How to turn off cellular data on TikTok and limit your usage to Wi-Fi only, or delete the app if you have privacy concerns

If you have concerns about TikTok data usage, you may want to turn off the app's cellular data.wagnerokasaki/Getty Images
  • You can easily turn off cellular data on TikTok on an iPhone to limit yourself to using the app on Wi-Fi; Android users can only turn off the app's background cellular data use.
  • In addition to consuming significant amounts of cellular data, TikTok's video-sharing social networking app has been criticized for potential privacy problems related to user data.
  • If you're sufficiently concerned about TikTok's privacy issues, the ultimate option is to simply uninstall it.

There's no doubt that TikTok is an incredibly popular video-sharing social networking app.

There's also no doubt that many people have concerns about the app and its data usage – both from a privacy perspective and a more general worry that TikTok consumes a lot of cellular data, which can be costly if you don't have unlimited data.

Short of outright deleting the app from your phone, there's not a lot you can do to mitigate privacy concerns, but you can certainly control how much cellular data TikTok uses – you can turn off the app's data usage so it is limited to Wi-Fi. Advertisement

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How to turn off cellular data on TikTok on an iPhone

You can prevent TikTok from using any cellular data at all, so it will only let you watch or post videos when on Wi-Fi.

1. On your iPhone, start the "Settings" app.

2. Tap "Cellular" and scroll down to the "Cellular Data" section.
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3. Find TikTok in the list (unfortunately, the list is not in alphabetical order, so you may need to search carefully) and turn off data by sliding the button to the left.

The iPhone's Settings app lets you cut off TikTok from cellular data entirely.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

How to turn off cellular data on TikTok on an Android phone

Unfortunately, Android phones don't let you turn off cellular data on an app-by-app basis the way you can with the iPhone. Instead, you can disable TikTok's ability to use data in the background, when the app isn't running. Or, you can turn off cellular data entirely, which affects all apps and services. Advertisement

1. On your Android phone, start the "Settings" app and tap "Apps."

2. Find TikTok and tap it.

3. Click "Mobile data" and turn off "Allow background data usage" by sliding the button to the left. Advertisement

There’s no good reason to allow TikTok to send and receive data when the app isn’t running.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

4. If you want to temporarily disable cellular data, start the "Settings" app and then tap "Connections." Then tap "Data usage" and turn off "Mobile data" by sliding the button to the left. Remember it's now turned off for all apps, not just TikTok.

If you turn off mobile data, it's disabled for all apps until you turn it back on.Dave Johnson/Business Insider
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How to delete TikTok from your phone

If you are sufficiently concerned about TikTok's data usage or privacy settings and you'd rather simply uninstall it from your phone, that's easy to do.

If you have an iPhone, tap and hold the app icon and select "Delete App." If you have an older version of iPhone or haven't updated your software in a while, follow these instructions to delete apps.

If you are an Android user, simply tap and hold the TikTok app icon. After a moment, you will see a pop-up menu appear. Tap "Uninstall" to remove it from your phone. Advertisement

Delete TikTok on an Android by tapping and holding the icon, then selecting "Uninstall."Dave Johnson/Business Insider

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