How one can limit your TikTok display time in app

TikTok is a wonderfully fun place with an endless stream of funny clips to effectively distract you from your emotional anxiety. However, the hugely popular video sharing app can get a little too addicting at times, making you scroll through dance trends and story times long after you should have indulged in being alone with your thoughts.

Fortunately for your existential fear, the TikTok app has a feature that allows you to limit the time you spend on the platform. With Screen Time Management, you can outsource your self-control to TikTok and give them the power to cut you off like a responsible bartender.

How to limit your screen time on TikTok.

  1. Open TikTok.

  2. At the bottom right, tap your profile icon to go to your account profile.

  3. At the top right, tap the hamburger icon (“≡”). This will take you to your “Settings and data protection” menu.

  4. Under the Content & Activity sub-heading, tap Digital Wellbeing.

  5. From the Digital Wellbeing menu, tap Screen Time Management.

  6. Tap “Set Time Limit” and then select the maximum amount of time you’d like to spend on TikTok each day. You can choose from four options: 40 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes or 120 minutes. When you’ve made your selections, tap the back arrow in the top left corner (“

  7. Tap the red Power On button at the bottom of the screen.

  8. Set a passcode and enter it again to confirm.

TikTok will now prompt you to enter this passcode to keep using the app when you reach your daily time limit and will add a speed threshold to your scrolling to make them more alert.


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If you later decide that TikTok rationed time is not for you, you can turn off the restriction by simply navigating back to “Screen Time Management”, tapping “Turn Off” and entering the passcode. It is therefore important that you really remember your passcode, otherwise this function could quickly become more of a hindrance than a helpful one. TikTok says they are currently working on a solution to the problem of users forgetting their passcodes, which are due to be released in the next year.

Of course, knowing how to get around this obstacle easily means that TikTok’s screen time management feature relies heavily on how guilty you feel entering these numbers, as well as your shame for proving your weak determination. If you really want to contain your nightly TikTok scrolling, you should ask a trusted friend to set the passcode for you. Just make sure they write it down somewhere so they don’t forget and are strong enough to withstand your pleading texts.

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