The concept of the “like” is central to pretty much all the social media apps and platforms. It is such a vital part of social media success that some users will do anything to get the coveted heart or thumbs up. We get a little rush every time someone likes one of our posts or pictures or videos, and we get addicted to that feeling and want more.
The boost we get from every single “like” is equivalent to that small high you get when you win a large amount of money  or a prize in a raffle – a shot of good feeling, followed by an urge to get some more. Pretty addictive, isn’t it? Well, that’s why social media platforms are becoming more and more popular.
Starting On TikTok
When you set up a profile in TikTok, the app asks for ideas on what kind of videos you’re interested in. Since TikTok is clueless, it will show you some more or less randomly selected popular videos to get you started.
You will be asked to choose your interests among different categories which include funny videos, beauty, pets, travel, music, gaming, food, pop culture, oddly satisfying, daily life, auto, sports, DIY, science, and education. The TikTok user interface, like many current social media apps, is a bit of a chaotic hodgepodge. Let’s take a look at some of the standard buttons and controls.
This is the “For You” page, and it’s basically the home page for TikTok. If you swipe down on this screen, the currently-playing video replays. If you swipe up, you go to the next video. If you swipe left, you are taken to the profile page of the creator of your current video. Up at the top, you can see two tabs – ‘Following’ and ‘For You.’ The Following page takes you to videos made by the creators who you follow . When you start out on TikTok, that page will be empty.
The buttons on the right side of the display are simple. The top icon shows the avatar of the currently-playing video’s creator, and tapping it follows that creator. The heart button is the ‘like’ button; hit that to like a video. By doing this, you will alert TikTok to see more of this kind of video. The three dots inside a speech bubble lets you comment on a video, while the right-arrow icon lets you share the video on other social media sites. The circular icon at the bottom of the right-column takes you to the sound menu.
As for the icons on the bottom of the screen, the little house icon, unsurprisingly, takes you Home – to the For You screen. The search icon should be obvious. The + button lets you add a video of your own to TikTok. While the – icon actually means Inbox and takes you to your messaging center. The little meeple icon on the bottom right takes you to your profile.
OK, with that out of the way, let’s get down to business!
How to Like a Video/Follow a Creator in TikTok
It is very simple to like videos and to follow creators. In the video that you want to like or follow:
- Select the heart icon to like the video.
- Select the + icon to follow the creator.
That’s all there is to it. The video will then appear in your For You page, and the creator will appear in your Following page.
How to Dislike a Video in TikTok
So you thought you liked a certain video, but after watching it a half-dozen times, you realize you hate it more than you’ve ever hated anything. It’s pretty much normal to change your mind about something. So, are you permanently stuck with this terrible clip in your feed? Not at all. You can always unlike a video.
- Navigate to your For You page.
- Swipe to find the video you no longer like.
- Long press in the video.
- Select Not Interested in the popup menu to remove the video.
How to View Videos From Creators You Follow
When you follow a creator, you are telling TikTok that you want to see this person’s content whenever they produce it. Following multiple prolific and talented creators is an excellent way to ensure that you always have a steady stream of quality content available to you when you open the app. Once you’ve followed a creator, anytime you open the Following page, their videos will appear, and you can swipe through them at will.
Find Videos to Like in TikTok
When you first start out, TikTok plays random videos for you, but you will quickly establish your own taste, and the app will start showing you things that you are likely to enjoy. The more time you spend on the app, and the more you like videos, the more TikTok detects the type of videos you prefer to watch. You can also directly seek out content that’s to your taste by using the search function.
In the search page (called Discover), you can search on trending hashtags, which work similarly to hashtags on other social media sites. TikTok collects data and activity levels for given hashtags and puts the hot hashtags right on the Discover page. You can search for hashtags directly, or scroll through the top hashtags to see what other people are enjoying.
You can also search for search terms using creator names, ideas, song titles – the usual search keywords. The algorithm is relatively accurate, but you might occasionally see random videos that have nothing to do with your search term. That’s just part of the fun.
Can You See What You Liked on TikTok?
So, you want to watch your liked videos again? You wouldn’t want to go through a tedious search again. You just would want a quick way to get to those videos. But can TikTok let you see videos you liked?
The answer is YES, just go to your profile page, and you’ll see a heart icon on your TikTok dash. When you click on it, you’ll be able to re-watch all the videos you’ve liked.
If you don’t want anyone else to see your liked videos on TikTok, tap “Who can view videos I liked” and select “Visible to myself” and no one else but you will be able to see your liked TikTok videos.
How to See Your Liked Videos
It’s always helpful to go through your videos and see which ones did well and which ones could do better. To see the likes that your videos have received in the past, do this:
Open TikTok and click on the ‘Me’ icon at the lower right-hand corner.
Tap on the video that you’ve posted and want to see the likes.
Now you can go back and review how popular each video was. If you really want to become TikTok famous check out how to create and upload videos to TikTok .