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How to watch TikTok without the app

Love it or hate it, TikTok is hard to avoid in 2024. From cat videos, news roundups, gameplay videos, and more, you can find just about anything on the popular video app.

Difficulty

Easy

Duration

5 minutes

What You Need

  • A mobile device or computer with internet access

Even if you don’t use TikTok daily or don't want the app on your phone, you may still want to watch TikTok videos on a mobile device or computer. Thankfully, as long as you have an internet connection, you can. If you want to watch TikTok videos without using the TikTok app, here's how to do it.

TikTok being viewed through a mobile web browser.
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How to watch TikTok on your phone without the app

Perhaps the easiest way to access TikTok without the Android or iPhone app is on your mobile device through a web browser.

No matter the web browser, you should be able to access TikTok through your mobile device such as a Google Pixel 8a or iPhone 15 Plus.

Step 1: Open the mobile browser on your device and visit TikTok at www.tiktok.com.

Step 2: A pop-up message will ask whether you want to “Open TikTok” or “Not Now.” Tap Not Now to view TikTok without an account.

Screenshot showing how to move around TikTok through a mobile web browser.
Bryan M. Wolfe / Digital Trends

Step 3: The mobile version of the site is designed for touch interaction and offers a similar experience to the app. To access videos from the main feed, simply drag your finger from the bottom of the screen to the top. Additionally, you can explore TikTok videos by topic on the Discover tab, such as Travel, Nature, and Animals. You can also tap on the profile of the person who created the video to see more of their content.

How to watch TikTok videos on other apps

You can also experience TikTok videos through other apps, including X (formerly Twitter), YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.

Step 1: On X, you can find TikTok videos on your feed whenever someone reposts content from one social network to another. You can also click on the Media tab for more videos.

Step 2: Creators on YouTube often upload TikTok videos as either YouTube Shorts or regular YouTube videos, and you can also search for TikTok videos through YouTube.

Step 3: On Instagram, TikTok content creators often repost TikTok videos as Reels or regular Instagram posts. These reposts can be found on your feed or by searching.

Step 4: Finally, on certain Facebook pages, you can browse TikTok videos by tapping on the Video tab. They will also show up on your feed whenever any of your friends embed them.

By viewing TikTok content on other social networks, you can like and comment on posts, which is not possible on TikTok without logging in.

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Bryan M. Wolfe
Bryan M. Wolfe has over a decade of experience as a technology writer. He writes about mobile.
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