Has your phone number changed, but you can’t figure out how to update it on TikTok? Many users find themselves unable to edit their phone number in their TikTok account settings.
Unfortunately, TikTok does not allow users to change the phone number on their account after creating it. This can cause login issues if you get a new number, or just want your profile to reflect your current contact information.
In this article, I’ll explain why TikTok locks your phone number, and what solutions are available if you need to update the phone number on your TikTok account.
Why TikTok Won’t Let You Change Your Phone Number
TikTok locks your phone number for a couple key reasons:
- For security purposes – Your phone number helps verify your identity and prevent account theft. Keeping it static improves security.
- To limit spam accounts – Restricting phone number changes makes it harder for spammers to constantly create new accounts.
- For SMS-based features – Your number may be used by TikTok for SMS account recovery or notifications. Changing it could disrupt these services.
While inconvenient if you get a new number, TikTok believes keeping numbers permanent leads to reduced spam/abuse and stronger account security overall.
How to Update the Phone Number on Your TikTok Profile
While you can’t directly edit your phone number on TikTok, you have a couple options to display your new or current number:
- Update your TikTok bio – Your profile bio has a 150 character limit, so you can add your new phone there.
- Add your phone number in your username – Set your username to something like “john123_5554567890” to reflect it.
- List your current number in a pinned comment on your profile.
- Add your phone number to any usernames/hashtags you frequently use in your videos.
Although indirect workarounds, these tips will help ensure viewers and potential contacts see your most up-to-date phone number somewhere on your TikTok profile or content.
Common Questions About TikTok Phone Numbers
Here are some additional details around changing phone numbers on TikTok:
- Can someone else change my phone number on my account? No, only you can edit your phone number, and only during initial account creation.
- What if I lose access to my number? Contact TikTok support for help recovering your account with alternative verification like email address.
- Can I remove my phone number from my TikTok account? No, there is no way to fully remove or hide your phone number from your TikTok account details.
- What happens if I delete my TikTok account? Your phone number will be dissociated and removed from the platform if you delete your TikTok account entirely.
- Can I link multiple phone numbers to one account? No, TikTok only allows one phone number to be associated per TikTok account.
While you can’t directly change your phone number on your existing TikTok account, you have a few options like updating your bio, username, comments, etc. Just remember that TikTok will always have your original phone number on file associated with your account.
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