TikTok downloader that lets you save videos to your PC, Mac, or mobile device.

Then follow these simple steps:

  1. Log into your TikTok account
  2. Navigate to the video that you want to download
  3. Press the share button and then hit “copy link.”
  4. Go to a website known as SnapTik
  5. Paste the video link that you copied
  6. Click the Download button and save the file to a folder of choice on your pc.

This is a good option when you don’t have space to save the videos on your phone. You’ll likely have more space on your PC, so that this information will be of use to you.

SnapTik is not just a TikTok video downloader for PC and Mac browsers. It’s also available for your Android phone through the Google Play Store.

iPhone users can do the same with Total Files for iOS or use a screen recorder app such as Record it!, or Kapwing Studio to download videos without the TikTok watermark.

A quick word on copyright

Any video you’ve saved to your camera roll will have a watermark with the username of the content creator so that you can’t try to pass the video off as your own.

If a user has enabled downloads on their videos, it should be fine to show them to friends.

But don’t pretend that the videos are your own. Some people use the download option as a way to steal others’ content. If you do this, you infringe upon the intellectual property rights of another video creator.

You shouldn’t attempt to profit off of the videos in any way, either.

It’s so simple these days to create short videos for social media – from production to the final video result. So do your own thang!

Only download popular videos so that you can enjoy them outside of the app as intended.

In closing

TikTok has become an extremely popular app, and it’s a good idea to incorporate it into your marketing strategy.

The ability to quickly download popular videos to your phone is different from most other media platforms out there.

And it’s annoying when it doesn’t work.

Just make sure you don’t pass off other creators’ videos as your own or risk running into copyright infringement issues.

I hope these different methods of solving the saving issues on TikTok will help you out.

When all else fails, contact TikTok support.


  • Jan Sørup

    Jan Sørup is a indie filmmaker, videographer and photographer from Denmark. He owns filmdaft.com and the Danish company Apertura, which produces video content for big companies in Denmark and Scandinavia. Jan has a background in music, has drawn webcomics, and is a former lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.

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