Why Does TikTok Take So Much Space?

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Why Does TikTok Take So Much Space?

You might be wondering why TikTok take up so much space on your phone.

While there is no doubt that TikTok is an excellent app for making video content, many people are finding it hard to use. Occasionally, the TikTok app doesn't work and you run into a server error or a “Too many attempts. Try again later” error message.

Recently, people have been complaining about the large amount of space that the TikTok app consumes on their phones. So why is this happening? And what can be done to resolve the issue? Let’s find out!

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Why Does TikTok Take So Much Space On My Phone?

TikTok is a voracious monster than can hog up a lot of storage space on your phone. A TikTok user on Reddit shared that 221GB of storage space on his phone was eaten up by the TikTok app. That's a staggering amount!

Apparently, this is not an isolated case, and there are many people who have reported the same issue on Reddit. So, what takes up so much space on your phone? Well, it is deemed that the TikTok Drafts that you rack up are to blame for the space consumption.

However, users who don't make videos on TikTok experience the same problem as well. This means that it is not completely the TikTok Drafts that are responsible for the space consumption, but rather bad app design.

We did some digging and found out that the new watch history feature might be the cause of the problem. Supposedly, the TikTok devs are already working on fixing the issue.

If you are experiencing this problem, worry not. We have got a few solutions for you. Keep reading to find out how to reduce TikTok storage on your phone.

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How To Reduce TikTok Storage On Your Phone

The more you use TikTok, the more storage it consumes. The app likely downloads the videos you watch in the past 7 days and then stores them as app data when they are supposed to be cached and deleted later. This watch history bug is being addressed by the TikTok devs.

In the meantime, you can try a hack that we discovered to help you free up space on your phone.

Clear your watch history and uninstall the app

Although clearing your cache and deleting your TikTok drafts free space, the amount of space you gain is quite small. If you want to free up a significant amount of space on your phone, you should clear your watch history and then uninstall the app. To do that:

  • On your TikTok profile, tap the three horizontal lines in the top-right corner of the screen.
  • Tap Settings and privacy.
  • Under the Content & Activity section, tap Watch history.
  • Tap Clear history at the bottom of the screen.
  • Finally, uninstall the TikTok app.
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Afterwards, you can re-install the TikTok app and log in to your account. This hack has worked for many people and freed over 90% of the storage space consumed by the TikTok app. We hope it helps you too!

We should warn you that all the videos in your Drafts will be lost when you delete the app. So if you don’t want to lose any of your TikTok Drafts, we recommend that you don't uninstall the app. You can wait until TikTok fixes the issue with a new update.

Since you are here, check out our other useful TikTok articles such as how to get free coins on TikTok and how to turn on dark mode on TikTok for Android.