How to Block Someone on TikTok: Easy Step-by-Step Guide 2024

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With over 1 billion monthly active users, TikTok is one of the most popular social media websites in the world. Since its launch in 2016, it’s become a key platform for users to create and share video content.

However, it’s not immune to toxicity, so knowing how to block someone on TikTok is essential for those users who want to protect themselves against harassment and other negative content.

Key Takeaways

  • TikTok is one of the largest video-sharing platforms in the world.
  • Like all social media platforms, it has some toxic users.
  • Blocking users on TikTok can be done on desktop or mobile.
  • You can block up to 100 users at once.

Why Would You Block Someone on TikTok?

While most people use social media websites to follow their friends and digest the content that interests them, a minority of people engage in more negative activities, from harassing other users to coordinated cyberbullying campaigns to phishing and other long-hanging fruit scams.

Knowing how to block people on TikTok can help to avoid any of this unpleasantness. Below are some of the top reasons you might want to block someone on TikTok:

Harassment

Harassment is one of the most significant problems on TikTok and social media as a whole. In fact, according to the ADL, between 2021 and 2023, the share of adults who have been harassed on TikTok rose from 5% to 19%. This can include hateful comments and direct messages (DM’s).

Cyberbullying

Younger users are often exposed to cyberbullying on the platform. For instance, research from Safe Search Kids finds that there is a 64% chance that a TikTok user under the age of 18 will experience cyberbullying on the app, once again via negative comments and DM’s.

Scams

For fraudsters and threat actors, TikTok presents a medium to find potential targets. Fake business/influencer accounts, bogus giveaways, phishing, bot accounts, and romance scams are just a handful of the fraudulent activities users are exposed to on the platform.

Privacy

Some users may want to block other people to preserve their privacy. After all, blocking someone gives you more control over who has the ability to view your content and can provide protection against cyberstalking.

Personalize Your Feed

Blocking users also allows you to curate your feed and prevent your For You page from being exposed to content from accounts or influencers you don’t like.

No matter what the reason is, users don’t have to put up with harassment, toxicity, or scams when they encounter them. With a simple block you can help shield yourself from negativity and maintain your online privacy.

What Happens When You Block People on TikTok

A TikTok block prevents the chosen user from viewing your videos or contacting you via a DM. When they visit your profile page, they won’t be able to see your videos or playlists. They will also be unable to like or comment on your videos or follow your account.

It’s important to note that while TikTok doesn’t notify other users that you’ve blocked them, they may still be able to tell if they look at your profile. For example, when you block them, they might notice that they can’t see any of your videos when they visit your profile.

It’s also worth noting that blocking comes with some limitations. Most notably, you can only block up to 100 users at once.

Likewise, whenever you block a user, the platform warns that “they will not be able to send you messages, see your posts, or find your profile. This doesn’t include extended scenarios like multi-host livestreams, duets posted by others, or group chats you both participate in.”

How to Block Someone on TikTok on Mobile & Desktop in 2024

If you want to block a user on TikTok, you can do so via mobile and desktop. Below we’re going to look at the easiest way to do so on each platform.

On Mobile

Blocking users on mobile is very simple. In this example, we’re going to be using the iOS version of TikTok. To block a user, follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the user's profile

    Tap on the user’s username in the For You page or enter their username into the search bar to navigate to their profile.

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  2. Click on the arrow icon in the top right-hand corner

    This will open a menu. Use it to select the Block option.

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  3. Press Block again to confirm

    Once the warning message comes up, read it and click on the Block option again to confirm the block.

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On Desktop

The process for blocking users on a desktop is slightly different than it is on mobile. You can block problem users from your TikTok account by following the bullets below:

  1. Navigate to the user's profile

    Click on the user’s username in the For You page or enter their username into the search bar to navigate to their profile.

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  2. Click on the three dots

    Click on the three dots icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen and press the Block option.

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  3. Press Block again to confirm

    Once the warning message comes up, read it and select the Block option again to finalize blocking the account.

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How to Block People on TikTok in Bulk

It’s worth noting that sometimes you may want to block many users at once. This is useful in scenarios where you become the target of coordinated abuse or receive multiple negative contents on a video that you uploaded.

TikTok offers a bulk block option for blocking up to 100 people at once. We’ve included a step-by-step guide on how to bulk block below:

Long-press on a comment or tap the pencil iconTap manage multiple commentsSelect comments you want to block

Long-press on a comment on one of your videos from the account you want to block, or tap on the pencil icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

Choose the Manage multiple comments option. Check the circle next to the comment from the users you want to block.

Select up to 100 comments you want to block. You can do this by selecting More and then Block Accounts.

How to See Blocked Accounts on TikTok

You can view all the accounts you’ve blocked on your TikTok profile. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using the desktop app. The process is outlined below:

Click on your profile picture

Click on your profile picture in the top right-hand corner of the screen and select the Settings option.

Click on your profile picture and navigate to settings

Scroll down to the Blocked Accounts option

Scroll down to and select the Blocked Accounts option.

Select blocked accounts

View all blocked accounts

You can view all the accounts you’ve blocked in the past. Here you can choose to Unblock them if you wish.

View all blocked accounts

If you want to see block accounts on mobile, you can do so by following the steps below:

Navigate to Your Profile

Navigate to your user profile by selecting the Profile button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

Navigate to your user's profile on mobile

Press the downward arrow icon

Click on the downward arrow icon in the top right hand corner of the screen.

Select the Settings and Privacy cog icon

Select the Settings and Privacy cog icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen and choose the Privacy option.

Click on the settings cog

Navigate to privacy

Scroll down to the blocked accounts option

Scroll down to the blocked accounts option and click on it to view a list of blocked accounts.

Navigate to blocked accounts

View all blocked accounts

How to Unblock Someone on TikTok

If you change your mind and want to unblock someone you’ve previously blocked, then you can do so easily by following the steps in the previous section – and selecting the Unblock option when viewing blocked accounts.

You can do this by navigating to your Profile, clicking on the Settings and Privacy icon, selecting the Privacy option, then scrolling down to and selecting the Blocked Accounts option to view a list of the accounts you’ve blocked. Next to each account, you will have the option to select the Unblock button to unblock the user.

Alternatively, on a desktop, you can click on your user profile icon at the top right-hand corner of the screen, scroll down to Settings, navigate to the Privacy section, and click on Blocked accounts, where you can view a list of blocked accounts next to the Unblock icon.

The Bottom Line

Blocking and unblocking users on TikTok is easy. Whether you want to curate your feed or protect your TikTok videos from facing targeted harassment – blocking is an effective tool.

In some scenarios, you may also want to consider reporting the user. This can be used to get certain videos taken down.

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Tim Keary
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Tim Keary
Technology Specialist

Tim Keary is a freelance technology writer and reporter covering AI, cybersecurity, and enterprise technology. Before joining Techopedia full-time in 2023, his work appeared on VentureBeat, Forbes Advisor, and other notable technology platforms, where he covered the latest trends and innovations in technology. He holds a Master’s degree in History from the University of Kent, where he learned of the value of breaking complex topics down into simple concepts. Outside of writing and conducting interviews, Tim produces music and trains in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).